US elections – On November three, progressives will not vote for an ally or the lesser evil. They are going to have to vote for a preferred enemy.
American rapper Ice Cube has never shied from offering blistering critiques of American racism and also the economic and political system which it’s fostered. From seminal hits like Straight Outta Compton (1988) and F*** Tha Police (1988) with hip hop team NWA, to his solo efforts such as Black colored Korea (1991) and I Wanna Kill Sam (1991), where he actually predicted the LA Riots of 1992 in the song’s lyrics, while calling for the “ultimate drive by” from a United States government that has rarely let up on its unremitting battle against African Americans.
So it’s not surprising that Ice Cube remains not much more happy with the current Democratic offering of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for the presidential race than he is with incumbent President Donald Trump as well as the running mate of his, Mike Pence. In an Instagram video uploaded shortly after the Democratic National Convention (DNC) formally announced the Biden and Harris nomination, he explained:
“What I did not take note of [at the DNC] is actually, what is in it for us? What is in it for the Black colored community in addition to the exact same old item we been getting out of the parties?  They just pulled $3 trillion out of they ass as well as gave it to their good friends […] Where’s our f******* bailout?”  Democrats do not seem like they have a scheme. Republicans don’t seem like they got a package for us. So the way the hell you gonna vote for them?”
Critics have lambasted the rapper worth north of $100m, who has played police officers in his films, for switching to these types of a position. But Ice Cube isn’t alone in the anger of his at the Democratic Party, its latest presidential ticket as well as American politics substantially more broadly.
For progressive Democrats – especially supporters of former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders – not to mention those on the front side lines of racial and social justice challenges, the Biden Harris ticket cannot but be a great frustration. On so many of the most vital problems, coming from penal and judicial reform and Medicare for those to the Light green New Deal and foreign policy, a large number of Democratic voters are a lot closer to the Sanders wing than to the party’s neoliberal leadership.
From Bill Clinton to Barack Obama, we recognize how the story heads – great “hope” as well as promises of modification lead to tepid policies which bolster rather compared to reverse trends towards greater inequality as well as point out violence. While the Democratic Party appears confident the path to the Whitish House is through winning more than moderate Republicans, it’s quite clear that Trump will likely be re-elected, properly even, if an equivalent number of progressive young people sit out the time, as they did in 2016.
To forestall this risk, Bernie Sanders used his DNC speech to signal his vibrant followers which “the future of democracy is at stake  The future of the planet of ours is at risk. We must come together [to] defeat Donald Trump.”
Even more to the left, Noam Chomsky warned of the existential threat presented by 4 extra years of Trump, urging people to vote for Biden Harris and next “haunt the dreams” of his.
Angela Davis urged progressives to vote for Harris and Biden, arguing these were the applicants that “could be very proficiently pressured in making it possible for more room for the evolving anti-racist movement”. Perhaps most powerfully, former First Lady Michelle Obama warned Americans to “vote including your lives depend on it”.
All the figures have painted Trump, rightly so, as a mortal risk to democracy as well as the future of humankind. And many, if not, all think, as Chomsky points out, that whatever their faults, the prospects and the Democratic platform, in fact, mean a progressive action forward beyond any tandem or policies that arrived before. But given how the last 2 Democratic administrations reinforced rather than transformed the very causes that have enabled the disasters of the Bush and here Trump presidencies, it is tough not to join Ice Cube’s sarcastic refrain and ask “What’s in it for the majority of us?” if the Democrats win, except a brief respite from more Republican Sturm und Drang?
In a world as well as a country beset by a number of interlocked crises that seem beyond the chance of a solution by ordinary politics – a sentiment which, after all, really helped elect Trump in the first place – it is no wonder that disaffected and young voters aren’t lining up behind the latest avatars of change” and “hope. They realize viscerally that the process is simply too rotten to reform, which Clinton-Bush-Obama-Trump-Biden are simply the undulating rhythms of a political economic process in the United States that way too seldom lived up to the lofty rhetoric of its and is now in the midst of a violent and inevitable decline.
Even though Trump provides racist and xenophobic bread and circuses to the Republican masses, the Democratic Party is simply too inept actually to pretend to help primary policies that the great majority of the voters of its deeply desire.
With very much at stake, and the race inevitably tightening in swing states, probably it is better to tell young, disaffected and uncommitted voters the truth: This election isn’t approximately voting for the president who’ll lead us out from the Trumpian darkness towards a much more simply, sustainable and equitable future. It is about picking out which opponent we would rather invest the next four years fighting to secure a future that neither the 2 individuals, or the system which ensconces them, have the curiosity or perhaps power to develop.
Being shared with to vote including the living of yours depends on it’s not all that empowering, if you have minimal faith that the folks you’re voting for can easily or even will do all that much to save you. But getting said to you have the opportunity to pick out between two radically different enemies to fight for the survival of yours tends to make the option as well as the commitment to vote a lot more clear.
On the one side area, we have a ruthless narcissistic authoritarian without inspections on the executive power of his and a Supreme Court almost completely his who is completely enshrining a feudal oligarchy which disenfranchises and disinherits the largest percentage of Americans, along with blowing past any survivable CO2 confine, therefore threatening the survival of humanity along with a million additional species within a couple of years. Trump 2.0 will unleash the extensive mass of the federal government, including white nationalist infiltrated federal security forces, along with tens of millions of greatly armed, fanatical & increasingly apocalyptic people upon the streets violently to crush any remaining opposition to the pursuit, rather literally, to usher in the End of Days.
On the other aspect, we have an adversary who’s neither strong, unkind, authoritarian, sociopathic nor ultimately suicidal enough to hurry headlong towards environmental tragedy and weather or for ever entrench a neo feudal purchase. Even more so, Biden doesn’t have the stomach or the mandate to unleash a quality of state and militia violence against protesters which will be not possible to counter short of civil war.
And this specific enemy was already infiltrated by upwards of hundred agents of change with the Congressional Progressive Caucus, at minimum half a dozen of whom are among pretty much the most popular and effective young politicians in America. Although it is going to take at least a decade for the “Squad” and also other younger progressives to attain institutional power, in case their numbers mature by even a dozen participants, the Democratic Party would have been conquered from inside by progressives of the exact same manner Republicans were conquered by the Tea Party.
Put the strategy, voting in November is no longer about picking out an “ally” that can definitely betray you and even selecting the lesser of 2 evils. Actually, it is about getting the great fortune of choosing an adversary whom you just might be in a position to conquer and a strategic job which allows the continuation of the struggle for racial, economic, climate and other forms of social justice without having the risk of mass repression as well as civil war.
Just like clear is what will come to pass if this possibility is not ingested. As a Facebook friend from a Midwestern battleground state described his Trump loving neighbours following Jacob Blake’s shooting: “You can think it establishing, they hate you as well as they’re gon na vote.”
If those votes are not matched by a similarly determined Democratic electorate, the End of Days could arrive a lot sooner than we think.