The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) considers that the election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States will represent the rule of the oligopolies through unfettered police powers. His election has plunged both the peoples of the U.S. and the peoples of the world into an even more dangerous situation.
On November 4, on the eve of the U.S. presidential election that took place on November 8, CPC(M-L) wrote the following:
“… the campaign has revealed the extent to which the U.S. state and system of governance operate through corruption and coercion as well as how people are deprived of political power.”
CPC(M-L) noted that how the people are deprived of political power is “the other very important aspect of the state power in the hands of the financial oligarchy. The ruling imperialist elite achieve this by depriving the people of an outlook, a way to look at the world and the problems that have arisen so that they can be calmly sorted out and provided with solutions.”
The same applies to the verdicts on the election results. Everything is being done “to deprive the people of an outlook, a way to look at the world and the problems that have arisen so that they can be calmly sorted out and provided with solutions.”
What are the verdicts being pushed? From the side of the Clinton campaign, the verdict is that the result is the apocalypse, and the values and vision of Clinton remain all that stand between “you and the apocalypse” as she said during the campaign. From the side of the Trump campaign comes the explanation that he led “a movement” which is anti-establishment, wants the problems of the economy dealt with and an end to “all the bullshit.” From both sides comes the agreement that now that the election is over, everyone’s duty is to abide by the Constitution, ensure the transition of power is peaceful and unite America.
Clinton Concedes Nothing While Trump Sets Forth to “Make America Great Again”
In Hillary Clinton’s concession speech, besides the presidency itself, she conceded nothing, not even her defeat. Far from it, despite the fact that Clinton failed to unite America behind her vision and values, she said that going forward it is this shared vision and values which she will continue to push and she calls on her supporters to do likewise. This vision uses aggression and war as negotiation, blames the U.S. economic decline on China and maintains Russia as the main enemy of the United States. It was captured in her slogan that the U.S. is the “indispensable nation,” which, of course, makes all others dispensable. It was expressed by Clinton in 2008 when she said the U.S. could “totally obliterate” Iran, and in 2011 when she greeted the assassination of the leader of Libya with the phrase “We came, we saw, he died.”
In his victory speech, Trump made sure to mention the large number of generals who support him, as well as the National Rifle Association and New York City Mayor during 9/11, Rudolph Giuliani and others who stand for the unfettered police powers Trump thinks are necessary to “Make America Great Again.” The central points of his campaign were basically that the U.S. system is broken or rigged, that the U.S. has been weakened on the world stage and that only a man of Trump’s force of personality is capable of putting things right. His strategy is to be “engaged” and says the art lies in how you make the deal. In his victory speech he said, “I’ve spent my entire life in business, looking at the untapped potential in projects and in people all over the world” and “That is now what I want to do for our country.”
Blame the State, Not the People, for Racism, Sexism and Anti-Working Class Attacks and Outlook
Following the election, the section of media and those pundits, commentators and celebrities in the U.S. and abroad who believe themselves to be progressive and civilized are filled with the kind of racist, sexist and anti-worker stereotypes which they ascribe to Trump. According to them, the U.S. is divided between educated people and uneducated people and the “white working class” is to be blamed for the defeat of Clinton in the election. According to their stereotype, the American working class is basically everyone without a college education and the “white working class” is racist, sexist, white supremacist, xenophobic, backward, uneducated and uncivilized. Human beings are treated as “things,” not people.
Everything is done to hide that it is the U.S. state which is anti-worker, sexist and racist and anti-immigrant as well as profoundly anti-communist, which is why in the rendering of the election results, the defeat of Clinton is blamed on the working class.
Meanwhile, every state-organized and spontaneous white supremacist formation and unhinged individual and psychopath is given a green light to attack the targets of their personal hatred and psychotic nightmares. This is due to the boorish and inflammatory reality TV rhetoric on the basis of which Trump ran his election campaign, but also its ceaseless promotion by U.S. media, and especially the Clinton campaign. The Clinton campaign spent twice as much money as Trump to make Trump the issue for the American people during the election. It is the Clinton media and entourage which now use every epithet in the book to portray the working people of the United States who voted for Trump as rabid, crazed zealots who are trampling the rights of the people in the mud.
It does not behoove those who devote all their energies to fighting for the rights of all to fall victim to this official propaganda which treats people as categories of “things” and divides them on that basis.
All Out to Support the American Working Class and People Fighting for Empowerment and the Rights of All
CPC(M-L) denounces the attacks against the people which have taken place since the election, both those which are spontaneous and the ones organized by a crisis-ridden state which has now given itself a green light to govern through unfettered police powers. Police powers do not recognize members of a body politic made up of a civil society with a government of laws. Police powers do not recognize rights by virtue of one’s membership in that body politic, let alone rights by virtue of being human. Police powers only recognize categories of “things” slated for some form of punishment. In scenarios which have been unfolding in the U.S. for some time, people are portrayed as “thugs,” “protestors,” “trouble-makers,” “enemy aliens,” “blacks,” “Latinos,” “Hispanics,” “Muslims,” “terrorists,” “deviants” and other categories designed to dehumanize them and target them for attack.
CPC(M-L) takes this occasion to profoundly sympathize with all those in the United States who are targets of the racist, anti-worker and anti-people attacks and are waging valiant protests and acts of resistance proclaiming loudly that this is not their democracy, Trump is not their President and that attacks against the people are “Not In My Name.”
The Party has already received the views of many comrades and friends on this important matter of the significance of the U.S. presidential election and it is holding discussions on this topic across the country. It calls on Canadians to analyze the significance of the results and prepare for the battles which lie ahead.
(Photos: M. Hume, Berenabas G, iva_nm, R.J. Sangosti, Fightback News, B. Cseko, NYC Alerts)
Source: TMLWeekly, November 12, 2016 – No. 43
The November 19 issue of TML Weekly will be dedicated to the U.S. presidential election results and their significance. It will contain analysis, information, views and commentary on the topic which assists readers to get their bearings. TML Weekly urges its readers to actively participate in finding out what the election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States is all about. We welcome your views and contributions. Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org.