Donald Trump’s Reactionary Agenda
Bernie Sanders

The reason for the struggle. Introduction to a piece I am writing.

“Allah Achbab!” Khalid was shouting it over and over. “Allah Achbad”. So were hundreds of other people that day in a Cairo square. For some it meant victory. For others it could have meant defiance, joy, frustration, anger, determination. Sometimes, after tragedy, we will say “God is Great” or “Praise be to God” out of realization that there is nothing more we can humanly do and with a resignation to our fate.

The Arab Spring had come to Egypt and there was great hope. Another dictator had been swept from power and an election had taken place. An elite religious group, the Muslism Brotherhood had swept into power. Democracy was in the air. But the people soon learned that they had made a bad choice. The Brotherhood’s hidden agenda was a hardline enforcement of extreme Islam. Finding that unacceptable the people took to the streets again, battling with police and religious enforcers. Then came the hero, the military that took on the role of a stabilizing force and effectively destroyed the Muslim Brotherhood. In a new election, General Sisi became the new President with promises of democracy after the security had been established. A strong government was needed to stop dangerous factions. What many feared soon became true — one dictator had been replaced by another. Democracy was dead. The revolution had been stolen.

It is a repetition of history. Shouts of Viva la France were heard as the French aristocracy had their heads chopped off and estates burned. Government was now to be run by citizens and the revolution and democracy would bring a new era of peace and prosperity. But before long the oppression of the aristocrats was replced by the exploitation of big business owners. France had new rulers and another revoltion was stolen. Other revolutions have been stolen too. Iran in 1953 by the CIA and again in 1979 by by religous elites. In the 1970’s President Nixon’s economic war did it to Chilie. Currently the United States is engaged in an economic war with Venezuala. In Africa, warlords use “revolution” to gain a government positon and then become the newest and latest oppressor.

In the 1700's the Puritans of New England had developed a democratic society. “Although New England was an intolerant and in many ways authoritarian place to live, it was, by the standards of the age, shockingly democratic: 60 to 70 percent of adult males (or 30 to 35 percent of the total adult population) had the right to vote, and the rich and wellborn were given no special privileges either in politics or before the law. This tradition of self-government, local control, and direct democracy has remained central to Yankee culture. To this day, rural communities across New England still control most local affairs through an annual town meeting at which every expenditure is debated and voted on not by an elected representative but by the inhabitants themselves.

Indeed, Yankees would come to have faith in government to a degree incomprehensible to people of the other American nations. Government, New Englanders believed from the beginning, could defend the public good from the selfish machinations of moneyed interests. It could enforce morals through the prohibition or regulation of undesirable activities. It could create a better society through public spending on infrastructure and schools. More than any other group in America, Yankees conceive of government as being run by and for themselves. Everyone “is supposed to participate, and there is no greater outrage than to manipulate the political process for private gain. Yankee idealism never died.”

Excerpt From: Woodard, Colin. “American Nations.” PENGUIN group, 2015–12–10. iBooks.

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Many New Englanders despised the imperial authority imposed upon them. War erupted on April 19, 1775 in the Battles of Lexington and Concord. With shouts of “Freedom, Liberty, and God be Praised” the Revolution had begun. A year later Thomas Jefferson penned the hopes and aspirations of many Americans, that all people were created equal and would be treated as equals, enjoying the sacred opportunity to pursue happiness, with full dignity. The Declaration of Independence was the expression of a people yearning to be free from the yoke of oppression.

It was followed by the Articles of Federation, which created within the thirteen colonies a loose network of democracies and oligarchies. But it was weak and there was demand for a new form of government that would be able to unite the colonies into a stronger, safer nation. In 1787 Edmond Randolph, Governor of Virginia, introduced the Virginia Plan to the Constitutional Convenntion, which was drafted by James Madsion and with some modifications it became the US Constitution.

Who were these men that shaped the future of our nation? James Madison was a highly educated aristocrat that inherited the 5,000 acre plantation, Montpilier, including hundreds of slaves, and married into wealth also. Edmond Randolf was born into the wealthiest and most prominent family of Virginia. In 1775 he became the executor of four plantations. It should be no surprise that the priorities and values of these elites would be enshrined in the Virginia Plan. “We’ve been taught to think of the ratification of the 1789 Constitution as the crowning achievement of the American Revolution. Most people living in the United States at the time, however, didn’t see it in quite those terms.

Outside Tidewater and the Deep South, many were alarmed by a document they regarded as counterrevolutionary, intentionally designed to suppress democracy and to keep power in the hands of regional elites and an emerging class of bankers, financial speculators, and land barons who had little or no allegiance to the continent’s ethnocultural nations. Indeed, the much-celebrated Founding Fathers had made no secret of this having been one of their goals. They praised the unelected Senate because it would “check the impudence of democracy” (Alexander Hamilton), and stop the “turbulence and follies of democracy” (Edmund Randolph), and applauded the enormous federal electoral districts because they would “divide the community,” providing “defense against the inconveniences of democracy” (James Madison).1”

Excerpt From: Woodard, Colin. “American Nations.” PENGUIN group, 2015–12–10. iBooks.

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Upon the ratification of the US Constitution, for those that loved democracy, they also had their Revolution stolen from them. Continued oppression and exploitation by the elites of our nation was now institutionalized within the Federal Government. Civil and human rights were not oringinally embedded in the framework, but tacked onto the end to win ratification. As Viriginian John Randolph later said, “I love liberty, I hate equality”. In other words, “Liberty for me but not for thee.”

And so it has been for two centuries that those who love democracy have had to fight and die for every little bit of justice and equality. Even after a civli war racial discrimination still exists. Worker protests and strikes have been met with bullets, hangings, and imprisonment. Women’s suffrage, civil rights, the end of Jim Crow law’s, and all reforms that would limit the ability of elites to exploit others have been met by a wall of resistance, enabled by a framework that allows the wealthy and the powerful to control our republican form of government. And the Constitution also guarantees this same appartus of control to the states. Truly, throughout the ages, elites have adapted to whatever form of government currently existed and controlled their economy, using force to guarantee their priviledge. In the United States, however, the government was designed to fit the desires of our wealthiest slave owners. Outright violent force has been required only occsionally.

It is time for a change. Not a revolution but an Evolution, to evolve away from a republic government and forward to a Democratic Society and Government, one where civil and human rights are central and commercial interests are accomodated as essential but still secondary.