“The More Effective Evil” Curtain Call and the Prospect of Hilary 2016

Submitted by Danny Haiphong on Tue, 05/27/2014 - 13:08
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by Danny Haiphong

President Obama has proven far more effective than George Bush in consolidating the rule of corporate imperialism. It will soon become Hillary Clinton’s turn to neutralize Blacks and white liberals in pursuit of the imperial agenda. Her presidency would “further expose the collaboration between Democrats and Republicans when it comes to economic and foreign policy endeavors.”

 

“The More Effective Evil” Curtain Call and the Prospect of Hilary 2016

by Danny Haiphong

Obama’s exit will conclude a period of history where the even harsher tasting ‘Satan Sandwich’ of austerity, imperialist adventure, and state repression was swallowed with little resistance by the most progressive forces residing in the American empire.”

The corporate media has been preparing the Obama Administration’s curtain call for the 2016 election cycle. Obama’s diligent service for corporate empire stabilized the political rule of imperialism at a high cost for oppressed people everywhere. Now, with the Obama Administration’s popularity at an all time low from the US to South Africa to the Asia Pacific, corporate media syndicates have set their sights on Hilary Clinton’s possible 2016 candidacy. During her tenure as Obama’s first Secretary of State (2009-2013), Hillary performed the role of top lapdog for the Obama Administration’s imperialist ventures. It is important for the radical left to begin preparing for what’s to come while continuing to struggle against prevailing conditions, as the Obama Administration is far from finished with its task of managing the affairs of corporate empire at the people’s expense.

The few of us who have spent nearly six years fighting Obama-mania are glad to see him go. The Obama Administration consolidated the rule of corporate imperialism far more effectively than the Bush Jr. Administration. This is why Black Agenda Report has called Barack Obama “the more effective evil” from the minute he began making policy decisions. Obama’s mere presence in the White House built a dangerous white liberal and Black American consensus that terribly confused the actions and positions of the US left. While the Obama Administration was busy militarizing Africa, propping up the prison state, privatizing education, slashing entitlements, waging NATO-led wars all over Eurasia, dropping drones, eroding civil liberties, and bailing out Wall Street, white liberals and Black misleaders spent much of their time defending Obama’s actions and seeking Democratic Party approval. This balance of forces stifled radical political resistance, as best evidenced by the deterioration of the US anti-imperialist movement and the rapid dissolution of Occupy Wall Street.

The left will need to carry out an offensive against materialized fascism or decide, as it has for the last six years, to continue attaching itself to the interests of the corporate ruling class.”

The end of the Obama era and the prospect of Hillary present an interesting challenge to grassroots left forces in the years to come. The Obama presidency’s affect on the consciousness of exploited and oppressed people allowed the ruling circle to institutionalize police-state laws like the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and imperialist projects such as “humanitarian intervention” with little organized resistance. Race to the Top and the Affordable Care Act institutionalized privatization at the national level. Thus, state repression, capitalist austerity, and imperialist intervention will find strong consensus within both parties of the US establishment come 2016. Starting from this point, the left will need to carry out an offensive against materialized fascism or decide, as it has for the last six years, to continue attaching itself to the interests of the corporate ruling class. Hillary Clinton appears ready to carry on what Obama has wrought. Her prospects for success are bright if the US left decides to deem her the “lesser-evil” like it did with Obama.

Hillary Clinton is a rabid Democratic Party imperialist whose record as Secretary of State makes her a welcome addition to the Oval Office of capitalist-imperialist treachery. In 2011, following the extrajudicial murder of Muammar Gaddafi by US-NATO bandits, Clinton reported to the media “We came, we saw, he died.” This demonstration of Western imperial arrogance capped off the successful US-NATO overthrow of independent Libya by way of “humanitarian intervention.” During this same period, Clinton staunchly advocated for the escalation of US-NATO involvement in Syria and continued pressuring Iran to open its economy to Western capitalist ruin with starvation sanctions and military threats. These moves made Obama’s first Secretary of State a darling to US imperialism despite the loss of political points suffered from the embarrassing “blowback” experienced in Benghazi on Sept. 11th 2012.

Hilary’s imperialist policy positions represent a further move to the right for the Democratic Party in its attempt to escape accountability for the disasters of Libya, Syria, and now Ukraine.”

