Down with Democrats
What is truly wrong with the American Democratic Party
April 10, 2005
Democrats can only have it so good in the US. I
am referring to the Democratic Party USA, of course, not human
beings who yearn and struggle for freedom and
Malcolm X, back in 1964, in his speech titled The Ballet or the
Bullet, put it straight. Maybe too straight. Whatever the case,
his argument was prophetically simple, and equally universally
ignored. We paraphrase the spirit of the speech here, not quoting
word for word by any means:
Here we are, in the US, the land of genocide and slavery, and
the two ruling parties are so closely representative of the mostly-white
ruling capitalist class that every four years the politicians find
it necessary to walk into neighborhoods they would not be caught
dead in, under any other circumstances; not even when agonizingly
hard-up for a blow job, a hand job, a joint or some other kind
of blow. They come for your, the slave descendants’, votes;
the very technical margin that puts one or the other ruling party
The very power which draws from you, gives you nothing
in return but dilapidated housing and neighborhoods, less than
decent jobs, less security than that, and if you should refuse
to walk this way or that, they put you in jail and have you as
a government slave for twenty years for carrying a mere ten grams
of weed; while Enron executives who steal thousands of peoples’ pensions
and laugh all the way to the bank never see the sight of a bar
in their living cell, unless it is a full bar at their hotel rooms,
or their own custom-designed bars in their stolen houses filled
with liquor bought with stolen assets.
Now, it is instructive to remember that the party we are talking
about was at the peak of its ‘progressive’ inclinations
back in the sixties, when it was the party in total control of
the political power; two thirds of the Senate, three quarters of
the House, plus the Presidency. Had they deemed it desirable, they
could have outlawed private property, yet this most ‘progressive’ party
could not bring itself to speedily set right a historical ugly
viciousness perpetrated against some twenty million human beings
among its kind.
Look at the tiny majority that the Republicans hold today in
the legislative body, and look at the astonishing speed and ferocity
with which they are implementing their Imperial agenda, and the
significance of the gigantic majority the Democrats held back in
1964 becomes clearer.
Yet, as Malcolm iterated, that very Democratic Party USA, at
the peak of its political power, did mighty little for the descendants
of slaves, whose very votes were providing the leach-like Democrats
the luxury of being in the driving seat. The Civil Rights Act did
not get the final signature of the ruling class (in the legal-representative
form of the Democratic Party) until 1967; a full seven years into
Democrats’ total lock on the political power, and only a
year before the general elections. How much more insulting can
Lest one forgets, at about the same time period, that very ‘progressive’ Democratic
Party USA was incinerating the Vietnamese population alone at the
rate of roughly two hundred and fifty thousand precious lives a
It is a strange world, of course, where a Pope that provides
sinister cover for paedophiles and sadistically outlaws proper
preventative measures to be exercised against AIDS, thereby inadvertently
(some may say willfully) killing hundreds of thousands of innocent
souls, gets exonerated to high heaven, while an all-too painfully
truthful spirit, like Garry Webb, who unearths a malicious web
of intrigue that flooded the US working class urban areas with
crack cocaine, gets systematically silenced, isolated, driven to
the ground, threatened and abused to the point of literal suicide.
The strangeness however pales when we consider the willful ignorance
and indeed the pride in ignorance exercised by the well-paid, very
well-fed, well-educated, well-housed, and not-too-worried about
any consequences of anything thought, said, or done. We are referring,
politely mind you, to the elite participants in the game of deluding
selves and others; the aristocracy of the voters for Democratic
But, what is truly wrong with the non-aristocratic majority of
the voters for the Democratic Party USA is that they are only-and-truly-only
fooling themselves, and nobody else.
There is only one conclusion to be drawn. Democratic Party USA
is a major part of the problem. But, that is only the beginning
statement of any programmatic effort to set things right. Yet,
that is where we must start. The corruption of ideas and the inability
to think creatively runs so deep in the USA that as luminary a
figure as a Noam Chomsky, or a Howard Zinn, when it came down to
it, folded and advocated that voters should side with the establishment
and throw away their rights by voting for a war-promoting Democrat
presidential candidate in 2004.
So, it is high time for wake up calls!
