What Would A Yellow Vest Movement Look Like In The United States?

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A truth about movements is, they move. They morph, evolve and move around a country or even around the globe. This occurs over months and often over years.

The US Occupy encampment era occurred ten months after the Arab Spring and six months after the Spanish Indignado movement – early versions of occupy. It started in New York and then spread across the United States and to other countries. It was a global revolt against the 1% that changed politics in the United States and continues to have impacts today.

The Yellow Vest (Gilets Jaunes) movement in France is having a major impact and gaining international attention, already spreading to other nations, with some nations like Egypt banning the sale of yellow vests to prevent the protest from spreading there. The movement is showing that disrupting business-as-usual gets results. Will it come to the United States? What form would it take here? What could spark the equivalent of the Yellow Vests in the US?

The ‘gilet jaune’ (‘yellow vest’) wave from France reached the centre of Brussels on Friday. Yves Herman/Reuters

Social Movements Create Global Waves Of Protest

It is common for a protest to develop in one part of the world and move to another country. This is even more common in modern times as the economy has become globalized and communication across different countries has become easier.

The US revolution against Great Britain was part of the Age of Enlightenment, which questioned traditional authority and emphasized natural rights of life, liberty, and equality as well as sought self-government and religious freedom. The French Revolution followed 13 years after the US in 1789. It led to political changes in the UK, Germany and across Europe. This coincided with the Great Liberator, Simon Bolivar, freeing colonies from the Spanish Empire including Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, and Peru. They became independent and briefly united as a single nation.

The democratic revolutions of 1848, known as the Springtime of Peoples, were part of a widespread revolutionary period that impacted 50 nations in Europe, beginning in France and spreading without any evident coordination. The issues were about democratic and worker rights, as well as human rights and freedom of the press. It led to the abolition of serfdom in some nations and ended monarchy in Denmark. The French monarchy was replaced by a republic, constitutions were created, and empires were threatened by countries seeking sovereignty.

In the era of Decolonization of Africa and Asia, 1945 and 1960, three dozen new states achieved autonomy or outright independence from their European colonial rulers. In Africa, a Pan-African Congress in 1945 demanded an end to colonization. There were widespread unrest and organized revolts in both Northern and sub-Saharan colonies. Protests, revolutions and sometimes peaceful transition ended the era of colonization.

The 1960s were an era of protest that peaked in 1968 around the world. Multiple issues came to the forefront including for labor rights and socialism, the feminist movement, protests against war and militarism, and against racism and environmental degradation. Protests occurred in the United States, Europe, the Soviet Bloc, Asia, and Latin America.

More recently, economic globalization and the Internet have accelerated global protests. An example of this is the anti-globalization movement itself. As corporations took control of trade agreements and began to write trade for transnational corporate profits, people around the world saw how this impacted their communities and fought back.

The Zapatista Uprising in Chiapas, Mexico on January 1, 1994, was an uprising that coincided with the beginning of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The Zapatista Army of National Liberation was an uprising by the indigenous, local population against being exploited by global trade. Their action was an inspiration to others and an anti-NAFTA movement developed in the United States, growing into an anti-globalization movement.

Join the No NAFTA-2 National Call-in Day on Tuesday, January 8

The 1997 financial crisis in Southeast Asia, followed by the International Monetary Fund restructuring the debt in ways that brought austerity, led to protests across the region in Korea, Indonesia, and Thailand against economic globalization and the undue influence of transnational capital.

These combined into the Battle for Seattle in 1999 at the World Trade Organization meetings where 50,000 people from the US and around the world protested on the streets of Seattle for four days shutting down the meetings. This was a movement of movements moment that united many single-issue groups into a force too powerful for the elites to overcome. WTO meetings since then have been met with mass protests as have IMF and other economic meetings. This evolved into making it very difficult to pass corporate trade agreements in the United States, e.g. the people stopped the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Trump will have difficulty getting NAFTA-2 approved. Join the campaign to stop Trump Trade’s NAFTA-2.

“The Yellow Vests will win” written on L’Arc de Triomphe in Paris. AFP

The Yellow Vest Movement

The French Yellow Vest movement is made up of working people who are protesting the unfair economy every Saturday.  The 8th “Act,” held this Saturday, was larger than expected as the government and media were claiming the movement was dying down over the holidays, despite the movement saying they were not over and were just getting started.

