Trump vs. Clinton:
Criminal Choices of a Criminal System

We Need to Overthrow, Not Vote For, This System!

Updated August 16, 2016 | Revolution Newspaper |


The Deadly Logic of the Lesser Evil

We had to vote for Obama and the Democrats, we were told, to put a stop to the great harm that was being done by George W. Bush and the Republicans. But did voting for Obama, and having Obama as president, prevent the fascism that has increasingly characterized the Republican Party from reaching a dangerously new level with the Trump candidacy? Obviously not. But why not? Because Obama and the Democrats, as well as Trump and the Republicans, are products and representatives of the same system of capitalism-imperialism, and that system has its fundamental dynamics and ways it has to function, which mean that anyone who rises to the top of that system must continually commit crimes against humanity.

Funneling good sentiments and intentions into voting for Democrats, time after time—accepting and “validating” the logic and assumptions of this system, rather than opposing the whole system and its endless crimes, presided over by both Democrats and Republicans—has made people complicit with these crimes and has contributed to the situation we are in, where an overt, undisguised fascist candidacy, embodied in Trump, is contending seriously to assume the leadership of this system, and it is now being insisted that only voting for Clinton, who is guilty of many despicable and monstrous crimes against humanity herself, can stop Trump and what he represents. As for the argument, “Well, yes, Clinton is not what we really want, she is actually quite bad, but she is ‘the lesser evil,’ and there are realistically only two choices—either Clinton or Trump—so if you don’t go for Clinton you are helping elect Trump,” this actually amounts to nothing more than the argument that, “As long as you accept the logic and ‘choices’ dictated by this system, you have to accept the logic and ‘choices’ dictated by this system.” Doesn’t the fact that this system has produced someone like Trump as a “legitimate” candidate, heading one of the two major political parties of this system—doesn’t this powerfully demonstrate the utter illegitimacy of the whole system? And the fact that Clinton and the Democrats will only oppose Trump with arguments that amount to insisting that they are better representatives of this same system, and can do a better job of perpetrating its crimes—doesn’t this powerfully demonstrate the urgent need to break with the logic and assumptions of this system and rise up against it and those who represent it, including Clinton as well as Trump?

August 1, 2016

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Flag-burner Gregory Johnson: "The state's charges from RNC protest are false and must be dropped immediately"

Gregory “Joey” Johnson—whose successful battle in the Supreme Court case Texas v. Johnson established that burning a U.S. flag in protest is protected speech—says allegations he assaulted two “news reporters” when he burned a flag outside the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 are false. Johnson said that Kimberly Barnett, the Acting Chief Assistant Prosecutor, Criminal Division, has no choice but to withdraw the charges of assault filed against him.

Johnson with the support of the Revolution Club burned the American flag outside the Republican National Convention to protest the toxic chauvinism and reactionary ideas of all stripes surrounding Trump’s nomination. Cleveland police and other law enforcement agencies immediately assaulted the flag-burning, putting Johnson in a chokehold and then brutally arresting 16 others who were staging a peaceful protest.

August 8, 2016

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Grand Jury Indicts 2 of the RNC16—Totally Unacceptable!

There is an outrageous development in the case of 16 people (overwhelmingly Revolution Club members) who were illegally arrested and hit with serious charges for peaceful protest in support of the burning of the American flag by Joey Johnson on July 20 outside the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. On August 4, two of the 16 (the RNC16) were indicted by a grand jury—and even more charges were added to the already flagrant repression against this action and the individuals involved.

August 8, 2016

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Drop the Charges Against Notorious Flag Burner Joey Johnson and the RNC16!

July 25, 2016

Joey Johnson burning the American flag at the Republican convention

On Wednesday, July 20, in the face of the toxic chauvinism and reactionary ideas of all stripes coming out of the Republican National Convention, and surrounded by scores of cops and a whole zoo’s worth of fascist lunatics, some of them openly brandishing weapons, something fresh and positive happened. Joey Johnson, backed up by members of the Revolution Club, set aflame the American flag.

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Joey Johnson burning the flag at the Republican Convention.Revolution Club at the RNC & DNC

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Yes, We DO Need A Revolution – Overthrowing This System! Don't Let Bernie Take You Back Into It.

You were RIGHT to reject Hillary Clinton, and find her despicable.

You aspired to something different. But now Bernie wants to lead you back into the fold, back into what you once swore you’d never go along with.

A word. Now is NOT the time to give up on this—your aspirations with “broken hearts,” to “hold your nose” while voting for Hillary. Precisely the opposite. Now is the time to really follow through on your convictions. Now is the time get really radical and scientific: to dig into the cause of the problems and horrors that drove you to Bernie... and into the solution as well. Ask yourself....

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Leave Bernie behind. Get ready for, and get into, the REAL revolution!

