All right let’s cut the shit right now.
If indeed there is ever a Democrat or Republican seeking the presidency that principled anti-racists and anti-fascists can support, neither Trump nor Clinton qualify. Anyone who supported either candidate made a calculation that rendered the most basic interests of people of color in some place or another negligible. Therefore, the post election protests, organized by partisan co-opt shops like GOP Hands Off Me and Move On, and predicated on the idea that there was only one despicably racist candidate seeking the presidency, are dishonest, cynical and unworthy of support. Lose the “Love Trumps Hate” signs and attack the system that gave you both these monsters and we can talk. Otherwise Shut. The Fuck. Up.
Must I really review the Clinton record to make my point? It seems I must. Let’s start, somewhat arbitrarily, in 2009, when Clinton’s State Department handed Honduras off to fascists and US-trained death squads because the president there wanted to block a dam project and raise the minimum wage. By 2012, more than 300 people, mostly activists, journalists and members of opposition parties had been murdered.
Then in 2011, she helped engineer the ruin of Libya and gloated over the knife-rape murder of its pan-Africanist leader, knowing full well that the “rebels” she and her NATO pals turned the country over to would hunt down and kill Black Libyans.
In three years, her State Department approved $165 billion worth of commercial arms sales to 20 nations whose governments had given money to the Clinton Foundation. Recipients of Clinton-brokered weapons include Saudi Arabia, which funds ISIL and wages asymmetric war on Yemen. This amount is double arm sales approved by George W. Bush’s State Department during his second term.
Clinton did all this under the auspices of an administration that has expanded the War on Terror into Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, and more than doubled the number of Special Ops deployments to 134 countries, with Africa being the continent of greatest expansion. The same administration deported 2.5 million undocumented immigrants between 2009 and 2015, which is 23% more than Bush and more than all presidents in the 105 years between 1892 and 1997 combined. The Obama Administration is now cracking down on immigrants coming from Central America, including those fleeing the hell Clinton’s State Department created in Honduras. It is estimated that by the time Obama’s term completes, his administration will have deported more than 3 million people.
Throughout her career Clinton has been the best friend a genocidal, blood-soaked Israel could possibly want. When she’s not directly aiding and abetting mass death and chaos, she speaks fondly of attacking Iran — with nukes no less — and imposing a no-fly zone over Syria against Russia.
She is part of a political dynasty that practically invented the mass caging of African-American men; that murdered more than a half million Iraqi children through sanctions; that gutted the social safety net; and that runs a foundation that in addition to taking cash for state favors as in the above-mentioned Saudi weapons deal, extracts personal gain from misery as in Haiti.
Prior to this most recent presidential election, neither she, nor her husband ever waged a campaign that was not infected with racist pandering and dog-whistles. See Ricky Ray Rector, Sistah Soulja, “superpredators,” and Hillary’s infamous assassination remark, for some examples. This time they left the racism to Trump, enjoining their numerous media lackeys to promote him and his reactionary filth, so as to terrify people into voting for Hillary.
This is only a partial list and includes only the Clintons’ Washington years and crimes that particularly affect people of color. So we can skip over Bill’s serial raping and Hillary’s interference running on his behalf, their collusion with CIA drug and weapons-running, and all the other scandals that have tailed them since their Arkansas days.
In short, Hillary Clinton and her husband are a cancer on the left by design and among the most despicable, toxic people on earth. This is particularly true in matters affecting people of color. That she is widely regarded as the non-racist, non-fascist in this hideous, degrading election cycle is the pr coup of this century so far. Partisan anti-racism is not anti-racism. It’s a whitewash.
I’ve reblogged this, but I’m mentioning it here for good measure:
Truly, fascist America would a terrifying place. This vision is so terrifying that mere days after the election, even the most conformist liberals have suddenly gotten in touch with the radical antifa apparently slumbering inside each one of them. Highly publicized protests have already occurred in several major cities. Democratic Party propaganda organ Daily Kos, which banned criticisms of Hillary site-wide in March 2016, is suddenly receptive to a planned general strike on inauguration day. Those who can manage to unscrew themselves from the fetal position are resolute in their opposition to Trump’s agenda—“we have all been radicalized,” writes future Molotov-thrower Lena Dunham.
Read the rest, pleeeze! Actually Existing Fascism
Arthur Silber has two recent posts up which I recommend: