Once again, Democrats are trying to herd voters into voting Democratic based on fear of the Republican. Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant warns that there will be a propaganda wave advocating “we must unite to stop Trump.” The fear of Donald Trump, fueled by his attacks on women and racial and ethnic groups, really is unwarranted, because Trump’s self-destructive campaigning is leading to a landslide loss. The reality is that Trump frees people to vote for what they want, not against what they fear.
The task this year, as Black Lives Matter activist Kwame Rose points out, is to defeat Trump and Hillary Clinton. But the bigger task is to reject the two big-business parties and build a third party that can challenge the status quo. The country will transform when the corporate-financed party’s multi-decade stranglehold is broken and a mass movement challenges whomever is in office. As Sawant points out, the 1968 election showed that the anti-war movement was more important than who was elected, as Nixon was forced to do many things he did not want to do on war, the environment and worker’s rights. This would have been unlikely under a Democratic president.