PSL: ‘Election results: right-wing shift or anger at the status quo?’

Brian Becker at PSLweb.org:

Class-wide struggle is brewing

Do the Nov. 2 election results signal a major shift to the right and a resurgence of conservatism among the people? Is that what the capture of 66 House seats by the Republicans indicates? That is the fundamental message from the corporate media and by many in the milieu of pro-Democratic Party liberalism, such as the ACLU.

But that is the wrong conclusion.

Of course, there has been a political offensive by the corporate-financed Tea Party and other middle class, right-wing organizations. They are emboldened. In fact, they were emboldened from the beginning.

They received nightly TV coverage by the news networks. They received millions of dollars in secret donations from billionaires like the Koch brothers. They felt secure enough to bring guns to “Town Hall” meetings that were held throughout the country in August 2009 to discuss Obama’s health care package. Can you imagine what the reaction would have been if leftists and progressives showed up with firearms?

So, yes the right wing is on the move. But it is not a foregone conclusion that the election results show a significant move to the right throughout the U.S. population. That could happen, but it is not inevitable at all.

The vote yesterday was above all else a vote of disgust against the incumbent party. The party in charge of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives since January 2009 has been the Democratic Party.

In 2008, the Democratic Party won the White House and big majorities in the House and Senate. They could have introduced and almost certainly passed any legislation they wanted.

What has happened for tens of millions of families since November 2008?

Unemployment is higher, not lower, than two years ago. More people have lost health care coverage in those two years. The number is now over 50 million of people who cannot go to the doctor because they have no coverage. Instead of providing a single-payer health plan that most people favored (more than 70 percent according to the New York Times, March 2009), Obama settled on a plan that does not take effect until 2014 and guarantees super-profits for the health insurers and pharmaceutical giants who are rapidly raising premiums and rates.

In the last two years more families, not fewer, have been driven from their homes through foreclosure. Wages have been slashed, they have not gone up. Mass layoffs and cutbacks at the state and local levels are increasing, not decreasing, under the tenure of Obama and the Democratic majorities of the past two years.

And while the poverty rate and foreclosure crisis for working people reached new records this year, the Democrats allowed the biggest bankers—the very ones who torpedoed the economy—to be handed the people’s money in the biggest bailout in history. These bankers are now racking up record profits and awarding themselves even bigger bonuses than they received in 2007.

Instead of fighting and reducing the power and wealth of the bankers and corporations, the Democrats used their position as the dominant majority in the government to secure even greater wealth and power for the “fabulous few.”

On Nov. 2, the people voted against the incumbent party. The Republicans and the right wing took advantage by pretending to be “anti-government populists.” That explains their electoral victory.

A massive and militant people’s fight-back movement that targets the banks, corporations and the bought and paid for politicians of both parties is what will swing the tide against the right wing and the entire political apparatus, which serve the needs of the capitalist criminals who lord over the vast wealth of the United States while the people continue to suffer.

The Party for Socialism and Liberation exists to meet that challenge. The class war waged by the rich against the people will soon be joined by massive and determined class-wide counter force from below. It may start with small battles, but the capitalist system leaves no alternative.

6 thoughts on “PSL: ‘Election results: right-wing shift or anger at the status quo?’

  1. Be Rational

    The Federal Reserve is what caused our continuing 2nd Great Depression, just like they created the first Great Depression.

    The banks were greedy and stupid and got caught in bad investment decisions, but in the end, they were victims along with the rest of the country. They should have known better. But they were victims.

    The governent created the Fed. It exists as long as the government lets it. It is another failed socialist institution that must be abolished.

    Socialism is the problem.

    Government is socialism.

    Liberty is the answer.

  2. paulie Post author

    but in the end, they were victims along with the rest of the country.

    No, they were criminals set loose by other criminals.

    Just like the drug cartels, who are real criminals who really kill, maim and torture people, but the ultimate criminal in both cases is the regime which creates the policies which set off these criminal activities.

  3. Be Rational

    Sorry, Paulie, but you , like most of America, have been duped into beleiving and attacking the banks based on the quite successful efforts of the socialists in power to shift the blame from themselves and their rules and regulations to the banks.

