Why America’s Republicans and Democrats Are Obsessed by their Hatreds

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Date: Thursday, 16 March 2023

Why America’s Republicans and Democrats Are Obsessed by their Hatreds

Eric Zuesse

A country where its aristocracy (or billionaires) rule both the Government and the ‘news’-media is a divide-and-rule regime, in which the main necessity that will be expressed both by its Government-officials and by its ‘news’-media will be the rulers’ need for internal dissension between Parties that is so intense that it will distract virtually all of the country’s residents away from the actual ruling group, which is to blame for the nation’s failures, which never is the middle class (or “bourgeoisie” as Karl Marx referred to it, since he was backed by some very wealthy people who might otherwise have felt criticized if he had instead attacked “the aristocracy”) but is always either the aristocracy (the top-ten-thousandth-wealthiest who actually donate more than 50% of all the money in the nation’s political campaigns) or is (alternatively) the theocracy (the clerics who authorize the Government, such as in Iran). Almost all dictatorships are of these two types. Democracy is impossible in an aristocracy or in a theocracy, but in both, an aristocracy and a theocracy, the rulers — the ruling group, not actually ruling ‘class’ — need to distract the public away from the ruling group’s own guilt for the nation’s many failures. Scapegoats are needed, and in most nations this is being done by dividing the public up into political Parties, all of which are controlled by the ruling group and blame each other Party (or else “foreigners”) for the nation’s problems. Therefore, in any such political-Party-organized dictatorship, domestic hatreds are intense between the Parties.

Though the political class in America — the active Democrats and Republicans, who are millions of people and not merely the ruling group — are united in their advocating for rule over the entire world by and on behalf of the United States Government — i.e., virtually all of them are neoconservatives, or advocates of their Government’s taking control over more countries than presently are U.S. ‘allies’ or vassal-nations — or “colonies” — they are advocates of conquering countries such as Venezuela, Iran, Russia, China, North Korea, Syria, etc. — each Party has its own particular top ‘enemy’ nation to conquer at any given time; and whereas for Democrats, that is Russia, it is instead China, for Republicans. Each Party blames the other Party’s members for having insufficient hatred against — and insufficient demand for “regime-change” to overthrow and replace the Government of — whatever the top ‘enemy’ nation of one’s own Party is.

On March 14th, the New York Times headlined “DeSantis, Backing Away From Ukraine, Angers G.O.P. Hawks: The Florida governor, who joined Donald Trump in declaring that defending Ukraine from Russia was not a vital interest, drew swift condemnations from establishment Republicans.” This news-report opened:  

Declaring this week that defending Ukraine against Russia’s invasion was not a vital interest for the United States, Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida cemented a Republican shift away from hawkish foreign policy that has played out over the past decade and accelerated with Donald J. Trump’s political rise.

Mr. Trump and Mr. DeSantis — whose combined support makes up more than 75 percent of Republican primary voters in the nascent 2024 presidential contest — are now largely aligned on Ukraine, signaling a sharp break from the interventionist approach that drove former President George W. Bush’s invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Republican foreign policy hawks recoiled at Mr. DeSantis’s statement on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Fox News on Monday night, in which the governor deviated from the position held by most of the Republican establishment on Capitol Hill, including Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the minority leader. Mr. McConnell and other top congressional Republicans have framed the invasion by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia as a fight to defend the post-World War II international security framework.

“DeSantis is wrong and seems to have forgotten the lessons of Ronald Reagan,” said former Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who led the House select committee investigating Mr. Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

“This is not ‘a territorial dispute,’” she said in a statement, echoing Mr. DeSantis’s phrasing. “The Ukrainian people are fighting for their freedom. Surrendering to Putin and refusing to defend freedom makes America less safe.” ...

On March 6th, Gallup headlined “Americans Continue to View China as the U.S.'s Greatest Enemy”, and reported that, “When asked the open-ended question, 50% of Americans say China is their nation’s greatest enemy, with most of the rest, 32%, naming Russia. North Korea, which was viewed as the greatest enemy in 2018, is now a distant third at 7%.” That 50% of all Americans naming China as America’s top enemy broke down politically as follows: 76% of Republicans did, and 30% of Democrats did. #2 Russia as America’s top enemy broke down as: 12% of Republicans, and 53% of Democrats. Perhaps Ron DeSantis is trying to position himself right now only to win the Republican Presidential nomination, regardless of whether he will win the national Presidency itself. The political-strategic question for him is whether he is “jumping the gun” to prioritize this early China over Russia as being America’s top target. Whereas Republican billionaires hate China’s Government the most, Democratic billionaires hate Russia the most; and only Republican billionaires will be funding DeSantis’s campaign and the campaigns of his Republican opponents. So: DeSantis is probably making a wise political decision to attract the billionaires whose backing he will need in order to become the Republican nominee. Fortunately for him, that seems to be also the way to win the Presidency itself.

