Hillary´s hour

BY:Ricardo Alarcón| October 25, 2016
Hillary´s hour

A CubaNews translation. Edited by Walter Lippmann. Ricardo Alarcon is the former speaker of Cuba’s National Assembly and member of Central Committee and Political Bureau of the Communist Party of Cuba.

It´s less than a month to the US elections and it is still possible that Donald Trump turns out to be the winner. Such a scenario is regarded with astonishment and concern by those in the United States who still believe in their institutions.

When he began his campaign, very few people took seriously the aspirations of the millionaire who synthesizes the two qualities that ––in the words of Octavio Paz– define imperialist behavior: arrogance and ignorance. He displayed both when he faced the other Republican contenders and now against Hillary Clinton. All along that path he has tried to show himself, demagogically, as if he were an enemy of the “establishment” and the spokesman for its victims.

It is enough to read his proposals to understand that he is blatantly lying. His tax reform plan would benefit only those who concentrate wealth and hurt those who live on their wages. To make matters worse, – a unique case in American history– he refuses to disclose his income tax reports to the Internal Revenue Service and, last but not least, he has boasted of not having paid taxes for years. Al Capone was sent to prison for that crime. But Trump is still freely touring the country where thousands of enthusiastic supporters applaud.

Everywhere, day after day, he repeats a message of hatred, prejudice and violence. There is a long list of those who are subjected to his insults and threats: Mexicans and women, Muslims and people with physical disabilities, immigrants and the LGBT community, those who advocate limiting the arms trade, and those who fight against pollution, as well as an endless list that includes Republican politicians who distance themselves from his ultra-reactionary speech and foul language.

On a couple of occasions he suggested the assassination of Hillary Clinton; and in the debate with her, before millions of viewers, he threatened her with imprisonment if he reached the presidency.

In any country in the world, and in the United States in normal situations, a similar character would lose any election and –most likely– be held in a penal institution or in an asylum. Trump, incredibly, has been the focus of the election campaign and –although many criticize him– he has the support of millions of voters.

The only way to defeat him is Hillary Clinton, the first woman in history with a chance of being elected. The difference is abysmal. Barack Obama did not exaggerate when he said she was more prepared to be President than he –Obama– or her husband, Bill Clinton.

Hillary has a long political career from her early years and has always been seen as an enemy by the most conservative groups who have unleashed a fierce campaign against her in which slander abounds. She has made mistakes –some of undoubted importance– and reprehensible concessions. She did not always remain faithful to her ideals of youth. But the same can be said of any US politician and none other has been subjected to such relentless scrutiny by the media – those of the large corporations and many others circulating in the digital universe. These have examined her life in detail and cannot accuse her of having committed any crime. The biggest charges against her are having embraced neo-liberalism –as did almost all in her party– and having implemented, as Secretary of State, the warmongering line of the White House.

The United States remains the most powerful country in the world but its society is going through a deep crisis. Frustration and discomfort dominate US citizens who are increasingly skeptical of their politicians. Donald Trump manipulates the situation and does it appealing to the racism, brutal individualism, stupidity and violence that have been present –since its origin– in the nation that believes it is superior to the rest of the world. His candidacy has brought out the worst in the US and has turned it into an organized political force.
Hillary does not represent a revolutionary alternative. Choosing her will not produce the radical transformation of US society. But right now she is the only hope to stop barbarism.

It is possible to beat Trump. But it needs to be a crushing defeat: a landslide of votes that puts this unprecedented demagogue out of action, and also allows the start of a new stage where “Trumpism” can be defeated, because it is a disease that corrodes US society and threatens humanity.


Comments (15)

rob in NJ | November 08, 2016 at 2:25 AM

As I sit here nervously watching the election results come in, I must say at this point I’ll take a good old fashioned win for the White House even if it’s a close win. A number of years ago I ran a municipal campaign for a local governing body. The Republican’s had a 5-0 majority and the Ds knew it would take at least two cycles to gain control and even then it would be iffy in a highly Republican area.

Because of a death a third seat opened up. All of a sudden control was up in one fell swoop. We came up with what we thought was a clever slogan: Clean Sweep For a Better xxxxx Township.”

We got our clock cleaned and lost all three seats. I didn’t like that slogan then and I didn’t like this whole concept of calling for a landslide now. Landslide victories can’t be planned. I doubt they ever could. In an era of closely divided politics you really can’t orchestrate a landslide. What you can do is work your butt off toward victory. Don’t stop, don’t let up and run scared no matter how far in front you think you might be. Calling for a landslide invites some supporters to think that the basic victory is in the bag and relax their efforts. My attitude is “Just win baby, just win.”

