America’s fire departments, police forces, public schools, public parks and roads are all socialist mechanisms that redistribute tax money to fund public goods and services. Still, we don’t often view these important public services as socialized.
University of Connecticut College Democrats and College Republicans are taking away different key points from United States Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the Special Counsel’s investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, but they both agree that as much of the full report should be released as possible.
Discourse about immigration has been largely shaped by the notion of a wall, and the Democratic response has been a weak “no wall” rhetoric. Last week, funding for the wall was negotiated in Congress to $1.4 billon, down from the $5.7 billion that Trump had asked for during the last government shutdown.
However, perhaps an even more important issue to consider is that the wall will not even be effective for what Trump wants to accomplish. Besides the issue of the wall stopping illegal immigration, another problem Trump wants to tackle is stopping the opioid crisis by stopping the flow of drugs into the U.S. from the southern border.
I begin with this because populism—along with fascism, globalism and a variety of other isms—is often misrepresented in the media and discourse, resulting in arguments over whether politician X is a populist or not. While often used as a dirty word, the term should be positive. After all, doesn’t it just mean following the public’s will?
The opioid problem in this country is not a secret. The issue has been growing in magnitude for years and people are readily aware of its existence. Unlike other issues such as the environment and abortion rights, one thing Americans seem able to agree on is the need for a reduction in the number of opioid-related deaths that occur each year.
At a rally in Montana last Thursday, President Trump unveiled a new campaign slogan. “Democrats produce mobs, Republicans produce jobs,” Trump said, or as the internet has abbreviated it: “Jobs not mobs.” It’s a good slogan, catchy and simple. However, like most else Trump does, its almost completely based on falsehoods and hypocrisy.