There are seemingly endless electioneering, windbag speeches political rhetoric and back-stabbing to showcase the Democrats and Republicans. Biden strives to say as little as possible while Trump endeavors to “Make a Deal.”
The Republicans and the Democrats are two sides of one coin. In the final analysis, they are both employed by the same master – Wall Street. But these parties do not say or even do the identical thing. They have special and different duties to perform towards their common master.
The Republican party presently holds the reins of government. Consequently all its statements and actions must not only be directed towards maintaining the status quo (the capitalist system) but also to defend the methods employed during their tenure of office, to perpetuate the system.
The pernicious duty of the Democrats springs entirely from present conditions – the pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis. Discontent is rife throughout the land. But it is still vague and undirected. It is not yet clear to Americans which way to turn. The trick of the Democrats is to seize hold of this unrest and to steer it into harmless channels. The task of Biden, Pelosi and the corporate Democrats is to prevent the people from seeing things as they actually are, that it is not the capitalist system that is responsible for the unprecedented crisis and the unparalleled misery. The profit system is both perfect and eternal. But rather it is the Republican party who have misused and abused the “precious” system. This is the main plank in the Democratic platform. It is Biden’s message. The crisis is due to Trump, the shortages, wage cuts and evictions, and unemployment – all are due to Republican maladministration. Drive the G.O.P. out, put us in, and everything will be hunky-dory. This sort of garbage is being peddled by the Democratic friendly media of CNN and MSNBC news and no doubt it will have its effect.
The economic catastrophe of today is not the first in American history. Crises have recurred irrespective of which party was in office. We have known “Democratic” crises as well as “Republican”. The Democrats, and their candidate, Biden, will stand by capitalism to their dying day. But that does not hinder them from posing as saviors of the worker. Biden has nothing but false promises and slick speeches. The progressives of the “Anybody but Trump” camp are selling out the growing number of activists and workers who want a real end to capitalist.
Trump’s is a qualitatively worse administration than any other in memory; he is an autocrat. Look at the chauvinist attacks on Muslims and protesters that rip up the Constitution. How can you not support a Democrat to get rid of this reactionary? Trump is indeed a particularly rotten, reactionary and racist capitalist, but the Democrats offer no real alternative other than grandfatherly Biden. Trump is still not quite as bad as Franklin D. Roosevelt, the liberal Democratic demigod, who threw tens of thousands of Japanese-Americans into internment camps. Trumps sanctions against Iran and Venezuela are little different from John F. Kennedy’s embargo against Cuba or Clinton’s blockade of Iraq. What about Obama’s regime change in Libya and then is subsequent attempt of the same in Syria? Liberal presidents as well as reactionaries engage in criminal acts against oppressed and exploited people. It is part of the job description. Biden will be no different. When progressives demagogically claim that violating democratic norms makes Trump a fascist they are deluding people: real American fascism would mean far worse subjugation of Blacks, Latinos, Jews, Muslims and immigrants—plus the crushing of the unions and the termination of all rights to free speech. Progressives are trying to panic people into voting for the Democrats. They are providing camouflage for the run-of-the-mill capitalist politicians, war criminals and autocrats all.
For sure particular politicians have differences over foreign policy. Whatever their disagreements on this or that conflict they all defend American interests, and its tentacles which must spread throughout the world if America’s corporate power is to survive. They have no choice. Biden lined up behind Bush in 2003 and he stood solid with Obama foreign ventures. The ruling class expects and gets bipartisan support for their wars. Disagreement are mostly cosmetic, never challenging the blood-soaked expansionist principles of intervention and invasion. The Democrats are a lesser evil only rhetorically. No Democratic president is going to stop the profit-gouging drive against working people abroad or at home. The Democrats are part of the problem and not a solution, not even a temporary one.