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Danny Haiphong
Danny Haiphong

Location: USA

Specialization: War, Racism, Capitalist exploitation, Civil rights

Obama's Visit to Cuba a Continuation of War, not Peace, with the Socialist Nation

The rulers of capital want to return Cuba to the days when US monopolies dominated the economy of the island

Bernie Sanders has worn out his welcome with the US ruling class. On December 17th, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) effectively shut down the Bernie Sanders campaign's outreach operations by eliminating its access to voter preferences gathered in a DNC database. The DNC claimed that a glitch had given Bernie Sanders access to other candidate's files and blamed the campaign for dirty politics. Twenty-four hours later, amidst the backlash from the Sanders campaign and potential Democratic Party voters, the DNC reinstated Sanders’ access to the DNC database. 

The DNC debacle represents a careless yet inevitable shift in the Democratic Party's relationship with Bernie Sanders. When Sanders first arrived on the Presidential scene, his lip service to socialism and reform was seen as useful to the Party of Blue. Sanders did what no other ruling class politician in the race could. He instilled hope in a hopeless liberal base and simultaneously proclaimed loyalty to Hilary Clinton and all of her blatant conservatism. And it wasn't as if Sanders rejected business as usual when it came to US imperialism. He voiced staunch support for Saudi Arabia's war on Yemen, Israel's war on the Palestinians, and declared that he was prepared to send the US into war if necessary.

So the ruling class gave Sanders space to sheepdog disaffected voters into the Democratic Party camp. But his popularity with the liberal section of the US as a reformist, pro-war candidate allowed him to stick around. Sanders received an endorsement from the Communication Workers of America just days before the DNC controversy. He also recorded two million individual contributions to his campaign around the same time, doubling Barack Obama's individual campaign contributions in the 2008 elections. The DNC debacle was a response on the part of the US ruling class to eliminate Sanders from the race altogether and clear the way for Hilary Clinton's nomination.

Politicians in the US are selected, not elected. Bernie Sanders is not an exception. If Wall Street and the rich capitalists that rule the US wanted Bernie Sanders to win, the DNC would never have made such a blatant attempt to remove him from the Presidential race. The corporate media had already blacked out Bernie Sanders from the airwaves weeks ago. But Sanders didn’t go away, which indicated to the Democratic Party that more potent measures had to be taken to eliminate him. What better person to do the job than current DNC chair and Hilary Clinton's former campaign co-chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz?

The attack on Bernie Sanders reveals fissures and weaknesses within the entire US imperialist state apparatus. For one, people in the US are growing sick and tired of rapacious capitalist exploitation. Trump's longevity in the Presidential race and the public uncertainty about Hilary Clinton are a product of mass distrust in the Democratic Party's ability to address the growing misery of workers in the US. The DNC attack on Bernie Sanders revealed the ruling class's fear that Wall Street's most prized candidate may be in real trouble. Eight years of the Obama Administration has moved the US political terrain so far to the right that the ruling class is having a difficult time manipulating the outcome of the 2016 elections for Hilary Clinton.

But perhaps the greatest weakness exposed by the DNC attack on Bernie Sanders is the overall crisis of the imperialist system. The system has moved from a productive capitalist economy to a financial one mainly through the means of technological development. Technology has caused permanent unemployment. As a result, capitalist enterprises have fewer workers to exploit. This development has plunged the rate of profit into perpetual decline. Capitalists have fought the system’s general decline with savage robbery and warfare in every corner of the planet, which has only exacerbated the severity of the system's periodic crises. 

The US imperialist system is built to take from the masses, not give. It must drive down the conditions of workers and repress any class or section of people that could potentially get in the way of profit accumulation. Bernie's role specifically in this historical juncture is to deceive those frustrated with the decline of imperialism with the idea that the Democratic Party can manage the imperialist system for the masses. No matter how much Sanders appealed to the war hawks, his use of the ruling class was time sensitive. Once he no longer served the role of funneling votes to Hilary Clinton, his days in the race were numbered.

Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump are the real contenders of the 2016 elections. The rich are comfortably on their side. Hilary Clinton is Wall Street’s top choice for President. Donald Trump’s value to the ruling class lies in his ability to give the left section of the electorate a “boogeyman” to vote against and the right section a leader who outwardly represents its racist interests. Trump’s value can be seen in the regular corporate media attention he has received since he entered the election. The ruling class needs nothing more in this period of crisis than the intense distraction that is the US electoral circus. Bernie Sanders just didn’t make the cut.