The New York Times article on DeSantis closed with a section headlined “A Year of War in Ukraine” that advertised for (tried to persuade readers to support) increasing instead of decreasing the money that U.S. taxpayers will pay (already well over $100 billion) in order to help win America’s war against Russia that is being fought by Ukrainians with mainly U.S.-made weapons now, in the battlefields of Ukraine. Such advertisements as that section of the article have been extremely effective at maintaining Democrats’ hatred against Russia. For example, on March 13th, Gallup headlined “Americans' Favorable Rating of Russia Sinks to New Low of 9%” and showed that it had peaked at 66% favorable both in 1991 when Russia became a U.S. colony, and in 2002 when a new Russian leader had just come into power, Putin, whom America’s billionaires were hoping would be even better for them than Russia’s President Yeltsin had been. The billionaires who are behind the NYT are overwhelmingly Democrats, not Republicans; so, are wanting that any Republican readers they may have will vote in the upcoming Republican Presidential primaries against DeSantis, and will instead vote for the hyper-neoconservative Republicans, the Establishment Republican candidates, who hate Russia the most. The Times is campaigning for those hyper-neoconservative candidates to win the Republican nomination. Of course, Republican Party media try to persuade their audience to prioritize conquering China more than conquering Russia, and, so, De Santis will probably now get even stronger backing from those Republican media.

On 16 March 2021, Gallup reported that, “A new high of 63% of Americans says the economic power of China is a critical threat to the vital interests of the U.S. in the next 10 years.” DeSantis is now pitching to those people.

On March 3rd, Gallup headlined “Fewer Americans Want U.S. Taking Major Role in World Affairs” but still reported that (contrary to what most readers might have expected to follow from such a headline) “Sixty-five percent of Americans prefer the U.S. to take the leading (20%) or a major role (45%) in world affairs. This is down from 69% in 2019 and 72% as recently as 2017.” Consequently, around two-thirds of Americans are actually neoconservatives — supporters of America’s expanding, or at least maintaining, its global empire (the largest that has ever existed on this planet), and its 900 foreign military bases, and its perpetration of far more coups and military invasions (45 U.S. coups, and 130+ U.S. invasions, since 1945) than all other countries in the world taken together perpetrate. With a public like that, the likelihood of America’s billionaires failing to have the strong support of the American people to increase even more the aggressiveness of the U.S. Government that the billionaires control, is very small, indeed. If there is to be any reduction in the aggressiveness of the U.S. Government, it will have to be imposed upon the U.S. Government from the outside. This is the normal situation for any Government that effectively controls its public’s hatreds. Of course, in order to stir the public’s hatreds enough to get nationalistic ‘patriotism’ high enough for increasing the nation’s militarism even more (and the U.S. Government already spends around half of the entire world’s military costs), the media play a central role. It might almost be said that that’s the main reason for their existence, in any dictatorship. The ‘news’-media, especially, are the public’s main window on the world. So, that’s the main way to control any ‘democracy’. Whatever hatreds the public have, that is the way to control them. It is also the way to protect its actual rulers.

CLOSING NOTE: Someone objected, “If society doesn’t have a controlling group, … you get anarchy.” I replied: There will be a controlling group. The problem is: How are they selected? Right now, they are selected by voters who have been brainwashed by organizations that are funded by the few billionaires (the "Deep State"). It's a dictatorship by and for those few super-rich. That’s what’s wrong. Marx got it very wrong by saying that the middle class are in control. Other philosophers blame other classes. The few super-rich are small enough to constitute a group, no “class,” and to network with significantly many others in that group so as to — together and collectively — constitute the ruling group or “aristocracy” that controls the Government. This describes the United States and most other ‘democracy’s today. That is the problem; and, obviously, the ruling group doesn’t want the public to know about it, and so will not publish it, or allow it to be published by their media and their academics. This is the way that they control the public: by censoring-out such key truths. They get it done.


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse’s new book, AMERICA’S EMPIRE OF EVIL: Hitler’s Posthumous Victory, and Why the Social Sciences Need to Change, is about how America took over the world after World War II in order to enslave it to U.S.-and-allied billionaires. Their cartels extract the world’s wealth by control of not only their ‘news’ media but the social ‘sciences’ — duping the public.

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