That this article isn’t really about how bad either person is and weighing them, nor so much about their policies or levels of corruption (both luminaries are very bad in these respects, if you ask me). Rather, this article deals with issues much deeper and much more serious — issues having to do with what our country will become, not just the next four years, but the long game. This article is very much a response to liberal gaslighting of progressives, and it makes an appeal to Dems and “liberals” to stop with the myth that Hillary would have been better and that all will be OK if Trump is defeated. Now, if you are going to comment, please read first. Thanks. And now on to to this controversial article:
Let’s be honest. The “Democratic” and Republican Party are not extremes of one another! They are almost identical! No true alternatives, at all. And the same goes for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Yes, you read correctly. They all screw us (the American working class people) to enrich themselves and their wealthy cronies. And, there is at least one very critically reason why Hillary would have been actually worse than Trump!
Jamarl Thomas, an unusually smart video blogger who I rate highly, gave a very sharp analysis arguing that the confused ones among us should stop, once and for all, to perpetuate the canard that Hillary would have been better than Trump in the Oval Office. In fact, the exact opposite is true! The very sensible argumentation comes from someone situated on what we, in America, traditionally consider the political “left,” a term which in the past was synonymous with the “Democratic” Party, but today is anything but that. Listen or read (or do both). It’s well worth it.
Here is the video, and below it my own summary and commentary:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Verdict Segment. Is Hillary Clinton the Lesser Evil? For Once and For all, NO!”)
First a little correction of the record concerning the Clintons: HRC was in favor of the TPP (despite a brief period when she switched her official rhetoric to defend against Bernie Sander’s staunch objection to it). The Trans-Pacific Partnership(TPP) would have made our government subordinate to international corporations, overruling our national laws (such as consumer protection and environmental protection laws). A private tribunal stacked with those international corporations’ lawyers could have ordered our government not only to ignore our laws but to pay over billions of our tax money to these corporations in damages when our laws had curtailed their profits. How much more cynical can our corporate rule and dismissal of democracy get? With the GOP, DP, Clintons and Trump, it’s always about maximizing the profits and domination of corporations (in return for rich kickbacks, of course).
The TPP was going to leave out China and Russia, by the way. So, if Trump did indeed collude with Russia in any way, as certain elements want us to believe, the collusion might well have been about not ratifying the TPP. In this case, we ought to thank Russia. Just a thought.
Fact: the GOP represents the rich. It has been the party for the rich all our lifetimes, even the oldest of us. The “Democratic” Party used to represent the rest of us, the 99% (or at least 90%), while many of us grew up. But, starting around 1980, it swung over to the side of the rich as well. The Clintons are the most visible operatives in this move. Bill Clinton gave us NAFTA, ravaging both the U.S. and Mexican economies, and his crime bill which made possible our new prison slavery system. He killed Glass–Steagall thus laying the groundwork for the Great Recession. He crippled Welfare, deregulated communications, and even tried to privatize (read destroy) Social Security. He did the very horrible things even Reagan had not been able do. The Clintons are Republicans in Democrat dressing. Neoliberals are Neocons straddling the “Democratic” Party.
When the “Democratic” Party switched over to the side of the rich, the connection with working America was severed. Ever since, the “Democratic” Party has been representing only the rich, just like the Republican Party. Our nation’s politics became a conversation among the oligarchs. Bill Clinton (and the other neoliberals) completely decapitated the ability of the public to address their grievances and interests through the President’s office or the “Democratic” Party.
The ruling elite in the “Democratic” Party is now just as craven as those in the GOP. The “Democratic” Party no longer functions in the way it is supposed to function: representing the 99%. All they now do is talk the talk but walk the opposite walk.
Represented now are only the rich and their corporations, those who are putting dollars in the Republican and “Democratic” politicians’ G-strings. Hillary Clinton is a Democrat in name only. Behind the mask, she is a Republican, a neocon.
So, logically, we voters have no reason to vote for shills like the Clintons. In fact, we have a duty to ourselves not to vote for them. The corrupt politicians in either party, especially those in the “Democratic” Party which falsely pretends to offer solutions, need to lose over and over and over again until they finally grasp that they can’t get our votes when they don’t represent us!
Jamarl also gave a good definition of “progressives” (a term often confused with “liberals” and therefore with “Democrats”). He explained: “We are not Democrats. We are not robots. We look at these things [described above] and we weep for this society. We are the conscience of this nation. We are the moral core. When we see these things [of injustice and poverty], they bother us. These things don’t have to exist. We’re seeing people shot by cops. We’re seeing people put in prison over little, ridiculous stuff. The United States has 25% of the world’s prison population. That’s a symptom of a sick society. Ecological damage and societal collapse are real issues [unlike the MSM’s distractions]. These things are deal-breakers. When neither one [of those candidates presented to us] will get us where we need to get, then they are pods, they are in the way, and we mustn’t vote for any of them.”
