2018 Mid-Term Elections: Corporate Democrats Versus the Monster They Empowered (excerpts)

Originally published on 10/5/2019

By Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report

The November 6 [2018] midterm elections put Democrats back in control of the U.S. House while strengthening the Republican hold on the Senate. … Although the GOP remains a minority party — Democrats outpolled them in House races by 7 percent to 9 percent — white supremacists remain the largest bloc in the U.S. political spectrum.

The 2018 midterms were a test, not of insurgent left-leaning Democrats — a disorganized and confused faction that was kept largely in check by the party’s corporate leadership — but of whether Donald Trump could continue to hold majorities of white Americans in thrall to his non-stop, red-meat racist political theater.

Corporate Democrats, whose bungled schemes led us to this juncture, forge ahead with the same strategy as in 2016. Nancy Pelosi, who ordered the Congressional Black Caucus to downplay the crimes of Katrina the last time she was Speaker of the House, served up pablum and called it a victory speech. “We will strive for bipartisanship, with fairness on all sides, she said. “The American people want peace. They want results. They want us to work for positive results for their lives.”

Corporate parties, in a duopoly system, cannot resolve the contradiction in favor of the people.

That’s why the struggle must be mainly in the streets, and to build non-corporate parties, including independent Black formations — which requires a split in the Democrats, the section of the duopoly that is not explicitly the White Man’s Party, but instead slavishly serves the oligarchy.

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