LR the Liberal Redneck here, coming to you from a country that today has a lot in common with another country from a different era.

A lot of our citizens have a very grim future in front of them due to the massive income inequality of our current system, and they have no realistic means of improving. Higher education has become cost prohibitive for the majority. When the minimum wage is below the poverty level, there is no way for the average person to save money. Their reality is nothing but hopelessness. They are desperate for anything but what they currently have.

Now we have a very charismatic speaker running for president who is promising them a better life like the one he has. Donald Trump is especially appealing to the unemployed, the poorly educated, young people and the lower middle class. He also encourages them to vent their prejudices and make him the leader of the free world so he can make America great again.

In the late 1920’s and early 1930’s these same conditions existed in Germany. A charismatic speaker offered them hope and the chance to make Germany great again if they would make him their leader. We all know how that turned out.

We must address the issue of the disenfranchised with all deliberate speed in order to diffuse the unrest that currently exists. Getting rid of all the do nothing Republican legislators at every level of government whose only desire is to give more money to the rich, would allow crucial social legislation to become a reality.

Jobs can be created by rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. Higher education can be made more affordable. The minimum wage can be raised to a livable level. Do not let us fall into the same trap that brought down Germany. Vote for Democrats and vote for change!

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Nancy Kaplan


Retired Professor of Human-Computer Interaction, news junky, progressive