The movement began as a protest against a gasoline tax, but it quickly became evident that this was just the final straw against a series of policies that have made people economically insecure.  President Macron has aggressively pursued a neoliberal agenda on behalf of the wealthy, lowering their taxes while cutting social services.

Macron has responded with the elimination of the fuel tax, raising the minimum wage, and cutting taxes on pensioners, but they continue to call for the “president of the rich” to step down. Macron’s popularity is down into the twenties in polls, while a majority of French people want the Yellow Vest protests to continue. The movement is exposing contradictions in France that cannot be solved by the current economic and political systems.

Macron, while making concessions, has also called the protesters thugs and agitators. Police tactics have been aggressive and violent, in the face of mostly nonviolent protests. They arrested a Yellow Vest participant, Eric Drouet, who the media has labeled a “leader,” on flimsy charges of protesting without a permit, stoking more outrage. The media calls him a leader while saying the leaderless movement will fail because it lacks a leader. This reminds us of similar treatment during Occupy.

The movement has blown up political divides because there are people from the extreme left, extreme right and everywhere in-between participating. It includes young and old, male and female. It shows people uniting in a revolt over the unfair economic system and its impact on workers.  They are also calling for participatory democracy by demanding citizen initiatives where people can vote on legislation, firing political appointees or even changing the constitution if they gather enough signatures. The Yellow Vests are showing system-wide problems that require both the economic and political systems to change.

Will ‘Yellow Vest’ Protests Come to the United States?

Many of the problems the French people suffer are also felt in the United States. The US economy has been designed for the wealthy for decades and billionaire President Trump-era policies have made that reality worse. People never fully recovered from the 2008 economic collapse when millions lost houses and jobs, got lower income and higher debt.

The globalized economy that has been designed for transnational corporations has not served the people in the United States well.  The fly-over states of the Midwest have been left hollowed out. Rural hospitals are closing as the economy disappears. In urban areas across the country, decades of neglect and lack of investment have created impoverished conditions. Racist and violent policing have been used to prevent rebellion and contain the unrest. People are struggling. Addiction and suicide rates are up. There is vast hopelessness and despair.

An economic collapse is on the horizon. As Alan Woods writes in New Year, New Crisis, “The question is not if it will happen, only when.” The US economy is dominated by Wall Street, which ended the year in crisis. Citigroup’s share price declined 30 percent from where it started the year, Goldman Sachs declined 35 percent, Morgan Stanley 24 percent, Bank of America 18 percent and JPMorgan had a 10% loss. Woods points to China’s economy slowing as is Germany’s and problems in other European nations all point to a global slow down, which those in power do not have tools to respond to as interest rates are already low and government debt is already high.

When the recession hits, the economic insecurity of the people will worsen. Like the people in France, the rich are getting obscenely richer and avoiding taxes by hiding billions offshore. And, the government is doing the opposite of what is needed, e.g. reducing taxes on the wealthy when there should be a millionaire’s tax of 70%, and blocking the Green New Deal.

And, when the economic crisis hits, people will blame Trump. Many voters supported him because he promised to break from a system that is designed to favor the wealthy. They will know from their own experience that he did the opposite. Stop Trumpism! will become an even louder rallying cry and a president whose popularity always hovered around 40% will find himself in polls at 30% or lower, as a presidential campaign kicks into high gear.

The economy is often the trigger event, as it was for Occupy, and we already know there are going to be mass teacher strikes in 2019, indeed plans to strike in LA are expected to escalate more broadly. The 40,000 people who lose their jobs as a result of four US General Motors factories closing could face losing their homes and have other economic stresses causing them to revolt. Congress refusing to take National Improved Medicare for All seriously when tens of thousands of people are dying every year simply because they are uninsured could light the spark.

People in the US might not be wearing yellow vests, but we know from other recent protest movements, people are willing to shut down streets and highways and stop business as usual. More may participate if a radicalizing moment ensues now that they have seen the model work in France.

There are many triggers that are likely to spark aggressive mass protests in 2019. Get ready.

  • merkinmuffy
  • kevinzeese

    LOL Hahahaha. More funny than accurate. The Yellow Vet movement is about more than Macron, it is about the French political and economic system not working. Macron is the symptom and the target, but the problems they are protesting are much deeper, just as US problems are about an unfair economic system and political elites that do not listen to the people.

  • merkinmuffy

    Spot on! Bravo!

  • John Schoonover

    In your review of revolutions over the centuries, you left out the biggie – 1917 and the wave of worker rebellions that it sparked. We can thank those threats to the capitalist class for the New Deal, for example.