    The banks have been victimized twice:

    First, the massive inflation machine of the Federal Reserve created a bubble that they, along with millions of Americans and indeed, people around the world relied upon. And it’s true that the bankers should have known that this was a bubble that would soon pop, but even pros can be duped.

    Second, the banks have been scapegoated and blamed for a problem they didn’t create. That’s why you don’t see them going to jail and that’s why they got the billions in bailouts – the Fed and other insiders know that they are the real cause of the problem.

    True, the banks loaned too much money with too little down with too little oversight – but they were following the laws and government policy to make money easy and available to the least deserving elements in society. It was government social policy and the direct intent of the Fed to create a new bubble after the last. The Fed succeeded and the bubble popped again.

    And if you’re paying attention, the Fed and the US Government is right now in the process of creating the next bubble that will also pop. Who will they blame the next time – dot.coms, banks, next …

    Keep your eye on the ball.

    The government is the enemy. Socialism is always evil – it is the cause of our problems. There is no such thing as voluntary socialism.

    Liberty is the answer.

  4. Be Rational

    … to be more clear…

    the Fed and other government insiders know that they are the cause of the problems. The banks were following government policy, laws and rules designed to inflate the money supply and create another bubble.

    The Fascist-Socialist Federal Reserve is doing it again now. Attacking the banks is a game meant to distract us from the true enemy – the Fed, the Government and Socialism in any form.

  5. paulie Post author

    Sorry, Paulie, but you , like most of America, have been duped into beleiving and attacking the banks based on the quite successful efforts of the socialists in power to shift the blame from themselves and their rules and regulations to the banks.

    No, the people in power are not socialists. Socialism is worker ownership of the means of production.

    State “socialism” is based on the idea that the state acts as a proxy for the workers, except that it doesn’t.

    State-connected corporatism also functions under the guise of a free market, except that it isn’t.

    True socialism is fully compatible with a true free market, and neither have anything to do with a statist system.

    I have in no way been duped to shift the blame away from the statists. I have just noticed that the banksters have been their willing partners in crime, not their victims.

    The victims are the rest of us — i.e., not those at the top of the interlocking corporate-government power structure.

    The banks have been victimized twice:

    First, the massive inflation machine of the Federal Reserve created a bubble that they, along with millions of Americans and indeed, people around the world relied upon. And it’s true that the bankers should have known that this was a bubble that would soon pop, but even pros can be duped.

    They weren’t duped. They took advantage of the situation because they were focused on short term profits, as well as confident that they would get bailed out, and they were right.

    Second, the banks have been scapegoated and blamed for a problem they didn’t create. That’s why you don’t see them going to jail and that’s why they got the billions in bailouts – the Fed and other insiders know that they are the real cause of the problem.

    You don’t see them going to jail because the fox is in charge of the chicken coop, and as for the bailouts – that’s just more evidence that one hand washes the other when it comes to the top of the pyramid of power that rests on our backs.

    True, the banks loaned too much money with too little down with too little oversight – but they were following the laws and government policy to make money easy and available to the least deserving elements in society. It was government social policy and the direct intent of the Fed to create a new bubble after the last. The Fed succeeded and the bubble popped again.

    Correct about the fed. Wrong if you think the banksters were innocent dupes in this.

    And if you’re paying attention, the Fed and the US Government is right now in the process of creating the next bubble that will also pop. Who will they blame the next time – dot.coms, banks, next …

    Correct.

    Keep your eye on the ball.

    Don’t keep your eye on the ball, it’s making you sleepy…very sleepy…keep your eye on the hand swinging the ball back and forth in front of your eyes.

    The government is the enemy.

    The regime is the enemy along with its corporate children which it charters, props up, shields from competition and liability, and in turn feeds from. It’s one big happy family, and we are its food.

    Socialism is always evil – it is the cause of our problems. There is no such thing as voluntary socialism.

    Statism is not socialism, and yes there is such a thing as voluntary socialism, just as there is such a thing as state-connected corporatism….case in point, the banksters.

    Liberty is the answer.

    Agreed!

  6. Vaughn

    Thanks for pointing this for the 100th time, Paulie. I really appreciate it as a democratic socialist…

    Some of the Libertarians I talked to voted for the Socialist, Dan LaBotz for Senate on Tuesday.

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