US elections – On November three, progressives won’t vote for an ally or the lesser evil. They are going to have to vote for a recommended enemy.
American rapper Ice Cube has never shied from providing blistering critiques of American racism and the economic and political program that it has fostered. From seminal hits such as Straight Outta Compton (1988) and F*** Tha Police (1988) with hip hop staff NWA, to his solo efforts including Black colored Korea (1991) and I Wanna Kill Sam (1991), exactly where he literally predicted the LA Riots of 1992 in the song’s lyrics, while calling for the “ultimate drive by” from a United States government which has rarely let up on its unremitting battle from African Americans.
So it’s not surprising that Ice Cube continues to be not much more pleased with the present Democratic offering of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for the presidential race than he is with incumbent President Donald Trump and 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 listen to [at the DNC] is actually, what’s in it for us? What is in it for the Blackish community aside from the exact same old item we been getting out of these parties?  They just pulled $3 trillion out of they ass and gave it to their friends […] Where is our f******* bailout?”  Democrats don’t appear like they have a scheme. Republicans do not appear as they got a program for us. So how the hell you gonna vote for them?”
Critics have lambasted the rapper really worth north of $100m, who has played police officers in his motion pictures, for adopting such a location. But Ice Cube is not alone in his anger at the Democratic Party, its newest presidential ticket as well as American politics somewhat more broadly.
For progressive Democrats – notably supporters of former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders – and those on the front side lines of racial and social justice struggles, the Biden Harris ticket cannot but be a great disappointment. On so many of the most critical issues, from penal and judicial reform and Medicare for all to the Green New Deal and foreign policy, a huge 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 – excellent “hope” and promises of improvement lead to tepid policies that bolster rather than reverse trends towards increased inequality and state violence. While the Democratic Party appears convinced the road to the Whitish House is actually through winning more than moderate Republicans, it’s rather clear that Trump will likely be re elected, legally actually, in case a comparable selection of progressive young people sit out the moment, as they did in 2016.
In order to forestall the risk, Bernie Sanders used his DNC speech to alert his youthful followers which “the future of democracy is at stake  The long term future of the planet of ours is actually at risk. We have to come together [to] defeat Donald Trump.”
Further to the left, Noam Chomsky warned of the existential risk posed by 4 additional years of Trump, urging individuals to vote for Biden Harris and then “haunt the dreams” of his.
Angela Davis urged progressives to vote for Harris and Biden, arguing they were the prospects that “could be very proficiently pressured in allowing much more space for the evolving anti racist movement”. Perhaps most powerfully, former First Lady Michelle Obama warned Americans to “vote like 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 most, if not, all think, as Chomsky points out, that whatever the faults of theirs, the candidates and the Democratic platform, in fact, mean a progressive action ahead beyond any tandem or maybe policies which came before. But given how the previous two Democratic administrations reinforced as opposed to transformed the very forces that have empowered the disasters of the Bush and here Trump presidencies, it’s tough not to join Ice Cube’s sarcastic refrain and ask “What’s in it for the remainder of us?” if the Democrats win, besides a short respite from more Republican Sturm und Drang?
In a world and a countryside beset by many interlocked crises that appear beyond the potential for a solution by average politics – a sentiment that, after all, really helped elect Trump in the very first place – it’s not surprising that young and disaffected voters are not lining up behind the hottest avatars of change” and “hope. They recognize viscerally that the method is just too rotten to reform, which Clinton-Bush-Obama-Trump-Biden are simply the undulating rhythms of a political economic program in the United States that way too rarely lived up to its lofty rhetoric and it is now in the midst of an inevitable and violent decline.
Although Trump offers xenophobic and racist bread and circuses to the Republican masses, the Democratic Party is simply too inept even to pretend to support core policies that the great majority of the voters of its profoundly wish.
With so much at stake, as well as the high-speed surely tightening in swing states, probably it’s better to tell younger, uncommitted and disaffected voters the truth: This election is not approximately voting for the president who will point us out of the Trumpian darkness towards a far more simply, equitable and sustainable future. It is about choosing which opponent we would rather spend the next four years fighting to secure a future that neither the two individuals, none the system that ensconces them, have the curiosity or power to create.
Being informed to vote like your lifetime depends on it’s not all that empowering, if you have limited trust that the individuals you’re voting for can easily or will do all of that much in order to save you. But getting informed you have the opportunity to pick out between 2 radically different enemies to cure for the survival of yours makes the choice and the motivation to vote far clearer.
On the one side area, we have a ruthless narcissistic authoritarian without inspections on his executive power and a Supreme Court almost entirely his who’s permanently enshrining a feudal oligarchy which disenfranchises as well as disinherits the majority of Americans, and blowing past any kind of survivable CO2 limit, and in so doing threatening the survival of humanity as well as a million more species inside a few years. Trump 2.0 will unleash the complete weight of the federal government, this includes whitish nationalist-infiltrated federal security forces, along with tens of millions of highly armed, fanatical and increasingly apocalyptic followers upon the roadways violently to crush any remaining opposition to the process, rather literally, to usher in the End of Days.
On the various other aspect, we’ve an adversary who is neither powerful, harsh, authoritarian, sociopathic nor eventually suicidal adequate to rush headlong towards weather and environmental tragedy or even permanently entrench a neo feudal order. Much more so, Biden doesn’t have the mandate or the belly to unleash a level of state as well as militia violence from protesters which will be impossible to counter short of civil war.
And this particular enemy has already been infiltrated by upwards of hundred agents of change with the Congressional Progressive Caucus, at the very least 50 percent a dozen of whom are among pretty much the most well-known and effective youthful politicians in America. Although it is going to take at least a decade for the “Squad” along with other younger progressives to attain institutional power, if their numbers grow by also a dozen patrons, the Democratic Party would have been conquered from within by progressives of the same fashion Republicans were conquered by the Tea Party.
Apply this way, voting in November is no more time about picking out an “ally” that can surely betray you and even selecting the lesser of two evils. Rather, it’s about obtaining the great fortune of choosing an adversary whom you may be ready to beat and a strategic position that makes it possible for the continuation of the struggle for racial, economic, other types and weather of social justice without the danger of mass repression and even civil war.
Just as clear is what will come to pass if perhaps this possibility isn’t ingested. As a Facebook friend from a Midwestern battleground state described his Trump loving neighbours following Jacob Blake’s shooting: “You can feel it building, they hate you and they’re going to vote.”
In the event that those votes are certainly not matched by a similarly determined Democratic electorate, the End of Days could arrive a lot earlier than we believe.