Anders Erikstad | November 05, 2016 at 8:27 PM

And you people actually call yourself communists..

    Joe Sims | November 06, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    With pride.

charles dukes | November 04, 2016 at 6:40 PM

What the hell – anything is better than Trump – but only just. In fact the whole US system is, of course, rotten to the core – and the so-called “election” a FARCE

Alphawolf655 | November 03, 2016 at 5:14 PM

Some of you may not like Hillary, but she cares and listens to you.
Trump would turn his back on you and leave you for dead.
For all those Bernie supporters, he also agrees Hillary would be a better president than Trump.
There’s no room in office for a fascist pig like Trump, make the right choice people, or we will lose everything.

- Matt | November 02, 2016 at 1:22 AM

“She did not always remain faithful to her ideals of youth.” Senor Alarcon, are you aware she was a right-wing Republican in her “youth”, and supported Barry Goldwater (who advocated bombing Vietnam AND CUBA back into Barbarism) as a college student. She went on to become President of the Wellesley Young Republicans, and four years later supported and campaigned for Rockefeller at the Republican Convention. So no, she didn’t “always remain faithful” to her youthful ideals. She met Bill Clinton and did one of her famous “flip-flops”, and overnight became a Democrat! Not that she said she changed her values, but rather explained that she and Bill considered both parties and felt they could get further within the Democrats than within the Republicans. Simply stated, she’s a career opportunist who from the beginning supported and supports whoever or whatever advances her and her husband personally. Principles? One: “Save the capitalist system.” Sr. Alarcon, a true hero of the American working class, Gene Debs, once said: “It’s better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don’t want and get it” and “The issue is Socialism versus Capitalism. I am for Socialism because I am for humanity. We have been cursed with the reign of gold long enough.” As a member of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party you should be ashamed of yourself. What has happened to the Cuban Communist Party??

Gary Mueller | October 31, 2016 at 7:09 PM

I do not see Hillary as evil, just a fully indoctrinated player in the capitalistic system.
In this system we have no other candidates to support with any chance of defeating the Nazi, Donald Trump.
It is time to put aside personal bias or pie in the sky dreams of a last minute workers revolt, the Democratic party with all its ties to big business is still the closest to a party that gives even a slight nod to LGBT rights, Black lives matter, minimum wage increase and immigration
Suck it up, Vote Hillary.

    sam lowry | November 02, 2016 at 4:20 PM

    Well, Trump is not a nazi. He is rude, and crude, but he is all American, loves the nation and supports downtrodden working people. Democrats come across as domineering and hate mongering Neoliberal bigots, seemingly the Democrats hate working people judging by their actions in Congress and Federal Reserve etc.
    The Republican and Democrat establishment are closer to each other than either is to their working class base.
    Hillary Represents both Democrat and Republican Establishments in this election.
    Trump is rejected by both Parties Establishments, and his base is the Populists, the same as Bernie Sanders (who I would vote for over Trump if he was running), the working people of America.

      Gary Mueller | November 02, 2016 at 8:02 PM

      These are wonderful traits you attribute to the Donald, can you back any of them up?
      All I have seen is racist rhetoric and a support of working people rivaled only by the Koch brothers.
      The speeches of Donald Trump are much more aligned with those of Mussolini, Hitler and Franco.
      I dare say if you were to dare tell Bernie Sanders that his political philosophy was akin to Trump you might be in for a rude awakening

        Jules Rensch | November 02, 2016 at 4:22 AM

        never could see how some people equate Bernie to Donald….
        If any of Bernie’s ideas come to fruition our nation becomes better…
        on the obverse side of the coin…not one of Trumps ideas have any real substance or merit…
        Moral of the story for Election Year 2016…you can’t build anything positive upon bigotry & racism

      James | November 04, 2016 at 1:25 AM

      No. Wrong, Sam. That POS Trump is a fascist dictator-in-waiting, and if you think for a minute he “supports downtrodden working people” you are a fool. A fool, and no comrade of mine.

Anonymous | October 28, 2016 at 2:54 PM

I still wouldn’t want Clinton as president. She might start World War III, which would be very dangerous.

    James | November 04, 2016 at 1:28 AM

    Anonymous: WW III “would be very dangerous?” OMG. Are you in grade school? And Trump is the one who’d blunder his way into a war. Hell, he’d love to start a war just for the power rush it would give him personally.

Jules Rensch | October 26, 2016 at 10:39 PM

Beautifully explained. The facts in this article are accurate. Candidate Trump keeps telling us “who” he really is. Believe him. Dangerous? Yes. Unstable? Yes. Corrupt? Yes.

    Red Fred | November 05, 2016 at 7:20 AM

    Hillary is all those and a threat to world peace.

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