  • Lili-Ann Berg

    Great article! only one little glitch – Denmark is still a monarchy, albeit with limited powers. much the same as in Norway and Sweden. Scandinavian royalty are mere figureheads and totally expendable in my opinion. Only Finland and Iceland are republics. Power belongs to the people.

  • Perhaps XR Rebellion

  • potshot

    She probably cheered wildly for Obama in 2009, despite no one being more responsible for the current con man in the White House than he. Trump isn’t significantly different in his policies than his predecessors. In a few ways, at least rhetorically, better. I think it’s Trump’s style of doing what he does that infuriates his detractors. Not what he actually does. Trump is blatant about the nefariousness of the ruling corporate elite.

  • lcotler

    Indeed! And what about the glorious Cuban Revolution of 1959 and the Bolivarian Revolution of 1998? All good ‘uns!

    !

  • jho blho

    Yeah, I was in a college class where I caught hell for saying that Trump’s policies weren’t all that different from what we’ve seen in the past. I won’t help another corporate Dem get in the White House- in protest, I’ll vote for Trump than a neoliberal like Kamela Harris- better the country tank like the Soviet Union did when we eventually get another Great Depression than it live on life-support for another decade, while they blow what little time we have to do something about global warming.

  • EmilyEnso

    That is showing he arrest of a 13 year old girl for assaulting a policeman.
    Can you make it up?
    Or not assaulting a policeman

    Its all very vague.

  • Verbal assault is enough for the police to respond.

    Instead of giving them an opportunity to respond I would consider a non violent response, if only to try rejoin the protest even if you have to pretend to leave – safety is in numbers!

    You’ll notice in the video how the bulk of the protesters maintain a block formation which add’s to their strength and advantage.

    An article comes to mind by Rivera Sun – Revolution Matchstick [2013] it was posted on Popular resistance and has a wealth of good information.

    Revolution matchstick

    Our politicians control the largest, most well funded military in the world. The corporations employ private mercenaries. And, while there are many noble reasons to advocate that the people use nonviolent struggle, the most strategic one is this: by using violent means, we will have chosen the very type of struggle in which our opponents excel. Their superiority is unquestionable at this time.

    For what it’s worth – when police move in to divide the bulk of the group and corner protesters, the advantage of having the larger numbers is gone.

    I’m wearing yellow in solidarity.

  • potshot

    I’m with you jho blho. I didn’t vote as a protest. But had Illinois been in the mix I would have made it a point to vote for Trump. Not that there was anything I liked about him. But that Lady Klynton Kissinger-Sachs as Jennifer Matsui has christened her was so bad. And based on the 3 or 4 truth bombs Trump dropped on the campaign trail. He gave the 2003 Iraq blunder the gravitas it deserved. The best the Lady could do was say she made a mistake in supporting it. Trump promised to withdraw from NATO, which should have occurred when its raison d’etre disappeared with the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991. He excoriated the Lady’s ties to Golden Sacks. There were one or two others. The Lady on the other hand, among other inanities, was insistent on a no-fly zone over Syria even after Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Joseph Dunford had testified to Congress that would mean war with nuclear armed Russia. Good bye Mother Earth. I part with Woods in his intimation that the Stock Market is as significant as he writes. Let it crash. It couldn’t possibly be worse than where we are headed. Before November 8 the Lady was the known known. Whereas Trump was the known unknown. He lied of course. But so. So would have the Lady. For example, one isolated fact of Hitlery’s corruption. The Clinton charitable foundation was cashing 8 figure checks from Saudi royalty at the very moment Clinton’s State Department was approving tens of billions of dollars of weapons transfers to the reactionary Saud regime. Who could take someone like that seriously as a presidential candidate?

  • Frigga Karl

    hello,
    The neoliberal system is in itself the greatest threat to humanity. I am happy that this glimmer of hope which is the yellow vest movement could come out of the woods. But will the people be intelligent enough to unite and let fall down the small differences of “right” and “left” forming a big movement in all western countries to fight this all devouring monster, created by a bunch of Chicago boys in complete complicity with the international financial organizations and Wall Street banksters and their hypnotized western governmental lackeys ? Enough is enough, let’s blow into the long awaited storm to destroy these evil forces. Vive les Gilets Jaunes, vive l’espoir, vive la vie, vive la solidarité, vive l’amour. Guerre à la guerre, guerre au cynisme, guerre au system neoliberal fasciste!

