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Three Campaign Myths the Democrats Can Do Without

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And so the corporate media trashing of Donald Trump has begun. Only this time, unlike the 2000 media assault on Al Gore,, I am not complaining.

In short, because the ruling one-percent of the one-percent have decided that Hillary Clinton will be our next President, she can't lose.

Because I live in the "safe" Democratic state of California, in November I will cast a protest vote for Jill Stein. But if I lived in a "battleground state" I would likely vote for Clinton -- with much regret and a heavy heart. Clinton is experienced, intelligent and, above all, sane, which means that she is capable of responding to evidence and to a logically cogent arguments. The alternative is unthinkable.

And so, on November 9, the day after election day, the truly important struggle begins. Public demand ended the Vietnam war and sent Nixon to China. Public demand reduced racial segregation. And public demand must take down the American oligarchy. Once Hillary Clinton moves into the White House (again!), the American people must unite, capture her attention, and demand that she join the revolution.

The oligarch/deep-state/military/media complex is formidable, but it is not omnipotent. Unfortunately, once "the people" win, they usually return to their private lives and the "the establishment" fills the void. So if a Sanders-style peaceful revolution is to prevail, the people must persist.

Impossible? Perhaps. As "impossible" as an end of British rule in India. As "impossible" as the end of segregation in the southern United States. As "impossible" as the overthrow of the apartheid regime in South Africa. As "impossible" as the collapse of the Soviet Union

As the great Russian dissident, Andrei Sakharov, wrote in the waning days of the Soviet Union:

"There is a need to create ideals even when you can't see any route by which to achieve them, because if there are no ideals then there can be no hope and then one would be completely in the dark, in a hopeless blind alley."

Never forget: for every oligarch, there are hundreds of their victims. "We are the ninety-nine percent!" You can be sure that the one-percent is well aware of this.

If we want to reclaim our democracy, and if we hope to survive and eventually put an end to the new cold war, then we the people of the United States have our work cut out for us.

Don't expect enthusiastic support from the Hillary Clinton Administration.


This essay will no doubt distress some stalwart Democrats. "Don't say anything hurtful to our party or our candidate: we must unite for the struggle ahead." However, Truth and candid analysis are essential to a robust political debate, so damn the consequences. As Aristotle wrote as he criticized his teacher, Plato: "Dear is Plato, but dearer still the truth."

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Dr. Ernest Partridge is a consultant, writer and lecturer in the field of Environmental Ethics and Public Policy. Partridge has taught philosophy at the University of California, and in Utah, Colorado and Wisconsin. He publishes the website, "The (more...)
 

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