Donald Trump and the Ruling Political Establishment
We’d be remiss and miss an important opportunity not to ask what led up to the Donald Trump phenomenon and the fact that he is now the most likely nominee of the Republican Party for this year’s elections.
Decades of racist, pro-imperialist, pro-war and nationalistic fear mongering and propaganda by corporate media has created an uninformed and misled population, who readily buy into corporate lies, give their support to policies of endless wars, are easily incited with hatred for immigrants and other nationalities and races and vote against their own interests. Such brainwashing is needed to keep the population ignorant, compliant and hating those whom the state identifies as the enemy, in order to secure their acquiescence for wars and interventions that only benefit the tiny minority of super rich and go against the interests of the vast majority. Only through such misinformation and brainwashing can a state make people go against reason and logic and vote against their own interests.
At the same time, decades of stagnating wages and intensifying economic hardship for the working class, coupled with widespread racism and state induced nationalism, has led a significant portion of the white working class to place the blame for their deteriorating living conditions on immigrants and minorities. Racist and anti-immigrant sentiments among the white working class always go up at times of economic hardship and this period is no exception.
On the other hand, the war mongering by the politicians and corporate media who have a vested interest in imperialist wars, coupled with the instability and terrorism such war policies cause or contribute to, have instilled an additional element of fear and resentment against Muslims in the population, which has also put fuel on the nationalistic, xenophobic and anti-immigrant sentiments of the populace. Instead of blaming the real culprits, the misinformed tend to blame those who happen to be the most affected victims of the government policies. Instead of uniting with the most affected and victimized, they rally against them, letting greedy corporations and their war makers and profiteers off the hook.
Racist, nationalistic and anti-immigrant movements of the white working class who rally behind an opportunist and racist individual who spews out hate is what ultimately leads to fascism. The ruling class may not want this and may not think this is in their best interest, at this particular time , but this is the monster they created, and the liberals and Democrsts aided and abetted and paved the way, every step of the way. Democrats and liberals who are now alarmed by and indignant at Trump’s hate speech and fear the possibility of his victory in general elections, have all been participants in building the foundation for this treacherous situation with their consistent betrayal of the working class and doing the bidding of corporations, their empire and their wars. What is needed is an anti-racist, anti-war and anti-imperialist/anti-capitalist people’s movement to turn the tide and defeat the tyranny of corporate rule and its fascistic tendencies, not another Democrat presented as the lesser evil.