Military Review

American Awakening

The presidential race in the United States is entering a crucial stage. But the opposition of big capital and broad masses dissatisfied with the absolute power of Wall Street, so acutely manifested during the election campaign, did not disappear anywhere and turned into the reality of American public life.

Corporate Democracy

The extremely specific nature of American democracy is a truism, which, even through clenched teeth, even liberal advocates are forced to admit. To be more precise, the United States never knew any democracy in the meaning of the people's power. Since its appearance on the world map, the United States has been a country where undivided power belonged to large owners. Democratic procedures have always been used by them only as a “soft bridle” for the population. But stronger than this bridle, as shown by more than two hundred years of American stories, there is no country in the world.

Up to now, the US electoral system is neither direct nor fair. Here there are hundreds of barriers that prevent the entry of unwanted persons into the higher echelons of power. This was fully proven by the current election campaign. A few months ago it might have seemed that the monolithic political system of the United States cracked. The unexpected success of two candidates not connected with the establishment of the leading parties gave rise to the illusion of its democratization, but this illusion is gradually dissipating.

The phenomenal breakthrough of Sanders and Trump is caused by a number of processes, the main of which is progressive social stratification. 90 percent of US citizens own only 23 percent of national wealth, and according to this indicator, the country is increasingly rolling back to the era that preceded the Great Depression and the "New Deal" by Franklin Roosevelt.

The hegemony of the largest corporations, which cannot be disguised with democratic tricks, is becoming ever more frank. A vivid example was the scandal surrounding the lectures of Hillary Clinton in front of the leadership of the financial "monster" Goldman Sachs. And the point is not only that the ex-Secretary of State received a 675 fee of thousands of dollars (the average American's income for 14 years) for them, but also the content of her speeches. Clinton herself categorically refused to make them public, however, the confessions of the participants of these mysterious meetings penetrated the press. According to them, the meetings discussed the access of financiers to budget funds if Clinton was elected president. Under these conditions, the amount of remuneration seems quite logical - by the way, only a small fraction of the fact that they donated “business sharks” to her election campaign.

Most of the other candidates for the highest state office were exactly the same puppets of corporations. This resulted in a protest vote on the primaries and caucuses. The total number of US citizens who cast their votes to Trump and Sanders has exceeded 26 millions.

Populist Aid for Wall Street

But between these applicants there is a fundamental difference. If Sanders is the left (of course, in the Western sense of the term) answer to the crisis of public consciousness, then Trump is right-populist. Unfortunately, the majority of pro-government Russian media mold Trump almost a pro-Russian politician, choosing from the whole mass of his statements the little that can be fastened in half to this dubious version. In fact, Trump is a typical representative of big business and is not going to question his absolute power. Just the opposite: Trump stands for minimal government intervention in business affairs. This principle underlay the social and economic policy of 1980, known as "Reaganomics."

By the way, it is Reagan that Donald Trump considers a role model. This fact deserves special attention, especially since historical analogies suggest themselves. Former actor Reagan was once considered by few as a serious politician, and his scandalous statements were not inferior to Trampovsky. Their programs also have a lot in common, so you can guess what Trump's promises can turn into. The tax burden on big business under Reagan has weakened considerably, while the minimum wage has not been raised even once. The consequence was the deepening of social stratification, the number of poor Americans increased to 32 millions. Social programs in 1980-e folded one after another, the government sharply limited the rights of trade unions. Fame was the statement of Reagan, who called poverty and vagrancy "the personal choice of man."

In foreign policy, Trump also focuses on the experience of Reagan. Calls to return to the United States the status of a "great and strong country" as if taken from the arsenal of the early 1980's. “Our military dominance must be unconditional and indisputable, recognized by all,” Trump says. His statement that the USA “saved the world twice” is no less characteristic: “In 40, we defeated the Nazis and the Japanese, and then saved it again, having won a great victory in the Cold War.”

As for trump’s criticism of military adventures in Libya and Syria, as well as his individual statements about partnership with Putin, their sole purpose was to attract an electorate dissatisfied with Obama’s foreign policy. To date, these statements have given way to a completely different. Now, Trump calls for the Russian fighters to be shot down while approaching US ships, speaks of "a huge threat to China," promises to tighten policies towards Iran and North Korea, and does not tire of repeating support for "our great friend, Israel."

