In any contested election between a Republican animal exploiter and a Democrat animal exploiter, an animal exploiter wins. And the animals lose.
Of course no Republicans or Democrats identify themselves as supporters of animal exploitation.
They say they are capitalists.
They say they are for freedom.
They say that they are for economic growth.
They say they are for jobs.
They say they oppose bureaucratic red tape.
They say they are opposed to over-regulation.
They say they are opposed to laws that kill jobs.
What they mean is that they are mouthpieces for Big Business, for Wall Street, for Big Oil, for Big Ag, for Big Pharma, for Big Banks.
They mean they are open to being bribed.
They mean their votes are for sale.
And their souls.
Republican animal exploiters call themselves conservative Republicans. Democrat animal exploiters call themselves Hillary supporters. They are the Wall Street, corporatist, Democrats who control the party and are beholden to Wall Street, Big Oil. Big Pharma, Big Ag, etc.
The only Democrats who are working to end animal exploitation are those like Bernie Sanders, who has a 100% pro-animal voting record.
As far as animals are concerned, it makes no difference if a Republican or Hillary Clinton is elected president. The government policies will not change because the same people will control the government. Lobbyists and industry executives will still be appointed to Departments and regulatory agencies which are supposed to oversee the very industries the appointees come from. Bankers will be appointed to the Department of the Treasury, Big Oil insiders will go to Energy, Interior, and Commerce, Big Pharma hacks to the Food and Drug Administration, Big Ag operatives will be placed in Agriculture and Interior.
No matter which conservative Republican or Hillary wins, corporatists will run the government.
No matter which conservative Republican or Hillary wins, the animals lose.
As Eugene Debs, the great socialist leader, declared: “I would rather vote for something I want and not get it than vote for something I do not want, and get it.”
Not since the 1930s, when Huey Long was challenging FDR has there been such an opportunity to re-invent the Democratic Party.
Sanders presents us with a once in a lifetime choice between the corporate status quo and a populist political revolution.
Never has a democratic socialist seriously contended for the Democratic nomination.
Even if Sanders loses, he has already changed the political landscape by rehabilitating the word “socialist,” and has introduced socialism as an alternative possibility for the American public to consider.
And it is upon that success that the future Democratic party can be built.
But the future will be better served if we do not have to contend with a Wall Street Democrat in the White house, undermining all we will try to build. In fact, the more outrageously right wing a Republican president might be, the greater the opportunity to build a powerful, new, democratic socialist Democratic Party out of the ashes of the 2016 Hillary campaign.
Conservative Republicans or Wall Street Democrats have controlled the White House since Teddy Roosevelt left office in 1908.
Teddy Roosevelt was the last progressive president. Bernie Sanders can be our next. In between the two has been a series of presidential campaigns that capitalists never lost, as all the contenders of the major parties were animal exploiting capitalists. They disagreed on social issues, but were in lock-step with Wall Street. On matters in which corporate America has no financial stake, the Republicans are free to be bigots, xenophobes, and religious zealots. Democrats are free to promote equality and social safety nets.
But the near unanimity of Republican and Democratic nominees on issues of interest to Wall Street results in nearly identical policies of each administration on corporate welfare, agriculture subsidies, appointees, monetary policy, foreign aid, taxes, economic stimulation, regulation, and oversight.
Taking a stand against Wall Street control of the government is the first step toward improving the lot of animals.
Wall Street is our enemy. Far more so than are ignorant racists, Tea Partiers, gun nuts, pro-birth crazies, and anti-abortion zealots. Wall Street lobbyists hope we are so distracted by all the social issue hysteria that we won’t notice that almost all serious candidates for office are being bribed.
The only way to extricate ourselves from corporatist control of government, short of social upheaval and revolution, is to win elections. But first we need a party. It would be far easier to take over the Democratic Party than it would be to build a third party from scratch.
And it will be much easier to win control of the of the Democratic party if the nominee were a socialist (as is Bernie Sanders! We are on our way!) than were the nominee a Wall Street Democrat (Hillary).
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