irrefutable reality in the United States is that ordinary
everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people do
not have or enjoy a genuine people's democracy. Rather,
the people of this nation are the victims of a continuing
singular sham - the greatest mockery of democracy
this world has ever known - and it is the objective of
the present U.S. corporate /military elite to perpetuate
this sham against the ordinary people of this nation and
and elections in this nation have been made utterly irrelevant
by conniving and spineless politicians in the White House,
the U.S. Senate, and the U.S. House of Representatives,
etc., whose de facto allegiance is to the accumulation
of wealth and who are in fact bought and paid for
by an avaricious corporate elite whose tentacles horribly
impact every single aspect of the daily lives of everyday
people. Concomitantly, the so-called U.S. 'news and information'
mass media [i.e. the corporate-stream media] is a sick
joke in service to its corporate masters. The U.S. corporate-stream
media is all about manufacturing and manipulating
public opinion, and has little or nothing to do with
honestly and forthrightly informing the populace and serving
to facilitate and stimulate relevant debate by
an 'educated' people who are truly informed.
is no such thing as simultaneously having democracy
for the wealthy corporate elite and democracy for everyday
people. The desires and objectives of the corporate elite
always trump ascertaining a genuine people's democracy.
this vein, the comments of the late great people's historian
Howard Zinn are very pertinent: "The American system
is the most ingenious system of control in world
history...There is none that disperses its controls more
complexly through the voting system, the work situation,
the church, the family, the school, the mass media --
none more successful in mollifying opposition with
reforms, isolating people from one another, creating
to elections in this nation, Zinn further notes this poignant
fact: "The pretense in disputed elections
is that the great conflict is between the two major parties.
The reality is that there is a much bigger conflict that
the two parties jointly wage against large numbers
of Americans who are represented by neither
party and against powerless millions around the
world." The corporate Democrat and Republican
parties are jointly the callous political pimps
of everyday people, even as they rhetorically feign
their sham of political warfare with one another
in their endless quest of manipulating the populace for
power and financial gain.
with so many alleged 'journalists' who are a part of the
fake U.S. news and information mass media, so it is that
in this nation's colleges and universities there is an
inordinately large and growing segment of persons who
pass for being supposed 'scholars,' but who in fact are
systemic manipulators - historical revisionists and
propagandists for the elite of the U.S. corporate/military
state. Their role is to infest the minds of college
and university students with an uncritical and
inaccurate perspective. The very last thing that many
of these college/university instructors and/or professors
want to occur is that their students become critical
thinkers and seriously question the validity of
this U.S. corporate system of government.
of these things represent a genuine people's democracy.
To the contrary, they represent hypocrisy - the
continued mockery of democracy.
corporate-government subterfuge, perpetual wars abroad,
and economic austerity against the masses of everyday
Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people abound,
there is the need to understand that what is needed is
genuine and serious systemic change, not reform.
is imperative that we everyday people of all colors intensify
in this struggle - agitating, educating, and organizing
- to bring about real systemic change. Joe Hill
was correct when he said so many years ago, "Don't
mourn. Organize." We must remember the poignant
words of Frederick Douglass, "If there is no struggle,
there is no progress."
then, 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
by William Mandel [Introduction by Howard Zinn]. (Click
to read excerpts from the book.) Click here to contact Mr. Pinkney.