The Illusion of Democracy
Americans were on political lockdown long before the plandemic appeared. Once enough people realized that voting had little impact upon how politicians voted in congress , especially on issues affecting the average American. Many finally accepted that individual political participation in the democratic process was an illusion. Community influence over the voting process is a myth, especially in Black and poor communities. Black people in particular should have already seen through this illusion, which ended with the public execution of Dr. King. His assassination sent a clear message to Americans, especially Black Americans. They would never be in control of their communal destiny. Both political parties pander to the same powerful contending forces responsible for King’s assassination. In particular, King’s dream to provide all Americans with a guaranteed income threated the oligarchs, especially their control and manipulation over taxpayer dollars. They could not stand idle while King filled the minds of millions of otherwise ignorant Americans with an alternative vison to the economic enslavement being forced upon them.
King also discovered that the American government would never choose financial equality over the interests of the power contending forces, especially corporations that build weapons to feed the insatiable appetite of the military industrial complex. “Economic stagnation makes it impossible to fund both social welfare and higher defense budgets without higher taxes. Thus, the Democratic Party is coming apart,” writes Ferguson. “Driven by struggles between the party’s mass base, which needs more, not less, social welfare spending, and its elite constituency, which would prefer to reform the budget process, cut social spending, and raise defense expenditures.”
It is clear that ordinary Americans have no significant control over policies that directly impact their lives. While congress gives itself raises, the poor are forced to survive without a living wage. The overwhelming majority of the working class are powerless and do not fully participate in the decision-making process, which remains out of reach. The elite’s behavior is pathological, and the stranglehold they have over the poor and working class is unrelenting.
The rich have access to resources not available to the public and their money influences every aspect of daily activity. “The role profits play in capitalistic economies is unique and not at all comparable with other sources of income. Their investments in culture and information represent a major share of all politically relevant investments by major investors.” Money matters most in capitalists’ regimes. The people are constantly fed an illusion that they are participants in the political process, when in fact, they are prohibited from participating in any meaningful dialogue that could enhance their lives. People do matter if they only could awaken from the spell cast over them. Human beings are sacred and must demand the respect they deserve. Respect from property owners for the landless has never been given, but must be demanded. Human value is of little concern for the financiers who rule the country with an iron hand.
The oligarchs control everything, including the historians, whose records are dictated by the elites. The people are left groping in darkness and are misrepresented by “consensus historians,” who rewrite history to suit the interests of the big-ticket holders and financiers. For example, Ferguson argues that academics have historically been in allegiance with the money class who are the actual founders of revisionist history. “I am very skeptical about this literature’s unwillingness and inability to come finally to a point. That ordinary people are historical subjects is a vital truth; that they are the primary shapers of America’s past seems to me either a triviality or a highly dubious theory.”
The working poor and ever-expanding permanent underclass are made invisible by the big-ticket holders who control the historians, who feed from the troughs of oligarchs. Most American historians teach that Roosevelt loved America and this is the primary reason he developed the New Deal. According to Ferguson, this is the revisionist’s take on what really happened, and that Roosevelt was an elitist, whose main interest was to save capitalism. His development of the New Deal actually laid the foundation for the merger between government and the business class. (aka, American fascism)
The politician’s ties to the business class is a relationship not difficult to understand, especially in the United States. Afterall, America is an empire and as such, it must be ever-seeking new ways of expanding and controlling more subjects. Even the electoral system is sensitive to social class and, like all propaganda-driven democracies, the United States protects and preferences the socioeconomic interests of the business elite. The oligarchs and business classes are primarily concerned with how best to control the government, and at the same time, focus their attention on finding new ways to influence public opinion. The “big-ticket” holders remain the real political power in the United States. Corporate financial coalitions finance the campaigns of those who will represent their interests. Thus, our political representatives are actually enemies of the people, because they exist to protect the interests of the rich.
The relationship between our political representatives and the business class started in earnest with the New Deal. The “political coalition—one dominated by capital-intensive, multinational oriented businesses,” is the real power behind our political system. The masses are in a ruthless competition between placing their agenda on the table and preventing the oligarchs from dominating all concerns. “Competition within (between) the business community is central to the American electoral process,” writes Ferguson. The poor and working classes are an insignificant part of the illusion of democracy. In reality, the “business transactions between the elite—power sharing; is what elections are really about.”Case in point, President Trump’s tax break for the ultra-rich was similar to Roosevelt’s New Deal, with the exception that FDR’s program did help the poor to at least keep their heads above water. Trump’s tax break for the ultra-rich has no such clause for the poor. FDR’s primary financial support came from the big-ticket holders who expected to be rewarded with government contracts. Likewise, Trump expects his big-ticket holders to support the Republican Party’s political agenda in 2020.
In 1986, Ferguson conducted a detailed study which revealed how the Democratic Party failed to evaluate the historical trajectory that moved them further away from the poor and working class. In his book entitled Right Turn: The Decline of the Democrats and the Future of American Politics, he writes, “It’s not race or the flag or foreign policy killing the Democratic Party at the Presidential level . . . since Carter, the Democrats have forfeited their ancestral identification as the ‘Party of Prosperity’. With its continuing flirtations with austerity and raising taxes, while refusing to challenge the GOP on important new issues, the party has had little to say to ordinary Americans on many issues that matter most to them.”
Over three decades after Ferguson’s assessment of the Democratic Party, they remain the party of obfuscation and have yet to come to grips with the 2016 Presidential loss. Instead of focusing on real issues that impact millions of Americans, they have placed their confidence in a myth—the Trump-Russian-Collusion, about which few people even care.
In some ways, Donald Trump is indeed a political anomaly, and is known throughout New York as having direct ties with criminal organizations. In that regard, he probably has ties with the Russian underworld, and may have sought their assistance in 2016. Hillary also used questionable means to buy information from Russia that may have come from unsavory sources. There are no politicians with clean hands. Yet, the Democratic Party remains defiant, and their inability to have a real agenda to address the needs of the poor and working class, will certainly cost them votes in 2020.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are aware of how money is the controlling factor in politics, which is why she raised twice as much as her competitor. There is nothing the Russians could have done to impact the 2016 Presidential race outside of providing Trump with a few dollars or business opportunities, which might have happened. Money rules the political game, and the more money one has the more likely they can control the two-party duopoly, and finance their path to power. For example, “a single super rich investor (i.e. Mike Bloomberg) can create a ‘party’ of his own and bypass the antique trappings of mass political parties altogether.” Also, when Bill Clinton became President in 1992 with forty-three percent of the vote, it was the third lowest showing since 1828. In the 2016 presidential race, Hillary outspent Trump two to one, and according to the Boston Globe on January 27, 1993, there were more millionaires among Bill Clinton’s top advisors than H.W. Bush, or Reagan’s staff. Campaign finance reform is the only way to revolutionize the political system, because big money deforms and corrupts what we call democracy. Until real changes are. . .
Excerpts from Black Political Exodus 2020 available on Amazon