  • Frigga Karl

    Do you remember the 13 year old Palestinian girl Ahed Tamimi defending her home of the Israeli occupying forces ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xulgKJdGQvc
    Family members were killed, I can understand her revolt.

  • The strangest thing of all is that the original yellow vest protesters in France are anti establishment while the yellow vest protesters in London are Pro-Brexit – in other words, they’re on the same side as the aristocracy’s mouthpiece….Teresa May.

  • EmilyEnso

    May isn’t pro Brexit.
    They are protesting against May and her betrayal!!!! of Brexit
    May is a remainer, her government is a remain government with just a handful of Leave
    The tories have always been the Party OF Europe.

    In the referendum the Tory party leadership campaigned to stay in Europe as did the whole lib/lab/con
    Only UKIP is Leave.
    UKIP got the referendum
    UKIP won it against all three lib/lab/con on the ground by sheer hard slog – me included.
    May’s deal is a disgrace and leaves us tied into Europe paying them billions a year, unable to do our own trade deals but without a voice or MEPs.
    We cannot even free ourselves without them saying so – we are imprisoned.
    This is why the guys are out on the street.
    This is why over 10,000 including me marched a few weeks before Christmas.
    This is why I now have a yellow vest and intend to use it if necessary.
    All three main parties went into the 2017 election promising us Brexit
    They lied.
    And May the biggest, scheming, deceitful, most vile bi**h the worst..
    This is why I find it incredible that people knowing what a liar she is – voted for her.
    And will again – and its pure political bigotry.
    Unlike the rest of the planet which will vote for new parties the Brits seem to have no longer the wit or the sense, utterly brainwashed, to move beyond the blue and the red rosette.
    They are betraying themselves and then whinge.

  • EmilyEnso

    I very must do.
    It was an abomination.
    Dreadful.
    Thanks for the reminder.
    No 13 year old girl deserves that.

  • Alan MacDonald

    Kevin and Margaret, as you generally write, and are part-right, here, “The US revolution against Great Britain was part of the Age of Enlightenment, which questioned traditional authority and emphasized natural rights of life, liberty, and equality as well as sought self-government“ — but the American Revolution, which Justin du Rivage writes in the most deeply researched and definitive history of our first one 243 years ago, was as he titled his recent book, “Revolution Against Empire”, first and most directly/correctly understood as precisely that, a “Revolution Against Empire”.

    It, the Revolution, was most certainly a Revolution Against Empire and certainly not against “Great Britain”, but a Revolution Against (the British) Empire, as du Rivage’s work proves from all aspects of his research on both sides of the Atlantic, and both sides of the ‘Old World’ of Empires and the ‘New World’ of a people’s desired democratic Republic — which all our informed American founders understood from their reading of the classics and Roman history, that the “disease of Republics was Empire. [du Rivage used, for the first time ever in his academic research both extensive access and review of all British Parliamentary notes and debates, including the Crown’s Colonial Office along with American history of the leadership and popular view of Tory, Whig, and Radical Whig impact on Americans own thinking]

    As regards the essential nature of any possibility, IMHO, of the type of mass American resistance, and certainly, Revolutionary Movement that could possibly overcome our current state of oppression under this under/mis-diagnosed and very well Disguised Global Capitalist Empire, which has has greatly metastasized since the end of the Second World War of Empire, and which is only nominally HQed in, and is merely ‘posing’ as, our formerly promising and sometimes progressing country (PKA) America, the first and essential requirement of actually (and peacefully) overcoming and overthrowing this modern 21st reality of the first Disguised Global Capitalist Empire, is unquestionably be to recognize that it is an Empire, and then to focus the people’s revolutionary movement as a singular, signal, and seminal revolutionary ‘strategy’ on firing a; loud, public, mass, sustained, ‘in-the-streets’, but totally non-violent “Shout (not shot) round the world” to ignite an essential continuation and completetion of our first American “Political/economic and social(ist) Revolution Against Empire”.

    The concomitant risk and danger of under-shooting such a Second American “Revolution Against Empire”, again IMHO, would be in allowing this most sophisticated, guileful, and unique Disguised Global Capitalist Empire to “divide and conquer” the focus of a people’s Revolution Against the Empire which is the actual meta-cause of all our smaller political “Issues” to be used guilefully by the actual Empire through its media/propaganda sector of the Empire, and its dual-party Vichy-facade of faux-democracy sector of the Empire, as distractive, scattered, dis-unifying, contradictory, and most significantly “Dividing wedge Issues” to extinguish and ultimately Conquer any effective movement by ‘we the American people’ to succeed in a ‘Unified’ Revolution Against Empire.

