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Threat Trump Poses

Each week, LA Progressive’s editors pick what they regard as a particularly insightful comment from one of our readers, both to draw attention to one particular reader’s thoughts and to encourage more readers to weigh in with their opinions. This week’s pithy "Feedback Friday" response comes from Gary A. Cox who commented on the article by Berry Craig, "Trump Rides White Backlash Wave."

I fear you may be correct, Berry. We have a few things in common. My grandfather was born in Somerset in 1885 to a farm family. He was orphaned at 6 and sent to relatives in Illinois. I was born with two genes that connect us, Kentucky and Union. I have been an IWW supporter most of my 85 years. I know this is an impossible goal but I also am burdened with a great deal of Irish blood and addicted to impossible goals.

I cannot promise that socialism would remain Democratic. That can only happen when working folks love and trust one another.

I am proud to be working class and what we have created but Capitalists have used worker against worker, in order to get the cheapest labor which created our most exploitable weakness, fear, mistrust, racism. It works so well for the ruling classes that they have made it their weapon of choice.

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The problem I have as a Wobbly is that the fear is real. Their jobs are the target of the hungry and Mr. Wall Street hands it over to whoever wins the struggle and that will be the group willing to work for the least reward. I cannot promise that socialism would remain Democratic. That can only happen when working folks love and trust one another. As a Wobbly Irishman with Kentucky, Union dirt under my fingernails, I will hang on to my dream. We share that in common, I think.