By James Thompson
Glen Ford makes some excellent points in his article “Rand Paul makes more sense than the Democrats’ left champion.” It is true that Hillary Clinton’s conduct as Secretary of State is indefensible. She presided, along with Pres. Obama and the vile right wing demagogues in the Republican Party, over the destruction of a sovereign nation, Libya, and the assassination of its head of state, Moammar Gadhafi.
Some people, including the reprehensible Donald Trump, have argued correctly that Libya would be better off with Gadhafi in power rather than the chaos which is Libya today.
Although Bernie Sanders has a long history of opposing aggressive, imperialist US wars of intervention and occupation, Mr. Ford slams him for pledging to support the Democratic Party even if he does not achieve the nomination for president. Would Mr. Ford prefer for Sen. Sanders to support the Republican Party nominee? If so, which Republican nominee does Mr. Ford favor? Or perhaps Mr. Ford would prefer for Sen. Sanders to pledge his support to the Green party nominee. However, from the article it appears that even though Mr. Ford does not endorse Rand Paul for president, it appears possible he might prefer Sen. Sanders to pledge his support to Sen. Paul. Let’s examine these possibilities.
Although the world outside of the United States of Anarchy recognizes clearly that Donald Trump is an opportunistic demagogue, he is one of the front runners in the Republican Party race for the presidential nomination. On some foreign policy issues, his positions are pretty sound. He has said that he opposes the US involvement in the Middle East and calls for the US to be hands-off Russia and not to interfere with Russia’s attempt to stamp out the evil ISIL and other terrorist organizations in the Middle East. At the same time, Mr. Trump is virulently anti-immigrant and has proposed ridiculous schemes to build walls around the United States to keep immigrants out. Anyone with any memory left recalls that his abominable TV show made him famous for two words “you’re fired!”
Does Mr. Ford want Sen. Sanders to support this demagogue who is anti-worker and anti-immigrant and dances to the tunes that Adolf Hitler used to whistle?
Mr. Trump’s main rival is Ben Carson, an African-American neurosurgeon. Dr. Carson is a reprehensible racist who routinely attacks Islam. Does Mr. Ford think that Dr. Carson should be endorsed by Sen. Sanders? Does Mr. Ford think that Dr. Carson could bring peace to the Middle East?
Of course, the rest of the runner-up’s for the Republican nomination are all barbaric right-wingers who advocate war and hatred. Perhaps one of these cretins strike Mr. Ford’s fancy.
Perhaps Mr. Ford thinks that Sen. Sanders should endorse the Green party nominee, Dr. Jill Stein, for president if Mr. Sanders doesn’t get the Democratic Party nomination. Although she is a principled candidate, the Green party has ballot access in less than 50% of the states and therefore cannot win the 2016 presidential election under any circumstances. In my humble opinion, Karl Marx would make a very principled presidential candidate. However, unfortunately he cannot be elected since he is dead.
Now we must consider Mr. Ford’s favorite, Dr. Rand Paul. Dr. Paul, like Mr. Trump, has some laudable foreign policy positions. Although Mr. Ford speaks of former Secretary of State Clinton’s evil, he fails to tell the whole story of Dr. Paul. Dr. Rand Paul, like his father, Dr. Ron Paul, are both darlings of the Libertarian Party. The Libertarian Party is an organization of right-wing anarchists. Although they oppose US involvement in foreign wars, which is admirable, they have a few skeletons in their closet. They oppose the federal government in all its forms. That means that they are opposed to public education, healthcare, housing and any federal programs that might drain a few dollars from the oceans of money compiled by the bourgeoisie. They are opposed to any regulation of the excesses of corporations. Indeed, some sources indicate they are closet supporters of slavery. Does this mean that Mr. Ford thinks that an individual who is a closet supporter of slavery is better than Sen. Sanders whose campaign has championed the economic interests of the 99%?
Although the US political situation may be viewed as chaotic and anarchic at best, Mr. Ford’s commentary is not helpful to the interests of the working class and only serves to obfuscate the issues central to the class struggle.