Dear political friends,
The new president-elect is slowly filling his cabinet with billionaires, neo-Nazis, fundamentalist voucher advocates, narcoleptic ex-surgeons, climate and science deniers, a professional wrestling mogul, and a quantity of generals large enough to trigger flashbacks of Argentina and Turkey.
Trump has just "solved" the Carrier Air Conditioning problem with a tax giveaway. The press hasn't focused much on his many conflicts of interest, but the Tweet-addicted fast-food aficionado will remain Executive Producer of "The Apprentice."
God help us if there is ever a national emergency while he is groping one of the apprentices.
Speaking of fast-food: Trump's newly-nominated Secretary of Labor is the CEO of Carl's Jr. and Hardees, which should give the Orange One's loyal supporters proof that America will be Great again. Great Americans will be doing plenty of great burger flipping these next four years.
In the coming political winter, Democrats and those of us slightly Leftier need to coalesce around a Democratic Opposition with some teeth. The Democratic Party has decided to retain Charles Schumer in the Senate, and Nancy Pelosi in the House. Not inspiring -- but the DNC Chair is up for grabs. This is a ray of hope.
Keith Ellison, a Muslim and Black American, is currently the most active candidate for the job, and he has been endorsed by Harry Reid, Charles Schumer, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, John Conyers, Maxine Waters, Tammy Duckworth, a fair number of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and -- today -- by the AFL-CIO, which respects the work Ellison has done in Minnesota. However, Ellison has a target on his back from both Republicans and AIPAC Democrats and every bigot in America.
So the Democratic Party has a decision to make -- go forward with a more progressive platform. Or double-down on the fuzzy grab-bag of centrist and neoliberal policies that got it in the jam it presently finds itself.
Ellison is an indisputable friend of the poor and of the working-class -- precisely the group that expressed its discontent with the Democratic Party last month. Ellison can give the party the focus it needs, can uniquely unite traditional Democrats and Progressives inside and outside the party -- and I hope you will give him your support and financial assistance.