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The Politics That Led to the "Worst Debate"

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The Politics That Led to the "Worst Debate"

The incoherence of the Biden-Trump debate will be repeated every election cycle until Blacks and progressives break with the corporate duopoly.

"There is nothing smart or 'strategic' about falling for the same trick every election cycle."

The rich man's media are calling it "the worst debate in modern American history," but that's because the truth is often painful to watch. The Biden-Trump confrontation revealed, with crystalline clarity, that the real "genius" of the American electoral process is its total imperviousness to popular demands for a healthier, more just and less economically precarious society and a peaceful, ecologically stable world. Instead, the Democratic alternative to the white supremacist Republican in the White House is another lifelong racist, mass-incarcerating, corporate-serving, warmongering old white man.

"The party is me, right now. I am the Democratic Party," Joe Biden shot back at the "clown" Donald Trump, who repeatedly tried to associate the former vice president with the Green New Deal, Medicare for All and Black Lives Matter demands to rein in the police all issues supported by super-majorities of Democrats, and even large chunks of Republican voters, but opposed by the candidate now representing the Party.

"You just lost the left," Trump twice hollered, wishfully. In an actual democracy the Democrats would, indeed, have committed political suicide by nominating a corporate hack and career race-baiter like Biden as their standard-bearer. But the U.S. is a corporate dictatorship where the rich have two parties and the rest of us effectively have none.

The voters that Trump referred to in the debate as "the left," are actually at the center of the U.S. political spectrum, where super-majorities favor the positions taken by Bernie Sanders during the primaries. Exit polls in South Carolina and on "Super Tuesday" showed that the same Democrats that voted for Joe Biden nevertheless favored Sanders' positions on the issues, but opted for Biden in fear of Trump and his rabid White Man's Party. It's a simple formula that allows Democrats to promise their base nothing except that they are not Trump or some other flagrant racist.

"The U.S. is a corporate dictatorship where the rich have two parties and the rest of us effectively have none."

The trick will continue to work until voters, especially Blacks, stop rewarding Democrats for their serial betrayals. There is nothing smart or "strategic" about falling for the same trick every election cycle - and anybody that tells you different is in on the con game.

The corporate Democratic stranglehold on Black America results in Black voters electing officials to office who resist the demands put forward by Black protesters in the street. We cheer the Black Lives Matter activists that demand defunding, abolishing and community-controlling the cops, but then vote to make president a politician who "wrote the bill" that imprisoned millions of our people and who continues to oppose cuts in police budgets. Such political schizophrenia extends to notables in the "movement," like Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors. "I think we can call for Biden and [Patricia] Harris to be challenged for their past while also being the cheerleaders for them to win the election November 3."

In fact, you can't "challenge" Biden and Harris for their anti-Black behavior as elected officials by continuing to elect them. The vote is the reward.

Black folks and progressives are not to blame for Donald Trump, but do bear responsibility for the Democrats that are not much different from Trump on every issue that counts except race - and in Biden's case, not even that.

BAR executive editor Glen Fod can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com.

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A spot on analysis, but you are howling at the moon if you don't point to a viable way out of this trap. The problem (the corporate duopoly) creates its own conditions, which are coterminous with US politics. The "phantom progressives," only prove that you can't get outside this paradox. Let us suppose there exists a non-racist and a non-corporate third party? Who is going to vote that party into power, since the population is primarily corporate-leaning racists? And who is going to make up the Congress? The same trap. Even a revolution doesn't allow us to escape this trap. So howl on. Wooo, wooo!

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More people aren't going to vote for that non-racist third party (the Green Party) until more people are willing to get off their duff and do the work to build that party. I am weary of people criticizing the Greens for being weak while they don't lift a finger to help make it strong.

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We exist in a majority rule democracy. Last I heard, DJT, got 58 percent of the white male vote and 52 percent of the white female vote. Whites still make up 70 percent of the voting population.

Any third party has to crack this white nut, the 70 percent which created the racist duopoly. Otherwise they are just whistling pass their own graveyard.

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Well, Lois,

I have a very limited interaction with the Greens. Perhaps it has something to do with my experience way back with the Reform Party and how some "karen-come-lately" didn't like the rules we were promulgating for how to work together. (This is the first time I'm here and I didn't approve of these rules so I'm going to torpedo this entire congregation.)

Or perhaps it is because I've tried to connect with them only to find that they are dominated by souls who only want approval for their actions not discussion on what to do.

I'm just as weary of people who criticize Tulsi Gabbard or Shahid Buttar because of some manufactured complaint that could have come from the "left" or the "right". Who didn't contribute to their campaigns because they were working inside the party.

You do know that Nancy Pelosi has betrayed everything that OEN stands for (at least what I think it stands for). And you do understand that Buttar has a much, much stronger chance of removing her from Congress than the Green Party has of doing anything. But, some whiny woman comes forward and claims that once upon a time she imagined Buttar touched her breast in an unwelcome way and suddenly everyone is "#BelieveWomen".

I don't see the Green Party endorsing Buttar or Gabbard. They have their own "pure" agenda.

I'm not saying "vote Blue", I am saying that if you want change you gotta be at least somewhat realistic on who you support.

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A spot on analysis, but you are howling at the moon if you don't point to a viable way out of this trap. The problem (the corporate duopoly) creates its own conditions, which are coterminous with US politics. The "phantom progressives," only prove that you can't get outside this paradox. Let us suppose there exists a non-racist and a non-corporate third party? Who is going to vote that party into power, since the population is primarily corporate-leaning racists? And who is going to make up the Congress? The same trap. Even a revolution doesn't allow us to escape this trap. So howl on. Wooo, wooo!

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since the population is primarily corporate-leaning racists

Bull.

Most people just want to get along. They've been given the racist excuse for their failure for so long that they can't see the forest for the trees.

The Communist Party once offered a way out, but the Oligarchy crushed them and American's lived in fear of Joseph McCarthy.

Until we identify the economic disparity as the primary cause of America's problems, we are doomed to repeating the same choice of electing the "lesser of two evils" because it should be obvious that both choices are evil.

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This wasn't a debate. It was nothing more than a p*ssing contest because neither has anything to sell to the American people. Neither mentioned anything about a single-payer system even though polls show over 70% of the voters want that. We heard nothing of assisting individuals with student debt, nothing about increasing the pathetic minimum wage, nothing about improving the environment (in fact Biden even said he opposed the New Green Deal), etc. The American people are expected to vote for someone they know isn't going to make things better for them. How low this nation has fallen.

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Yes, personal bickering and accusations took center stage - the career politician Biden getting himself flared up when Trump suddenly mentions the name "Hunter". Biden's eyes become rivetted on Trump, even mentioning to Trump "your children" as well, as if to say. let's talk - waste the nation's time - about that A nation of over three hundred millions waiting for some answers while the two get real personal and turn the debate, including the moderator into something very personal - it's all about themselves, while the 99% will just have to wait -yes, the 1% already already have what they need and it's going to stay that way.

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Yes, the choice is between tweedledum and tweedledee. Ford nailed that.

Now we have to ask why the choice is so limited.

It's the Oligarchy -- Stupid.

I am so damn tired of the blame being ascribed to America's inherent racism when most racists are merely looking for some reason that the economy has failed them and they succumb to the propaganda of the Oligarchy.

"You're better than them you were born with White skin".

This "yes it is/no it isn't" argument gets us nowhere. It is time to recognize that unregulated capitalism is devouring us.

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