A blue-collar worker, Mike, who called into my show Politics Done Right should touch every single person who listens to him. One can hear the pain and loss of resolve in his voice. To this guy, the centrism & “stability” of the last 30+ years failed him and most.
Exasperated Blue-Collar worker
“I am just a blue-collar working guy, 53 and doing it all of my life,” Mike said. “I've got some good trades. I survive. … What I've always wanted to bring up is I kind of feel like blue-collar people in this country are being left behind. We are being stamped out. Wages have been stagnant for years. I guess I just don't understand what's' going on.”
I proceeded to ask Mike several questions. He said he had not voted in several years. Many will immediately jump on this man for not doing his civic duty and being a part of the problem. I beg to differ.
We have been asking blue-collar folk, POC folk, and all these different identities within the Democratic coalition to vote. The problem is we always seem to settle for someone who is under the belief that they must adhere to some mythical center.