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Sanders vs. Trump: The End of RepDem Rule

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I know it's early days and anything can happen, but I believe there is a real possibility that American voters will be choosing between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in 2016. (With Hillary out of the feminist picture, their respective running mates would likely be Carly Fiorina and Jill Stein.)[tag]

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American voters are finally realizing that they have been stuck for decades in what is referred to as the ideal political 'center', but in reality is a steadily worsening situation for the majority, to the advantage of a tiny minority. The United States is the only developed country that has not made room for any kind of socialist party, no matter how democratic, that could counter-balance the weight of corporate capital and ensure a fair deal for the average citizen.

But then, why Trump? Because he offers American voters something they have consciously been aching for: a leader who projects strength (just look at that jaw!) Donald Trump reminds me of 'Il Duce': Mussolini was a small man, but in his high boots and khaki jodhpurs he looked like he could lick the world. Many short men suffer from a Mussolini complex, but Trump is six foot three.

Moving on, America's Middle East quagmire exemplifies nothing if not repeated bungling, and the electorate, notwithstanding a coopted media, finally sees that. If Trump can convince undecideds that he will treat existing illegals 'fairly' (as he wants to be treated by the RNC), and protect women's right to choose, he will appeal to two of the Democratic Party's major constituencies. notwithstanding that in social policy he is the antithesis of Bernie Sanders, claiming that trickle-down, if done right, can lift all Americans to a life of Reilly.

But why Bernie Sanders? Notwithstanding black accusations of indifference, he will stand corrected. Black consciousness having moved from yearning for Africa in the sixties to forging ties to liberation movements around the world, Black Lives Matter is the right movement in the right place at the right time. Similarly, Hispanics take a page from Latin America's left-wing and the indigenous movement claims its place in the sun. (It's not for nothing that Obama made peace with Cuba: relations with the entire southern continent, home to large indigenous populations, were at stake, as its elected rulers made clear.)

Finally, the rise of ISIS, abetted by Washington's political rednecks, is a threat that can only grow, not so much thanks to American support as to its murderous presence in Muslim lands. Violence at home and abroad is finally creating a true left-right divide in the United States, in place of the so-called Rep/Dem middle ground in which the country has been mired for decades, while the world evolved.

If Trump's wealth frees him from lobbyists, as he claims, he will potentially be the closest thing to a king that America has ever had, the only possible president since FDR who could really 'get things done'. The problem is that he aspires to be like Ronald Reagan, and that is where Bernie Sanders comes in.

Though international violence is sometimes dressed in misleading costumes (as in ISIS versus Hezbollah), the world continues to be divided between right and left, and with Sanders, a democratic socialist, the US will finally be participating in that struggle. Democratic socialism includes both private and public ownership in order to ensure that every human being receives food, shelter, education and medical care. It is practiced across Europe as well as in Russia and China, and is the reason why NATO seeks regime change in Moscow before taking on China's 'peaceful rise'.

The world is no longer divided between Communism and Capitalism, but between social democracy and fascism, in which government is subordinated to private enterprise. This was already the case in Germany a century ago, after the Russian Revolution. Before Hitler took over, the social democrats were in power in what was known as the Weimar Republic, but the international business classes felt they were too close to the Communists. Recent historical research shows that the US only fought Germany because Hitler was out of control: even after he was defeated, former Nazis were recruited in the Cold War against the Soviet Union. The real enemy for the Right, then as now, is any regime that touts cooperation rather than conflict, and the responsibility of the community for the individual, as in all human families. Today that enemy includes Putin's Russia, Xi's China, the Mullah's Iran, and Bashar al-Assad's Syria.

On the home front, Trump vs Sanders may sound like a fantasy, but it's probably the only alternative to a revolu-tion for which American police departments, oath keepers and the military are preparing.

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