Democracy US style – an entire government that no-one has elected

Posted: November 18, 2016 by Admin in Alienation, Anti-social activity, Capitalist ideology, Political & economic power, Politics in general, United States, United States - history, United States - politics
The logic of capitalism - an unelected government

The logic of capitalism – an unelected government

by Susanne Kemp

The right like to hold up the United States as the model capitalist democracy.  Of course, it is no such thing.  A third of the population in the southern states were slaves until only 150 years ago.  Women had to struggle for 70 years to get the right to vote.  When black males got the right to vote it was only after a brutal civil war and that right, along with many other rights, were lost within the several decades following that war and not regained until the 1950s and 1960s.  And that took a mass political struggle too.

In January 2017 a man who came second in the presidential vote will be made president and a government appointed by him – and elected by no-one – will be sworn in.  The margin by which Donald Trump was beaten by Hillary Clinton was, on election night, about 200,000.  It is now about 1,100,000 and growing.

Clinton beat Trump by more votes than Kennedy beat Nixon in 1960 to become president.  By more votes than Nixon beat Hubert Humphrey in 1968 to become president.  Trump lost the vote, Clinton won.  But Trump is the president-elect.

In the United States the president appoints the government and does so by appointing a raft of people who are not, and never have been, elected to either the House of Representatives (lower house) or the Senate (upper house).  They come from corporations, think tanks, universities, the media and so on.

Trump is inaugurated on January 20.  He moves into the White House later that day.  On January 21 he formally takes up his duties as president in the Oval Office.

As of that date, the United States will have a government of people that no-one has ever elected to be their government.

It’s not democracy.  But it is capitalism.

 

 

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  1. soundhill1 says:

    Trump showed intelligence to relate to the system as it is and campaigned accordingly in 6 swing states. Had the election been about the popular vote then campaigning would have been different and about getting people all over motivated to bring their friends and neighbours in to vote. As it was one thing he did, as I see it, was to point out Hillary’s huge military budget (some 50% of USA tax take) being spent overseas and producing refugees and a rate of change hard for people to cope with in USA. Retired soldiers are not being given as good a deal as illegal immigrants. He campaigned on rebuilding the military at home. People hope they do not have to have another 9/11. Though he will have a hard time. Rudy Giuliani (one of Corbett.com’s 9/11 suspects) does not want to be relegated to attorney general, I read. I also saw a vid of him saying there had not been terrorism in USA. So to him 9/11 had not been terrorist, and/or he is “expecting” terrorism.

  2. soundhill1 says:

    “Sanders: If Trump has the ‘guts’ to take on corporate America, he’s got an ally”
    http://edition.cnn.com/2016/11/17/politics/bernie-sanders-donald-trump-allies/