November 6, 2016, and for the first time in many decades, I visited an Independent Fundamental Baptist sect. I’ll report on that in another post. But that did inspire the present effort.
The pastoral prayer asked for wisdom in selecting America’s leader. That was it — until … well … it wasn’t a benediction, and not quite a dismissal. It was a minute long video of James Dobson was run telling us to ‘go vote’ on the premise that the Supreme Court had to be stocked with the right people, etc., etc. Then the pastor reminded us of our civic duty to vote. And he said that it is your ‘Christian duty’ to vote. That led to this post.
That pastor likely knows that people such as yours truly exist, although I doubt he often meets them. But I was reminded how profoundly ignorant and outright dishonest the presentation seemed. As I see it, neither he nor Mr. Dobson did God’s people any favor. Mind, some say that of me also.
Note of Warning:
This post contains statements some may find politically offensive. While not advocating open defiance of established political order, it does nothing to support that order either. If that upsets you, you should read no further.
What We’ve Seen, What It Means:
This election explores new depths of reaction, filth, degradation and regression. What isn’t clear yet but will become so is that this election has done lasting damage to the US’ core credibility both at home and abroad.
The least likely outcome of the November 8, 2016 US Presidential Election is a clear winner with a firm mandate to form a government and conduct the business of state in the stead of United States citizens.
More likely, elections will be contested in various states, some red and some blue. Courts will be involved. The Supreme Court will be involved. The possibility of ‘faithless electors’ is real. It is also possible that days or even several months may lapse before a President is selected. In that time, accusations of Russian interference may bring us dangerously close to open war with Russia — i.e., a new, World War. Behold the new normal.
Nothing Will Be Resolved:
Whatever regime in time prevails will lack all legitimacy. The US’ ability to negotiate alliances and exercise external influence will be compromised, tempting a powerful, ruling-class faction to rely all the more on the use military might to offset approaching economic and political collapse.
One establishment figure said that a Clinton win will mean unending investigations by Republican opponents in Congress from day one; but a Trump win will mean Madison, Wisconsin except on a national scale, and with political instability for a decade or more. Who said that? The great, US liberal, Newt Gingrich. This would mean that the locus of decision would move from the Halls of Congress into the streets.
Simply by being sociologically normal, Senator Clinton ought to be leading by 50 points. That Trump — win or not — will receive scores of millions of votes is an utterly crushing repudiation of the Democratic Party.
In fact Senator Clinton is committed to policies that will be catastrophic. She declares for the imposition of a no-fly zone in Syria. Joint Chiefs of Staff chairperson, General Joseph Dunford, has informed the Senate Committee on Armed Services that this will result in direct war with Russia. All of this is deliberately concealed from the public. By positioning its candidate to the right of Mr. Trump, the Democratic Party lays the basis for arguing that the election was a referendum on war with Russia.
What Is Happening:
In the past, issues were at least named. In 2016, differences are fought under narratives of scandal-mongering and McCarthyite like red-baiting’ attacks on a ‘pro-Russian’ candidate. Such hysterical slanders are used because neither party or ‘leader’ can offer a solution to so much as one of any of the explosive, political crises currently besetting the republic.
Regardless of who is declared ‘President,’ world capitalism will continue to breakdown. There will be a massive military buildup around Russia and China. Social inequality will achieve massive proportions. And on Nov. 9, working class political consciousness enters a new stage of development. This will be repressed by increasingly violent means. As the civic narrative is repudiated on the streets, riot police will assume a ubiquitous presence.
80 years ago, Trotsky warned that the US ruling class would try to redraw the world map in its interests. US military operations confirm Leon Trotsky’s insights.
Internally, society is rife with profound social contradictions that sham elections can no longer hide or contain. The longer they are repressed, the more devastating the coming social explosion will be.
Which Way to Go:
The Pax Americana is ended. The republic is not destined for renewed greatness; it is entering collapse. The ruling class fixates on securing its privilege. The police are militarized, domestic spying is universal, and drones are developed for use within US borders. As the ruling class loads the Winchesters for coming class repression, it behooves working people to learn political lessons from their experience. Here is one such lesson.
The 2016 election is an outrageous political attack on working citizens.
As I see it, any regime that must predicate its existence on countless travesties has no legal, social or moral claim to my dutiful allegiance.
Why should I consent to be be retained as a political hostage to a decadent political order that is finally opposed to the very premise of civic decency?
If this seem unduly severe, note that it is not I, but our luminescent ‘leaders’ who prostitute themselves and the processes of state. Should they then cry ‘foul’ if the public concludes that the state is an whore?
As this nightmare of an election staggers to an end, the US led NATO is announcing its largest troop deployment since the Cold War. The ruling class demands that nations be dragged into war. Hundreds of thousands of troops are being placed on high alert, while Britain and US warplanes, tanks and artillery are being sent near Russia’s borders. All this happens behind the backs of the American people under effective news blackout.
Using the imagery of the beast, whore and false prophet, Saint John the theologian depicted and forbade war/oppression/injustice to God’s people. Yet we incarnate Rome’s imperial policies every more closely each year.
The revulsion the nation experiences toward both candidates expresses a deeper alienation from the entire structure of official capitalist politics. It makes more sense to me to give allegiance to, and to plan and labor for whatever system of governance will replace the existing political order.
This is certain: giving us the candidates it has, this election demonstrates forever to all but the politically illiterate, that the existing republic is utterly irredeemable. And if you think these candidates are bad, wait until 2020, unless thermonuclear holocaust resolves everything first.