A man waves an American flag
with the words "Biden Harris"
near the White House
in Washington, U.S., November 8, 2020
© REUTERS/Erin Scott
Predictably enough, he
has spent the last seven weeks trying to reverse the outcome of a
free and fair election he clearly lost. Americans have been living
through the gravest domestic threat to their nation's republican
institutions since the Civil War.
There was and is no great "American democracy" to be restored after Trump.
As the mainstream political scientists Martin Gilens (Princeton) and Benjamin Page (Northwestern) had shown six years into Barack Obama's presidency, the nation had for many decades become,
That was clear during Obama's corporatist "Hope" and "Change" presidency, which gave Americans what commentator William Greider memorably called,
Americans, Greider wrote,
Then Americans beheld Obama embrace "entitlement reform" (nice-sounding cover for attacking Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security benefits) and pass a health insurance reform (the so-called Affordable Care Act) that only the big insurance and drug companies could love.
The Biden team has no more intention of acting sincerely on the Democratic Party's standard manipulative populist-sounding campaign rhetoric in the wake of the Trump nightmare and the 2020-21 Covid-19 Recession than did the Obama White House in the wake of the George W. Bush nightmare and the 2007-08 Great Recession.
Biden's cabinet picks are loaded with neoliberal center-right operatives inherited from the fake-progressive Obama administration.
They hail from the same Wall Street backgrounds and corporate and imperial think tanks that staffed the,
The "diversity" that CNN and MSNBC applaud in Biden's cabinet and agency picks is all about the race, ethnicity, and gender of his elections.
It does not extend to ideology to include genuinely progressive Democrats in the mold of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Under the faux-transformative cloak of identity, these are ruling-class personnel trained and doctrinally committed to oppose the decent, humane, progressive, social-democratic, and environmentally sane policies favored by the nation's silenced progressive majority:
As liberals fawn over the many female, nonwhite, and gay people holding top positions, the Biden administration will be a monument to the persistent rule of the nation's un-elected and interrelated dictatorships of money and empire.
This follows in accord with the near-octogenarian Biden's promise to super-wealthy campaign donors at a posh Manhattan hotel last year.
Pledging not to "demonize anybody who has made money," Biden told a gathering of tuxedo-wearing financial parasites that the rich were not to blame for the nation's savage inequalities,
In contrast to 1992 candidate Bill Clinton and 2008 candidate Barack Obama's deceptive promises of transformative Hope and Change, Biden's pitch has been a return to the good old days - a return to civility, morality, and, supposedly, democracy.
The problem is that the pre-Trump days and years weren't actually all that moral, civil, or democratic:
That's how the country fell into the Trump nightmare in the first place.
Biden's pledge of a "return to normalcy" holds little promise of halting the ever-advancing rightward drift of American society.
That redirection of the nation, an urgent necessity for all of humanity, will have to come from the bottom up, from a new American Left that finally got its act together.