By Donald Monaco
March 09, 2020 "Information
Clearing House" - The
utter and complete corruption of the Democratic
Party is on full display as the DNC desperately
maneuvers to derail the insurgent candidacy of
Bernie Sanders by denying him a majority of
delegates to the July convention in Minneapolis.
Winning a mere plurality of votes in primary
elections will deny Sanders a first ballot
nomination and allow the DNC to use their
super-delegates to support the conventional
candidate, Joe Biden, on a second ballot.
Hillary Clinton and the DNC already conspired to
successfully deny Sanders the nomination in 2016.
The mere fact that the party installed
super-delegates after the factious anti-war
candidacy of George McGovern in 1972 should
sufficiently illustrate the party hierarchy’s
contempt for democracy.
The opposition of the political establishment to the
Sanders’ campaign stems from its programmatic
support for a rabid neoliberal agenda against the
Senator’s proposed New Deal liberal reforms.
The Democrats have been moving to the right
in American politics for the past three decades and
have no desire to reverse course.
Beginning with the Clinton presidency and continuing
throughout the Obama regime, the Democratic Party
initiated a new Cold War with Russia, imposed
neoliberal economics globally, abandoned class
politics for identity politics, deregulated the
financial industry and the media, bailed out Wall
Street at the expense of main street and presided
along with the Republicans, over the greatest
transfer of wealth to the top 1% of the population
in American history.
Nevertheless, the Democratic Party is viewed by many
of its supporters as a ‘lesser evil’ than the
Republicans. Furthermore, in
this election season, Trump and the Republicans are
so terrible, the thinking goes, that anybody the
Democrats nominate will be a better president than
the orange billionaire.
Prior to evaluating these assumptions, a little
lesson in political history is in order.
To begin, it is important to identify the
class nature of the Democratic Party and to
illustrate its principal functions in American and
The Democratic Party is one of the two partner
parties of American capitalism.
As with the Republicans, it is primarily financed by
the corporate rich and represents their class
interests. The policies it
implements are cohered within a vast policy
formulation network of foundations, think tanks and
policy discussion groups that have been set up for
the purpose of legitimizing the policy choices of
the corporate community and its military industrial
Since the Great Depression, one of the major
functions of the Democratic Party has been to
diffuse popular discontent by advocating
concessionary policies in times of social unrest.
concentration and financial speculation during the
1920’s led straight away to the Great Depression of
the 1930’s. Worker militancy,
mass industry wide unionization,
sit-down strikes, secondary boycotts, factory
occupations and pitched battles with the police
brought Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal of 1935 along
with the Wagner Act, the Magna Carta of the
labor movement that
legal segregation, violent social repression, urban
ghettoization and systemic police brutality resulted
in the emergence of a
civil rights movement
black liberation struggle
that organized bus boycotts, sit-ins, civil
disobedience, pickets, urban rebellions, armed
self-defense and a mass march on Washington that
produced Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society including
the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Voting Rights Act of
1965, Fair Housing Act of 1968 and War on Poverty in
genocidal war in
Vietnam, a compulsory military draft and staggering
American casualties in that war generated an
whose tactics included the burning of draft cards,
mass marches on the Pentagon, campus rebellion,
student strikes and a
that involved the bombing of government targets
undertaken in solidarity with the heroic struggle of
the Vietnamese people. These
struggles brought forth the anti-war candidacies of
Senators Eugene McCarthy and Robert Kennedy.
Their entry into the presidential race of
1968 led to the decision of the war’s chief
proponent, Lyndon Johnson, not to seek a second term
as president. Johnson’s decision
signaled the beginning of the end of U.S.
involvement in the war as his successor, Richard
Nixon, was compelled to promise an end to the war so
he could secure his election victory over Johnson’s
Vice-President and war advocate, Hubert Humphrey.
Nixon subsequently began troop withdraws and
‘Vietnamization” of a conflict that was subsequently
abandoned along with the military draft in 1973.
In short, the Democrats operate as the shock
absorber of American capitalism whose main function
is to diffuse, absorb and co-opt social opposition
and political dissent during times of upheaval
caused by economic and social crisis.
