The Bush, Cheney, Rove, and Rice clique has so
brutalized this nation over the past eight years that, at this
point, even a double-talking, Ronald Reagan-praising, pro-Zionist,
“unilateral” militarist, colored-imperialist opportunist - in
the person of Barack Obama - seems palatable, if not downright
appealing, to a significant portion of U.S. citizenry.
This is how the Democratic and Republican parties
actually work together hand-in-glove to play the “American”
people for fools on a fiddle, ensuring that the nation’s populace
is in a punch-drunk, manipulated state of fear and exhaustion,
devoid of in-depth critical thinking. This is how the
corporate, military, prison apparatus of the U.S. Empire utilizes
the twin demons known as the Democratic and Republican parties
to use the American people, and the peoples of the world, as
a perpetual ping pong ball in an unceasing state of manipulation.
Observant, informed, clear and critically thinking
persons know that the U.S.
is an empire, and that empires are about the business of economic,
political, and social exploitation and domination [i.e. hegemony].
Empires by their very nature are not cuddly, caring, or comforting
entities; and when their spokespersons appear to be such, it
is tantamount to the foreplay of a Black Widow Spider just prior
to disabling, killing and utterly devouring its mate. Unfortunately,
it is for the peoples of America
and the world, who are once more in the role of being euphemistically
devoured by the U.S.
corporate, military, apparatus of the representatives of the
Democratic and Republican parties.
Principles are not subservient to opportunism
or political expediency, nor should they be. However, principles
are the one thing that Barack Obama and his Democratic and Republican
colleagues overwhelmingly lack.
The words of the late Chicano writer and activist
Ruben Salazar, aptly apply to all of us irrespective
of color or gender. He said in 1963, “A very practical teaching
of mental hygiene is that one cannot run away from himself,
or what he is. To do so is to invite disaster. Somewhere along
the way the Mexican-American must make a stand and recognize
the fact that if there is to be progress against those barriers
which prevent and obstruct a more functional citizenship, he
must above all retrieve his dignity and work as a person with
a specific ethnic antecedent, having a positive contribution
to make to civilization. No man can find a true expression
for living who is ashamed of himself or his people.” Indeed.
In this vein it should be borne in mind that
the recent deliberate corporate media diversion pertaining
to a so-called “inflammatory” quoted sermon by Reverend
Jeremiah Wright was and remains a red herring, meant
to divert Black, Brown, Red, Yellow, and White people from
the pressing issues of substance, such as specifically
how Barack Obama, and the other candidates of the Democratic
and Republican parties propose to address: *** a failing U.S.
economy, the loss of jobs, the ongoing bloody and unacceptable
wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, universal health care, corporate
greed, the ongoing thievery of and encroachment upon indigenous
native peoples lands and rights, increasing homelessness in
America, a dwindling middle class, a burgeoning U.S. prison
population, increasingly shrinking opportunities for college
/ university education, global warming and an infrastructure
of bridges and highways that are in serious decay throughout
this nation. These are the concerns and issues that need
to be substantively addressed; and these are the very
ones that the Democratic and Republican parties have little
of substance to offer. The most inflammatory thing about the
entire Reverend Jeremiah Wright matter was the cynical and manipulative
manner that his words were taken out of context and distorted
by a U.S. corporate media complicity intent upon diverting
peoples’ attention away from the above-described pressing
economic, social, and political concerns. Sadly, but quite predictably,
many of us Black, Brown, Red, and White folks allowed ourselves
to ‘go for the ghost;’ or as brother Malcolm X warned
us, to be “hoodwinked” and “bamboozled.”
fact is that racism is an undeniable, pervasive, and wholly
unacceptable reality in the United States, and contrary to the recent assertion
Presidential candidate, Barack Obama, things have not gotten
better for the overwhelming majority of people in this nation.
In fact more often than not, in many respects, they’ve grown
much worse. Moreover, Barack Obama surely must know that racism
and racial distrust and/or intolerance are fueled by not
substantively and definitively addressing the
very economic, political, and social concerns / issues delineated
above. No amount of “hope,” “change,” or other feel-good rhetoric
will address and reverse these realities. Nothing short of radical
[i.e. root] / systemic change will ever reverse these realities,
and Barack Obama and his colleagues in the Democratic and Republican
parties are well aware of this; which is precisely why the Democratic
and Republican parties will never push for systemic change.
The argument, for example, that the stance of
U.S. Presidential candidate Barack Obama as pro-Zionist, pro-expanding
the military budget, and pro-“unilateral” U.S. military actions
inside the borders of other nations is one taken primarily in
order to become President of the United States fundamentally
begs a more important question. Is the only way to become President
of the United States, to be a de facto unprincipled, war
mongering imperialist bent upon U.S. world hegemony? And if the answer to that
question is in the affirmative, isn’t the principled course
of action for people of good will, those on the Left, and so-called
progressives - to set out to fundamentally and systemically
change the political, economic, and social structure of
this nation to one based upon human care and not deceit,
economic exploitation, and perpetual warfare?
U.S. Presidential candidate Barack Obama is absolutely
not anywhere near being the representative or the fulfillment
of, the stated vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who stood
stalwartly opposed to militarism and imperialism of any
kind, including that of the United States. And certainly Brother Malcolm X
repeatedly emphasized his opposition to U.S. imperialism / empire.
argument made by some who urge support for U.S.
Presidential candidate, Barack Obama, is the call to supposedly
“make history.” However, the question is: precisely what
kind of history is to be made by supporting the
imperialistic, corporate-backed candidacy of Barack Obama? Indeed,
of what value is “making history” if it is one of deceit, imperialism,
perpetual warfare, and ultimate annihilation? Is this the history
that critically thinking people of good will want to be responsible
for having helped foster? I think not.
Black, Brown, Red, Yellow, and White peoples
in this nation do have a real choice. This choice will
never be presented to us by the corporate, ever-consolidating
media, who are cronies of the U.S. corporate, military apparatus. We do have
a viable radical alternative to the insane cycle of the inextricably
linked Democratic and Republican parties.
We must critically think and organize
outside of the systemic box. We must call upon ourselves and
each other to creatively organize different and independent
political so-called third parties which are not beholden
to the corporate, military, prison apparatus.
This is not about false hope. This is about a
future of hard work and organizing. We must either utilize these
choices and make them real or run the very real risk of losing
member, Larry Pinkney, is a veteran of the Black Panther Party,
the former Minister of Interior of the Republic of New Africa,
a former political prisoner and the only American to have successfully
self-authored his civil/political rights case to the United
Nations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political
Rights. For more about Larry Pinkney see the book, Saying No to Power: Autobiography of a 20th Century Activist
and Thinker, by William Mandel [Introduction by Howard Zinn]. (Click
here to read excerpts from the book) Click
here to contact Mr. Pinkney.