Having managed to masterfully play on Americans' dissatisfaction with the government’s domestic and foreign policy, Trump served well the "kings of Wall Street". It is useful to recall in this connection that in the face of the threat of losing power, big business always resorts to the services of right-wing forces exploiting nationalist and pseudo-anti-oligarchic slogans. A classic example is the fascism of 1920 – 40's, cultivated by the capitalist elite to combat the “red menace”. Thus, there is great doubt that Trump’s success has been achieved contrary to the interests of corporations. Rather, we face a cleverly played performance in which Trump played the role of a brave knight who challenged the elites.

But even if we discard this assumption, the very same elites will definitely take advantage of the chance to strengthen their power with the help of right-wing populism. Evidence of this is the friendly transition of the leadership of the Republican Party under the banner of Trump. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Republican Paul Ryan, said that "we have more points of consensus on issues that make up our agenda than differences." Full support for Trump said Senator Lindsay Graham, who, along with John McCain, the leader of the "war party".

Challenge the foundations

But is the danger to the hegemony of Wall Street so great that the financial aristocracy decided to resort to Trump's help? The results of Bernie Sanders show that the demand for social justice in American society has reached a critical level. Without hiding his disregard for Sanders, the Washington Post, however, notes with alarm that socialism, which “has almost always been a dirty word in American politics,” is becoming increasingly popular. According to Harvard University research, one-third of young Americans give a positive assessment of socialist ideas, almost half of them agree that health, food and housing are basic human rights. At the same time, the 51 percentage of young people consider capitalism to be an unfit social and economic system.

The reason for the serious changes in the public consciousness is not Sanders. With all the charisma of this figure, the seeds of his appeals lay on the already prepared soil. As a result, Sanders did not so much radicalize the electorate, “infecting” him with ideas of social equality and fighting the omnipotence of corporations, as he himself was forced to follow mass sentiments. This is evident in the content of his speeches. If Sanders originally came out with rather moderate slogans that did not go beyond the framework of European Social Democracy, by the end of the primary elections his campaign had become much tougher. “The democratic party must make a fundamental decision - is it really on the side of the working people or is it subordinated to the interests of big money,” he said in early June.

Foreign policy, which previously Sanders carefully avoided, also became the subject of his criticism. He called the invasions of Libya and Iraq as monstrous mistakes and also warned against intervening in the Syrian conflict. In addition, Sanders questioned allied relations with Israel — this “sacred cow” of American diplomacy.

But the "street" goes even faster than Sanders. 2 in April in Philadelphia announced the movement "Democratic Spring", uniting dozens of left, trade union and environmental movements. Its main goal is to combat growing inequality and the influence of corporations on politics. Having marched to Washington, activists gathered at the walls of the Capitol, but were dispersed by police, who detained over 400 people. A similar, but even more numerous march of supporters of the “Democratic Spring” plan to coincide with the Democratic Congress, which will be held from 25 to 28 July in Philadelphia.

This “left renaissance” caused serious anxiety of the ruling circles. Unlike Trump, whom they scolded, but whose election campaign looked more like an easy walk, Sanders in every possible way inserted sticks into the wheels. As his separation from Clinton dwindled, strange things began to happen in the primaries: lists with tens of thousands of citizens who were ready to vote for Sanders disappeared, election commissions decidedly behind the scenes in Clinton’s favor, etc.

At the end of the race, Sanders' rivals even went for a blatant violation of the rules. Even before the final ballot in California and six other states, the leading United States news agency Associated Press announced Clinton the winner. Journalists made this conclusion based on conversations with anonymous "super delegates." This term refers to those participants in the pre-election congress who are not elected by the population, but are free to vote according to their own will. They include governors, congressmen and other representatives of the party elite. Unlike ordinary delegates who are bound by the will of the voters, the “superdelegates” will vote only at the congress, and what their choice will be - this is “fortune telling on the coffee grounds”.

However, according to the Associated Press, most of them had to vote specifically for Clinton. This message caused outrage at Sanders headquarters. They recalled that among the ordinary majority delegates, Clinton did not. Of the 2383 votes needed to win the congress, she received only 2218 (Sanders - 1833), and the “superdelegates” could change their mind.

