CP replies to Trump’s State of the Union

BY:John Bachtell| February 6, 2019
CP replies to Trump’s State of the Union


Good evening and thanks for tuning in. My name is John Bachtell. I’m the national chair of the Communist Party USA.  Welcome to our response to the State of the Union address. Our country and the world are at a crossroads. Both humanity and nature face existential crises. We face a climate catastrophe and an escalating nuclear war danger.

We are at a crossroads where a just a few billionaires concentrate extraordinary wealth while millions of working-class families barely make ends meet. And despite Trump’s false picture of the economy, wages are stagnant. Many having given up looking for work.

We are at a crossroads where youth are mired in mountains of college debt. Where African American, Native and other youth of color confront generational unemployment, and where social inequality has grown.

We are at a crossroads facing the most corrupt presidential administration in our history. A crossroads where democracy and the truth are under daily assault, and where the danger of fascism has grown. And where children fear being slaughtered in their classrooms by someone with an assault weapon.

These things are truly frightening. Yet, Trump’s speech tonight tried to instill fear of a different sort: a nightmare of hordes of Mexicans, Salvadorans, Guatemalans and Hondurans overrunning our border with crime, violence, and drugs.

Trump is lying about every aspect of the border crisis and immigration as he conjures up external and internal enemies threatening the American people.

In reality, these are our working-class brothers and sisters, and their children. They are refugees desperately fleeing violence rooted in U.S. corporate exploitation and militarism.

Victorina Morales was seated in the audience tonight listening to Trump. She is one of 11 million undocumented workers in this country. She worked for years at one of Trump’s properties, making his bed and washing his clothes. She barely earned enough to raise her family while he enriched himself.

Victorina Morales spoke out against Trump’s hypocrisy. She and her co-workers, who were also undocumented, were fired. We, the American people will not turn our backs on Victorina Morales.

In November 2018 a majority of Americans voted to reject Trump’s anti-working class, anti-people, and anti-planet agenda. The political landscape shifted dramatically. Coast to coast, women, people of color, trade unionists, socialists, and grassroots activists were elected to champion the urgent issues facing us. Drawing upon our greatest revolutionary ideals, Americans increasingly embrace diversity, equality, and solidarity; we are one multi-racial working class, native and foreign-born, men and women, gay and straight, united in the recognition an injury to one is an injury to all. Trump’s border wall is a symbol of white supremacy and anti-immigrant racism and prejudice. It is aimed at dividing the American people.

The expulsion of our immigrant brothers and sisters, tear gassing of refugees, separation of families, and caging of children, is inhuman and immoral. Trump’s government shutdown over the wall was an assault on democracy, the role of government, and public workers.  800,000 federal employees were forced to go without paychecks, millions were denied vital government services, and public safety was endangered.

Again, Trump lost that battle because the overwhelming majority of Americans and their Democratic elected officials united to oppose the shutdown and the wall. And because air traffic controllers, TSA agents, food inspectors, and other government employees and their unions, took matters into their own hands and many stopped going to work.

Trump becomes more dangerous the more he loses. He is becoming more desperate as the Mueller investigation challenges the very legitimacy of his presidency. By fostering a coup in Venezuela to overthrow an elected socialist oriented government, and threatening regime change in Cuba, Nicaragua, and Iran, the Trump administration and its extreme right-wing corporate backers and endangering world peace, democratic rights and sovereignty of other countries.

Most people with the notable exception of Trump were outraged by foreign interference in the 2016 elections. We should be equally outraged when the U.S. interferes in the internal affairs of other countries. We won’t cooperate with that agenda.

By declaring a trade war with China, he is threatening an economic crisis and destabilization of the global economy. We won’t cooperate with that agenda.

And he and the military and fossil fuel corporations are endangering the entire planet by sparking a new nuclear arms race with Russia, pursuing a $2 trillion nuclear modernization, the weaponization of space, and withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accords. We won’t cooperate with that agenda.

A majority of Americans reject these pro-corporate and anti-working-class policies. Instead, they are responding to a new people’s agenda that addresses the immense scale of the challenges we face. This agenda includes a Green New Deal to transition to a green, demilitarized economy, build a modern infrastructure, and employ millions at union wages with affirmative action.

  • Immigration reform with a path to citizenship;
  • Medicare for All that makes health care a right;
  • A health care system that guarantees reproductive rights, and addresses the opioid crisis caused by the pharmaceutical industry;
  • Full equality based on race, gender, and sexual identity and orientation;
  • Criminal justice reform, ending the cash-bail system, and decriminalization of marijuana;
  • Free university tuition and cancelation of all student debt;
  • Gun control including universal background checks and banning assault weapons;
  • Elimination of the electoral college, an end to voter suppression and gerrymandering, and removal of corporate money from politics;
  • Tax the rich and a radical redistribution of wealth and income;
  • Peaceful foreign policy – respect for national sovereignty and global cooperation to solve global crises.

Yes, we are at a crossroads. And this agenda can inspire and unite people in a powerful movement to oust Trump and the GOP and their corporate backers from Congress, governorships, and state legislatures in 2020.

By electing a progressive oriented government, the door can open to a new era of struggle that puts people and nature before corporate profits: where the working-class and people govern where a green, collaborative, peaceful socialist society of full economic and political equality and democracy can be built.

Thanks for listening. We want to hear your thoughts too. Together we’ll build a better world.





