Who do you think will be most remembered in years to come, Donald Trump or John McCain? How so?

Mudassir Ali
Feb 26, 2020 01:27 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Feb 26, 2020 01:27 PM

Donald Trump. He is the guy that became the 45th President of the United States. And the election of 2016 that brought him to power will be seen as one of the most pivotal periods in American History. It would be extremely arrogant of me to pretend to know how that future narrative will playout. It depends largely on what follows: will the U.S. turn to a process that is more democratic and responsive to the needs of it’s people? Or, will it continue to use populist propaganda that allows it to become even more fascist than it has become since the rise of Reagan?

If the activities of the Democratic Party can be relied on for any soothsaying then the U.S. government will definitely consolidate around oligarchic rule.

This is not just me pontificating, In Michael Lind’s economic history of the United States, “Land of Promise”[1], he leaves the reader with this thought:

“…The United States could emerge from the trial of the Great Recession as a more productive nation with more widespread sharing of the gains from growth. Or it could go into relative and even absolute decline, losing its technological and industrial edge to foreign competitors and fissioning at home along the lines of caste and class…National renewal or national decline? The question will be decided by today’s Americans.”

He predicated this fork in the road on whether the U.S. government, (Obama’s administration), would enter into greater banking regulation and assert its role in building an economy that works for all of it’s members or whether it would continue to shirk it’s role and continue down a path of neo-liberalism that would lead to the impoverishment of more and more within the society.

Lind seemed to think Obama’s administration was actually going to address the damage that had been done by the Reagan/Clinton “revolution”. But if that is what Lind thought, he was wrong. And THIS is what led to Trump.

So today we see the D.C. establishment using McCain’s death as a political prop to consolidate their opposition to the very monstrosity they helped create, all the while denying their own complicity in its rise.

McCain himself was just an also ran. His most significant contribution was introducing the likes of a Sarah Palin onto the national stage: this was the beginning of the right wing demagoguery that became a blueprint for Herman Cain, Ted Cruz and finally Donald Trump.

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