Traditional liberals, who see only bits and pieces of the big political picture, must be ecstatic when they look at our current landscape. Our next President will likely be a Democrat; and if so, it will be either the first woman President or the first black one.
But before we get too excited about this apparent victory for the oppressed, let’s be realistic about whether or not their proxies truly represent them.
Racism and sexism are but two small pieces to the complex inequality puzzle dramatically simplified by many feel-good Democrats. The global class wars are not fueled by a secret hatred for blacks or women or gays, but rather by a power-driven craze that is indifferent to their suffering.
Our giddy glee is misinformed if we uncritically accept that Hillary Clinton’s nomination would mean a victory for women, or that Barack Obama’s would be a huge achievement for blacks. Neither represents the interests of the grizzlied masses, as we “the people” couldn’t afford to fund their campaigns and therefore are owed nothing. Elite corporations and the ruling class, always one step ahead of the citizenry, are happy exploiting for their own means the urges of mainstream liberals. The easily manipulated liberal, the kind likely to be found wearing a “Proud-to-be-a-Democrat” button, genuinely believes in the fabricated differences between our two majority political parties. Therefore many on the left are blinded when the elites find two candidates representing traditionally subjugated demographics and brilliantly position them as Democratic front runners.
We should recognize this as merely another tacky tactic of the ruling class–unless we believe their disdain for women and blacks actually trumps their addiction to power and desire to maintain it. Just as the “jesus Hates Fags” contingency that came out of the woodworks to vote for Bush in 2004, ideologues on the left faithfully buy into the myth that the top Democrats and Republicans stand for fundamentally different causes and beliefs. That ignorance needs to change.
Real life isn’t a Hannity & Colmes segment. The frontrunners from both parties have already given their unblushing consent on the real issues–“free” trade, the NAU, the NAFTA Superhighway, etc. There are no real differences between the powerful Democrats and powerful Republicans. The made-for-TV differences between these two parties are entirely contrived, as airbrushed and calculated as the candidates they put forth, and the pundits hired to pretend to debate about them.