However, the scandalous material became a signal. Without waiting for the results of the primaries, Clinton called herself a full candidate, and Barack Obama, who promised to remain neutral, congratulated her on her victory. In addition, the strongest pressure was put on Sanders to withdraw his candidacy. In the end, 12 July, he announced the termination of the election campaign and support for Clinton as the "best alternative".

The November elections, therefore, will be the competition of two candidates representing big business. At first glance, any result will not shake the existing foundations. But these foundations have already cracked. Proof of this and the phenomenal success of Sanders, and the anger with which his supporters met the decision to support Clinton. "Betrayal" - the most frequently used characteristic of this event. But be that as it may, America is ready for the emergence of a third force that will throw a left-wing challenge to bipartisan hegemony, and the current campaign was the impetus for these revolutionary advances.
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  1. Uncle Murzik
    Uncle Murzik 16 July 2016 06: 31
    there will not be any awakening, as they bend their "democratic" policy and they will bend it!
    1. armageddon
      armageddon 16 July 2016 07: 00
      Hmm ... Carthogen must be DESTROYED ... !!!
      1. Mifcada
        Mifcada 16 July 2016 10: 36
        If Trump wins, he will return the good old America, which for 2 cadences was destroyed by the insignificance of Barack Hussein Obama
        1. DIVAN SOLDIER
          DIVAN SOLDIER 16 July 2016 11: 37
          Hahaha, and how much in Russia 99% of the population belongs to national wealth ??? They have 90% of the population 23% of the national wealth, but we probably if 1% is typed and it’s good ....
        2. Lyubopyatov
          Lyubopyatov 16 July 2016 14: 01
          Where did you see the good old America? Except in Haifa ...
        3. iouris
          iouris 16 July 2016 15: 15
          Quote: Mifkada
          If trump wins, he will return the good old America

          No one is allowed to enter the same river twice. Especially Trump. The USA irreversibly became the center of the world oligarchic empire. This empire will collapse due to insoluble internal contradictions.
  2. Knowing
    Knowing 16 July 2016 06: 52
    All the same, extravagance from Trump is more desirable than a full clinic from Clinton, it will be calmer for the World. Though...
  3. Razvedka_Boem
    Razvedka_Boem 16 July 2016 06: 53
    Authorities in the States are feeling an impending storm. The arming of the police with heavy weapons, making them an almost army unit, is one of the signs.
    It all starts with Texas and it will be in the next couple of years.
    1. Delink
      Delink 16 July 2016 07: 49
      Apparently by chance they looked into a glass ball)))) hi
      1. Razvedka_Boem
        Razvedka_Boem 16 July 2016 07: 59
        We’ll see in a couple of years ..) We did not wait for the collapse of the USSR either.
  4. avg-mgn
    avg-mgn 16 July 2016 06: 54
    As in the old song: "It's not beer that kills people, water kills people ...", so the states are not the president, but the military lobby and big business. The bulk of the population does not care about who is at the helm.
  5. red joni
    red joni 16 July 2016 07: 01
    and in America in 2025 a new left-wing radical party of the USA will appear, the most bloodthirsty party in the world, so we will remember with nostalgia sweet democrats and arrogant republicans.
    1. Kos_kalinki9
      Kos_kalinki9 16 July 2016 07: 37
      Vanguet ??????
        DIVAN SOLDIER 16 July 2016 11: 39
        So left or right? It seems that things are completely different. Left socialists, right nationalists ...
  6. parusnik
    parusnik 16 July 2016 07: 14
    For me, whoever won the elections in the USA, hell, the radish is not sweeter .. Little that will change .. The USA considers itself to be the "king of the mountain" .. And they will not share the top under any president ..
    1. Yura
      Yura 16 July 2016 08: 00
      Quote: parusnik
      For me, whoever won the US election, hell, radish is not sweeter .. Not much will change ..

      Perverts are those who are spread and behind, and who are spread and behind, they are not blind, they like this way of life, and American politicians, they forgot and they were not taught how it is normal and correct. laughing
    2. Amurets
      Amurets 16 July 2016 08: 01
      Quote: parusnik
      For me, whoever won the elections in the USA, hell, the radish is not sweeter .. Little that will change .. The USA considers itself to be the "king of the mountain" .. And they will not share the top under any president ..