    We must either hang together in the coming Global “Revolution Against Empire” — since only two possibly conditions are possible in the current ‘globalized world’:

    global democracy or Global Empire — and only ‘we the American people’ can possibly ignite this coming essential or existential Revolution Against Empire, because any ‘other’ citizens of our world who have or will try to start a such a Revolution Against Empire have been and will be slaughtered in unlimited number and with total impunity — as has already been demonstrated by this Disguised Global Capitalist Empire in its actions throughout South America, Southeast Asia, and now the entire Middle East and Africa.

    The hell with being beware the “Ides of March” — we the citizens of our world have to “Beware the ideas of this cancerous growth of this Disguised Global Capitalist Empire, as Prof. Robinson diagnosed correctly:

  • Alan MacDonald

    That’s exactly the seminal problem, Southern — and that problem is that different, “dividing and conquering”, symbols (like yellow vests), terms (like ‘deep state’), and differing little political “ISSUES”, are very very effectively used by the single purpose EMPIRE “precisely, exactly, and oppressively” to snuf-out any possibility of a true “peole’s Revolution Against Empire”.

    Only, absolutely ONLY, the clearly and unmistakeable strategic and ‘strategically clear narrative’ of being for or against EMPIRE, pro or anti-EMPIRE, and to a lesser extent, for or against democracy — can be unquestionably understood by ‘we the people’ in our fast coming essential people’s American “Revolution Against Empire”!,

    Once the deluded people, even those well intentioned and principled progressive sources of clear information, start to be drawn into debating, discussing, and dividing lesser (and mixed, confusing, varied) “ISSUES”, then this very veriable word and symbol war of words provides the condition where an insane Emperor, like Emperor Trump, and the actual Disguised Global Capitalist EMPIRE, behind this divisive, lying, and changing terms, faux Emperor Trump is just running the principled left progressives are being tied-up in circles of confusion and lost message clarity, because such a strategy of “Divde and Conquer” can always win if the people are not unified on one clear seminal and single causal cancer of EMPIRE is our only possible North Star to global democracy over Global Empire!!

  • Alan MacDonald

    No, Karl, “the neoliberal system” is most certainly NOT “the greatest threat to humanity” —- EMPIRE IS!

    “The neoliberal system” — while I certainly acknowledge is awful — but it is ONLY one of the two dual-party Vichy-facades of faux-democracy in the Vichy political sector of this Disguised Global Capitalist EMPIRE.

    In fact, Karl, the Vichy-political sector is ONLY 1 of the 7 sectors of this ruling Disguised Global Capitalist EMPIRE —- if your mind can handle the reality, the other 6 sectors of this Disguised Global Capitalist Empire (which you appear to be unaware of) are these additional sectors: corporate, financial, militarist, media/propaganda, extra-legal, and the CFR ‘Plot-tanks’ sectors.

    You, Karl, have confused only one of the two Vichy-parties, and none of the other 6 sectors of this EMPIRE as if you have discover the core tumor of these 7 sectors of the EMPIRE.

    BTW, the more accurate term I employ for your weak description of neoliberal system, is as I identify it, the ‘smoother-lying’ neoliberal-con ‘D’ Vichy Party, as compared with the ‘rougher-talking’ neocon ‘R’ Vichy Party of the exact same fully integrated, but well hidden cancer of this far more sophisticated Disguised Global Capitalist Empire.

    You simply need more understanding, Karl —- I hope that this helps you.

  • Alan MacDonald

    Yes, Kevin, both the US and France have the same seminal, and cancerous problem of their people being oppressed by the same Disguised Global Capitalist EMPIRE throughout the world and by economic oppression and tyranny ‘at home’ — as the late great Jewish intellectual, Hannah Arendt, warned her own German people:

    “Empire abroad entails tyranny at home”

    This deceitful, dangerous, deadly, and disguised global capitalist Empire is effecting all ‘citizens of the world’ as Prof. Robinson has accurately diagnosed in his deeply researched and compelling book on truthful geostrategic analysis of this increasingly obvious Empire:

    “The U.S. state is a key point of condensation for pressures from dominant groups around the world to resolve problems of global capitalism and to secure the legitimacy of the system overall. In this regard, “U.S.” imperialism refers to the use by transnational elites of the U.S. state apparatus (soft and hard) to continue to attempt to expand, defend, and stabilize the global capitalist system. We are witness less to a “U.S.” imperialism per se than to a global capitalist imperialism. We face an EMPIRE OF GLOBAL CAPITAL, headquartered, for evident historical reasons, in Washington.” [Caps added]

    Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity, 2014 Robinson, William
    Cambridge University Press.

