Which Aspect of the Wall of Decency Are You On?


What this nation wants just isn’t a border wall, however about 1 million yellow vests. It wants federal staff who is not going to work with out pay. What this nation wants, briefly, is a little bit of the spirit that animated French staff and introduced them out within the streets, carrying the yellow security vests present in most French vehicles. I might say strike up “La Marseillaise,” however that is America. The outdated union anthem “Which Aspect Are You On?” will just do effective.

At moments like this, I conjure my grandfather, an immigrant from the Polish shtetel. In one of many few photos I’ve of him, he stands subsequent to a good friend later recognized to me as a union organizer named Mendel Petrushnick. His title may need been spelled in a different way, however his trigger was unquestioned: He was a champion of the employee.

Now those that work for the federal authorities are out of labor, and never a lot is being achieved about it. I couldn’t start to elucidate this to my grandfather. I might have to inform him that the employees are mere pawns in a struggle between a Republican president and a Democratic Home of Representatives and that they aren’t asking for more cash or higher working circumstances. In truth, they’re asking for nothing — simply to return to work.

I can’t think about telling my grandfather that the president is a paunchy plutocrat with orange pores and skin and blondish hair, a billionaire with a mansion in Palm Seashore, a triplex or one thing on Fifth Avenue and his personal personal jet. He’s a caricature out of Thomas Nast, the 19th-century political cartoonist. Nast drew Boss Tweed, the top of the New York Democratic group, with an enormous stomach and a head product of a sack with a greenback signal on it. That was investigative journalism at its finest.

The concept peculiar staff ought to miss as a lot as one payday for the sake of a political assertion — a largely ineffective wall — could be past my grandfather’s comprehension — as it’s mine. Many of those folks stay from paycheck to paycheck. By no means thoughts that they’ll sometime receives a commission — though contractors won’t. Within the meantime, they’ve monetary obligations that should be met. It’s the solemn obligation of their employer to pay them on time. The pinnacle of the federal government is a brat with a gold-plated sink in his jet whose concept of privation is flying industrial. What higher image of unfairness are you able to get?

I don’t counsel that federal staff observe the French instance by taking to the streets and committing violent acts. I do counsel that Pelosi and her Senate counterpart, Chuck Schumer, cease trudging to the White Home to barter with Trump. As a substitute, they need to take their case to the folks and demand within the hallowed phrase of “a day’s pay for a day’s work” that the president pay his workers. They may even marvel out loud what if most — not just a few — of Transportation Safety Administration workers referred to as in sick? In spite of everything, “no pay, no work” just isn’t a radical slogan. Who can’t perceive that?

Trump stumped for a wall, however even these near him absolutely knew it was an idiotic concept. Proper earlier than the vacations, Congressional Republicans tried passing a short-term spending invoice with out wall funding. With that, his vultures of vitriol sprang into motion. Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh demanded to know if the president was a person or a mouse. A person, he squealed, and dug in his heels on the wall.

Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi has referred to as the wall “an immorality.” She’s basically appropriate. It’s the concrete (or metal) realization of anti-immigrant demagoguery. The intent is to maintain out all these Mexican rapists and murderers of Trump’s creativeness. He flings statistics and numbers like confetti at a marriage, citing nonexistent terrorists and, in a single case, an unlawful immigrant from Mexico who fired a gun that killed a San Francisco lady by ricochet. Trump turned that into homicide one. The trial jury, obligated to take care of simply the information, acquitted.

The nationwide emergency that Trump threatens to declare is redundant: he already is one. The president is a tsunami of lies, snits, ferocious ignorance and malevolent ideas. However he outdoes himself with this shutdown, depriving many 1000’s of their pay to fulfill a marketing campaign boast. He has erected his personal wall, one between decency and demagoguery. Which facet are you on?

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