Since being relieved of her duties as Secretary of State, Hillary has been setting her still unofficial campaign trail ablaze with foreign policy positions that veer to the right of Obama. Last March, the Wall Street Journal covered Hilary’s speech at the American Jewish Congress in New York. In it, she stated bluntly that a military option was “on the table” for Iran if the nation didn’t capitulate to US demands of halting uranium development. Earlier in the same month, Hillary spoke to a crowd in California comparing Russian President Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler for his responses to the US engineered illegal coup in Ukraine that put US-NATO supported fascists in power. As the Wall Street Journal article reports, Hilary’s imperialist policy positions represent a further move to the right for the Democratic Party in its attempt to escape accountability for the disasters of Libya, Syria, and now Ukraine. For these positions, Hillary is guaranteed plenty of support from the Zionist Israeli settler state and imperialists all over if and when she announces Presidential candidacy. However, imperialism according to Hillary Clinton brings the world closer to a World War III scenario and further exposes the collaboration between Democrats and Republicans when it comes to economic and foreign policy endeavors.

Many people in the US were shocked when the Obama Administration abandoned each and every progressive campaign promise made in 2008. In denial, the white liberal and Black misleadership opportunists cried out Republican “obstructionism” and “lesser evil” dogmas to avoid the fact that the Obama Administration was a natural outgrowth of US imperialism. It should not be forgotten that the last Democratic Party President and Hilary’s husband, Bill Clinton, worked hard to collaborate with the much-vaunted right-wing of imperialism. Clinton eliminated welfare, passed the “three strikes” Omnibus Crime Bill that greatly expanded the prison-state, bombed a Sudanese pharmaceutical plant, instituted NAFTA’s job killing proposals, and provided financial and logistical support for the Rwanda and Congolese genocides. Obama’s exit will conclude a period of history where the even harsher tasting “Satan Sandwich” of austerity, imperialist adventure, and state repression was swallowed with little resistance by the most progressive forces residing in the American empire. It remains to be seen whether working class Black America will break with neo-colonialism or whether working class leadership will break with their masters in Washington. Our task, no matter who takes the reigns from the “More Effective Evil,” is do everything we can to facilitate both.

Danny Haiphong is an activist and case manager in the Greater Boston area. You can contact Danny at: wakeupriseup1990@gmail.com.

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3 comments

I agree with you but really,

Submitted by IPTruth on Fri, 06/27/2014 - 20:45.

I agree with you but really, if it's really a coronation, do they really NEED to go thru the motions of a faux election? I so wish our people in particular would wise up and stop legitamizing an organized criminal network that passes itself off as a legit govt. It is anything but. If enough people just STOP participating in these sham selections, at least the network would have to work a lil harder...not that they wouldn't just create or show manufactured media footage of voters but hey I can dream...

I also think that if the worst we had to worry about was screwing of interns going on in the white people's house, that'd be a step in the right direction. What we have is  effectively the mafia running this country and a mafia banking cartel pulling the strings behind the scenes. I believe the US has been set up for an unceremonious financial/social fall that will make way for the new 1st string team--BRICS, who will take the imperial/global apartheid center stage. It will be more of the same game though, just different players. Primarily filled with countries that have heirarchal and systemic apartheid and/or racial caste systems or ethnic tensions that can be exploited in the future for the west default 'divide and conquer' game. When will the majority of the planets population get tired of seeing this crap on replay? It could not exist or continue without our continued assistance and complicity.

There Will Be No Coronation for Hilary in 2016...

Submitted by Oraluk on Sun, 06/15/2014 - 19:21.

...because the Rethuglikkkans will have taken their country back after pinning all the problems of the country on Obama and the Democrats. You see although Obama has dutifully and dilligently served white folks anyway and everyway he can, the vast majority of  voters would still rather vote for a white man over a black man anytime.  They smugly say to themselves, "Well, we gave the Nigger a chance and he fucked up just like we knew he would.  Ha Ha!"  Hell, Chris Matthews, a so-called white liberal, was calling for Hilary to run in 2010 and 2011 well before Obama finished his first term.

Bilary has no chance to win the Presidency despite Democratic wishful thinking for the following reasons: 1.) Her husband was President; 2.)  She's been on the national stage for over 20 years because of him and as a result becoming a Senator, a Presidential Candidate, and a Secy. of State.  People feel like she's had her chance. So, enough is enough. Clinton-fatigue will be a big factor in his loss; 3.) She can move to right all she wants. People want the real deal. If they want a Republican, they'll vote one in; and 4.) Finally, two words will do her in: Monica Lewisky.  This will be the primary reason the American Public wants to move on from Clinton.  No one wants to relive to tawdry affair that was the Lewinsky Scandal and everybody's still afraid Bubba might do another intern once he's back in the White House.

 

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