False image of Hillary Clinton as a ‘safe’ presidential choice!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
Clearly, the terrifying Trump phenomenon helps former foreign minister of USA Hillary Clinton emerging as a better preference or choice for the American voters as the next US president. It is a fact Mrs. Clinton does not have any special quality in terms of foreign or domestic policy making or guiding the nation out of terror war trap. She is just an ordinary western politician eagerly waiting to pursue the traditional capitalist, imperialist and Zionist policies as president and she does not have any intention for world peace.
However, the very thought of having an authoritarian Trump as US president is pushing the very thought of choosing Clinton as a “safe” candidate. That is the fate of Americans having to get into such traps.
That Clinton is being groomed to take over from Obama to be the elected custodian of the White House is gauged from the way US and global media have almost declared her as the next president. Earlier similar situation arose when in 2008 there was a consensus across the political spectrum of America, particularly in Democratic Party, to let first ever Black American Obama become the president. Hillary backed off from contest against Obama, possibly on the understanding that she would wait for one or two terms to assume power.
Though Democratic Party has many aspirants, now Obama is canvassing only for Clinton and entire Black community in the USA, apart from Whites, is backing Clinton.
The Democratic Party long ago abandoned social reform policies that addressed, if only in a limited way, the class interests of working people—for good-paying jobs, health care, education, housing, etc.—in favor of catering to privileged layers of the middle class concerned with issues of lifestyle, race, gender and sexual orientation.
Republican candidate Billionaire Donald Trump thinks he has a duty to entertain Americans and world at large with his racist ideas and he unhesitantly slapped dedicated insults on immigrants, Muslims and women. Maybe, Trump wants to forget that he is going to run for president and he need not represent all the people of the USA. He has unleashed successfully attacks on Clinton as well as fellow Republican contenders.
Trump has taken advantage of the right-wing record of the Obama government and the Democratic Party to exploit the economic grievances of a large layer of lower-income white workers by providing a scapegoat in the form of immigrants, Muslims and other minorities.
Trump’s campaign has taken on an increasingly open fascistic character, with attacks on immigrants and minorities, particularly Muslim-Americans, threats of violence, and even, in the past week, appeals at rallies for supporters to stand up and pledge their allegiance to the candidate by raising their arms in a manner reminiscent of the spectacles staged by Mussolini and Hitler.
To understand why Democrats are becoming slightly more enthused about Clinton, one has to look at the impact of Trump being the likely Republican candidate. To understand why so many Republican voters seem to be willing to sign on to a candidate like Trump, who often doesn’t sound a statesman or act very conservative, and who says funny and outlandish things, it is vital to see the enormous shadow that Clinton casts over the campaign trail.
The thought of Trump’s swift rise to power has offered the most compelling argument for voting in favor of Capitalist Clinton over Socialist Sanders. The fear of a Trump presidency has become one of the most powerful arguments in her favor. His success has come at the perfect moment for Clinton. The possibility of having Trump in the White House has made Democrats think twice about taking a risk on Bernie Sanders and choose “safe” Clinton.
Although Sanders still does better against Donald Trump in many polls, voters still suspect that in the fall those numbers would look very different once Sanders came under full fire from the GOP. Trump’s victories in the primaries and caucuses have amplified the stakes in this election like nothing else, not just for Democrats but for the political system in general. Not only does it diminish enthusiasm about Sanders, but it makes the case to Democrats for Hillary Clinton. This could turn into a mission, for many Americans who fear Trump, to save the nation’s political process from turning into an ugly, nasty name-calling street fight where candidates compete to see who could do a better impression of professional wrestlers on their way to the White House.
Clinton’s character as a “usual” politician is becoming more appealing every time Democrats hear from Trump. While in many elections a candidate whose main promise is not very inspiring, and many have not found it to be until recent weeks, as Democratic voters witness Trump’s freewheeling approach seems compelling.
Clinton asked women to elect her to make her the first ever woman president of USA and has ramped up her discussion of how her election would mark a victory for those who think the nation needs to deal with race and gender questions. Trump is running as an almost stereotypical alpha male — the “Mad Men” candidate of the year — highlighting at almost every turn his gender and how much his aggressive approach to life defines how he would govern.
A big concern for the Hillary Clinton camp revolves around her high unfavorability rating — which registered at 55% in the latest CNN/ORC poll. The good news for her is that Trump’s unfavorability is even higher — 60%. They’ll cancel out that aspect of the competition. For Trump, Hillary Clinton is also a perfect foil. At some level, if gender biases are still a factor at work in the electorate, for men who are uncomfortable with a female leader he offers the perfect alternative.
While the outcome remains uncertain, the front-runner for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination is a candidate whose persona and appeal are of a distinctly fascistic character.
