November 7, 2016

Just a reminder. . .

We have less than two days to save the republic. Good luck - Sam Smith


Anonymous said...

You aren't suggesting, by chance, that salvation can somehow be had with Hillary Clinton, are you? That would be the assumption given you blatant bias this cycle. If so, please explain how it is we might expect deliverance once passage of TTP/TTIP/TISA have transpire, the neo-liberal Simpson-Bowles recommendations acted upon, and with the nation more deeply entrenched in the inevitable hostilities attendant with imperial adventurism.
If there's hope of 'saving the republic' it won't be through either the Democratic or Republican parties.
Chris Hedges sums the situation up in his posting at Counterpuch:
"Hillary Clinton embodies the detested neoliberal establishment. She can barely fend off one of the most imbecilic and narcissistic candidates in American history. Matched against a demagogue with brains and political skill, she would lose. If we do not defy the neoliberal order, championed by Clinton and the Democratic Party elites, we ensure the conditions for a terrifying right-wing backlash, one that will use harsh and violent mechanisms to crush the little political space we have left.

The tactic of strategic voting begs the question “Strategic for whom?” Our money-drenched, heavily managed elections are little more than totalitarian plebiscites to give a veneer of legitimacy to corporate power. As long as we signal that we are not a threat to the established order, as long as we participate in this charade, the neoliberal assault will continue towards its frightening and inevitable conclusion.

Alexis de Tocqueville correctly saw that when citizens can no longer participate in a meaningful way in political life, political populism is replaced by a cultural populism of sameness, resentment and mindless patriotism and by a form of anti-politics he called “democratic despotism.” The language and rituals of democracy are used to mask a political system based on the unchallenged supremacy of corporate power, one the political philosopher Sheldon Wolin calls “inverted totalitarianism.”

We must build structures of open defiance to the corporate state."

Tom Puckett said...

I believe I've been reading in the TPR for several years now that the first US republic has passed on.

Tomorrow, we all have the opportunity to start rebuilding it or building the second US republic, however you'd like to look at it.

Here's hoping we all make the most of that chance by voting for Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka of the Green Party, the only honorable candidates in the 2016 race.

Cheers, Tom

Dan Lynch said...

The republic is based on slavery, genocide, imperialism, and capitalism, and is not worth saving.

I still suggest that you change the name of your organization to "The Democratic Review" to better reflect your actual values.

Anonymous said...

You've said it yourself may times, Sam - That boat sailed about 30 years ago. I believe that the last chance to save the Republic was spiked in the first Clinton administration.

Anonymous said...

The Republic is long gone....we have been in the Empire stage for some time now...and its fast unwinding.

This election is crucial to how we manage the inevitable decline in Empire that all other past empires have faced.

We can double-down on Empire (Hillary) or we can withdraw and rebuild the Republic (Trump).