Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Hillary gets the OK from the Neocons.

by Richard Mellor
Afscme Local 444, retired

After listening to Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren and the Pied Piper of Hamelin  AKA Bernie Sanders last night I am wondering if the Pope might be preparing the paperwork for Hillary Clinton’s Sainthood. After all, Mother Theresa, that other great exploiter, er I mean savior, of the poor was rushed through the process. All you have to do is commit a miracle and Hillary Clinton, as Ali Abunimah pointed out in tweet this morning, is some character, having the ability to save the world’s children and get rich doing it.

We have watched this process play out over months as Sanders won the hearts of the traditional liberals who struggle in desperation to find a savior, a knight in shining armor that can return this country to its former greatness, the post war era, the era of the Best and the Brightest to use David Halbertsam’s term.

But, faced with a fractious Republican Party with a highly influential base of right wing religious fanatics whose main concern is not profits but the rapture, the more astute big bourgeois in the US are throwing their weight behind their other main party and its candidate Hillary Clinton.  What was also noticeable last night is none of the major speakers mentioned US foreign policy, its wars, the trillions of dollars that the US taxpayer pays to wage them. No drone war, no assassinations, no civilian deaths, no massive destruction of the Middle East.

Clinton is a ruthless and slick politician.  She is the right choice for to represent her class, the class that rules. She will make the right decisions for them with regard to Russia, China, the interests of US corporations abroad and at home as the austerity agenda of the 1% intensifies in the course of the next economic crisis that is almost certain to occur under the next president’s first term. We should not forget that Madeline Albright, a war criminal herself, is solidly behind Clinton. Albright is the person who said that half million deaths of mostly women and children due to US imposed sanctions on Iraq was “worth it”. I guess it takes a certain level of sacrifice to “make a village” doesn’t it?

Clinton also considered the vicious Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak “like family” and it showed.  The Obama Administration held on to Mubarak as long as it could until the movement against him made it impossible to continue.  Being a stooge of US imperialism is a dodgy business.

It’s hard not to sympathize with the view some more conspiracy minded folks have expressed that Trump is a Democratic Party plant.  His protectionist and anti- globalization views are opposed by most US business, many who get most of their profits overseas. His claim to close the Internet is worthy of a comedy central sketch. 

As Rania Khalek points out at the Intercept, the Neocons are backing on Hillary as well. Why not? “I would say all Republican foreign policy professionals are anti-Trump,” Khalek quotes Robert Kagan as saying. Kagan is a co-founder of the Project for the New American Century, the conservative think tank.

Clinton will escalate tensions with Russia as she has already done with regard to the leaked e mails in an effort to deflect attention from the corrupt US political process and her and the Democratic Party’s role in it. “If, as I hope, Hillary Clinton is elected, she is going to immediately be confronting a country that is not where she is,” says Kagan. “She is a believer in this world order. But a great section of the country is not and is going to require persuasion and education.”  The Hawks love Hillary.

I am a Green Party member and will be attending the convention in Houston next month.  Jill Stein, the presumptive GPUSA presidential candidate is repeatedly making overtures to Sanders to join her, hopefully on the ticket. This is a disastrous mistake and the party needs to put a stop to it. Who made this decision to continually make overtures and even offer Sanders a role in the Green Party?  A decision like this should be discussed and democratically voted on if we want o act like a political party. When was the decision made? The Greens do not need Sanders as far as I am concerned.

From what I can gather there are many Sanders supporters who will also come in to the Green Party disgusted as they are with his betrayal. However, along with those Sanders supporters who genuinely believed he would lead a real movement, a real political revolution, there will likely also be those liberals who want to create in the Green Party what the Democratic Party denied them.  They will be pro-capitalist, just a gentler kinder capitalism. They will in the main be people who are more financially secure and less affected by the ravages of the market and the capitalist offensive on living standards.  This in itself does not disqualify anyone from being welcome in the struggle for a better world, a safer world and one in which humanity can exist in harmony with nature.

But their politics will.

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