Sanders on the move
After the Tuesday super contest, Senator Bernie Sanders is still in the fight and won an upset victory over former secretary of state Hillary in the Democratic presidential primary in Michigan, taking 50 percent of the vote compared to 48 percent for Clinton. Trump won the Republican primary in the state, taking 38 percent of the vote, with Texas Senator Ted Cruz edging out Ohio Governor John Kasich for second place, with each winning about 25 percent. Turnout was significantly higher in both the Democratic and Republican primaries than in previous statewide votes in Michigan. The Democratic vote was up 75 percent from the last contested primary, in 2008. The Republican vote was up 20 percent from the 2012 primary.
The victory for Sanders was powered by an 81 percent margin among voters younger than 30. Sanders won nearly every county outside the Detroit metropolitan area. Also, he more than doubled his support among African-American voters, from 15 percent in recent primaries in the South to over 30 percent.
The results of the voting in Michigan, the first large industrial state in the Midwest to hold a presidential primary, intensifies the political crisis wracking both of the big-business parties, which together exercise an effective political monopoly in the USA. Sanders, a self-styled “democratic socialist,” defeated the consensus choice of the Democratic Party establishment. The victory of Sanders, in particular, came as a shock to the Democratic Party leadership and the corporate-controlled media.
Exit polls from Michigan found that of voters participating in the Democratic primary, 91 percent said the most important issue was health care, inequality or the economy, while only 9 percent said it was terrorism or national security. In addition, 85 percent said the US economic system favors the wealthy and 86 percent said they were worried about the US economy.
The Clinton campaign now faces an uncertain future in a series of contests in industrial states such as Ohio, Illinois and Missouri, as well as elsewhere in the Midwest and in Appalachia in later weeks.
While the Sanders vote in Michigan showed the growing opposition to big business among working people and youth, the Trump vote in the same state underscores the dangers facing the common Americans.
In the Michigan campaign especially, Sanders and Trump made similar appeals to economic nationalism, with both the “left” Democrat and the ultra-right Republican identifying trade deals, and not the capitalist system, as the cause of mass unemployment and wage-cutting, and attacking corporations for moving jobs to Mexico, China and other countries. Clinton joined in this orgy of chauvinism, denouncing corporations that did not practice “patriotism” in their economic decision-making.
Exit polls in Michigan found that 50 percent of Republican primary voters found him untrustworthy, 47 percent would be dissatisfied if he became the nominee, and 44 percent found his campaign the most “unfair” of all the candidates. For many Americans, Trump is fooling everybody.
Trump is sure to further complicate the terror wars but Clinton cannot be expected to take USA out of crisis either.
Political crisis and Hillary
The racist political culture of the Republican Party has provided an ideal environment for the development of Trump’s career and his present-day baiting of Muslims and immigrants of Hispanic origin. However, inasmuch as overt appeals to racism are the stock in trade of virtually all the Republican candidates, it does not explain the political phenomenon of Trump’s dramatic rise.
In the aftermath of Super Tuesday, not even the political establishment and media can deny that America is in the throes of a profound political crisis. The candidacy of Donald Trump can no longer be dismissed as merely a bizarre and even somewhat entertaining sideshow.
During the past few weeks, as it became increasingly evident that he was poised to emerge from Super Tuesday as the leading candidate for the Republican nomination, some of Trump’s critics began to acknowledge that he was a “Frankenstein’s monster” created by the party’s decades-long cultivation of racist elements. In August 1980, immediately after winning the Republican nomination, Ronald Reagan chose Philadelphia, Mississippi—where three civil rights workers had been murdered 16 years earlier—as the site of his first public campaign speech as the party’s presidential candidate, which aimed to appeal to lingering hostility to the civil rights movement..
More than any other Republican candidate, Trump has pitched his message to the intense anger and frustration of tens of millions of Americans who feel—quite justifiably—neglected and scorned by a political system that is indifferent to the common everyday problems. The political potential of Trump appeal to the economic and social insecurity of millions of desperate people is not genuine. .
Quite simply, Trump proclaims that “America is failing.” The reality of relentless economic decline is also true. It’s partly a reflection of the nation’s stagnant incomes since the Great Recession. At $32,089, per capita income for white Americans has only barely rebounded to what it was in 2005. Economic conditions in the Southern states, which have lost manufacturing jobs at a steady clip, have been particularly difficult. That assessment of the state of the country sounds a good deal close to the truth but meant only for an obligatory applause. Trump talks about high unemployment, low wages and the disastrous state of health care under Obama but Trump has no solution to the problems, except absurd, reactionary and even insane “solutions”.
Trump invokes a mythical past and promises to “Make America Great Again.” America is the ancestral home of snake oil salesmen. Mark Twain’s Duke of Bilgewater marketed a substance that he claimed would remove tartar from teeth. Unfortunately, it also burned off the enamel. That explains capitalism. Official “left” politics is constituted by the Democratic Party but Trump peddles his economic and political wares to the desperate and discouraged. He would apply “The Art of the Deal” to the problems of America. Trump offers the promise of miracles to those who are on their last legs. It seems strange that a right-wing real estate mogul should find support among significant sections of low-income white workers. He is trying to outsmart Sanders.
