Years ago, the Republican Party was described by progressive activist Noam Chomsky as “the most dangerous organization on Earth.”
And now, the Trump Republican Party has become the closest transformation to a 21st century fascist party modern America has ever seen.
Yet the common comparisons that some “critical analysis radicals” claim exists between the neoliberal Democratic Party and the rebranded white-supremacist “Trump Amerikaner Party” needs updated clarification.
For starters, a democratic socialist such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - or even the corporate liberal Nancy Pelosi - would never win a Congressional seat in Kentucky, Iowa, or Wyoming; Nor would a Q-Anon psychopath like Marjorie Taylor Green be elected to the U.S. House from Brooklyn, Chicago, or San Francisco?
But easily understanding the lethal essence of the desperate MAGA Fascist GOP should not negate a critical analysis of the Democrats.
While not “the deranged same” when it comes to fiscal economics, our two dominant political organizations are “two wings of a similar corporate, financial, and imperial bird of prey.”
They are both ruling class parties, captive to the underlying elitist power of capital, wealth, and its shifting global empire.
In other words, neither entity is an avenue for human, worker, citizen, or consumer rights, to say the least.
Unfortunately, the Dems seem to be caught up in a perversely co-dependent, and mutually reinforcing relationship in which the Democrats function as a de facto junior partner in the making of the Republican Party’s long, underlying creep towards fascism.
Within their symbiotic relationship, there are numerous ways in which the Democrats enable the move to the violent big government repressive right of the Trump Republican Party:
Lobby Money Addiction
Again, and again, the neoliberal Democrats’ cringing subordination to corporate, financial, and military-industrial authority - our Nation’s concentrated wealth and power - have given the nation’s working-class majority little if anything positive to vote and fight for.
In fact, once they win elections, Democrats repeatedly reveal their progressive-sounding rhetoric as vote manipulation and post-election inauthenticity. This bizarrely gives the neofascist Republicans the ability to exploit the immediate national disappointment that results - especially with blue collar whites and the racist elites (e.g. Donald Trump et al).
This is largely how Reagan, Bush senior, Bush junior, and Trump used nationalist misinformation to ascend to the White House.
Republican Party Irrelevance
Then, as part of a huge change in American politics, when the Democrats shifted from their 20th century New Deal and Great Society commitments - and become a consolidated corporate-neoliberal party under the fiscal conservative Bill Clinton, the Democrats rendered irrelevant most of the Republican Party’s traditional Big Business constituency and policy agenda.
As a result, to keep functioning as a competitive force in our duopoly the two-party system, the Republicans moved further to the racist, nativist, and xenophobic right to prove their “white identity” legitimacy as a separate and viable political party.
Ugly “Duopoly” Party Agendas and Narratives
The Clinton administration cynically collaborated with the Gingrich Republicans to kick poor Black and minority mothers and their children off federal family cash assistance - in the name of 1) “free markets personal responsibility” and 2) the “capitalist duty” of unprivileged Americans engaging in a lifetime of low-wage labor.
Not done yet, the Clinton Dem cabal then joined with his Republican allies to force ever more Black men into prison with his racist “Three Strikes” crime bill.
In fact, Bill Clinton also started up plans for a southern border Wall to stem the surge of migrants resulting from his US labor outsourcing North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) - which displaced millions of Mexican farmers with subsidized U.S. agricultural exports.
Then, 8 years into the 21st century, after the Republican Party lost its remnants of leadership credibility under W. Bush with the costly deception of the Iraq War and the Wall Street created Great Recession, Barack Obama was essentially elected to model for poor Blacks on their personal and cultural responsibility to act civil and responsible in spite of their position at the bottom of the nation’s race-class hierarchies – while Obama served as “proof” that racism no longer posed serious obstacles to Black upward mobility.
Like Clinton, Obama also scolded legitimate Black resisters of racist police violence on the sanctity of “law and order” – deeply empty words in a nation that provides liberty and justice only for the privileged Few.
To prove his corporate credentials, in Obama’s first term, his administration sabotaged efforts to make health care a “right” - instead advancing the flawed ACA healthcare scheme that preserved and advanced huge profits for insurance and drug companies - as well as the broader medical-industrial complex.
Yet history shows that spurts of “nationalism” (including tariffs, xenophobia, and domestic violence are directly a result of fading military power and bankrupt “defense” budgets.
Contrary to their rhetoric, the Democrats are now deeply committed to the U.S. military empire, which eats up more than 20% of federal discretionary spending to maintain more than 800 military bases spread across more than 100 “sovereign” nations.
