Trump Goes Even Further in Openly Rallying White Supremacist Fascists
Updated October 20, 2016 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us
Bob Avakian on defending the right to vote...and why having the right to do something is not the same as saying you should do it
Excerpt from the film REVOLUTION AND RELIGION: A Dialogue Between CORNEL WEST & BOB AVAKIAN
Update October 20: The following article—exposing what is behind Trump's claim of "rigged" elections—was posted Wednesday afternoon, before the presidential debate in which Donald Trump refused to promise to recognize the validity of the result of the election. While we intend to speak further to the particular implications of that, the analysis and points below remain extremely relevant in their own right—and barely spoken to, if at all, in any of the commentary thus far on last night's debate.
Let’s be clear what Trump is really saying when he says that the “election is rigged” and then tells his supporters to go into and “monitor” the voting in big cities with lots of Black and immigrant voters. He means that his backers should go out and intimidate Black people and dark-skinned immigrants from exercising what is in fact their right. Whatever his aims in terms of the election, he is aiming to further mobilize a combative white supremacist social base, willing to fight against Black and Brown people exercising their rights, and for fascism.
Any such attempt in any city must be vigorously opposed, with real determination. While the right to vote in this system is nothing but an exercise in which people choose who will oppress them, any attempt to deny that right to people based on their nationality cannot be tolerated. This is especially true when Black people, along with some whites, bled and died for the right of African-American people to vote, including in the 1960s. Even today shameless white supremacist politicians maneuver to exclude Black and Brown people from the ballot, and this is backed up by the “White Supremacist” Court. And please note: as of this writing, no significant Republican or Democratic politician has denounced this open call for white supremacist intimidation and terror for what it is and the forceful terms it demands. No, all they mount against Trump are weak cries that the system is “fair.”
When Trump says that the system is “rigged” it strikes a chord with some. In fact, the system works the way it is supposed to work: to keep people confused and powerless. The howling irony in all this is that the racist, sexist, xenophobic, money-grubbing asshole Trump himself is a product and beneficiary of how the system works. The capitalist-imperialists who rule society are the ones who determine and dictate who gets a hearing... what gets debated... which terms get set. They determine the choices that we get. They may fight among themselves over this, as they are now, but the terms of this fight are confined within the framework of what is best for this system. Enough of them wanted Trump out there to win him the nomination; and even those who didn’t, including the Democrats, never denounced him and what he stood for as utterly illegitimate and reactionary. This system is not “rigged”—in the sense that Trump means it—it is illegitimate, and Trump himself is Exhibit A. This guarantees that whoever wins, be it Clinton or Trump, will fight for the interests of this system as he or she (and the people around them) see those interests. So again, that is not rigging—that is how the system works… and why it must be overthrown.
As we said in our earlier editorial this week, this is no ordinary election—and Trump’s open call not only for white supremacist intimidation and possible terror at the polls is part of what makes it so. And as that editorial said:
The potential for further and much deeper crisis to erupt in the days to come, and especially around the election itself and its immediate aftermath, looms very large. The already sharp conflicts between sections of the ruling class could deepen and crack further. Such crisis can act as a jolt on people, jarring them out of their normal way of looking at things and leading them to question and resist what they normally accept. We need to come from behind to be ready to seize on whatever does happen to hasten REVOLUTION, preparing and organizing masses of people to respond to this not by falling in behind one side or the other of the oppressive rulers, but by taking advantage of this situation to build up the forces for revolution.
This means confronting the actual situation and fighting to take things as far as possible, including in the current Get Into the Revolution National Organizing Campaign and Tour, working to bring into being a revolutionary situation—a situation, as the Party statement How We Can Win says, “Where millions and millions of people refuse to be ruled in the old way—and are willing and determined to put everything on the line to bring down this system and bring into being a new society and government that will be based on the Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America. That is the time to go all-out to win. That is what we need to be actively working for and preparing for now.” (From “The Election Crisis and the Real Stakes in November”)
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