Comments (6)

Kolby | February 11, 2019 at 4:43 AM

There is no such thing as global warming. The earth is far from being over populated. Environmentalism is just a tool employed towards the socialist agenda. Socialism is the first and necessary step towards communism. Communism has never…NEVER turned out good for the “working class people”. I will not be one of your useful idiots. That you can count on and I am not alone.

    jules | February 12, 2019 at 3:18 AM

    Hello Kolby,
    Good to hear of your confidence in our planet and it’s future.
    One question, if I might:
    Is there any possibility that our Planet will be depleted of it’s natural resources while still attempting to sustain human life?
    In humility, Jules

    Andrew Reber | February 13, 2019 at 11:24 AM

    The earth getting warmer is a proven fact. The part about global warming being controversial is whether or not it’s caused by human activity. But lets be honest, neither scenario should be needed as an excuse to care about the environment, or in your case, to not care about the environment. Like we keep our houses clean and livable, protecting its value for our families, we too should keep our environment safe and clean up after our selves.

jules | February 10, 2019 at 3:07 AM

well done John Bachtell…bravo

Max | February 10, 2019 at 6:30 PM

Trump cares little for the working people. We need to put a end to the growing gap between Rich and poor and unite as one the way Marx wanted it.

Werner Franke | February 07, 2019 at 12:49 AM

he political earthquake since the inauguration of D. Trump leaves no room for
a distinction between a good democratic America and that
bad America under Trump. When a clever resistance should arises,
one must make clear how the policy of Trump stands in relation
to the previous America : The policy of Trump is based on what was
consensus in America for decades : America should be superior which
exploits the whole world for American capitalism and
national strength. Trump now claims that the American
superiority had broken.
From this he makes a national emergency program: he accuses other states
of having stole American economic power, although in compliance with the
rules of the world market they achieved economic benefits in competition
with the US.
That’s why the president explains the competitors China,
Russia and Europe are enemies of unconditional American success
Like on a warpath he wants fight back lost economic and political power.
The declaration of national emergency also means that he treats all state
institutions (House of Representatives, Courts) like traitors to his America.
when they does not stand clearly behind his program
In the national emergency he calls for, everyone is supposed to assemble
without contradiction behind it.
That’s why the incitement to migrants is not simply immoral, but a
consequence of the program “Make America great again”:
Trump treats migrants as pests to the American folk, because they would
take away, what the Americans as representatives of the nation claim.
It is not factually correct. But it’s the picture of how he wants enforce the slogan
“America first” inside.
Only if you explain yourself, like all the hassles of governing under Trump
match its policy, how these are the result of it, a real opponent will be possible.
This also means that the working class renounced to be a part of the nation and does
not support the world power program of their state with their wage labor und
their poverty not only under Trump.
Das politisch Erdbeben seit Amtsantritts von D. Trump lässt keinen Platz für
eine Unterscheidung zwischen einem guten demokratischen Amerika und das
schlechte Amerika unter Trump. Wenn eine gescheite Gegenwehr entstehen
soll, muss man sich klar machen, wie die Politik von Trump in Relation
zum bisherigen Amerika steht: Die Politik von Trump beruht darauf, was
schon seit Jahrzehnten Konsens in Amerika war: Amerika soll überlegende
Weltmacht sein, die die ganze Welt für amerikanischen Kapitalreichtum und
nationale Stärke ausnutzt. Trump behauptet jetzt, dass die amerikanische
Überlegenheit eingebrochen sei.Daraus macht er ein nationales Notstands-
Programm: gegenüber anderen Staaten macht er den Vorwurf, sie hätten
amerikanische Wirtschaftskraft gestohlen, obwohl sie bei Einhaltung der
Regeln des Weltmarktes in Konkurrenz zu den USA wirtschaftliche Vorteile
errungen haben. Deswegen erklärt der Präsident die Konkurrenten China,
Russland und Europa zu Feinden des unbedingten amerikanischen Erfolgs.
Wie auf einem Kriegspfad will er sich verlorene wirtschaftliche und
politische Macht zurückerkämpfen.
Die Erklärung des nationalen Notstands bedeutet auch, dass er alle
staatlichen Institutionen (Repräsentantenhaus, Gerichte), die nicht eindeutig
hinter sein Programm stehen, wie Verräter an sein Amerika behandelt.
In der von ihm ausgerufenen nationalen Notlage sollen sich alle ohne
Widerspruch dahinter versammeln.
Deswegen ist die Hetze gegen Migranten nicht einfach unmoralisch,
sondern eine Folge des Programms „Make America great again“:
Trump behandelt Migranten als Schädlinge an dem amerikanischen
Volkstum, weil sie wegnehmen würden, was allein den legitimen
Amerikanern als Vertreter der amerikanischen Nation zustünde.
Es stimmt sachlich nicht. Aber es das Bild dafür,wie er den Slogan „America first“
nach innen durchsetzen will.
Nur wenn man sich erklärt, wie all die Gehässigkeiten des Regierens unter Trump
zu dessen Politik passen, wie diese das Ergebnis davon sind, wird eine richtige
Gegnerschaft daraus. Dies bedeutet auch, dass sich die Arbeiterklasse
davon lossagt, ein Teil der Nation zu sein und mit ihrer Lohnarbeit und
ihrer Armut die Stütze für das Weltmachtprogramm ihres Staates nicht
nur und nicht erst unter Trump zu sein.

Links: http://www.gegenstandpunkt.com

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