Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Hillary Will Only Make Things Worse

Hillary Will Only Make Things Worse
P. Schultz
May 6, 2015

            Some interesting comments from a concerned citizen, Brandy Baker, in the book, Dime’s Worth of Difference: Beyond the Lesser of Two Evils, edited by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair.

            “The problem is that we have a . . . women’s movement that is not equipped to address the collective oppression of women who are on the lower rungs of the economic ladder because the movement restrains itself with blind support for the Democratic Party . . . . When women only seek to get a seat at the table of elites for themselves instead of dismantling that table, we get Hillary Clinton voting for the war in Iraq, Eleanor Smeal thanking Bush for bombing women in Afghanistan, and an upper middle class feminist movement that helps Democrats get into office and keeps a two party corporate system in power that hurts, not helps the majority of women and men in this society.” [Pp. 69 & 70]

            The election of Hillary Clinton, should that happen, promises no more change from what is currently transpiring than did the election of her husband in 1992. Again, from the book cited above, in an article entitled, “The Instructive History of Jackson’s Rainbow,” by JoAnn Wypijewski:

            “By a brisk accounting of 1993 to 2000, the Black stripe of the Rainbow got the Crime Bill, women got ‘welfare reform,’ labor got NAFTA, gays and lesbians got the Defense of Marriage Act. Even with a Democratic Congress in the early years, the peace crowd got no cuts in the military; unions got no help on the right to organize; advocates of DC statehood got nothing; the single payer crowd got worse than nothing. On affirmative action, Jackson had to threaten Clinton privately with an independent run in 1996 before the president declared the weasalish ‘mend it, don’t end it.’ Manning Marable points out that between Clinton’s inaugural and the day he left office, 700,000 more persons were incarcerated, mostly minorities; today [2004] one in eight black men is barred from voting because of prison, probation or parole.” [ p. 89]

            With Hillary’s election, should that happen, many will be all agog over the apparent transformation of American society from a sexist one to one that will elect a woman president, just as Obama’s presidency was said to herald the onset of a “post-racial/racist” society. But just as with Obama’s presidency, which can hardly be described as marking any kind of transformation from the Bush presidency and the Clinton presidency, and which seems to be awash in significant racial unrest created by our current police state, a Hillary presidency will do nothing but further secure this militarized police state while also continuing the fleecing of the middle and lower classes, including of course the fleecing of the women who are members of those classes.

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