You know, we here at the Bulletin swore to our editors that this week’s edition wouldn’t have debate content. “Who’s even watching the debate?” we said.
You know, we here at the Bulletin swore to our editors that this week’s edition wouldn’t have debate content. “Who’s even watching the debate?” we said. “Our guy’s out! They gave a bunch of people in Wisconsin COVID to force him out, remember that? Sure, there are people to vote for in November — Rick Krajewski, Nikil Saval, and Elizabeth Fiedler — but as far as the presidential race goes, what our members decide to do is up to them.” Relaxed, we turned off the TV, closed our social media tabs, and settled in with a printout of next week’s Marxism Reading Group article and a nice hot cup of coffee. Nothing, we thought, could disturb us.
Then, of course, midway through the debate, he pulled us right back in.
“Bad things happen in Philadelphia,” President Trump said Tuesday night, renewing some kind of false claim that this writer is prevented from accessing by a paywall on the Philadelphia Inquirer’s website.We checked our Twitter mentions and it was just as we'd feared: President Trump was talking about us.
In an instant, our fear turned to determination. President Trump must be pretty worried if he’s talking about us on the national debate stage. Did he hear about our canvassing operation and how we’re winning so many down-ballot elections? Has he been following our Green New Deal campaigns? Covertly attending Political Education events? Is he scared of the connections we’ve built with organized labor in Philly? Did he find out about our plan to hit 100,000 DSA members nationwide?
One thing’s for sure: President Trump does NOT want you to attend our October General Meeting this Saturday. He absolutely opposes all attempts to RSVP via this link. He DOES NOT WANT YOU TO ASK A FRIEND OR COWORKER TO JOIN DSA. When you come to the meeting, he wants you to come alone. The last thing President Trump wants is for someone who was turned off by the debate on Tuesday to find a place where they can meaningfully contribute to building a different kind of politics, a politics by and for the working class.
That would be a very “bad thing” happening in Philadelphia.
October General Meeting, with guest speaker Thomas Frank: Saturday October 3 at 12:00 pm
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Women and Non Binary Comrades SocialThursday, Sep 17 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Virtual
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Marxism Reading Group: Formation vs. LocationWednesday, Sep 23 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Virtual
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Marxism Reading Group: The Professional-Managerial ClassWednesday, Oct 7 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Virtual
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