      I agree! And if Trump wins, then he, as an admirer of Reagan, can start a scenario of a new "Star Wars" cooler than Reagan.
  7. family tree
    family tree 16 July 2016 07: 50
    Election in the USA? Do not make me laugh. Just look at their electoral system.
    1. Amurets
      Amurets 16 July 2016 08: 07
      Quote: perepilka
      Election in the USA? Do not make me laugh. Just look at their electoral system.

      The most advanced in the world! "Colt" and "Smith and Wesson" win. And whose turn has come, he will rule. Now it seems that the Republicans are coming.
      1. family tree
        family tree 16 July 2016 08: 56
        Quote: Amurets
        Now it’s like the Republicans turn.

        Yes, what about the owl, the owl about the stump. I kick the drum, patient, one figs, the owl will be. I'm sorry for the bird crying
        1. Amurets
          Amurets 16 July 2016 10: 15
          Quote: perepilka
          Yes, what about the owl, the owl about the stump. I kick the drum, patient, one figs, the owl will be. I'm sorry for the bird

          So I am about the same!
  8. lablizn
    lablizn 16 July 2016 08: 37
    An acquaintance of mine (a fairly wealthy person) recently traveled to the states, and he had such a quirk: to look at "the most democratic democracy." What he saw there outside the tour routes, in his words, defies description - a continuous "bum", everywhere heaps of garbage, plywood huts and broken roads. Of course, in rich areas everything is different, federal "highways" are almost ideal, but it is worth turning a couple of kilometers to the side and such a picture will make our rural backwoods seem like a shepherd's idyll.
    In addition, my acquaintance asked the owners of some suburban "estates", if they can be called that, so: they are either rented for a decent fee, or bought on credit, which the owner will pay almost until his death, or even leave the children pay extra.
    It is also interesting how they account for unemployment. It turns out that the unemployed is the one who has been at the labor exchange for a certain period of time - by the way, there are not very many of them, so the official statistics on unemployment do not reflect the "status quo".
    The rent and what we call housing and communal services eats up almost all income, so people work hard without vacations, fearing to lose their jobs. After all, if you miss the due date of the next payment for a couple of months, then consider yourself another "bum" - thrown into the street without any further ado.
    Particularly surprised by the abundance of all compulsory insurance, without them there are generally no social guarantees.
    This is the "American Dream".
    1. Zhito
      Zhito 17 July 2016 19: 16
      Man saw everything correctly. The 18 years of experience of my permanent residence confirms this.
      This is Phil ... Every day I see it on the way to work ... It's 10 min. from the business center of the city.
      1. Paranoid50
        Paranoid50 18 July 2016 00: 13
        Quote: Zhito
        This is Phil ...

        If it's Philadelphia, then what does a Detroit bankrupt look like?
  9. cap
    cap 16 July 2016 09: 21
    "Now Trump calls for shooting down Russian fighters when they approach American ships, speaks of the" huge threat from China ", promises to tighten policy towards Iran and North Korea, and also does not tire of repeating the support of" our great friend, Israel. "

