power to the politicians of this nation is like dope to an addict.
appetites are insatiable and they will do and say anything
to keep getting their corporate fixes. In ‘America,’ the unending greed of a relative
few has emaciated the many.
is utterly meaningless when it is selective. So it continues to
be today: The people speak and the politicians sputter and ultimately
ignore them / us. The Wall Street corporate vampires speak and the
politicians jump right in line.
too many citizens of this nation have chosen to pretend to themselves
that we have a people’s democracy, when in fact what we have is
an insidious form of 21st century style corporate fascism. The ‘White’
House, the Congress, the judiciary, the military, and the police
are in fact all subservient to the corporate, capitalist
barons of Wall Street. To deny this reality is to exist in some
bizarre state of dangerous mental fantasy.
am reminded of a recent television program I watched on the corporate
backed so-called Public Broadcast Service (PBS) network wherein
Indigenous Native peoples on this continent were repeatedly referred
to as Native ‘American’ even though it was crystal clear (even
in that particular television program) that these peoples
had their own names for the land and had lived on this continent
thousands of years before there was even any such thing as a
so-called ‘America.’ Nonetheless, the PBS program insisted on
referring to them as Native ‘Americans’ as if their
history only began with the inception of the so-called
‘American’ continents. Notwithstanding the wanton wholesale slaughter
and genocide of the Indigenous Native peoples - this is living
in denial, which so many in this land are so adept at practicing
- denial of the obvious. This must cease.
do not live in a people’s democracy. We live in what some call a
corporate plutocracy, but what I bluntly refer to as 21st century
style corporate fascism - plain and simple. While the masses of
people of all colors, and most particularly people of color,
increasingly suffer from unemployment, no health care, homelessness,
police brutality, and judicial misconduct - the bloated Wall Street
corporate elite are making a proverbial killing at the expense of
every day people. To deny this would be to deny the obvious.
‘America’ the pretense of democracy is constantly
shown to be a farce, but too many dare not break this cycle of schizophrenic
denial. As ever, the corporate media continues to distract,
distort, and omit; and this should be expected.
the U.S. Constitution is, in the 21st century, nothing more than
a mockery of what might have been, as constitutional right after
constitutional right has been, and is being, steadily eroded
in the fake name of patriotism and national security. Meanwhile,
the corporate elite are making enormous profit thanks
to the unjust U.S. wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and elsewhere;
even as U.S. military personnel continually serve as cannon fodder
and are being returned to this country in body bags or physically
and mentally maimed. Moreover, the peoples in the aforementioned
regions have been, and continue to pay a most hideous price in death
and destruction; all in the name of U.S.
democracy which the overwhelming majority of people in this nation
do not have or enjoy.
absolutelynothing, of substance has changed, nor will it until we the people organize,
demand, and relentlessly struggle for a real people’s democracy,
not a 21st century style corporate fascist plutocracy.
sisters and brothers. Onward!
BlackCommentator.comEditorial 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.
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