by Sean O'Torain
Approximately 100 million people in the US and abroad watched the debate
between the capitalist politicians Clinton and Trump who are running for
President of the USA. Many points are being made about this as the commentators
from the mass capitalist media blather on. Some of these points are of
significance some are less so. But the main point, the point that has to be
raised is this: How come 100 million people were watching a debate in which the
only debaters were two candidates of the two main capitalist parties of the
Where on that
stage was there a representative of the US working class? Nowhere. This
is the main point that has to be made about this debate. Neither the US working
class, nor the international working class were represented in this debate.
Their voice was not heard; their interests were not represented, they were
censored out of this debate. This is a missed opportunity for the US and
international working class, a setback to the US and international working class,
to its consciousness and its ability to fight. This does not mean that all is
over for the US and international working class. Far from it, things are only
beginning. But what it does mean is that with its present leadership the US
working class will not be able to fight and defend its interests.
Let us look
again at this debate and its approximate 100 million viewers. Let us ask
ourselves a few questions. How come US capitalism could put on a debate where
the massive US working class of over 300 million and the international working
class had no representative, had nobody to speak for their interests? How come
US capitalism could stage a debate where the 12 million US workers
organized in trade unions had no voice, had no candidate to represent its interests?
The reason for this is very clear and very simple. The organizations of the US
working class representing 12 million workers, are led by pro-capitalist
cowardly leaders who support the capitalist system and are terrified that a
movement against capitalism could develop. These leaders are terrified of such
a movement because such a development would seek to build a new militant mass
movement and along with that, threaten the power and positions of the trade
union leadership and the capitalist system they support and from which they get
their perks. These leaders see no alternative to capitalism, do not believe the
working class can build an alternative, think that any attempt to build such an
alternative would lead only to chaos, so they prop up the existing system and
suppress any movement in their own ranks or in the working class as a whole
which seeks to build an alternative.
Look at what they could have done around this debate. They could have withdrawn
their support from the capitalist party the Democrats. They could have
mobilized their 12 million members either to enter into the Green Party and
transform it into a workers party or they could have built a new workers party.
And on this basis then go after and demand that the capitalist parties debate
them, demand that they are represented wherever the future of the country is
discussed. If the mass capitalist media or the capitalist class tried to shut
them out of debates then the organized trade union movement which controls
electricity, communications and so on could have pulled the plug on the entire
process. It is not complicated. If the working class does not get
speaking nobody gets speaking.
On the more
specifics of the debate. This Blog does not support, nor will ever support, either
of these two capitalist parties or candidates. However this does not mean that
there are no differences between the two candidates. Hillary Clinton will lead
a vicious attack on the US working class and the working class internationally.
She will lead a vicious attack on the US working class so the US government on
behalf of the US corporations can cut living standards at home so they can
continue to fund military spending to defend the corporations interests abroad
and at home. Clinton is a measured, conscious, very experienced representative
of the US capitalist class. The dominant sector of the US capitalist class want
Clinton as their president. They will be happy with the outcome of the
There will be
another section of US society that will be happy with the outcome of the debate
but for very different reasons. This is the tens of millions of women who have
suffered discrimination and special oppression at the hands of misogynistic
bullies such as Trump. After all what decent person would not be pleased to see
a liar and thug and somebody who calls women "dogs" "sluts"
"fat" "ugly" get their comeuppance. But this is more
complicated than it may appear.
politicians represent capitalist interests. Part of these interests is to keep
women workers at a lower income level than men workers. See the explosive
growth of women workers now in the countries of South East Asia, China, and
Latin America where they are kept in sweat shop conditions and paid a few cents
a day. Clinton if elected and this is likely will represent the corporations
and the capitalist system which keeps these women in extreme poverty. And not
only that Clinton if elected will represent the militaristic policies of the US
corporations, its wars and invasions abroad. After all the fact that Thatcher
was a woman, that former secretary of state Albright was a woman, the fact that
Merkel is a woman, the fact that Clinton herself is a woman did not stop
these capitalist politicians from promoting war and poverty and oppression.
Millions of women died in the wars and in the poverty induced systems of
capitalism over which these women presided. No more than the fact that Obama is
an African American has prevented him from representing the interests of the US
corporations and sending off the drones, deporting more undocumented people
than ever before, will the fact that Clinton is a woman mean that she will
represent the interests of women. It is first and foremost a class question.
Trump is an
ignorant buffoon member of the US capitalist class. The dominant sections of
the US capitalist class do not want him. Not a single Chief Executive Officer
of the top 100 corporations in the US gave him money. They are afraid of him,
his ignorance, his lack of any understanding of world politics and how the
world works, the world balance of forces, his insane loutish ambition, they are
afraid he will end up leading US capitalism at home and abroad into explosive
ventures. Only a fringe crude stupid section of US capitalism supports Trump.
We the authors
of this Blog hold firm. We give no support to any capitalist candidate or
party, neither Clinton or Trump, neither the Democrats or the Republicans.The
task is to build a mass workers party. The trade union leaders if they were not
so cowed by capitalism could do this. In the future, movements will come out of
the working class that will do this. In the meantime the authors of this Blog
support Jill Stein and the Green Party. We support its new eco socialist plank
in its platform. And we call on the Green Party leadership to stop shying away
from fighting for this plank. We also seek to convince the Green Party to build
itself as a workers party, to stop vacillating between
liberal groupings and individuals and de classed middle class environmentalists.
We seek to convince the Green Party to put down roots in the rank and
file of the trade unions, the workplaces, the communities and schools and
colleges and build itself as a workers party. And we seek to organize in a non
sectarian manner, a left current within the Green Party to fight for these
policies. In this way a stronger nucleus, a stronger Green Party, can be built
which can help the movement for a mass workers party in the future.
Finally a note
of levity and to show just how pathetic and childish the Trump buffoon is.
After the debate he complained about the movie actress and comedienne Rosie
O'Donnell. It was around ten years ago she was after him ridiculing him and his
hair style and looks. After the debate he brought this up as
"unfair." This is the man who wants to be President of the most
powerful military force in the world!!!!! He has obviously been obsessed by and
on the run from the wee Rosie O'Donnell and what she said about him ten
years ago. Her retort to his post debate attack was to call him an "Orange
Anus". If only the trade union leaders had an ounce of her cheek.
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