Bernie Sanders has worn out his welcome with the US ruling class. On December 17th, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) effectively shut down the Bernie Sanders campaign's outreach operations by eliminating its access to voter preferences gathered in a DNC database. The DNC claimed that a glitch had given Bernie Sanders access to other candidate's files and blamed the campaign for dirty politics. Twenty-four hours later, amidst the backlash from the Sanders campaign and potential Democratic Party voters, the DNC reinstated Sanders’ access to the DNC database. 

The DNC debacle represents a careless yet inevitable shift in the Democratic Party's relationship with Bernie Sanders. When Sanders first arrived on the Presidential scene, his lip service to socialism and reform was seen as useful to the Party of Blue. Sanders did what no other ruling class politician in the race could. He instilled hope in a hopeless liberal base and simultaneously proclaimed loyalty to Hilary Clinton and all of her blatant conservatism. And it wasn't as if Sanders rejected business as usual when it came to US imperialism. He voiced staunch support for Saudi Arabia's war on Yemen, Israel's war on the Palestinians, and declared that he was prepared to send the US into war if necessary.

So the ruling class gave Sanders space to sheepdog disaffected voters into the Democratic Party camp. But his popularity with the liberal section of the US as a reformist, pro-war candidate allowed him to stick around. Sanders received an endorsement from the Communication Workers of America just days before the DNC controversy. He also recorded two million individual contributions to his campaign around the same time, doubling Barack Obama's individual campaign contributions in the 2008 elections. The DNC debacle was a response on the part of the US ruling class to eliminate Sanders from the race altogether and clear the way for Hilary Clinton's nomination.

Politicians in the US are selected, not elected. Bernie Sanders is not an exception. If Wall Street and the rich capitalists that rule the US wanted Bernie Sanders to win, the DNC would never have made such a blatant attempt to remove him from the Presidential race. The corporate media had already blacked out Bernie Sanders from the airwaves weeks ago. But Sanders didn’t go away, which indicated to the Democratic Party that more potent measures had to be taken to eliminate him. What better person to do the job than current DNC chair and Hilary Clinton's former campaign co-chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz?

The attack on Bernie Sanders reveals fissures and weaknesses within the entire US imperialist state apparatus. For one, people in the US are growing sick and tired of rapacious capitalist exploitation. Trump's longevity in the Presidential race and the public uncertainty about Hilary Clinton are a product of mass distrust in the Democratic Party's ability to address the growing misery of workers in the US. The DNC attack on Bernie Sanders revealed the ruling class's fear that Wall Street's most prized candidate may be in real trouble. Eight years of the Obama Administration has moved the US political terrain so far to the right that the ruling class is having a difficult time manipulating the outcome of the 2016 elections for Hilary Clinton.

But perhaps the greatest weakness exposed by the DNC attack on Bernie Sanders is the overall crisis of the imperialist system. The system has moved from a productive capitalist economy to a financial one mainly through the means of technological development. Technology has caused permanent unemployment. As a result, capitalist enterprises have fewer workers to exploit. This development has plunged the rate of profit into perpetual decline. Capitalists have fought the system’s general decline with savage robbery and warfare in every corner of the planet, which has only exacerbated the severity of the system's periodic crises. 

The US imperialist system is built to take from the masses, not give. It must drive down the conditions of workers and repress any class or section of people that could potentially get in the way of profit accumulation. Bernie's role specifically in this historical juncture is to deceive those frustrated with the decline of imperialism with the idea that the Democratic Party can manage the imperialist system for the masses. No matter how much Sanders appealed to the war hawks, his use of the ruling class was time sensitive. Once he no longer served the role of funneling votes to Hilary Clinton, his days in the race were numbered.

Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump are the real contenders of the 2016 elections. The rich are comfortably on their side. Hilary Clinton is Wall Street’s top choice for President. Donald Trump’s value to the ruling class lies in his ability to give the left section of the electorate a “boogeyman” to vote against and the right section a leader who outwardly represents its racist interests. Trump’s value can be seen in the regular corporate media attention he has received since he entered the election. The ruling class needs nothing more in this period of crisis than the intense distraction that is the US electoral circus. Bernie Sanders just didn’t make the cut.

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