BlackCommentator.com , May 6, 2011
have guided missiles and misguided men."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Unfortunately, when it comes to many 'Americans,'
virtually any corporate-government/military distraction will suffice to
keep this nation from owning up to its own self-induced policies of hypocrisy
and endless bloodshed, and reversing them.
Today's Orwellian and fascistic policies at home,
combined with corporate/military machismo abroad, bring unrestrained,
ahistorical, and blind cries of euphoria from those in this country who
utterly fail to understand that sooner or later only the everyday people
of this nation can save 'America' from itself. The corporate-stream media,
following the direction of this corporate/military government, has only
to feverishly beat the drums of war and far too many follow in a politically
drunken stupor as if they are uni-dimensional characters in some 21st
century horror story.
So this nation and world has been told that Osama
Bin Laden is now officially dead, but what of the U.S. policies
of deceit and hypocrisy that brought him into being? What of the intensifying
cycle of the U.S. Empire's insatiable appetite for hegemony, deceit,
and militarism? What of the cycle of mutually assured terror in
Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, north Africa, and elsewhere that has already
given birth to other Osama Bin Ladens? What of the terror of political
disenfranchisement and economic pain of everyday Black, White, Brown,
Red, and Yellow people right here in this nation? There is no cause
for celebration--only an urgency to fundamentally change this corporate/military
government and its concomitant policies of despicable subterfuge, repression,
and distraction at home and abroad.
Will Barack Obama, this swaggering, slippery tongued,
first nominally black head of the U.S. corporate/military Empire hang
his blood-drenched political trophies side by side with his Nobel "peace"
prize, his predator drone missile murders, and his trillions of
dollars in gifts to Wall Street barons and the corporate elite
(at the expense of everyday people) of this nation? Like a colored
combination of Ronald Reagan and John Wayne on steroids , Barack
Obama and his corporate allies are utilizing every conceivable political
trick in the proverbial hat in order to effectively pimp the pain of the
people of this nation and planet. Moreover, it is no mere coincidence
that Barack Obama has picked a military General to head the CIA (Central
Intelligence Agency), and the implications alone of this are horrifying,
chilling, and undemocratic. But who is paying attention, as there are
so many other simultaneous Obama distractions?!
Then of course, all in the cynical name of
laying the matter to rest, the Obama White House recently officially released
his birth certificate, as if a duly elected, sitting U.S. president
of over two years, suddenly felt compelled to officially release
a document which was already readily available to virtually anyone who
seriously wanted to view it. Had Obama seriously desired to lay the matter
to rest he could have easily had the White House release the document
in the first week of his so-called "hope and change" presidency
and gone on to make his campaign rhetoric a reality, neither of which
he did. In any event it is now a moot point and utterly irrelevant
as to whether Barack Obama was born and/or raised in Hawaii, Kansas, etc.
This was another Obama tactic of distraction, all in
the very name of supposedly laying the matter to rest once and for
all. One does not put out a smoldering fire by pouring gasoline on it.
At this point and time, what is of the utmost importance is
not where Obama was born or grew up but rather what he, his
policies, and his corporate confederates are doing right now to
emaciate those of us everyday people who are already born,
not to mention the environmental pillage being carried out by Obama's
financial supporters in the multinational nuclear power and oil corporations,
etc. against Mother Earth herself.
This nation's vision of Obama's "hope and change"
has sadly, but not surprisingly, proven to be a new day of bloodshed,
distraction, and hypocrisy--more of the same only worse. It is
imperative that everyday people make a conscious effort to avoid being
sucked in by the political distractions that are sure to come on
the part of the two-legged political foxes and wolves, i.e. the Democrats
The obscene new found "personhood" that
has been judicially and politically bestowed upon the avaricious U.S.
corporations at the expense of everyday real human beings, combined
with the continued gutting of the U.S. Constitution and civil liberties
in this nation, has ushered in a period of de facto 21st century
fascism no matter what guise it might wear or how one chooses to
define it. If this reality is ignored, it will be done so at our own
peril. This present day corporate-government/military combination,
if left to its own devices, ensures mutually assured terror
at home and abroad on so very many levels. This must not be
allowed to continue. Rather, let us struggle unceasingly for a mutually
assured and collectively actualized vision for a different
society and more just and humane world.
It is the everyday, ordinary Black, White, Brown,
Red, and Yellow people in this nation must organize locally and nationally
across all color and gender lines, etc. We must take our places as part
of Mother Earth's entire human family; placing human need above
corporate greed. We must speak truth to power and settle upon nothing
less than real systemic change. We must remember that what we
allow this corporate/military government to do to others internally
or externally is precisely what it will ultimately do to we ourselves.
To paraphrase the words of Frederick Douglass: "Power concedes nothing
without a demand"...and "if there is no struggle there is no
Be persistent, creative and innovative. The time
is now. Onward my sisters and brothers. Onward!
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 News Hour, formerly known as The MacNeil / Lehrer News Hour. 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.