It was a simple Facebook post. And former Clinton Secretary of Labor Robert Reich got right to the point as headlined here in Mediaite:
Former Secretary of Labor Proposes ‘Freedom Concert’ To Overshadow Inauguration
The former Secretary’s post (full disclosure: Mr. Reich and I have been occasional sparring partners on CNN) read as follows:
The Trump people are upset that the only musicians willing to perform at the Trump inauguration are Kid Rock and Ted Nugent.
Someone just suggested to me a televised “freedom concert” to air at the same time as the inauguration — with huge celebrities like Beyoncé and Jay Z, Madonna, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Gaga, Bruce Springsteen, and so on. Alec Baldwin MC’s the event, playing Trump as he does on SNL.
Presto. The Trump inauguration loses all the TV ratings. Basically, no one watches it.
Even better, the proceeds of the freedom concert go to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Lambda Legal, NAACP, Common Cause, CAIR, IRAP, SPLC, Environmental Defense Fund, Human Rights Campaign Fund, MoveOn, Economic Policy Institute, Inequality Media, and GLAD.
What do you think?
Well, thanks for asking, Mr. Secretary. I’m happy you asked. I say… go for it!
Nothing could help a newly sworn-in President Trump more politically than having the liberal glitterati showcasing their elitist credentials as the candidate of the forgotten man takes office. To borrow from the old Disney version of Uncle Remus’s Br’er Rabbit, “Oh please don’t throw the new President into the briar patch!”
One of the remarkable aspects — of many remarkable aspects in the 2016 campaign — was the absolute obsession of Democrats to identify with wealthy elitists who had utter disdain for average Americans. The latter, of course, famously labeled by Hillary Clinton as a “basket of deplorables.” The Clinton quote thusly:
You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up. He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people — now 11 million. He tweets and retweets their offensive, hateful, mean-spirited rhetoric. Now some of those folks — they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America.
Even Clinton realized almost instantly that she had stepped in it. But this was not some sort of made-by-mistake one-off. The reality is that, beginning in the 1960s, the American Left and the Democrats have step-by-step remade the party of what FDR once memorably called “the forgotten man” into a party of rich coastal elitists, who do in fact regard the millions of Americans living between the urban precincts of Manhattan and Los Angeles as a collection of unsophisticated rubes who are fundamentally, as Clinton blurted out, “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it.”
So unaware of their own problem were Democrats that on the Monday night before the election they held a nighttime rally outside Philadelphia’s Independence Hall featuring rock stars Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen, followed by both President and Mrs. Obama and Bill, Chelsea and finally Hillary Clinton. Liberals gushed at the star-studded show that was designed, among other things, to carry Pennsylvania. In fact, the concert backfired, giving Pennsylvania voters the vivid image of elitist political insiders scratching each other’s back while being serenaded by equally rich, elitist rockers. The next day Pennsylvania voted for Trump.
Speaking of rock stars, it seems that Democrats forgot the lyrics from another famous rocker’s hit — Billy Joel’s Allentown. The lyrics read, in part, this way:
Well we’re living here in Allentown
And they’re closing all the factories down
Out in Bethlehem they’re killing time
Filling out forms
Standing in line
Well our fathers fought the Second World War
Spent their weekends on the Jersey Shore
Met our mothers in the USO
Asked them to dance
Danced with them slow
And we’re living here in Allentown
But the restlessness was handed down
And it’s getting very hard to stay
Well we’re waiting here in Allentown
For the Pennsylvania we never found
For the promises our teachers gave
If we worked hard
If we behaved
So the graduations hang on the wall
But they never really helped us at all
No they never taught us what was real
Iron and coal
And chromium steel
And we’re waiting here in Allentown
But they’ve taken all the coal from the ground
And the union people crawled away
Billy Joel — long ago — foresaw the success of the Trump campaign. The lyrics of Allentown were in essence one of Donald Trump’s core themes — lost jobs, the hollowing out of Pennsylvania’s steel and coal industries and bad trade deals.
Much attention was vastly misdirected to the supposed internal problems of the GOP. The reality is that when the election was over, the party with the serious problem on its hands was the Democrats. This has become a political party run by and for elites. The cries from liberals to abolish the Electoral College are nothing more than an admission that they want the country to be run by elites in New York and California and screw the rest of the country — the rest of the country being the basket in which all those “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic” deplorables reside.
So. To return to Secretary Reich’s call for a concert of elitists, by elitists, for elitists — and take attention away from the Trump ceremonies?
Oh please, please do this. I’ll even DVR it, link to it and plain old fashion pass it around until it goes viral. By all means, Mr. Secretary, let’s remind all those blue collar voters in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin just why it is they voted for Trump in the first place.