Resistance is the Only Solution

January 17, 2010

Under the Obama administration, civil liberties and democratic rights are under sharp attack.

Over the last year, the government has arbitrarily imprisoned hundreds of thousands of immigrants, instituted a policy of profiling at airports based on national origin, imprisoned thousands simply because of having Arab or Muslim background, systematically and continuously tortured people, carried out widespread wiretapping and house searches, etc. and so forth.

The latest way the Obama administration is preparing for even more of the same is by asking Congress to renew expiring provisions of the Patriot Act which authorize the government to search telephone, email and other communications.

As it has done in the past, the government is creating an atmosphere of crisis, especially a hysteria about the question of "terrorism," as a pretext for trampling underfoot such basic democratic rights as the freedom of conscience, the right to political association, the right to due legal process, etc.

The fascist methods the government is using reveal its real character. It is an arbitrary, dictatorial power unrestricted by any law and based on violence.

The fascism of the government comes from its class character. The U.S. government is nothing but an organized power to carry through the aggressive, exploiting aims of the capitalist class. Today, as they carry on their program of wars abroad and robbery of the peoples at home, they are and will continue to strengthen their police state in order to try to suppress the growing resistance of the people.

This growing fascism reflects the weakness, not the strength, of the capitalist government which resorts to violence because it is completely unable to win the allegiance of the people.

Thus, we must face the growing fascism of the government by stepping up our resistance. Democracy and the rights of the people are only won and protected by the people themselves. Rather than allowing the government to intimidate or silence us, we must exercise our inalienable rights and step up our struggles against war, racism, poverty and repression. Our only reliable defense is in the strength of our own independent organization.

The aim of our struggle can only be to replace this dictatorship of the rich with a new government that arises from and empowers the people themselves.