Neither Feinstein nor any other capitalist politician in Washington, Democratic or Republican, is capable of serious resistance to the emergence of a police state in the United States. This is not merely because of their political cowardice and venality, although there is plenty of that.
They cannot defend democratic rights because democratic rights are increasingly incompatible with the capitalist profit system, characterized by rampant social inequality and deepening economic crisis. It is impossible to maintain even a semblance of democracy in a society so deeply polarized along class lines, with a relative handful of billionaires and multi-millionaires gorging themselves on wealth, while the vast majority of the population faces layoffs, wage cuts and the destruction of pensions, health benefits and public services.
The only basis for the defense of democratic rights is the mobilization of that oppressed majority, the working class, in an independent political movement, based on a revolutionary socialist program.
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