The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Kathy Goodwin:
Our Candidates Are from the Working Class

Oct 26, 2020

.... Every election season, the Democrats and the Republicans pretend to care about working people. They want our vote to legitimize their horrible leadership.

In Congress right now, there are 436 members. A wealth study by the Center for Responsive Politics found 279 of them are millionaires. I find it hilarious that this many rich people are pretending to speak for ordinary working people!

Our 2020 candidates, like the majority of people in this country, are working class. Our candidates have held multiple jobs. Our candidates started working early—in their teens. As 2020 candidates we have auto workers, teachers, restaurant/kitchen/hotel workers, healthcare workers, an insurance worker, a construction worker, a maintenance worker, a student, and a retired state worker—just to name a few of the jobs our candidates have held during their lifetime. Our candidates, like our working class community, do valuable unpaid work, taking care of their community, taking care of family—which includes raising children or caring for family members who are ill. In 2020 caring for family now includes becoming a teacher’s aide as students learn from home....

Disdain for people who have less formal education is a disgusting prejudice in this society. It is a putrid prejudice that needs to be called out just like racism and sexism. This prejudice is one of the ways that those with billions of dollars pretend they got their obscene wealth because of “merit.” “Merit” is like a magic wand billionaires like to wave over their piles of money to pretend they “earned it,” instead of admitting they used exploitation to “steal it.”

Yes, education is important. It should be free and easy to obtain for all. All types of education and training. My idea of intelligence—the intelligence that I value—is not based on a piece of paper. It is all the knowledge that it takes to make the work flow correctly on the front lines. It is the construction intelligence it takes to create and build something new. It is the mechanical intelligence it takes to fix what is broken. It is the physical agility, engineering intelligence and logic it takes to build a vehicle. It is the medical intelligence it takes to care for the sick. It is all the unique abilities it takes to be a teacher. It is the mathematical intelligence it takes to follow the money. It is the social intelligence it takes to plan a fun party. It is the emotional intelligence it takes to make wise decisions. It is the artistic and musical intelligence it takes to create beauty. It is the tactical intelligence it takes to protect others. It is the organizational intelligence it takes to bring the working class together to fight.

It is all the ability and all the experience it takes to do all the jobs that our candidates represent and for all the functioning of society to happen that the working class makes possible....

I am here to say workers will have to make a new party to fight for what we all need. We have to change ourselves so that we become the leaders that the working class needs. We have to become the fighters that our class needs.