a snake sheds its skin it nevertheless remains a snake.
Empire maintains its power through a combination of diversion &
disinformation within its own borders concomitant with internal
repression & exploitation, and perpetually waging external wars
which are always predicated upon some form of subterfuge and misinformation.
The U.S. Empire is no different in this regard, except that it is
perhaps even more akin to a clever, poisonous snake in how
it maintains its death grip on those over whom it rules.
large portion of the corporate and military elite of the U.S. Empire
in this 21st Century have selected and honed for themselves, in
the person of Barack Obama, a new skin for the continuation
of their 21st Century Empire. In Barack Obama, they have devised
a way in which they hope to gain colored political cover
for the past, present, and future atrocities of the U.S. Empire.
Notwithstanding the attempted superficial, proverbial shedding of
its blood-soaked skin, it will still remain an Empire; a poisonous
snake with a different skin that is committed to subduing opposition
at home and maintaining global hegemony abroad.
Democratic and Republican Parties are all Republicrats
with the singular goal of maintaining and perpetuating, at all costs,
corporate glut and U.S. Empire. This is why, for example, the leadership
of the Democratic and Republican Parties urged support for the recent
700 billion dollar corporate bail out [i.e. sell out of every
day people] in the United States. This is precisely why George W.
Bush, Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, and John McCain all supported
the 700 billion dollar give away to corporate Wall Street and the
rip off of the men, women, and children of the United
States of America. They are Republicrats.
Barack Obama is perceived by many in the U.S.
corporate / military elite as being in a particularly unique position
to prop up and perpetuate corporate greed, internal repression,
and U.S. Empire; all in the double speak and misleading name of
so-called “change.” It is, apparently for some, time for the snake
to change its skin in order to get an even tighter grip around the
throats of the peoples of this nation and world.
in this vein it should come as no surprise that much of the corporate
media, which is really the propaganda arm of the U.S. Empire, swoons
over Barack Obama, rather than fulfill their ethical and professional
responsibilities to report and thoroughly inform the people.
Pimping of Black America: Why Much of the Corporate Media Supports
Rand Clifford, in his recent article titled, America!
Be Truly Afraid, correctly delineates precisely what the U.S.
corporate media is all about today, when he wrote: “While compulsory
lying, distractions, and inane diversions reduce
our fourth estate [i.e. the mass media] into corporate government’s
fifth column [i.e. a group or groups that clandestinely work
to undermine an organization, a people, or a nation], it seems omission
is the key tactic so solidly embedding mainstream corporate
media into an exploiter of the people…” [Reference CounterCurrents.org]
the mass media as “corporate government’s fifth column” distorts
and deliberately works against the best interests of the
vast majority of people in this nation and throughout the world.
Moreover, it must always be remembered that the constant objective
of the corporate media is to manipulate and form opinion,
not to inform the masses of people so that they / we can
make intelligent and informed decisions.
Democratic and Republican Parties, including Barack Obama, are Republicrat
snakes. They offer nothing but shed serpent skins and broken promises.
is another way; a sane and viable possibility. We must build
a real people’s movement for systemic change -; one that
rejects and repudiates the blood-sucking corporate greed of Wall
Street and the concomitant military adventurism of the U.S. Empire.
The “All Power To The People” campaign of Cynthia McKinney &
Rosa Clemente is precisely about this, both now and well into the
future. This is about genuine movement building, not the “economic
hustling and hustlers” of the Republic Democratic and Republican
time Black political activist, Ralph Poynter, and comrade recently
reminded me of the timely and timeless paraphrased words of the
late and renowned writer and activist, James Baldwin, who said:
“There is no such thing as the lesser of two evils.” You
either vote for what you want or for somebody else’s program. The
Democratic and Republican Parties are both equally unacceptable,
and Barack Obama is not the lesser of two evils. He is an
integral and systemic part of the Republicrat’s cruel sham
meant to maintain and perpetuate repression at home and U.S. Empire
do have a choice and it does not include the
Republicrats. It’s all about affordable and decent housing, universal
health care, decent-paying jobs, a just and fair judicial system,
education for ourselves and our children, and an end to corporate
greed and military adventurism. No
more corporate blood-sucking of the people in the name of “change.”
No more! Perhaps, Malcolm X put it best when he said, “Show me a
capitalist and I’ll show you a blood sucker.” It’s time and past
time to be about the building of the New person, based on
our human needs and not greed.
Brown Red, Yellow, and White...Onward my sisters and brothers. Onward…
There is so much work to be done.
BlackCommentator.com Editorial Board 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. In connection with
his political organizing activities in opposition to voter suppression,
etc., Pinkney was interviewed in 1988 on the nationally televised
PBS NewsHour, formerly known as The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. 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.