US midterm elections, a stinging rebuke of Bush

Posted: November 8, 2006 in Socio-Political

Things have a way of catching up with the evildoers.

The results of the US midterm elections show a stinging rebuke of US President George W. Bush and his policies, particularly the US invasion and occupation of Iraq. The Democrats’ reclaiming of the leadership of the House of Representatives and the tightly contested race for Senate majority will likely heighten the contradictions between the two factions of the political and economic elite within the belly of the beast.

Bush’s so-called “war on terror”, resulting in the imperialist aggression of Iraq, has been exposed as a self-serving lie that has promoted only the interests of the few. The hawks in the White House are groping for words to explain the quagmire it has found itself in continuing occupation of Iraq.

Democrats have seized the opportunity from Bush’s declining ratings and have mounted a major challenge to the Bush leadership; something that would prove valuable for them in the elections of 2008.

It is unlikely of course that the Democrats will depart greatly from imperialistic policies since the Democrats themselves are part of the ruling American elite. It’s not advisable to raise your expectations of a major shift from a party that has in the past upheld war as a national policy and has adopted neo-liberal globalization as its main economic thrust.

What we can be sure of however is the escalating contradictions between the Democrats and the Republicans, the further weakening of the Bush ruling clique, and the people’s continuing rejection of the Bush regime. Crucial to all of this is the growing and intensifying mass movement as a decissive force in influencing government.

Do Filipinos have something to cheer about? Maybe in the sense that Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo herself is desperately trying to avoid the fate of the Republicans in the 2007 Philippine elections.

Perhaps she too knows that things have a way of catching up with evildoers.


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