  • My reply to Emily hasn’t been approved…[yet] however it contained more information how the French and British yellow vest protesters are [IMO] following entirely different perspectives, the French being anti-establishment while the Pro-Brexit are really following the Teresa May’s decision to leave the EU, after all the British never switched from the pound to the Euro.

    That said, I have tremendous respect for nations maintaining their own sovereignty [as opposed to corporatism] while I absolutely detest all form of nationalism, in the end it’s people power that benefits humanity while the far right is deceptive as it only appeals to short term selfish interest.

    Again and thanks for your compliment, the difference between the British and French yellow vest protesters appears to be rather contrasting.

  • EmilyEnso

    the French being anti-establishment while the Pro-Brexit are really following the Teresa May’s decision to leave the EU

    Southern
    I don’t think you saw my reply.
    May has no intention of leaving.
    None at all.
    She has delayed, fudged – her deal is to keep us helpless in the EUSSR almost forever.
    The Yellow jackets here are very much against her and her abject betrayal of Britain.

  • Yes I did and my reply is still pending.

    We might not agree on this one, the point I tried to make in my reply is it’s Germany and France who are imposing draconian conditions on Britain leaving the EU.

    If you like I can go back in time and repost it somewhere else (^^,)

  • EmilyEnso

    They are and May is co-operating all the way.
    She actually goes over to consult with Merkel and consults with her on issues before her own cabinet.
    May/Merkel/Macron
    The axis of the EU, islam and immigration.
    Not a kid between them.
    All Bilderbergers.
    All globalists – hard core globalists and all neo libs

    All being controlled by the same forces.
    Don’t worry about your comment – we are close enough.
    Bit annoying for you, though.

  • novychelovek

    No, Southern. Brexit is of the same anti neoliberal(Brussels’ technocrats) character as the Yellow Vests.

  • The result of the reverendum was that the British people voted to leave the EU, fair enough.

    However – If Britain leaves the EU without a deal, the financial consequences will be severe.

    See/ listen to History is Marching | Part five: The Fall of the British Empire [9 minute mark]

  • EmilyEnso

    However – If Britain leaves the EU without a deal, the financial consequences will be severe.
    Absolute hype and misleading
    We revert to WTO rules.

  • The yellow vest protesters which I was referring to described as far right and Pro-Brexit.

    …. the United Kingdom decided to retire from the super-State (Brexit) in order to reconnect with its historic allies from the Commonwealth and, if possible, with China. The Commission panicked, fearing that the British example would open the door for other departures, for the maintenance of the Common Market but the end of the Union. It therefore decided to set conditions which would be dissuasive for leavers.

    From Secession from the European Union – by Thierry Meyssan – reposted on Geopolitics Dec 13.

    The UK public voted in a referendum to leave the EU.

    Teresa May represents another set of interests entirely – after all she’s simply another puppet catering to the long term agenda of the financial elite far as Brexit goes, her task apears to be, negotiate a better deal than the hard Brexit which has financial repercussions.

    Perhaps a hard brexit is what would hasten the end of British Empire, then so be it.

    Pardon the late reply, I’ve been very busy.

  • A yellow vest movement in the US might look very scary for the authorities since the participants might insist on exercising their second amendment rights.

  • Joan Walz

    I’ve been a Democrat and Progressive my entire life. I support a border wall. I am angry beyond words of the embrace of illegal immigrants and ignoring the homeless in America. Sanctuary cities- where are sanctuary cities for the homeless? Americans faced the loss of 50,000 factory jobs, a recession and 15 million illegals who took all the jobs they would have spiraled down to. I witnessed this. Our politicians ran down to the border to help the illegals, stomping on the homeless on their race to the border. What about the homeless children? Your kids can be taken away from you if you don’t have shelter. Forget about minimum wage when illegals work for less. Nancy Pelosi- “I can’t support the wall- it’s a moral decision”. My god! Nancy Pelosi has a wall protecting her million dollar home and so do many other rich Democrats.