As a nation we can credit Clinton and Obama with keeping the American military machine set on “active duty” - with the Clinton bombings of Serbia and the Obama drone attacks
Even today, Iraq invasion cheerleader Joe Biden can’t finish a single speech without saying “God Bless our troops.” Imperial Joe (who launched missile attacks on Syria and Iraq just a week ago) has advanced yet another massive Pentagon budget that will cancel out desperately needed social and environmental expenditures.
The Democrats are certainly more skilled than the Republicans when it comes to managing the American warfare state and selling its actions as “democracy promotion.” Just look at how the disastrous Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld wars are remembered.
Out of political desperation, the Republican Party has become ever more “fascist” over the last 30 years. It is openly hostile to “normal” parliamentary give and take in Congress and now wants to “eliminate” the other ruling class party through decentralized totalitarian means disguised as repressive “big government” State’s rights and racist election fraud propaganda.
Don’t believe your lying eyes!
Shortly after Biden’s victory the vastly incompetent Trump Republican party’s leaders, many of its new Conspiracy deranged Congresspersons, and other corrupt elected officials failed to nullify the 100% legitimate 2020 presidential election.
So now the Trump Republican Cult Party is successfully passing racist laws to repress minority voting so they can rig the electoral game in 2022 and 2024, because they know they cannot win otherwise.
This neofascist voter democracy nullification effort even included a traitorous MAGA insurrection assault on the U.S. Capitol, encouraged by Trump and his political goons, leading to a handful of police deaths on January 6th, 2021.
In essence, the MAGA neofascist Republicans are organizing their gerrymandered expanded powers in the neoConfederate political strongholds - with an ongoing assault on state voting rights - to successfully rig the elections both in 2022 and 2024.
Despite all this and more, it’s impossible to understand why the Biden-Pelosi-Schumer-Clinton-Citigroup-Pentagon Democrats insist on “reaching out” to the Republican white-nationalist party in the name of bipartisan “getting things done.”
The only decent thing to do with a vicious party like the Trump Amerikaner GOP is to muster all one’s influence and power to destroy it.
But it is unthinkable that the top Democrats would ever go down that sensible fighting path.
In a clear display of political ignorance, the corporate-captive leaders in charge of the Democratic Party are more concerned with marginalizing the progressive, social-Democrats (Bernie-Ocasio-Tlaib-Omar) faction than they are with routing the Trump Republican neofascist party.
Refusing to Dismember MAGA Hate
Under the ridiculously antiquated Electoral College and the population-distorted nature of the U.S. Senate - where each state has two senators (e.g. Wyoming has 134 times more representation than diverse and liberal California.
Yet somehow these are “sacred” topics top Democrats never broach - all while the nation is being torn apart by violent right wing extremism and liberal complacency.
That is unsurprising since those and other undemocratic features of the U.S. political order are revered in the nation’s archaic 18th Century slaveholders’ Constitution.
Yet no fundamental alteration of that document is imaginable - short of a popular revolution the Dems would never embrace.
Still, the Wall Street Democrats are afraid to even undertake actions deeply needed and permitted within the confines of our venerated national charter: 1) the abolition of the reactionary Senate filibuster; 2) a deep activist analysis of the antiquated U.S. Supreme Court’s preposterous lifetime appointment rule; and 3) the admission of Washington D.C. as a state.
Surrendering the filibuster (the 60-vote rule) in the Senate means the blockage of numerous basic and much needed reforms, including the “For the People” Voter Right Act (supported by 75% of Americans) - which would have outlawed racist Republican voter suppression tactics and the corrupt state-level gerrymandering of Congressional districts.
It’s the same with numerous other measures, vetoed not only by the corporate-financial plutocracy but also by a Louis XVI-era constitution designed by and for slave-owners and merchant capitalists for whom “democracy” was never the ultimate objective.
Embracing Fascism’s Seedbed: Failed Capitalism.
Top Democrats continue to embrace the soulless and anarchic “big corporate” profits system, weeping about its “excesses” all the way to the bank - as they are rewarded for their dutiful service to the nation’s owners (ask future NBA owner Barack Obama about the payoff).
The ultimate destinations of a cancerous elite controlled capitalist system are 1) authoritarian rule and 2) environmental collapse, and both are currently underway.
These two terrible consequences are interrelated: the American capitalist order has exhausted its global and ecological natural resource frontiers; it is running out of “cheap nature” to replenish its profit rates. American capitalism is no longer capable of escaping its deep internal contradictions.
Hence Americans and humanity are faced with the choice between “[eco-] socialism and fascist barbarism - if we’re lucky.”
It appears that in the end top elite Democrats will ultimately side with barbarism and fascism (fueled by ecological breakdown) over adopting sane democratic socialist solutions every time. They are unwilling to give up their illusory elite grandiosity.
