Elections in the US: Trump or Sanders?

Source: Cuba -Network in Defense of Humanity
October 14 2015

by Ricardo Alarcón de Quesada
translation Cuba-Network in Defense of Humanity

The nightmare (is) that Trump could be defeated; but “Trumpism” continues to be a threat while the Empire exists. Sanders, probably would not receive the nomination but “Sanderism” will exist until the United States is a true democracy.

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The public declarations of the multi billionaire and contender to the presidency of the United States, Donald Trump has amazed people around the world – by what he says and also his vulgar presence. The racism, arrogance and aggressiveness of his speech, plagued with lies and falsehoods and crude insults of the immigrants and Latin Americans and women make him anything but a statesman or politician partially sincere. To top it all off, he intends to be the supreme commander of the largest super power in History.

Every day alarmed voices arise not only south of the Bravo River but also in Europe and other parts of the world. A candidate such as this in any of those countries would be punished with ridicule and jest and no one could imagine that he could win an election.

Although North America is also the rejection of Spanish speakers and those who, fortunately few, feel embarrassed with the quirky character, the truth is that, according to all polls, Trump has quickly become the leading contender in the Republican Party

The publicity media show

Every sign of arrogance and ignorance produces a substantial increase of support that now surpasses comfortably all the rest. Whatever the final result, there is no doubt that until now, the publicity media show that is called ”political debate” of this unbelievable filthy rich person is becoming the most important protagonist. He is mentioned every day, articles are written about him; editorials; he is a reference and comparison of a dozen of rivals who follow him in the long distance and the most advantageous who would defeat the president by more than two digits.

On the Democratic front the results are also surprising. Against Hillary Clinton who looked unbeatable, an unsuspected challenger presents himself: Senator Bernard Sanders. His is a veteran and, as independent, for 25 years is a representative of the Federal Congress of the small state of Vermont. Since his announcement to run in the election the “experts “and large press thought it was impossible.

Sanders is the only congressman of the country who defines himself as a “socialist” and calls for fundamental changes in health, education, social security and the environment and is opposed to the aggressive and interventionist policy of the Empire. His program goes no further than the European social democracy that will bend to the neo liberal dogma, but is radical in a country in which President Obama is described as “communist”.

He doesn’t have the electoral machinery; his campaign depends on contributions of the common citizens and has rallied a growing number of young enthusiasts.

His public events with thousands of sympathizers widely surpass those of the other contenders and his Facebook page has 1,6 million who like Sanders and almost half a million more than Clinton and much more than the other contenders, democrats of republicans.

In his words he has explained that “our campaign is about creating a political revolution that tells the multi-million classes they can’t have everything. This country, this country belongs to all of us”.

There is still a long way ahead for the parties to choose their candidates. Almost all discount Trump and Sanders.

But no one can ignore the contradictory phenomenon that both represent. It is worrying and hopeful at the same time. On the one hand the support of reactionary attitudes and on the other the potential renovation of the new generations.

The nightmare of Trump could be defeated but “Trumpism “continues to be a threat while the Empire exists. Sanders will probably not achieve the nomination but “Sanderism” exists until the United States becomes a true democracy.

Source:  Cuba-Network in Defense of Humanity

2 thoughts on “Elections in the US: Trump or Sanders?

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  2. I am grateful to you Russell Bell for posting this fascinating and I believe thought provoking piece about the upcoming US elections and more particularly Ricardo Alarcon’s assessment of the Republican front runner Donald Trump and the rising contender for the democratic nomination Bernie Sanders.

    I believe Alarcon’s political analysis of the two aforementioned candidates is important for at least two critical reasons.

    First, it highlights the predicament in which the American working people and particularly those of color may potential face should the billionarie (although some commentators question the validity of his status as a billionarie), Donald Trump, or any of his ilk in the Republican Party win the Presidency. Clearly, should Trump win the elections in 2016, the ” billionaire class” as Bernie Sanders refer to the 1/10 of 1 % of the superrich who keeps getting richer thanks to US government policies which effectively subsidize them through tax write offs, easy access to rent seeking economic activities via intellectual property rights such as pharmaceutical drugs, monopoly rights in markets and a myriad of other schemes would undoubtedly get worst and so too would the conditions of the working class of all colors and races. However, given Donald Trump’s racism and allegiance to his “billionaire class” interests and his equally obvious loyalty to white supremacy which has extended to him wealth and privilege, it would be reasonable to expect that the lives of working people of color and more so black workers and immigrants would not do well. The latter would be even worst in a context of fiscal austerity which would very likely accelerate in a Trump administration where budgets that assist people of color and the poor more generally would be severely cut to supposedly ” reign in the national debt” and “promote financial stability.” Clearly, the prospects for working people and more specifically those of color are simply not bright under a Trump presidency if one’s imagination can be tarnished to think about that political outcome.

