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 		 [ The Lamb victory should give heart to the surging young
generation who are struggling so passionately for a better and fairer
future. Despite Trump’s pandering on the issue of trade and
environmental regulations, miners and steelworkers campaigned for the
long-term interests of their class.] [https://portside.org/] 

 PENNSYLVANIA STEELWORKERS SEND LAMB TO CONGRESS, REVIVE PROGRESSIVE
COALITION  
[https://portside.org/2018-03-15/pennsylvania-steelworkers-send-lamb-congress-revive-progressive-coalition]


 

 Kevin P. Lynch 
 March 15, 2018
Portside 

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 _ The Lamb victory should give heart to the surging young generation
who are struggling so passionately for a better and fairer future.
Despite Trump’s pandering on the issue of trade and environmental
regulations, miners and steelworkers campaigned for the long-term
interests of their class. _ 

 Padlocked gate of deserted textile factory, similar to so many
shuttered plants throughout Pennsylvania., credit: Bill Pierce/Getty
images 

 

Hitchhiking across America with a buddy in the late 1950s, we visited
his family in a steeltown outside Pittsburg in the Monongahela Valley.
His extended family still lives within the borders of Democrat Conor
Lamb to victory over President Donald Trump and a united Republican
Party. 

Back in the Fifties, my buddy’s Dad walked us down the hill
alongside hundreds of workers at the crack of dawn past the
Steelworkers Local headquarters into the gargantuan Mill. We saw the
furnaces belching fire and multi-ton containers of molten steel
drifting high across the ceiling. A vision of hell, itself, tamed by
proud skilled workers.  It is so clearly a horrendous crime – an
act of treason – that leaders of both political parties helped
bankers and industrialists ship America’s mills and factories
overseas devastating such communities across the rustbelt. 

Bernie Sanders had it right when he challenged the Democratic Party to
address the devastation of factory towns and industrial states. Donald
Trump was a false prophet and demigod when he promised to take on both
parties to revive the rustbelt. Hillary Clinton was right when she
accused Trump of being a racist, xenophobe and misogynist who was
callus to the needs of the poor, immigrants and disabled.

Then, in the gloom of Trump’s election victory, most political
observers, including progressives, started getting it wrong.  Some
prominent progressives suggested that the ranks of the industrial
unions, more integrated than church pews, had suddenly turned racist,
despite labor’s long alliance with the civil rights movement.
Pundits noting that a majority of Rustbelt white women (not all women)
voted for Trump suggested that there was a mysterious block of women
who felt vested in Patriarchy

The media kept proclaiming the collapse of the Roosevelt coalition of
organized labor, Blacks, Latinos, organized women, youth and poor
people despite all evidence to the contrary. They brushed off      
     the fact that fewer people voted for Trump than turned out for
Mitt Romney against Barack Obama.  They ignored the fact that these
same steel and mining towns had voted overwhelmingly for Obama four
years earlier. Clearly, these voters felt Obama had compassion for
their plight and Hillary Clinton did not. This was overwhelmingly the
main issue that shrunk the 2012 Democratic vote. 

The Lamb victory should give heart to the surging young generation who
are struggling so passionately for a better and fairer future. Despite
Trump’s pandering on the issue of trade and environmental
regulations, miners and steelworkers campaigned for the long-term
interests of their class, backing Lamb’s support for Obamacare and
rejecting the so-called tax reform which was designed to torpedo
Social Security and Medicare. These Pennsylvania workers have issued a
clarion call to the rest of organized labor: we can break this
rightwing regime when all progressives stand our ground.

_[Kevin P. Lynch organized thousands of workers into several unions
and served as the principal officer of Machinist Union Local Lodge 340
in Newark, NJ. Since his retirement in 2011, he has been a leader of
the Left Labor Project and co-chair of NYC May Day Rallies sponsored
by a coalition of unions and immigrant rights organizations.]_

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