Punish the Political Criminals for Their Crimes
In step with the profits generated for his favored lobby money benefactors, the Obama promised, but his administration refused, to prosecute the Great Recession’s Wall Street criminals, citing a desire, in Obama’s words, to “look forward, not backwards.”
Even today, one could easily make the case for the tangerine tyrant Donald Trump being in a jail cell for a range of transgressions, possibly even his sadistic child separation policy or his deep assaults on environmental protections.
But it’s Trump’s “pandemicide” incompetence - ignored and fostered by his own cowardly party - and the attempted subversion, nullification and 1-6 violent insurrection related of the 2020 presidential election that completely justifies Trump being locked up.
But Biden’s gutless Attorney General Merrick Garland (whose 2015 Supreme Court nomination was viciously torpedoed by the Republifascist Party) has “no stomach” for indicting Trump on any of his epic crimes.
And now the orange Cancer is back on the hate rally campaign trail, still selling his “Big Election Lie” and otherwise stirring the neofascist pot without serious consequences from a government he tried to overthrow.
Choosing elections over “street activism”
Sadly, corporate Democrats will never call the masses into the streets and public squares and out of their low wage workplaces to help convert the environmentally exterminist corporate-financial plutocracy, or destroy the racist Republican electoral structure, and the capitalist-imperialist order that gives rise to the neofascism that has congealed around what is “the most dangerous organization in America.”
Unthinkable revolution aside, Democrats won’t call people into the streets even for basic reforms like their “For the People Act.”
Even when millions of Americans take to the streets on their own initiative to protest US policy corrosion folly like the invasion of Iraq or the racist police state murders of Black people, the Democrats and their media machine do everything they can to co-opt and pervert popular rebellion, steering it into the power-friendly sinkhole of major party electoral politics.
When the genuinely populist, anti-plutocratic Occupy encampments rose in the late summer and fall of 2011, the Wall Street-captive Obama administration and its blue (Democratic) metropolitan police state allies worked to infiltrate and dismantle the protest sites even as Obama and his party deceptively appropriated Occupy’s language and spirit for his 2012 campaign (against the made-to-order One Percent Republican candidate Mitt Romney).
Selling violence with the “White victim card”
The current Trump “Amerikaner” Republicans are being accurately reproached for their ugly white supremacy, but they have no monopoly on the power-serving irrationality and silly, anti-scientific standpoint of bourgeois identity politics.
The Democrats and their media allies constantly stoke the identity flames in their own deeply conservative fashion, privileging the placement of Black, LatinX, female, and gay faces in high places over serious engagement with the underlying oppressive structures that create the nation’s class, racial, ethnic, and gender disparities.
The Democrats’ “liberal” media regularly pushes the white “heartland” guns and violence buttons even as it promotes a TV and film culture of cop show and gangster idolatry violence that psychologically steers deranged and armed whites into acts of violence.
Let’s face it: Liberal” and “politically correct” Hollywood manufactures and celebrates powerful images and sounds of bloodshed on a mass scale.
The Nice Cop Needs a Crazy Cop
As a ruling class party, the Democrats are now challenged in their effort to win the votes they need to stay viable in an electoral system that is dysfunctionally all too constitutionally tilted to the far right.
Given their ownership by the capitalist class, Democrats gain electoral support less by advancing a positive vision of progressive change (though pretending to possess such a progressive vision is central to their electoral marketing) than by intelligently exploiting the economic fear of the other ruling class party.
This invests them perversely in the continued existence and awfulness of the Republican Party. In other words, you can’t be the “nice cop” (lesser evil) without a “bad cop” (greater evil) on hand to scare the jailhouse captives.
The fact that the Republicans, having insanely crossed into fascist space - and really are a greater immediate evil, does not make the Democrats’ co-dependent complicity in the game any less at fault.
The most important and most relevant truth of the [January 6] riot is that it was not the culmination of the insurrection, but its prologue.
If the Republican Party, as currently constituted, takes back the House and Senate next year (an outcome that is not only plausible but, as history tells us, likely), and if a Democrat wins the presidency in 2024, it doesn’t seem likely that the neofascist controlled Republikaner Congress will certify the victory. And then the four horsemen will most certainly ride.”
The 4 horsemen will ride with pathetically little resistance from the so-called “party of the people,” - the dollar-drenched neoliberal Dems - who may go down in the history books as the junior partner party in the rise of an American fascist order inthe third decade of the 21st Century.
It will be up to the people themselves to write a different history. They must form new organizations appropriate to the tasks of refuting and destroying “Republikaner fascism“ - and creating the kind of society that doesn’t breed the deadly fascist bacteria like “Trump disease” - while also destroying our livable ecology.
“There’s nothing more frightful than political ignorance in action.” - Goethe