From Michael Moore to Uri Avnery, a single cry seems to resonate through the political correct / liberal / progressive planet (PCLPP): we must vote for Hillary, to avoid the Trump catastrophe! Of course, Hillary is also someone to be scared of, but less so than the orange man. So, she represents the lesser evil. Not being a US citizen, I am not forced to choose between these two evils in November 2016, but, as the president of the USA is supposed to be the most powerful man - or woman - in the world, every inhabitant of the planet should be able to have a say on this matter.
Personally, this is not the first time I have witnessed such an electoral situation where the PCLPP called to vote for the lesser evil to avert a worse evil. Remember this amazing Parisian demonstration on May Day 2002, when the overwhelming majority of the left and the extreme left expressed their choice to vote Chirac in order to blockade Jean-Marie Le Pen. In Paris, they were 500,000 and a million and a half across France. And on the 5th of May, Jacques Chirac was elected. The beginning of his second term was marked by the strong refusal to participate in the invasion of Iraq, while, at the same time, the French army intervened in Ivory Coast. And his mid-term was marked by the referendum of 29 May 2005 on the European Constitutional Treaty, rejected by the majority of voters "against all expectations". The Dutch and the Irish have in turn rejected this Brussels "constitution". Brussels listened to these "no"s as much as Tsipras' government listened, ten years later, to the "no" of the Greeks to the program of destruction of their country concocted in Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt, The Hague and Berlin. They took over the text of the Treaty of Maastricht, manipulated it and reconstructed it as the "Lisbon Treaty". But as it was no more a "constitution", it was no longer necessary to submit it to a referendum. In short, even though the next presidency, that of Sarkozy, could make us miss Chirac, with all his failures, the latter was not exactly brilliant.
But back to the USA. The current election campaign with its duel of the century between the orange man and the blonde lady, reminds me of another, of which I was the distant witness. Flashback.
This was in 1964. The Texan Democratic vice president Lyndon Baines Johnson, called LBJ, had succeeded John Kennedy following his assassination in Dallas November 22, 1963. After eliminating from the Democratic primaries the racist governor of Alabama, George Wallace, he faced Republican Barry Goldwater, a rather progressive man from Arizona at the start of his career who gradually grew more and more right-wing, as far as proposing to finish off the Vietnamese Red bastards by chucking them one or more atomic bombs. Johnson, who took over from Kennedy to carry on the dirty war in Vietnam, preferred to stick to more civilized methods, which "only" killed a few million Vietnamese and, from 1961 to 1969, caused 47,000 deaths among US soldiers, in majority blacks. And if he committed in the spring of 1968 to the peace process with the Vietnamese that was to lead to the Armistice Agreement of January 1973, under Nixon and Kissinger, it was under duress by the military victories of the Vietnamese on the ground and the surging anti-war movement in the US and worldwide.
Goldwaters' electoral slogan, In your heart, you know he's right was hijacked by the Democrats: In your guts, you know he's nuts. But the Democrats went one step further. It is generally agreed that it is this one-minute film which aired only once on NBC in September 7, 1964, which resulted in LBJs victory on 3 November.
The ad starts with a little four year old girl in a meadow with, as the background sound, a bird singing. She slowly pulls the petals of a daisy, counting in a disordered way. When she arrives at number nine, a male voice starts a grim count down. The girl then looks up and stares at the sky, the camera zooms in on her pupil, blackening. When the countdown reaches zero, the black screen is illuminated by a flash and a nuclear explosion mushroom.
Johnson's voice echoes: "These are the stakes: to make a world in which all of God’s children can live, or to go into the darkness. We must either love each other or we must die. "Another voice (that of Chris Schenkel) takes over:" Vote for President Johnson on November 3rd. The stakes are too high for you to stay home. »
This kind of film, entered into history under the title of Daisy Girl is now no longer possible or necessary. The unidirectional massive impact of television 52 years ago is replaced today by a sprawling impact, a capillary of tens of thousands of channels, websites, social networking pages. In short, a decentralised totalitarianism which works by contagion. If Trump is "nuts", unfortunately Hillary is not at all. She knows what she wants and wherever she goes, once inducted into the White House, the grass will not grow again. The Kagan family, Victoria Nuland included, one of the mentors of the toughest Washingtonian neocons, did not err, when she gave her support to Killary.
In short, to speak like the Chicano actor Danny Trejo (Machete), Trump is the most beautiful thing that could happen to the Democrats. If he was not a multi-billionaire, one could suspect that he was paid by Clinton and Co. to play his role as a foil to extremes. And Killary, after recovering many of voters for the social-democrat Bernie Sanders, and already assured of LGBT support, attacked the black electorate, because, as they say, "Black votes matter". But with his "great laws" in favor of "niggas" (said with Texan accent), has LBJ not already, as he said, ensured that he would "have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years"?
So, you will ask, who to vote for?
I don't know. Like the overwhelming majority of humanity, I am not registered on US electoral lists. And I agree more and more with Emma Goldman: "If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal". And this Russian anarchist deported from the USA although she was a US citizen by marriage, and who was not allowed back in the USA unless as a corpse, knew what she spoke about when she spoke of "America".