Of all the bs unveiled in these primaries (e.g., the oligarchy praising the candidacy of a ‘socialist revolutionary’), the one that stands out, to me, is seeing an arrogant billionaire as the standard-bearer of the discontented working-class, calling for their ‘revolution’ within the party that represents the financial and globalist corporations of all types. (You better watch out, Hillary.)
Now we have the elite in a state of dread by the prospect of having to share a minuscule % of their profits with the discontented working class that produced it, just to calm them down and save the party.
Then, when you see the neo-cons coming out in person to defend THEIR party (GOP), you know what they fear the most is not the working class. Oh, they are sublimely aware of the class conflicts, but it is taboo in the US to call it by its name:
Recognizing as we do, the conditions in American politics that have contributed to his popularity…[Open Letter on Donald Trump from GOP National Security Leaders]
Donald Trump’s rise goes beyond his demagogic appeal. It is a reflection of the political psychology of frustration – people see him as responding to their fears about the modern world order, an outsider fighting for those who have been left behind. [Larry Summers, see my discussion here.]
They are also aware that the working class is not demanding that the elite relinquish its power to them, that all they are asking is for some crumbs and for the yoke on their neck to be unfastened a bit. A few crumbs would calm the restless mob, but there’s no talk about that, only calls to show your ‘morality’ by rejecting the Donald.
All public attacks on Trump are based on moral grounds: racism, sexism, etc., not on the class conflicts they acknowledge exist. (I’m not defending him nor do I support him in any way; just commenting on the ‘issues’.)
Yet, the hypocrisy of this morally based accusations is shown by today’s European community issuing “harsh” warnings to illegal immigrants there. They accuse Trump of xenophobia, but here they are doing it. In addition, the other GOP candidates have defended the “wall” and other racists policies they criticize on Trump.
It’s not about racism or morality; for the elite the issue is globalism, their right to use cheap labor wherever they can find it. Trump is not moral, but he is against globalism, for whatever his elitist reasons may be. For him, jobs should stay here, or so he says now.
The elite is aware that at stake is their ideology of capitalist globalism.
The real ‘revolution’ is happening at the GOP, of all places, not in the democratic party.
Trump’s (comparative) moderate conservatism and other ideological currents following him (moderate libertarian, nationalist and protectionist, isolationist) is a threat to the ideology of the globalists/military class. All of the categories I mentioned for Trump are in contradiction with globalism.
He is not ‘conservative enough’ because, among other things, he stated in one debate, to the outrage of Rubio and Cruz, that under a Trump presidency no one would die in the streets. The other candidates trip over each other to show how they are going to screw the middle class and the poor: if you can’t afford medical services, it’s your fault and bad luck.
Just look at that “Letter to Donald Trump” to see the real jewel they are protecting, all global issues hidden under the cover of anti-racism: global trade, trade with the Arab world, free trade (offended by Trump’s “protectionism” and “isolationism”).
And the problem with Mexico is two fold: 1) “protectionism” prevents global companies from using cheap labor there (and world-wide) and 2) the problem with Trump’s wall is not the wall itself, but forcing Mexico to pay for it.
his insistence that Mexico will fund a wall…
That’s because globalists don’t care about the immorality of treating the Mexican workers like cheap machine parts. They accuse him of the same moral ‘crimes’ for which the GOP is famous, among them, rampant racism and this one, the most amusing of the accusations:
His embrace of the expansive use of torture is inexcusable. [It was the neocons who instituted, and still maintain, an OPEN policy of torture to ‘protect’ you against ‘terrorism’.]
The anti-globalism threat is so real that they are coming out in person to communicate their orders and threats to the downtrodden following Trump: don’t get involved in the elite’s internal divisions.
We the undersigned, members of the Republican national security community…We have disagreed with one another on many issues, including the Iraq war and intervention in Syria. But we are united in our opposition to a Donald Trump presidency. [Same “Open Letter to Donald Trump”]
That letter, by the way, was sent out to all of you. The message is that they, as a class, are united against you “blue-collar workers” who are about to elect Trump.
We commit ourselves to working energetically to prevent the election [of Trump]
So much for democracy.
The hint of a possible “compromise” with the working class was given in Summers quote above:
be clear to all Americans that the tradition of vigorous political debate and compromise will continue.
But, in that letter to Trump, the neo-cons made clear there will be no compromise related to their global interests. Trump and his anti-globalism must go.
The GOP is thoroughly divided by ideological forces: globalists/militarist and what I call paleo-conservatism.
This is no working class revolution going on, not in the GOP not in the democratic party. The American working class has no class identity. This turmoil in this presidential elections has to do with an ideological division of the elite within the GOP. The working class want a “share in the profits” (rightly so) of the capitalists.
But this class of globalists and banksters is sooo irremediably greedy that they can’t even consider, less accept the idea of wasting some cherished crumbs on pacifying its serfs.
I’m fascinated by the veiled class warfare going on, waiting to see which path the elite is going to take to protect its globalism: provocation of violence (pitting the working class against each other at Trump’s rallies to disqualify him in the public opinion), or abandoning their party for a new one.
[If link to Open letter doesn’t work, go to the last paragraph here and use that link.]