The Iranian Revolution of 1978-79, in irony of all ironies, provides
an excellent, miniaturized microcosm of lessons needed to confront
Here is what happened in Iran. A population whose collective
imagination was far greater than the stupidities allowed by the
far-too-restrictive reality that Mohammad Reza Imbecile Pahlavi,
the so-called King of Kings, could provide, finally had it up to
their ears and then some, so they took to the streets, saying, “Enough
is enough! Fuck you and the horse you got ridden-in on by the fucking
Problem was, the situation was rendered precarious from the very
get-go because the majority of the population lacked the privileges
of the knowledge that comes from forming parties and groupings,
developing them, and participating in the real political life openly
and legally and without harassment, which very knowledge forms
a minimum base for anything calling itself democracy.
As our beloved and most able contemporary poet, Shamloo, observed: ‘A
spontaneous revolution is like firing a gun in a stable.’ Implying
of course that each goes the way of his or her own; meaning, ultimately,
that those best organized in this chaotic hell, get to win the
day; and many a days to follow.
And so it was in Iran. In a country where all political opposition
was oppressed, pursued viciously, jailed and eliminated and hence
driven underground by the Pahlavi absolute monarchy of Imbecile
Shah, the only over-ground institution that had had a thousand-plus-year-old
existence in society, i.e. the mosque, became the de facto organization
for channeling political dissent; a mosque, by its physical-social
form provides for a gathering place and most importantly, ontologically
speaking, a leading person (the preaching clergy) formulating in
a one-way, top down fashion, a quasi-explanation with which the
masses should cogitate their oppression, giving them a ready-made
language with which to confront their oppressors. Money in the
political bank, and laughing all the way!
When the gun was finally fired in the stable, leading to the
stampede, the ensuing scenario unfolded itself by the mere force
of political reality, and the mullahs won.
But ... and this is one of those huge but’s ...
In the process of kicking out one asshole, we did learn something
that can never be taken away.
There was a one year-to-two period that all freedoms that one
could wish for in any social formation were enjoyed by us; as if
by the magic of a gigantic mass effort all history, all brutality,
all arbitrariness were suspended, during which we organized mass
education movements, started practicing our social imagination,
newer needs were slowly being recognized, debated and contested;
whereby previously underground organizations held free classes
for anybody who wished to sit and learn; whereby national minorities
taking the arising democracy seriously, started formulating their
just (and historically denied) demands for cultural and economic
needs and autonomies that did not run counter to any national unity;
whereby thousands of newsletters started sprouting, previously
banned books were published, magazines got the light of the day,
discussion groups sprung up in neighborhoods, schools and universities,
political groupings were formed locally as well as nationally;
whereby free associations ranging from neighborhood-watch committees
to mountaineering associations, debate groups, cooperatives to
help the poor, free public lectures, rallies, spontaneous mass
street debates, workers’ cooperatives, workers-students cooperation
committees, and myriad other forms of collective being were experienced,
and a collective enlightenment was indeed being had.
We saw, in one suspended moment in our history, what we could
achieve and how fast we could flourish, and how to do so peacefully,
with minimal need for any central government. We saw and experienced
this form of social bliss.
Alas ... social bliss is, for the time being, a momentary
luxury, if gotten at all.
But, we did experience and witness it as a society. And that
is not something that can be taken away easily. Do you remember
the first time you drove a car? The first time you skipped school
to go watch a movie with your equally truant friend(s)? The first
time you kissed a boyfriend? The first time you got laid? The first
time you realized saying “NO!” felt good? Social freedom
feels a million times better, and a million times more creative
and more invigorating! Forget passing your driver’s license
test!! Think bypassing the laws of physics!
Alas ... it was only a moment! So, shed a momentary tear.
But when the machine did step in, it followed a truly patented
First, identify the most vulnerable group and start your attack
there; and do not stop until all opposition, all free forms of
life are well-yanked out.
They stared with national minorities in Iran. In the US, they
did the same.
Then they attacked women’s rights in Iran. In the US, they
are doing the same.
Then they legalized their takeover. As they did in the US, with
the PATRIOT Act.
In Iran, they started supervising professionals ideologically;
as in, they started asking (and created the expectation that such
questions are the supreme ones to consider): Are the chemists and
the doctors and the teachers teaching, curing and making up their
chemicals according to the correct ideological prescription? In
the US, in going after university professors, lawyers and journalists,
they are doing the same.
With that, they could encroach on all kinds of legal fronts that
previously they dared not have encroached.
The only difference is in the modalities, the time span, and
the circumstances. But the intent, and the intended results are
absolutely the same: the utter subjugation of the majority of the
population by the state on behalf of the ruling class, be it a
merchant class, a banking class, an industrial class, one composed
in equal parts of each, or one composed of none.
The farce is the same in its most essential elements.
In Iran we have ‘hardliners/conservatives’ vs. ‘reformers’,
while in the US we have Republicans vs. the Democrats. The same
clowns in different clothing.
