A few days ago, I pointed out that President Trump had "hammered a bloody great splitting maul between the Democratic Party and its generations-old, lock-step partner, the trades union movement in the USA".
That splitting sound you hear is the beginning of a cleavage that may well chop away previously rock-solid union support for the Democratic Party. Union members know on which side their bread is buttered. Their leaders know that if they don't provide, and work for, and agitate in support of, that butter, their own futures are toast - unbuttered toast, at that.
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You just saw, felt and heard a metaphorical earthquake, one that may very well reshape the US political map for generations to come. All the left's favorite causes - immigration, climate change, entitlement programs, Obamacare, whatever - pale into insignificance, in the minds of union voters, before the harsh reality of "I need a well-paid job to put food on the table for my family - and President Trump is insisting that my needs be given priority - and he's got $1 trillion to do just that." If they follow the money, as I believe many of them will, the Democratic Party has just suffered a body blow from which it may not recover for decades, if at all. What's more, the Republican Party may be transformed in a very few years from the (perceived) party of wealth, privilege and neocons, to the (real) workers' party of America. Wouldn't that be a turn-up for the books?
There's more at the link.
Just two days later, we read this in the New York Post. (How interesting that we don't read it in Democratic Party-supporting news media . . . not that we should be surprised by their deafening silence, of course.)
‘Will we partner with [President Trump]? Absolutely.”
These words were spoken not by a conservative Republican, but AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka — America’s most prominent labor leader and a Hillary Clinton backer.
Describing President Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday as “one of his finest moments,” Trumka recently reaffirmed his support for the president’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan, renegotiated trade agreements and other pro-worker policies. The union leader famously met with Trump prior to his inauguration and is expected to attend regular meetings with the new White House.
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Transcending party lines, a Trump-Trumka tandem can simultaneously encourage bipartisanship on Capitol Hill and pursue common-sense reforms to strengthen the US workforce — securing both construction jobs and workplace rights.
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Trumka’s alignment with a Trump White House is significant in that it can soften the partisan blowback to a Republican environmental agenda.
In 2016, the AFL-CIO donated over $16 million to Democratic campaigns — more than 2008 and 2012 combined — and helped launch a $50 million super PAC to elect liberal candidates in 2018 and beyond. As a top financial backer of the party infrastructure, the AFL-CIO is in a unique position to rally Democrats behind the Trump agenda and support job creation.
The same can be said of the president’s $1 trillion plan to rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure, which Trump claims will create “millions of new jobs,” and fairer trade with China, both top priorities for Trumka.
Again, more at the link.
"That splitting sound you hear" is getting louder and louder - at least, it is to my ears.
I concluded my earlier article by saying:
I wouldn't be at all surprised if, right now, a large number of Democratic Party strategists are collectively peeing vinegar and passing bloody great cinder-blocks at the very thought [of a trade union alliance with President Trump]. I suspect a number of neocons and pseudo-intellectuals in the Republican Party, and a large part of the American establishment, are doing likewise.
I can only suggest that they upgrade their plumbing, and make sure the sewers serving their premises are in good order. At this rate, they're going to need both, for a long time to come!