The election approaches and the air is thick with the glib phrases and promises of the demagogues of the Republican and the Democratic parties. They want votes and they will promise anything to get them. But actions speak louder than words. And the actions of the Republicans and the Democrats stamp them as servants of the capitalist class in the body politic. Millions across the United States hope the current presidential elections will bring them relief. The bitter truth is that those hopes will be dashed. Despite their differences, Trump and Biden share a common loyalty to the capitalist system and to the interests of the American ruling class in particular. They can offer the working-class and poor people only more wars, oppression and exploitation.
The emancipation of the working class is the revolutionary act of self-emancipation. The World Socialist Party declares that its aim is to develop the class consciousness of the workers through education and study. Nobody outside an insane asylum any longer believes that the Democratic Party is going to put an end to the capitalist system and usher in the cooperative commonwealth. The answer to the capitalist system, its crises and its wars lies not in legislation, regulation and reform, but in the independent working class organization, a socialist party.
The Republican and Democratic parties are completely dominated by the big capitalists and are used to further their interests at the expense of the working class. The workers are under still great pressure from capitalism. The bulk of them lack the basic necessities of life. The Republican and Democratic parties are the instruments of big capital and are devoted to its service. The government, whether controlled by either party, discriminates against working people. It suppresses the workers resistance. It openly assists the employers in their constant attacks against workers. It is the State with its officials, thugs, police, deputies and militia whose purpose it is to insure the rule of the parasitic, exploiting few over the overwhelming majority of the people – the working class. Can the worker place any confidence in these lick-spittle lackeys decorated with the badge of authority? Both Republicans and Democrats gives billions of dollars out of the government coffers to the corporations and the banks. Both parties promises prosperity and talk patriotism. The Democrats can afford to howl at the Republicans – it is good political theater. But their campaign funding come from the same capitalist sources. Whoever wins the presidency, the capitalists will seek to make the working class sacrifice to try to maintain their profits.
At first glance there would seem to be great differences between Trump and Biden. The dinosaur Trump seems to represent the worst of the Republican’s past. On domestic concerns, Trump has made tax cuts and corporate welfare for the bosses his priority. Biden, on the other hand, casts himself as the candidate of “change.” He speaks of the plight of working-class and poor people of color with more apparent concern than Trump who pretends to be above stoking racial fears, yet his campaign continues to do just that. But there agreement on the fundamentals of the capitalist system far outweigh their differences. Many hope that a President Biden’s kinder, gentler image will avoid provoking upheavals yet he would continue the erosion of working-class incomes and living conditions that feeds the profits of the wealthy and the reason, much of the American ruling class has been throwing its support behind Biden as representing change they seek. They do not want Biden to appeal to the working class to struggle against its exploitation by the capitalists. Rather, they lons for the populism of Bill Clinton and Obama, who will play by the rules, who will cut corners and who will cut deals with Wall St. Biden’s populist rhetoric echoes the rightful sense of injustice felt by workers and people of color, but it aims to retain trust in capitalism by falsely promising to restore the fairness the system once supposedly had. Biden as the CEO of the most powerful capitalist ruling class in the world a time of mounting crises, fears raising the working class’s expectations.
He cannot encourage workers’ resentment of the system as a whole. It remains the duty of the World Socialist Party to warn that he cannot be trusted any more than any other capitalist politician. The WSPUS oppose any kind of support to capitalist parties like the Republicans and Democrats, no matter how “progressive” they style themselves. We oppose any vote for either party of the U.S. ruling class. Many people will shed their illusions in Biden or any other Democrat when they are able to confirm, through their own experiences, that what we say is true.
However, the ever-increasing exploitation of the workers by the capitalist system with its recurring and deepening crises furnishes the fertile soil for the world socialist movement. Today’s struggles against capitalist and the protests against white supremacy are returning with a fury to America’s heartlands. Those struggles will put on the agenda the only possible solution to capitalism’s descent toward barbarism: working-class revolutions that seize power away from the capitalists, overturn the system’s drive for profit and set about building a socialist world of abundance and freedom for all. Admittedly, in the U.S. today, only very small numbers of workers see through the lies presented by both political parties and sense the need for a revolutionary solution.
There is a third party – the World Socialist Party. It stands for the workers. It declares for socialism. The methods it expects to take over the fields and the factories and the mines and the mills for the is by the ballot box – peacefully if possible. There is but one party which truly represents the workers – the World Socialist Party. Its goal is the creation of a world party of socialist revolution, and the construction of a revolutionary party in the U.S. as a section of it.