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Democrats must not make the same mistake as in 2016

Victor
Dixon

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

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In 2016 the corporate media and the Democratic National Committee anointed Hillary Clinton as presidential nominee even before the primaries started. She carried a lot of baggage and in the end, although she won the popular vote, Donald Trump walked into the White House.

Today it looks like history might repeat itself.

The debate season has not even started and the media are already pushing run-of-the-mill candidates like Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg and Kamala Harris. And the Democratic National Committee seems to be buying it.

If the Democrats run on the same models as in the past they are going to lose, and there will be more crying, as people face the prospect of four more years of Trump.

Regardless of what you think of Trump, he has struck a chord with people — albeit one of fear and hate, but very effective — and is backed by a hefty war chest. You are nave if you think he can be beaten by rational arguments or by someone who is tougher than he is.

Money can't beat him. Political toughness won't do it, grass roots mobilisation won't do it, telling people what they are entitled to won't do it; only something that can inspire the emotions of people can.

Barack Obama won the presidency with a message of hope, and in 2020 Trump can only be beaten with a message of love that can unlock the hold that he has on people's minds.

This was Mahatma Gandhi's message that successfully defeated the might of the British Empire. It unarmed the resistance of people and won their love and respect with a charming simplicity and honesty, which value basic human qualities like truthfulness and honesty much more than show and pomp.

This is what it will take to defeat Trump and, in my opinion, only two presidential candidates can deliver this, namely, Tulsi Gabbard or Marianne Williamson, because love is theme of their platforms.

But beating Trump at the polls is not alone sufficient. The corporate aristocracy have taken over the political system and turned it into nothing more than 'legal bribery'. Trump is only an infection and symptomatic of the corrupted system which has to be freed from the stranglehold of the corporate aristocracy that has turned it into nothing more than 'legal bribery'. It's time for the people to step in.

I hope Democrats and the American voters will have the vision to see this and seize the moment.

America is a rich country and there is no reason why its people should be satisfied with anything less than universal health care, free college education and a political system free of corporate corruption.

He who is not satisfied with a little is satisfied with nothing. — Epicurus.

Victor A Dixon is an author, writer and lives in Boynton Beach, Florida. Send comments to the Observer or victoradixon@yahoo.com.


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