There are no longer any significant amounts of delusion left
about Khatami in Iran. He is a believer in the system. He believes
in theocracy, just as much as any Democrat in the US believes in
the imperial mission of the USA. There are no ambiguities about
that. So, as a secular democrat, never mind a socialist, I know
I will be pursued and persecuted by Khatami and his fellow travelers,
just as much as by his right flank bad-cop comrades, who are only
slightly more frightening than him; and all of whom pale in organized
barbarity when compared to just about any section of the US’s
political superstructure, whether its functionaries vote Republican
So, here we are indeed, in the US, the ‘bastion of democracy’,
as they like to propagandize; and yet the US citizens are being
stripped of about all the rights they had fought for and won over
long, bloody historical battles. And all of it happening almost
by stealth, because amply aided along by the Democrats; under the
cover provided by the smoke-screen of the ‘War on Terror’.
At least in Iran, we died in thousands, literally, went to jails
in tens of thousands, and were scattered around the world in millions
trying to protect the freedoms gained after such a long history
of oppression and humiliation, and in the aftermath of the axe
that came down on our asses again after daring to be free. In the
US, on the other hand, since the gains were gained slowly and over
such a long time, they had to be taken away in stealth and with
recourse to lies, deceits, and utter obfuscations, so the lives
lost are lost in deceitful wars created for the benefit of extending
Which brings us back to the Democrats; those consummate obfuscators
and fence riders. In short, those leach-like weasels! Show respect?
Fuck no! Liberals must be offended, for they are the most offensive,
hypocritical, deceitful and disrespectful species of political
treachery in these (post, if you insist) modern times. Anybody
who advocates in any way, form or shape any alliance with, working
with, respect for, or cooperation with the Democratic Party USA
is an avowed enemy, or deluded blind snitch betrayer of the working
people and the poor of the USA, and all the working and poor peoples
of the world. Period!
If any truly progressive-leaning person wants to do anything
positive, he or she should start by creating an alternative party
of, for and in the interest of the working peoples and the poor.
And that party must have a very clear plank in its platform for
fighting against all ruling parties, including an unambiguous resolution
to fight the Democratic Party USA. Anybody who continues to reside
in the constituency of the Democratic Party USA must be told point
blank that their party stands against the farming and working classes
in the US, as well as against the small mom and pop shop, against
racial minorities in the US, as well as against any true emancipation
of women, as well as against national minorities of the US, and
most definitely against the poor workers of the Third World.
Any African-American who supports the Democratic USA is a house
slave. Any Mexican-American, Latin-American, Arab-American, Iranian-American,
Asian-American, Italian-American, Irish-American, American Indian
who supports the Democratic Party USA is a house slave. A nigger.
And as such will be used and abused by the machinery as seen fit,
and spat out when deemed beneficial; for such is the fate of all
niggers of the world, no matter whence they commence.
And to avoid needless controversy we define a ‘nigger’ as
that which Franz Fanon called a ‘colonized subject’:
a subject, a person, an actor, a willful conscious human being
who acts in the interest of his or her oppressor.
So, stop being a house nigger and grow some balls if you really
want to do something to change the situation, as opposed to just
reporting on it and taking endless notes on this or that new tiny
differentiation in the latest modality of how the machine is fucking
Start with creating a new political reality on the real political
ground. As in, get busy creating a nation-wide party of the true
left, with organic links to the workers’ needs and issues,
linked with communities that are subjugated to the status of ‘inner’ this
and ‘under’ that. There are thousands of communities
who are deprived by all means and measures by the really existing
corporate-dictated reality; so go and talk to those communities.
If you live in one of those communities, start organizing a political
party that will ram your demands down the throats of the Senators
and the Representatives who steal your vote and sell it to corporations,
who ruin your water, ruin your air, ruin your soil, your food,
who give you endless cancers that halve your life span, who then
steal whatever pension you managed to put aside for your golden
days, and do it at half the price it used to cost them to rob the
poor, since they nowadays outsource the looting to off-shore companies
based in Kuala Lumpur.
Whatever you do politically, though, don’t trust the Democrats;
build your own party, and do all you can to screw them up! If anybody
tells you Democrats have this good point or that, tell them they’re
fools worse than Uncle Tom strapped with Sally Hemmings. Tell them
they don’t know their asshole from a hole in a rich man’s
soul. Tell them to go suck an egg. Or, better yet, tell them to
go fuck themselves since they love their illusions so much and
Rosa Faiz is a freelance writer.