January 6th, 2022 marks the first anniversary of an unruly mob which meandered through the US Capitol building against the certification of the 2020 presidential election results.
Statements from major corporate heads came out lambasting this so-called “insurrection”, the president of the notoriously anti-worker National Association of Manufacturers even called on Mike Pence to invoke the 25th amendment to “preserve democracy”— the same organization which for nearly a century has dominated Capitol Hill with its army of lobbyists and insiders who’ve passed crucial laws to attack workers rights to strike, unionize, and build power, while ensuring the US favors their interests for endless government contracts for the military industrial complex.
It would only make sense one of their favorite politicians, and well known war criminal, Dick Cheney, would ascend onto Capitol Hill for the first anniversary shaking hands with Democrats (who are more than willing to rehabilitate him along with the rest of the war criminal Bush cabinet) to lament that the Republican Party apparently isn’t “a leadership that resembles any of the folks that I knew when I was here for 10 years” and that he’s “deeply disappointed we don’t have better leadership in the Republican Party to restore the Constitution.”
Perhaps Cheney means the Republican leadership of today is less able to lie their way into endless wars that profit Cheney and his friends at war corporations like Haliburton, which has cost the lives of over a million Iraqis and over a hundred thousand casualties in Afghanistan.
Workers have been inundated with corporate propaganda about democracy being under attack, yet there was never any serious struggle to take over the Capitol by the mob, it was possibly the worst coup attempt in US history if we are to even consider it a coup. The only shots fired were by Capitol cops, and the only side which experienced a fatality was by a member of the mob, Ashli Babbit. Corporate media was quick to claim the mob killed a cop, when said cop died from natural causes after the fact. Several more cops went on to commit suicide after the riot. Nonetheless, Congress began recounting the votes that day and certified the results by the next morning— some skirmish this was.
That the most powerful representatives of the US ruling class could feign fear while not batting an eye at the millions of lives ruined across the globe just to bolster their shares on the stock market should tell us how concerned they really are about their political power and their democracy over the rest of us. This ploy is nothing more than a cynical attempt by the US ruling class and their lapdogs in the Democratic and Republican parties to induce obedience from workers to follow their political and economic domination.
Unfortunately, a new stratum of opportunists who refer to themselves as “socialists” have been all too happy to serve this capitalist agenda. DSA politician Cori Bush called for the removal of anyone from office who engages in sedition. DSA politician Jamaal Bowman introduced the COUP Act to “investigate the terrorist attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, address the systemic failures in the United States Capitol security apparatus” but in reality would further empower Capitol cops and cops across the country to more effectively contain any future unrest. DSA politicians Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Bowman refused to vote against the Capitol Security Bill which provided more funding to cops— less than a year after these same politicians rallied around the “Defund the Cops” slogan started by the George Floyd protests. We wonder what these DSA politicians and their followers would do in the face of an actual socialist insurrection?
Rhetorical questions aside, it should be apparent to workers that there’s no political force in the US today that fights for our interests of worker control, instead we are misled by opportunists who cloak themselves in radical rhetoric only to continue to aid US imperialism and the US ruling class, whether through the Democrats or Republicans.
This isn’t a democracy worth defending unless you’re paid off by the 1%. And those are the only voices we hear across media outlets regardless of political labels. Workers must know this isn’t the only democracy there is, a democracy for the rich is only meant to serve the rich, we need workers democracy which penetrates into the lowest levels of the economy through our workplaces.
A century ago the call for workers councils and workers democracy was the primary slogan of the global working class. With the first successful workers revolution in Russia, a wave of enthusiasm swept across the globe by workers everywhere fighting and demanding the end to capitalist democracy and the establishment of workers councils and workers democracy. “All power to the councils” was written across banners, chanted at demonstrations, fought for at the barricades and through mass strikes as workers attempted insurrection against capitalist governments and their hollow democracy.
We must break free from the propaganda and lies peddled to us by corporate outlets and their lackeys. The US ruling class cries that their democracy is under attack yet won’t even convict and imprison one of their own— Donald Trump. How serious can we take their claims when their actions speak louder than their words and crocodile tears?