    Whatever the president,
    (any political or other coloring, even rainbow),
    In essence, this will not change, the war for the dollar and its dominance in the world,
    there will never be another goal.
    Everything else is demagogy for the retarded.
  10. D. Dan
    D. Dan 16 July 2016 10: 00
    We have one way out to become stronger, we are basically not young anymore, but we have children, we have young colleagues at work. We can influence the minds. We write here, supporting Putin's course, yes, yes, in general, the Way of Russia is the way of his team, with all the negativity, more positive. We are at war. So far, I repeat, so far on the informational one. Each post, in support of Russia, is our shot in the direction of liberoids, alarmists and traitors, in the direction of the west. Changes are coming, not far off a new future, difficult, but ours.
    But the mattress was ruined by her impudence and self-conceit, and her impoverished people will still someday take up arms, since it is BREAKTHROUGH. We are waiting and working. For ourselves and our future. In word and deed.
  11. 0255
    0255 16 July 2016 10: 02
    The collapse of the USA is promised to us almost every day, but where is it? And how much can you write about poverty in the US? Is everything wonderful in our CIS countries, there is no discontent, poverty and corruption? Why do people from CIS countries go to the USA for a better life, why don't Americans go to permanent residence in Russia or Belarus?
    Our Russian and Belarusian propagandists like to point out the problems of other countries, keeping silent about theirs.
    And if the US does fall apart, our politicians will immediately become honest, stop stealing money?
    For those who accuse me of corruption, Obama and the State Department declare that I myself do not like the United States for its foreign policy. They just got daily slogans about their imminent collapse when we have a full ass in our CIS countries.
    1. family tree
      family tree 16 July 2016 10: 23
      Yes, even a nefig about silence. I read, so one abuse on the inside, with the full support of the outside.
      And at the expense of the internal, from Michal Evgrafych the quote "They steal!", Although he may not have said this what
    2. dali
      dali 17 July 2016 18: 00
      Quote: 0255
      The collapse of the USA is promised to us almost every day, but where is it?
      If you were in a chunk, then in history a quick collapse is not 2-3 years (unfortunately in this case).

      Quote: 0255
      Our Russian and Belarusian propagandists like to point out the problems of other countries, keeping silent about theirs.
      Yes, they steal and not a few ... only this article about mattresses actually. Write about Russia and there you will express everything you think ...

      Quote: 0255
      ... when we have a full ass in the CIS countries.
      And what does Russia and your CIS countries have to do with it ... join back to Russia and then you will be able to "broadcast" to Russia with great moral right ...
    3. Zhito
      Zhito 17 July 2016 19: 49
      Something I have not yet met an American, dissatisfied, but wishing to leave, especially to a country where he will have to study a foreign language with his whole family, especially Russian ... What should an American hard worker do in the CIS? And why go somewhere? Capitalism, it is capitalism in Africa ... Belarus? Maybe ... but very scary.))
      And, probably, the problem is not in the form of ownership (private or public), but in the form and quantity of income distribution in the social structures of society.
      Apparently, the introduction of the concept of justice that any! a person’s work for the benefit of society is almost equivalent, the boot will happen again by force ... However, as always it was ... (((
  12. Lyubopyatov
    Lyubopyatov 16 July 2016 14: 03
    ONE PERSON, ONE VOTE. One man, one voice!
  13. bovig
    bovig 16 July 2016 14: 06
    Plus to the author for covering the topic, however, I disagree with his conclusions ... For this, there are all kinds of sociologists, psychologists and political scientists, systems of interrogation, testing, etc., to reveal the mood of the masses, in order to manipulate the consciousness of people and use these sentiment for the interests of the respective clans ...
    In addition, Sanders began to be under extreme pressure to withdraw his candidacy. As a result, on July 12, he announced the end of the election campaign and support for Clinton as the “best alternative”.

    That’s the key phrase! Where is the guarantee that the whole campaign with Sanders DOES NOT HAVE A BIG DRAW? The purpose of the rally: to drag the revolutionary masses of the electorate to the side of Clinton! In the end, the whole performance was played out within the framework of one game ... At one time, General Lebed played a similar role in our country.
    1. dali
      dali 17 July 2016 18: 03
      Quote: bovig
      The purpose of the rally: to drag the revolutionary masses of the electorate to the side of Clinton!

      I agree, it became very similar to that ...
  14. Ilya77
    Ilya77 16 July 2016 14: 59
    In the USA, too, of course there is corruption, but although they wouldn’t publicly shine like ours .. The same Shuvalov, a small apartment for 600 million, a Rolls-Royce for 50 million, it also turned out that he spends a year on flights of his dogs 170 million rubles.
    1. Tsoy
      Tsoy 17 July 2016 14: 38
      According to the investigation, Dod and Finkel, by prior agreement with unidentified persons, committed theft of a company’s property on a particularly large scale. Dod allegedly personally signed the order “On Special Bonuses to Members of the Board of RusHydro OJSC on the basis of 2013 of the Year”, according to which he accrued a bonus in the amount of 353,21 million rubles to himself, wrongly inflating the amount of remuneration to 73,2 million rubles.

      That is, they "exceeded" the limit by only 73 million, and 280 could easily take without a criminal case every year ...