The January 6 coup attempt does not spell the end of threats to American democracy, writes Phillip Farrugio.
Obviously, what DONALD TRUMP supporters attempted to do on January 6, a year ago, was a “coup de tat” to defeat the election of Joe Biden. Such actions should be carried out by all means legally available to the federal government.
Imagine if members of the anti-war community or those who advocate “Black Lives Matter” even attempted such an action on Capitol Hill. There would probably have been a mass slaughter. Government forces reportedly opened fire like never before. Imagine the indignation of these same Republican officials, those who cheered the insurgency on January 6, if the shoe was inside out.
They could have asked for the reinstatement of the public hangings.
There is also the problem of the “silent coup” on the horizon, of the rich holding the government captive to its interests and demands. This type of coup may have been around since America became a republic over 200 years ago. Unlike most industrialized countries, especially in Europe, the super rich who have always ruled America have created this masquerade of a “two party system”.
The names may have changed, but they always gave us, as Ralph Nader called it, “Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum”.
The possibility of having viable third party movements has become a thing of the past. It seems that every time the true progressive or true conservative political parties (like the Green Party and the Libertarian Party of this generation) start to gain momentum, the two heavyweights swallow them up.
As long as the United States allows any kind of private money in electoral politics, third-party movements simply cannot compete with the power of the stock market held by Republicans and Democrats. It is not so much the actual hierarchy of these parties, but rather the super rich who control them.
We are talking about super rich and powerful people who pass off the super rich of past generations for the poor. These people own and control American businesses to the point where elected officials have to dance to their tune.
Imagine if the United States had full public funding of all elected offices nationwide. Imagine if the rigid workers decided to come forward and take office on a level playing field, how many of us would be able to govern?
Tens of thousands of registered lobbyists work in Washington DC. They exist because, in reality, elected officials listen to them. Because they want the campaign donations that the lobbyist’s client can send to them.
The late Senator Paul Simon of Illlin told the following story. He was on an election campaign one day and when he returned to his hotel room that evening he checked the many messages that had been left for him. After reviewing the list, he said he had started returning calls.
Simon admitted that the first person he called back was one of his regular campaign donors, the one who gave the most. Unfortunately, he said, this was the reality, plain and simple.
Take into account the anecdote of Senator Simon with the myriad of “political action committees” (many of which are funded by the super rich) and right-wing think tanks (again funded primarily by the super rich) that have invaded the political landscape. It amounts, in one way or another, to some kind of coup against the American people.
Philip A Farruggio is a regular columnist on It’s the Empire, Stupid. It is also frequently posted on Nation of Change and countercurrents.org.
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