The benefit of having Trump in office instead of Clinton is that he riles up independents, and ALSO Republicans, and even Democrats. Hillary would have done more or less the same things as Trump (with small differences, some better, some worse), and – yet – with Hillary in the Oval Office, all those Democrats acting as bots for the “Democratic” Party would have gone back to sleep, thereby BLOCKING change, BLOCKING progress, BLOCKING the fight we need to bring to the establishment.
Even if you think that Trump is the apocalypse; even if Hillary had not been the apocalypse; we have been drifting towards the apocalypse by us allowing the “Democratic” Party and Republican Party to become so corrupt and yet getting our votes. If we don’t stop this, we WILL have the apocalypse, we will make it unavoidable.
And as for all these dumb excuses for Hillary’s loss of the election, stop bitching and whining already. Hillary was the wrong candidate! The one which – unlike Sanders – didn’t have what it would have taken to defeat Trump, and the one which would have put “Democratic” voters back to sleep. Own it “Democrats,” grow some hair! Hillary was chomping at the bit to start a war with Russia and continue down the road of NAFTA and the TPP and our prison slavery system, and the dismantling of Social Security. Her team betrayed democracy by cheating Bernie Sanders out of the race. No. She wasn’t better. She isn’t better. And both Trump and Hillary aren’t anywhere near good enough to be in office.
We voters also need to grow some hair and deny our votes to crooks, all crooks, regardless of party. And, thankfully, the fact that Hillary didn’t get her chance to put a large part of the nation back to sleep telling themselves that the “good” party won and all is fine now, is indeed a good thing. It improves our chances to raise awareness and start fighting back properly.
So, we got a goblin in the Oval Office. The she-goblin wouldn’t have improved things. To the contrary.
We should make use of our surviving wakefulness and not let ourselves be distracted with all these absurd mass media distractions, like the emails hoopla and the Russiagate hysteria. How dumb we are if we let ourselves be dazzled with such small stuff while IGNORING the raping of democracy by the “Democratic” Party in the primaries (and to no small degree by the Republicans – if not both parties – in the general election). That’s utterly insane!
Bill Maher and all those other shamers, gaslighting people over not having voted for their deplorable candidate and claiming that it would have been better if she had won over Trump, are deranged!
All you Dembots and Hillbots who are supporting criminals like the Clintons and a party which has lost its way, and who are browbeating everybody around you into supporting your false candidates, how can you not know what’s happening? Don’t you know Hillary was Secretary of State? Don’t you know she approved arms deals to genocidal regimes like the Saudis who paid her and Bill off through the Clinton Foundation thereby arming her political machine — because the foundation “employs” many in their army of allied politicians and lobbyists, something the Clintons then don’t have to do out of their own pocket. And since we are on the topic, why do you think the Clintons are getting $50 million (yes, million!) annually in bribes? Is anybody giving you a million? Who would you have to kill?
How can you be unaware of this? Are you living under a rock? Please crawl out from under there and open your eyes and ears and start to think! And once you are no longer denying reality and have decided to reconnect your much vaunted moral superiority with the facts on the ground, thus recovering your morality, then please reverse course! Fight against the war profiteering and people-enslaving rich. Demand, and make happen, a people’s party — whether it be a truly reformed “Democratic” Party, the Green Party, a new party, or whatever. Give guff to deplorables like Val Perry Rendel who is spewing venom on online outlets like Medium and writing a book of propagandist venom (“Bust: Bernie’s 30-Year Plan to Destroy the Democrats” probably subsidized by corporate outfits of demagoguery like Correct the Record). Do realize that the Clintons (like the Bushes and others) have blood on their hands, the blood of thousands of US soldiers and millions, yes millions(!), of civilians, dead and maimed and turned refugees in other countries. Innocent men, women, children, and babies who never did anything to us, and who were butchered and continue being butchered for the profit of a few rich people in our military industrial complex that Eisenhower warned us about. And all who support them have the same blood on their hands. So much for moral superiority.
So much for the myth that Hillary would have been better than Trump. Let’s finally bury this falsehood and get busy making true change happen.
This article (a surprisingly progressive argument for Hillary having been worse for our country primarily because of election integrity issues and the soporific effect her presidency would have had on voters) first appeared on Beanstock’s Blog, a site for unusual analyses and ideas rarely found elsewhere.