    However, Alarcon’s analysis is quite important for another reason and that is the prospect of a Bernie Sanders presidency. Unlike a Trump presidency, I believe that a Sanders presidency, though like a Trump presidency in doubt at this time, would probably present glimmers of hope for working people.

    My basis for suggesting that there would be more hope for working people under a Sander’s presidency is that at least on the campaign trail Sanders, unlike the arrogant and racist Trump, is obviously interested in a range of social, political, economic and environmental issues that are at the core of concerns for middle class and poor families from income- wealth inequality, racism, the affordability of college education and health care to climate change.

    However, despite the excessive commentaries about Sander’s electability to the highest office in the land because of his self declaration as a ” socialist” it should always be remembered that Bernie Sanders is a ” democratic socialist” and not a ” scientific socialist” or ” a revolutionary socialist.” Thus unlike revolutionary socialists who seek to replace capitalism with socialism through peoples’ revolution, Bernie Sanders’ objective is to democratize capitalism by opening more spaces for working people to vote, to get education, jobs, health care, to purchase more homes etc by taxing the ” billionaire class” on Wall Street and more generally in corporate America. In other words, Sanders seeks to create a more “egalitarian America” where working people will get a bigger slice of the economic pie or GDP that their labor creates. To that extent Sanders’ must be supported because in my opinion his policies are the most progressive of all the candidates in both the Democratic and Republican parties. Thus when Sanders is compared to Hillary Clinton, “the presumptive front runner” for the Democratic Party, his policies on virtually all the critical issues from education to climate change are more progressive and will benefit working people more than Clinton’s. However, when Sanders’ policies are compared to those of Donald Trump the difference is really not simply like night and day but perhaps more accurately like very long years of darkness and very long years of bright sunshine.

    Finally, though the policy differences between Senator Bernie Sanders, former Secretary of State Clinton and the arch reactionary Donald Trump are generally so different, I believe that Senator Sanders has a lot of work to do in order to more sharply distinguish himself between not so much Donald Trump but more importantly Hillary Clinton. For example in the first “political debate”, I believe that he should have done more to distinguish his policies from hers. In this regard, I believe that perhaps the reason why Clinton is declared as the “winner” by largely pro status quo commentators and groups is primarily that Sanders had not done enough to contrast his policies from hers. Secondly, I believe that Sanders needs to develop his positions /policies more concretely on white supremacy and racism not simply for the political consumption of black people and other people of color but as principled positions that address the issues of these communities so that more of them may identify with his campaign. The latter is urgent for his campaign for at least three reasons. First, Hillary Clinton is more well known amongst black people than Sanders. Second, Sanders made serious blunders when he was confronted by activists from the “Black Lives Matter Movement” a few months ago when he stated that “all lives matter” which has never been true throughout the racist history of the US where BLACK LIVES are concerned. I suspect that he has a lot of trust and credibility to restore among black people for his insensitive comments which would have probably been true had the history of the US been otherwise towards black people. Third, Hillary Clinton is the wife of the so called “first black president” according to Toni Morrison, a literary African American icon in America (whom I truly respect) but who blundered in her assessment of Bill Clinton. Clinton’s policies sent more black people to prison, destroyed public assistance for the poor which disproportionately impacted poor blacks and ended the regulation of Wall Street by repealing Glass-Steagall. The latter helped to create the seeds of the Great Recession 2008. Despite the latter, Bill Clinton is still loved or liked by many black people for a myriad of complicated reasons which may present an advantage to Ms. Clinton.

    Like it or not, that is the sad realities that confront the American people as it relates to the office of the presidency in 2016. A racist, arrogant and socially and politically unschooled front runner for the Republican Party, a ” democratic socialist” Bernie Sanders with comparatively progressive policies to address several of the burning maladies that plague the American society who hails from the rural state of Vermont and who is not well known to the populace, and a more conservative, astute and seasoned political actor Hillary Clinton who is well known to the political actors in Washington and the population for a myriad of reasons.

    Can Senator Sanders win the democratic nomination and move on to confront the republican nominee for the presidency?

    Time will tell. As Nelson Mandela tells us ” It’s impossible until its done”

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