Next time, say no to Trump

This a guest post by Steve Banko, a highly decorated Vietnam veteran who has also served his country in positions in federal, state and local government.

By Steve Banko

Before anyone gets dizzy taking victory laps regarding the reopening of our government, this would be a good time to recognize the real engine behind the reopening. It was the air traffic controllers who spread the pain of the shutdown to the general public and thus impressed Congress and the White House with the critical need to stop posturing and reopen governmental services.

We do owe some congratulations to the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, for holding her caucus together but looming shutdowns at major airports were the drivers in ending the shutdown fiasco.

We should also remember that nothing is going to change in negotiations about a border wall between now and the next deadline imposed by the president for the second act of his shutdown theatrics so we might want to implore the air traffic controllers, the TSA, and other essential government services to preempt further lunacy by making it known that they will not tolerate any further hostage taking. They did it once and they can do it again. If they allow government workers to shoulder the full impact of a shutdown government closure could set a new record.

Sara Nelson, president of the Flight Attendants Union, spoke to the issue of a general strike during the shutdown and she speaks wisely. We have long ceded power to Washington politicians. What’s that gotten us? It’s time to take back the economic power vested in people and demonstrate that power by warning the president and anyone else contemplating a reprise of the previous catastrophe that this time, it won’t just be federal employees shouldering the burdens. Next time, the entire nation must feel it.

The labor movement in this country, late in the 19th century, began in earnest to push back against the excesses of unbridled corporations and companies. Its history was one of continuing growth and emerging power until the demise of the heavy manufacturing industry in the U.S. The influence of organized labor waned in response the end of major steel making and other heavy industries.

But if we, the people, are to buttress ourselves against the politics of needless pain and intentionally inflected suffering, labor will once again need to step to the fore and lead the way. We have ceded power to a political system that thinks of its own propagation first. That system was never ideal but there was at least some semblance of sanity. But the last shutdown demonstrated the end of that sanity. We were paralyzed by the clutches of governance run amok until American workers stepped forward to spread the pain and force the government out of stasis and into action.

The president has already signaled his intentions to pitch another tantrum and shut the government down again. But we can stop him. We can signal that we’re mad as hell and we aren’t going to take it anymore. The “we” must be led by working Americans. They can signal the president that his antics won’t be tolerated as they were previously. They can shut him down preemptively by telling him we won’t fly, we don’t drive, we won’t cook, we won’t serve, and we won’t educate if you choose to act like a spoiled child again.


3 thoughts on “Next time, say no to Trump

  1. It’s hilarious to me when someone says “would you rather have Hillary as president?” Yes, absolutely I would rather have anyone president rather than a guy who will sell out America to enrich his own interests to Russia, China or Saudi Arabia. Actually hilarious may be the wrong word. Pitiful?
    This is the most un-American president in our history. There are more investigations about this guy than you have fingers on one hand. Wake up for Gods sake.


  2. I have no idea what the point of that comment was. You still want to debate the last election while 800,000 people were needlessly denied pay? You want to beat Nancy Pelosi up over the shutdown your president said “he’d be proud to own?” And state legislation snuck in there too? Wow … you didn’t mention the great humanitarian program of separating kids from parents at the border and now saying it’s too hard to get families back together. As for the almighty wall, read the essays on the Cato Institute web site about the need for the wall and many of the myths surrounding immigration.

    Just to restate the obvious, my essay spoke to the ability and need tp prevent another government shutdown. Perhaps you think it’s OK to screw federal employees. I don’t.


  3. I read Steve Banko’s guest column on your blog. Steve is no doubt a patriot who served his country with honor.
    However, his political commentary is predictable, partisan and flawed.
    Steve, please don’t lecture me on the sanity of Nancy Pelosi nor of the good judgment of the now All Democratic NYS Government.
    When Nancy arrogantly denies a need for protecting the U.S. Border and the State Leg sanctions abortions at full term, it’s laughable that you decry the child like behavior of the White House.
    I tired of hearing daily rants of racism from Democrats who can only continually stoke fear and loathing to gain votes.
    I’m no Trump apologist for his counter attack strategy although you can hardly blame him. Where the hell is the Russian collusion? I cannot believe you don’t see an incredible media and political bias which began even before Trump was elected.
    Much to the displeasure of Nancy and her Democratic colleagues, every component of America is benefitting from an expanding economy, rising wages and immense job creation.
    Ask the Border professionals if we need some kind of barrier strategically located. Or are they just Trump stooges to be ignored?
    One last point. Do you really think America would be better off with Hillary as President? She was and is the most corrupt public official of my lifetime. I know the Democrats live to be in control of government because they think government is the answer to everything. Well, that dog just won’t hunt. As the late mayor of New York City Ed Koch used to say, “the most effective social welfare program in the world is a well-paying job.” Women, Hispanics, and African-Americans have them in abundance — more than in the last 30 years. Is it really time for a change? Not as far as I’m concerned.
    Endure the crazy tweets. We’re doing fine.
    In gratitude,
    Russ Gugino


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