Trump is clearly pandering to the right wing base of the Republican Party. He is being supported by people like Ann Coulter and David Duke. He is being praised by Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. On paper, Trump looks like a Tea Party lunatic.
But Trump is not your traditional right wing demagogue.
Trump is an enigma, one who cannot be categorized, predicted, or second guessed. He is obviously tapping into the frustrations and outrage of a significant portion of the electorate.
In doing so, he has defied the political pundits, the Republican establishment, conventional political wisdom, conservative ideologues, Republican kingmakers, Fox News, the Koch brothers, Wall Street, and the entire lobbying industry.
He is attacking trade agreements, lobbyists, donors, and the politicians who suck at the teats of billionaires and special interests.
He is redrawing the political landscape on the right. He is redefining the issues, the concerns, and the priorities of disaffected Americans.
Trump is the only Republican candidate for president who is not a fascist. The only one calling for the rich to pay their fair share, the only one pointing out that the others are puppets on strings.
To be clear, I disagree with The Donald on immigration, on the military, on foreign policy, on education, on healthcare, on environmental policy, and on myriad other issues.
Even so, Trump’s positions on trade agreements, taxes, lobbyists, donors, and campaign financing make his political faults seem insignificant.
His rejection of lobbyists and donors could undermine the power structure which currently allows the US government to be controlled by Wall Street and a handful of billionaires.
Moving the American body politic to the left is a Herculean task, akin to moving a mountain with teaspoons. Capitalists have controlled the media, the education systems, the government, and the pulpits. for over a century. Not much of a surprise that the average American considers himself to be a capitalist no matter what his personal circumstances. Americans have been taught to believe that capitalism is synonymous with freedom and liberty. They have been trained to recoil at the mention of socialism or the redistribution of wealth. They have been programmed to blame government for the ills of society rather then the oligarchs who control the government.
The billionaires and corporate interests that control our government and own most Members of Congress and most of the US Senate lean heavily toward the Republican Party, but hedge their bets by owning the Democratic leadership, too. The Wall Street Democrats who are controlled by the Big Banks, special interests, and multinational corporations are everyone in a position of leadership in the party, from Obama on down. The Elizabeth Warren/Bernie Sanders wing of the Democratic Party is engaged in a struggle with the corporate hacks who run the Minority leadership and who support Hillary Clinton, who is also a Wall Street Democrat.
The result of corporate control of both parties has been the creation of a fascist state in America. Fascism is the collusion of corporate interests and government. It is created by corporate interests determining government policy. And that is accomplished by the simple expedient of bribing candidates and public officials to do the bidding of Wall Street and the Big Banks. One need only look at recent Republican and Democratic presidents naming officials of Goldman Sachs to head the Treasury Department, and stacking the appointments of officials from Wall Street in positions of authority throughout their administrations.
On issues that Wall Street has no vested interest in, such as abortion, marriage equality, gay rights, etc, it allows the political parties and politicians to go their own ways. But on issues that Wall Street cares about, they demand lock-step loyalty from the politicians they own, both Republican and Democrat.
Which is why the economic policies of Barack Obama are virtually indistinguishable from those of Ronald Reagan. It is why the Obama administration did not pursue war crimes trials of the leaders of the Bush administration. It is why Obama is pushing the same trade deals as Bush did. The reason the oil companies get to drill offshore or in the Arctic no matter who is president.
President Trump could dismantle the fascist state that the US has become.
“Could” means possibly, and whether he would do so is speculative. But no one is in a better position to do so, no candidate in a more strategic position to change America.
Even if Trump were to raise to all of our hopes on thwarting the oligarchs, he would nonetheless continue to be a major impediment to racial harmony, social justice, and military restraint.
I support Bernie Sanders. I am a nominal Democrat. My political identity is that of a revolutionary socialist. The last Republican I would have supported would have been Teddy Roosevelt.
If Bernie Sanders does not win the Democratic nomination, and Trump wins the Republican nod, I am going to support Trump.
I much prefer Sanders to Trump, but Trump’s position on lobbyists and donors far outweighs the racist and bigoted positions he is embracing to win the Republican nomination.
His rejection of lobbyists and donors is profound in its implications. Trump could bring down the fascist state. He could end the process that allows corporations and special interests to bribe politicians and candidates for office. He could end the secret financing of political campaigns and the cloak of anonymity that prevents the public from knowing who owns its legislators.
Ending corporate tyranny is my primary goal in politics. Breaking the back of the fascist state would mean an end to corporate welfare, an end to government subsidies for Big Ag, Big Oil, Big Banks, and Wall Street.
For animal activists the test is: Who will reduce animal exploitation, suffering, and death?
The Obama administration continued with the brutal killings by Wildlife Services that were the policy of George W Bush. The same cruel roundups of wild horses, and no prohibition against the live export of horses to be slaughtered in Mexico and Canada.
Those policies are the result of lobbyists for Big Agriculture dictating US policy.
That might be changed by Bernie Sanders. That might even be changed by Donald Trump.
But what we do know is that those policies will never be changed by Hillary Clinton, who is squarely in bed with Wall Street.
This isn’t rocket science.
Natasha Sainsbury, of Good Karma Graphic Design, has joined Armory of the Revolution as Editor, and is responsible for the transformation of the blog’s appearance.