The Democrats, like Republicans, have no interest in any substantial change in the existing economic structure of society, beyond achieving a more agreeable distribution of wealth among the richest 10 percent of the population.
American capitalism has silenced the common people. This is no less true in the fight against other forms of discrimination related to gender and sexual identity.
The essential characteristics of this political milieu are complacency, self-absorption and, above all, contempt for the working class. In particular, the affluent “left” organizations—or, to describe them more accurately, the “pseudo-left”—make little effort to suppress their disdain for the ordinary labors. The essential concerns and interests of vast segment of American workers —decent jobs and a safe workplace, a livable income, a secure retirement, affordable health care, inviolable democratic rights, peace—are ignored.
In this insidious way, the struggle against racism acquires a thoroughly demagogic character. Genuine socialists have always insisted that all forms of divisions among workers—whether of ethnic, national or racial character—can be overcome only to the extent that workers become conscious of their common identity and the underlying economic source of their oppression.
The efforts of the campaign of Hillary Clinton to promote the corrupt veteran of two reactionary governments of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama as a champion of the oppressed are nothing less than grotesque. Her presidential bid is a monument to the deceit of identity politics. The government of her husband presided over the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act, which cleared the path for the corruption that led to the crash of 2008. The first President Clinton eviscerated welfare payments, which had a devastating impact on the living standards of millions of African-American workers. And yet, it is argued that the election of this Lady Macbeth of American politics—who instigated the Libyan invasion that led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people—will be a triumph for American womanhood!
The campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders, broadly identified as a socialist, has gained widespread support and demonstrated the existence of a desire within large sections of the working class for an alternative to capitalism. Significantly, polls have indicated that Sanders would do substantially better against Trump than Clinton and can win presidency to save Americans.
Whether or not Sanders seeks the emergence of an independent movement against capitalism and imperialism- and for socialism – remains to be seen. .
The November election is more than a half-year away. The explosive character of international politics, the extreme economic instability and the growing social tensions within the USA impart to the 2016 election a high degree of uncertainty.
The Trump phenomenon is a serious political warning and America’s Himalayan blunder. The artificial preference for Hillary as a counter weight to Trump is also disastrous. American voters are now at a crossroads.
The American political system is rotten to the core. Even if Trump were to disappear tomorrow, it would not be long before another fascistic demagogue would emerge to take his place.
The 2016 election campaign has revealed a mounting crisis of the US political system. The ruling class uses all its political instruments to manage and exploit the crisis. It therefore remains very difficult to predict what the outcome of the 2016 election campaign will be. The two-party system, which the American ruling class has maintained for nearly two centuries to safeguard its political monopoly, is in increasing crisis
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton denounced the missile tests outside USA, declaring, “Iran should face sanctions for these activities and the international community must demonstrate that Iran’s threats toward Israel will not be tolerated. But she does not see the Zionist danger to the world with its illegal nukes.
Not only Clinton supports its aggression and terror attacks on the besieged Palestinians, including children and women, but also she, like all American leaders and rulers, does not think Palestinians have a right to exist as humans or should seek freedom or independence from Zionist yoke. Americans and Jews consider that God has made them slaves of Israeli military and as such they should never aspire for free humans to live with dignity.
Mrs. Clinton is among the most powerful Zionist lobbyists defending military aggressions of Israel in Palestine and a woman who has no sympathy for the Palestinians women and children who are being murdered like crows as regular entertainment by Israeli wild rulers with advanced US weapons. The primary campaigns in both big business parties have been dominated by the growth of popular anger and disgust with the political establishment. Eight years after the Wall Street crash, the mass experience of economic insecurity and falling living standards is beginning to find a political expression, however distorted. Clinton as well as Trump represents them.
Sanders could be a better choice for presidency!
The victory of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in the March 8 Democratic primary in Michigan, a center of the American labor movement, is a clear indicator of growing radicalization in the mindset especially of the youth. This gave Sanders an unanticipated victory over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the consensus presidential nominee of the Democratic Party establishment. Sanders won despite the support for Clinton by the corporate-controlled media, whose polls invariably predicted a Clinton victory by double-digit margins.
Republican Donald Trump, who is fond of propagating extreme fanaticism, has become a big worry for both the internal and external establishments of the United States. Opinions are split on what Trump could and would do both at home and abroad if he goes on to win the November 8 elections to the White House. Diplomats and experts in international relations are feeling apprehensive about a possible Trump presidency Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Indian Hindutva PM would welcome Trump for his arrogance and anti-Islamic fanaticism.
Obama’s economic policies have been dedicated entirely to the rescue and enrichment of Wall Street. Its signature social initiative was the restructuring of health care in a manner designed to massively expand the power and boost the profits of the insurance industry. Obama’s government has institutionalized assassinations as a central instrument of American foreign policy and overseen a dramatic escalation of attacks on democratic rights.