Since folks are writing letters these days to elected officials, I thought I’d get in on the action.
Our two Senators, Steve Daines and Jon Tester, have sent letters to President-elect Donald Trump. I critiqued Daines’ letter here. This is my response to Tester’s letter:
Dear Senator Tester,
Don’t roll over for the Republicans. It’s tempting, I suppose, after watching our state and the nation swing right. The Republican message worked, one might conclude. It’s what the people want.
It’s more the case of Democrats not having a message – no catchy sound bites like, “make America great again” — shallow but populist, simple, and effective.
Democrats need that kind of message and then, unlike Republicans, actually offer ways to help the working class, besides an anti-everything approach to governing. Sure, anti-immigrant, anti-regulation, anti-this-and-that messages resonate with some. But how about a pro-message, as in worker rights and income equality and innovation and small business support?
Don’t hook your wagon to this administration’s policies, Sen. Tester. They will fail. Trump is a huckster and the Republicans who advance his platform will fail, too (Rep. Ryan Zinke and Daines come to mind).
Trump says he’ll “drain the swamp” and then appoints a crony cabinet, continuing his anti-everything theme: an anti-labor secretary of labor, and anti-public education secretary of education, an anti-science head of the EPA, and what Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) calls “a three ‘G’ cabinet: Goldman (Sachs), generals and gazillionaires.”
It’s unsustainable and doomed to failure.
While the rhetoric of bipartisanship and “reaching across the aisle” has a nice ring to it, nothing being proposed by the new administration seems worthy of the effort.
Please, Senator, advance policies that put the working class before corporations. Strengthen the safety nets tied to employment, housing and health. Keep us out of senseless wars. Nurture our natural environment.
Progressive politics will prevail long after the fiasco of a retrograde Trump presidency and Republican controlled Congress have faded ingloriously into the past.