W.E. Gutman There is no revolution without a Revolution
For a brief, exhilarating moment, there was hope.
Bernie Sanders had astutely deconstructed the arcane acrobatics that drive American politics and done his best to help fuse the Left’s nebulous yearning for progressive values and substantive social reforms.
He failed, not because such ideals are unsound or immoral, but because they cannot germinate, let alone flourish in America while capitalism, this country’s ethos and driving force, endows a minority with power and wealth to perpetuity.
Sadly, as a French-born disciple of Babeuf, (“Society must be made to operate in such a way that it eradicates once and for all the desire of a man to become richer, or wiser, or more powerful than others,”) Proudhon (“Ownership is theft,”) and Zola (“It is not necessary that one should humble oneself to deserve assistance, it is sufficient that one should suffer,”) I fail to discern in America the same exasperation and loathing that inspired the storming of the Bastille in 1789 and the October Revolution of 1917— upheavals that rid France and Russia of greedy monarchs, a parasitic aristocracy, a corrupt merchant class, and a dissolute clergy.
In veering to the right, America has putrefied a pseudo-democracy and turned it into a neo-feudal Mafia-state, both in its venality and the megalomaniac character of its exceptionalist objectives.
To make matters worse, the two-party system — both factions the flip side of the same tarnished coin, both beholden to Wall Street, both committing larceny on the poor — and the Electoral College are sinister jokes.
Sanders wanted to put a soul back into a nation that lost its heart, that idolizes weirdoes who talk about walls, watchtowers, weapons and wars, who pledge to repeal vital social safety nets, who push for restrictive voting laws that disenfranchise minorities, and who are all atwitter at the prospect of turning back the clock and obliterating the vestiges of New Deal reforms.
Bernie’s dream is no idle fantasy; it’s a reminder of what a real democracy must strive for.
Given the current political climate and America’s pathological fear of Socialism, I am not optimistic.
Many Americans will continue to vote against their interests because the only system that can lift them out of poverty and deliver equal justice is called Socialism.
For my part, I shall continue to cheer the America of the Patriots and the Sons of Liberty.
I will salute Thomas Paine, Samuel Adams, Ethan Allen, Nathan Hale and Patrick Henry; I cannot abide the America that betrayed them.
I would have liked to take part in a national insurrection but I’m 81, exhausted and less confident than ever that Americans have what it takes to rid themselves of the vampires now grafted at their throats.
There can be no revolution without a Revolution.
W.E. Gutman is a retired journalist and published author. A former resident of Connecticut, he now lives in Florida.