Welcome back to my world — next in a depressing series…
From: Jerry Kupfer
12:35 PM to me, Mark, Lisa
WHILE I SUPPORT MANY OF YOUR POSITIONS AND PROGRESSIVE POLITICS – YOUR TIME IS DURING THE PRIMARY NOT THE GENERAL ELECTION.
IT IS TOTALLY A MEASURE Of CLASS PRIVILEGE TO VOTE AGAINST DEMOCRATS THIS YEAR WHEN ONE REALIZES THE LONG TERM HORRIBLE IMPACT THE REPUBLICANS WILL HAVE ON THIS COUNTRY FOR 50 YEARS.
VOTING GREEN IN 19, IS SELFISH, PRIVILEGED, RACIST AND WRONG THIS YEAR.
DO THE RIGHT THING AND GET OFF THE BALLOT …
Boy, are you ever wrong. I’m lower working class — you know, the class so thoroughly abandoned by the Clinton-Goldman Sachs Democrats 26 years ago that most of it voted for Trump. Like most people in my class, my pay has not increased since 2000, including during the years Democrats were running both houses of the federal legislature, and the Presidency, including the two years of a filibuster-proof Senate majority.
And of course I live in New York, where Andrew Cuomo, Elliot Spitzer, and David Paterson have improved my family’s life exactly as much as George Pataki did. The slashing of education funding by Cuomo just happened to come when all three of my kids were in school, and I was on the school board (you know, actually winning elections, serving, and gaining legislative experience), trying, largely unsuccessfully to figure out how not to fire 20% of our teachers.
But the good news, I suppose, for you, is that with the savings from that, Cuomo was able to block instatement of a millionaire’s tax, and approve casino gambling. While all of that was going on, Antonio Delgado was living in New Jersey, and working in Manhattan as a $330,000 per year lawyer at Akin, Gump, the world’s largest fossil fuel lobby, working in criminal defense on behalf of corporations accused of environmental, labor, and regulatory violations, and executives accused of white collar crime.
I can’t be in a primary because I’m not a Democrat. If you actually supported any of my positions you’d vote for them. Anything else is just talk, and Trump is President because of that — decades of all talk, and no action, by Democrats, and not because of people like me.
What is an exercise in privilege is repeatedly voting for very wealthy people who start non-defensive wars in foreign countries, where innocent people are slaughtered by the millions, and their survivors struggle for their existence through lack of food, water, electricity, and medical care, while you sit safely between two oceans, not giving a damn about them — and then not only vote for those very wealthy people again when an anti-war candidate is available, but actually write angry, denunciatory letters demanding that the anti-war candidate leave the race, thereby denying others the ability to cast an anti-war vote of conscience. Someone advocating for that is hardly in a position to offer lectures on morality.
It’s also privileged to deliberately vote for someone on leave from one of America’s biggest union-busting law firms, particular at a time when wages, which have not grown in 40 years, currently are falling relative to inflation, and the Supreme Court just ruled for the dismantlement of our last major unionized employment sector. As a union officer, it is a matter of duty for me to give voters the option of not doing that. This, too, you would deny to your fellow citizens. But I will not.
I was put on the ballot by the people who signed my petitions, not by me. That’s New York State election law. It is not legal for me to leave the ballot by any means other than my death. It sounds like you wouldn’t have a problem with that.
A much more productive way to get votes you fear are coming to me to go to your preferred candidate is to write to him, and tell him he must adopt a couple of my planks. It’s not me those people are voting for, but the policies I’m promoting. But you might want to release the all-caps button. Some people interpret that as yelling…