A corollary function of the Democratic Party is to
periodically impose domestic political repression on
various sectors of the American population that
refuse to be co-opted in defense of a persistently
rapacious capitalistic and virulently racist social
order. In this respect, the
Democrats alternate with the Republicans when it
becomes necessary to quash incipient rebellion.
administration produced the Sedition Act of 1917,
Espionage Act of 1918 and
Palmer Raids of
1919, 1920 initiating the first Red Scare.
Franklin D. Roosevelt initiated FBI investigations
of the Communist Party for domestic subversion in
1936 and ordered the internment of Japanese
Americans in 1942. Harry Truman mandated loyalty
oaths, signed the National Security Act creating the
National Security Council and the CIA, signed the
and began the second Red Scare in 1947. John
Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson continued the murderous
program begun in 1956 during their tenure in office
from 1961-1968. Johnson declared a ‘War
on Crime’ in 1965
integrating the federal government with local law
enforcement. Bill Clinton’s administration produced
the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of
1994 and the Anti-terrorism and Effective Death
Penalty Act of 1996 resulting in the exponential
growth of mass incarceration, a militarized police
force, accelerated executions on death row and the
evisceration of civil liberties. Clinton’s Justice
Department under Attorney General Janet Reno
organized the deadly
on the compound of Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas
in 1993. Barak Obama signed the
National Defense Authorization Act
in 2012, section 1021 of which effectively
terminated habeas corpus, defended the
NSA’s Prism program
of mass surveillance in 2013 and used the
Espionage Act to
indict whistleblowers from 2010-2012. The majority
of Congressional Democrats supported the Patriot Act
from 2001-2020 further eroding civil liberties.
Internationally, the Democrats along with their
Republican cohorts have conducted wars, instigated
covert interventions and imposed political
repression in countries around the world as part of
their defense of global capitalism and corporate
hegemony under the pretexts of fighting communism,
interdicting terrorism and making the world safe for
democracy and human rights.
Wilson invaded Haiti in
1915 and brought the United States into World War I
in 1916. FDR entered World War II in 1941. Truman
dropped Atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in
1945, intervened in
beginning the Cold War in 1947, recognized Israel in
1948 and started the Korean War in 1950. Kennedy
unleashed the CIA’s Bay of Pigs invasion and
in Cuba along with implementing the doctrine of
counter-insurgency in Asia and Latin America in
1961. Johnson backed a coup d’état in
Brazil in 1964,
escalated the Vietnam War and invaded the
in 1965. Carter endorsed the CIA’s
that armed the Islamic Mujahideen in Afghanistan in
1979 and supported
in Zaire, Angola, East Timor, Guatemala and El
Salvador from 1977-1980. Clinton enforced
sanctions on Iraq
from 1993-2001 killing one and a half million Iraqi
civilians, bombed Iraq, Afghanistan and Sudan in
1998 and bombed
1999. Obama presided over coup d’états in
Honduras in 2009
Ukraine in 2014,
Libya in 2011,
waged proxy war in
Syria in 2012,
sanctions on Russia
in 2014 and conducted
across the Middle East and North Africa.
A cursory examination of the foregoing political
history reveals that the Democratic Party, no less
so than its Republican counterpart, represents the
interests of the American corporate plutocracy not
the American people.
The idea that the Democrats are a ‘lesser evil’ is
pure fiction. The belief that a
‘political revolution’ can be waged from within the
Democratic Party is an illusion.
The Democrats are a party of criminals.
They are a war party.
They serve Wall Street. A vote
for the Democrats is a vote for American
imperialism, an empire that has committed crimes
against humanity too vast to comprehend.
Likewise for the Republicans.
The American political class should not be
supported or respected. It
should be imprisoned. But that
would take a genuine ‘political revolution’ to
Donald Monaco is a political
analyst who lives in Brooklyn, New York.
He received his Master’s Degree in Education
from the State University of New York at Buffalo in
1979 and was radicalized by the Vietnam War.
He writes from an anti-imperialist,
anti-capitalist perspective. His
recent book is titled,
The Politics ofTerrorism,
and is available at amazon.com -
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