On July the 29th I wrote about the danger automation poses to the unskilled and the least educated in America and across the world in general.
Since America [tended] to set the pace for the western world, and a huge slice of other parts of the globe, I confined my thoughts to events as I saw them unfolding in the United States.
The challenge as I see it from a lay perspective, is tantamount to a freight train barrelling down while a convertible sits on the track filled with youthful revelers having a grand time, without realizing the imminent danger.
In hindsight, however, I have had to rethink the whole idea as the least educated, and the unskilled have the least power in societies, the United States of America being no exception.
So it falls on the candidates running for the presidency to care, those running as grownups, since there are no grown-ups in charge at the moment, (as there are no grown-ups in that convertible). It is up to the candidates to look out for those who are not in positions to decide for themselves, or are too preoccupied to care.
Unfortunately for the revelers in the car, Bernie and Warren talk about healthcare, Biden the front runner, he talks about .……who knows what he talks about? I guess in fairness to him, he wants to return to civility.
Good luck with that, that train has already left the station.
Corey Booker has a Utopian concept of brotherhood, kind of the second coming of Obama However, even though the former President is the most popular politician in the country, I hardly believe Corey Booker is Obama 2.0 so there is that.
The other candidates are a mish-mash of white men and women who largely have no distinguishing characteristics which would cause one to get excited.
It’s like the container of vanilla ice cream in the freezer when you have a craving for ice cream. So you push it aside and rummage around looking and opening the other containers of rum & raisins and chocolate chip cookie dough your kids left. Only to find they are empty.
So you are forced to take another look at the Vanilla container, even though you wanted something more exciting than plain old vanilla.
And then there is Andrew Yang.
As is customary, each Democrat talks about slivers of the issues affecting the people in the country. It is their bread and butter to say enough to gain their votes then ignore the most fundamental issues affecting those communities which makes up the base of the Democrat party.
For example, most Democrat candidates pay lip service to voting rights, and the assault that constitutionally protected right has been under by Republicans.
But why would Democrats not pay lip service to voting rights?
The more black voters who turn out to vote the better Democrats usually are, so again this is bread and butter for them.
However, the most pressing issue facing African-Americans today, as it was when Doctor King was alive, is the intransigent issue of police abuse.
Yet, with the exception of Joaquim Castro, Corey Booker, and Beto O’rourke the Democrats are silent on this the issue which is affecting the most loyal part of their base.
That is why Donald Trump kicks their asses every time. He knows how to treat his base.
The common thread which runs through the candidates who broach the subject of police abuse of black people, Castro, Booker, Beto, is either the melanin in their skins or their close associations with people of color.
White Democrat candidates are hardly moved by police abuse of people of color.
It serves their broader interest of white supremacy. Do not be fooled into believing for a minute that only white Republicans are racists.
At all levels of the food chain, Democrat legislators, and executive officeholders, are equally anti-black in their policies, or at least, insensitive to the harsh realities of minority existence, living in impoverished communities which are over-policed.
Andrew Yang has been the only candidate who spoke in a fulsome way in the limited airtime he had during the last Democrat debate about the oncoming train I spoke about earlier.
In the limited time he had, Yang spoke to a Europen model being considered in which the Government gives a certain amount of money to citizens each month who are displaced from work.
Yang was not afforded the time necessary to fully expand on exactly how that would work, of course, his suggestions are not in the wheelhouse of what the corporate media elites want to hear. So the questions were not exactly tailored to have the candidates forced into stating their positions on Yang’s policy suggestions.
Yang, who has already qualified for the next debate will have another opportunity to tell the American people of his plans.
Speaking to the danger of the oncoming freight train automation will be for the poorest people, Yang said; “I think we are going through the greatest transition in human history and we are dealing with it terribly. We’re dealing with it by pretending it’s not happening.“
Without siding with any candidate, this writer believes that at least Yang understands the existential crisis that is approaching. Even if he believes incorrectly, that those in power are only pretending that it isn’t happening.
As I said in that previous article, they fully understand that it is happening. The solution they have for solving it is not something they want to address just yet.
Mass incarceration has always been white America’s solution to the problem of poor people of color.