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Mein Trumpf—Fangs Bared

July 21, 2016

Donald Trump promised revenge to the resentful, restoration of unchallenged white supremacy to the racists, and unchallengeable U.S. power to the American chauvinists. Donald Trump demonized immigrants and those who end up in the crosshairs of the police, and he demonized those who fight for justice and change. Donald Trump promised the sky to the gullible among the oppressed. And all he asks of those who follow him is this: OBEY. Obey Trump, and obey his enforcers. Or face the consequences (which as Trump has made clear elsewhere includes torture, the death penalty, and no rights at all for Black and other oppressed people facing the street corner judge-jury-executioner in police uniform).

And why should you trust him? Because Donald Trump has risen to the top of the "shark tank," he has proven himself to be "successful"—that is, a merciless, lying, grasping hustler in this capitalist system that rewards nothing so much as the ability to mercilessly exploit other human beings.

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Carl Dix from Cleveland

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One Flag Burns—
Two Futures Clash

All Out to Defend Joey Johnson and All Those Arrested

July 21, 2016

Revolution caught up with Carl Dix of the Revolutionary Communist Party a few hours after Joey Johnson, surrounded by members of the Revolution Club, burned an American flag outside the Republican National Convention in Cleveland July 20. Johnson, 15 members of the Revolution Club, and one other person were attacked and arrested by police. Carl has been in Cleveland with the Revolution Club and the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, and he was at the flag-burning protest in downtown Cleveland today.

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Bob Avakian on Trump, Clinton, "Lesser Evils," and Revolution

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Bob Avakian and Cornel West:
Is there value to voting?
Can voting stop fascism?


Bob Avakian: Police murder... and the murderous logic of this system's election game.


Selected Quotes from Bob Avakian on Elections

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Obama: America’s a “shining city on a hill?” “America is already great?”
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Question: What Do Trump, the Christian Fascists and the Islamic Fundamentalist Jihadists All Have in Common? Answer: Utter, Blatant Misogyny.

Question: What Do Trump, the Christian Fascists and the Islamic Fundamentalist Jihadists All Have in Common?
Answer: Utter, Blatant Misogyny.

July 16, 2016

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To the Greens:
Elections Under This System Will NEVER Transform Shit
We Need to OVERTHROW This System, Not Vote For It

Updated August 8, 2016

The Green Party platform promises to end poverty, cut the U.S. military budget in half, protect the environment, provide free access to education and health care to people in the U.S., demilitarize the police, end racism, and more. When everyone who is horrified by Trump's fascist madness is being told the only "alternative" is Hillary Clinton, the Green's candidate for president, Jill Stein, says, "Hillary Clinton has a very clear, lifelong—practically lifelong track record for locking up African Americans, for deporting immigrants, for serving the interests of Wall Street, being funded by Wall Street and the war profiteers. So, let's not pretend for a minute that Hillary Clinton's track record offers us any hope."

It's easy to understand why this has appeal. It is, indeed, completely unnecessary and intolerable for a tiny handful of capitalists to control the wealth produced by billions around the world in conditions of enforced suffering and brutality, for police to continue gunning down Blacks and Latinos, for the U.S. military to invade and plunder the world, and for the environment to every day be pushed closer to total catastrophe. And it is true that Hillary Clinton is part of the problem and there is no basis to place hope in her candidacy.

But the notion that these outrages can be ended by "voting Green" is a harmful delusion.

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From “It’s All About the Children” to Endless War For Empire… in Four Days

July 29, 2016

Give the Democratic Party its due. In four days they took you on a seamless—if bumpy—ride from “Feel the Bern...” and “It’s all about the children...” and “the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party”... to frothing-at-the-mouth “USA! USA!” A declaration of endless war to maintain the American empire, to enforce this world of grinding exploitation and oppression of billions—and especially exploitation and oppression of the children of the world. They gave you a pageant to present Hillary Clinton as the best commander-in-chief for that empire.

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Carl Dix, of the Revolutionary Communist Party, in Philly, 7/27/16, on the exoneration of all the pigs who murdered Freddie Gray—and the need to organize for an actual revolution.

Hillary Clinton Could Not Care Less About Murder by Police, Other Than to Derail the Struggle Against It

July 27, 2016

It has to be said: Despite their very sincere intentions, despite their courage over the course of years in demanding justice for their children who were murdered by police or racists, it was not helpful when mothers of some of the victims endorsed Hillary Clinton last night at the DNC. It will, despite their heart-breaking, sincere intentions, not lead to less but to MORE such violence. Two points on this...

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The REAL Plagiarism at the RNC: Giuliani Bites Off Hitler

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A Call to Take the Revolution to the Political Conventions: OVERTHROW, DON'T VOTE FOR, THIS SYSTEM!

June 13, 2016

This call was put out before the Republican convention, and now the Revolution Club and others are in the thick of it there, then on to the Democratic convention in Philly. There's still time to join them in taking up this call.Come to every day to follow coverage.

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GOP Convention: Freedom, Democracy and Media Megaphone for Fascists....Repression, Terror & Dictatorship for People

July 11, 2016

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Don't Be Bamboozled by Agents of Repression—
"Don't Talk"

First published March 7, 2010

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