Overnight they found $1.5 trillion
for Wall Street,
they can’t find money to provide healthcare & living
for 140 million poor & low wealth people in America.
Dr. William J. Barber
the continent of Africa, men, women, and children worked hard to
locate water, to develop the most effective skills for hunting large
animals, thus providing nourishment, clothing, and shelter. In time,
cultivating the land for food production as well as establishing
communal structures required the participation of families and
groupings for survival in a less than human-friendly environment.
eye-witness account isn’t necessary—just common sense:
For centuries, African people labored to wrestle from the Earth
something that ultimately formed the bases of their civilizations.
Indigenous people around the world, particularly those inhabiting
North and South America, also had established work as the bases of
would have been difficult to find the masses of people in Africa or
in the Americas leisurely enjoying a “garden of Eden.”
fact, when the Europeans, tired of trading with Africans for gold and
silver, decided, in their leisurely time, to bargain with heads of
governance—and just outright capture—men, women, and
children to sell on the market, the light bulb that went off in their
heads featured the word, labor.
Democratic presidential candidates such as Biden, Warren, and
Klobucher continue to familiarize Americans, particularly newer
generations of young Americans, taught less and less about their
overall history, with the narrative of hard working grandparents,
parents. White Europeans! Remember how we worked hard on this land
and built everything in sight.
audible but questions that must take place at the dining room table
in rural America as well as in suburbia America: Then how did the
blacks get here? Why are the Indigenous, for the most part, still on
“reservations”? Why are Mexicans picking grapes in
as silent is the challenge to these white-washed narratives. It’s
not that white great-grandparents, grandparents, parents didn’t
work hard—but what’s left out of these narratives? The
greats and the grands and the parents came out of nowhere and built
their empire on what? What peoples’ suffering labor made it
possible to announce anything to the world, a majority of whom are
people of color?
warfare, and warfare always begins in stories, seemingly innocent
stories told over and over again, drowning out what made it possible
for the heroes and heroines within the stories and, by virtue of
blood kinship, to continue a practice of conquest, extermination,
segregation, marginalization, incarceration… These stories
can’t be a little innocent.
two most inconvenient truths point to black, Indigenous, and Latinx
populations in the US, for already underway, at the so-called
“founding” of this nation, is the extermination and
marginalization of Indigenous people. Disease, starvation, and the
outright massacre of anywhere between 80-120 million men, women, and
children among the Indigenous should matter to any storyteller, even
if an immigrant to the US in the 19th or 20th centuries.
“founding fathers,” most slaveholders, refuse to
recognize the humanity of Africans and their descendants, except,
ironically, as laborers, happy laborers, in their “gardens”;
yet, 12 million Africans were purchased as property during the slave
trade and, it’s estimated that two million died in the Middle
foundation beginning in the practice of terrorism and greed builds a
capitalists class of merchants, slaveholders, clergy, and
politicians—and a narrative justifying the superiority of it’s
enablers. There’s no sharing in the wealth-building from an
Indigenous population, regularly massacred and survivors systemically
marginalized. Present-day acknowledgment of the indebtedness due to
descendants of enslaved blacks in establishing the US as a “superior”
nation—don’t hold your breath!
Gregory Shupak at FAIR writes, the “most murderous regimes in
the history of our planet” have been right here in the US. And
didn’t Dr. Martin L. King speak of “the greatest purveyor
of violence,” i.e. the United States of America?
1899-1902, 20,000 Filipino troops are killed, and 200,000 civilians
also die along with 4,300 American soldiers. Conflicts in Mexico,
Haiti, Panama, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic receive funding,
if not weaponry to defeat democracy in these countries.
change is always bloody. There and here. Politicians, needless to
day, past and still living presidents have blood on their hands.
US’s use of the atomic bomb wiped out 129,000 in Hiroshima and
226,000 in Nagasaki. Most were civilians in both cities.
heads of state in Africa and in South America are bad news to the
beneficiaries (as opposed to the enslaved populations and low-wage
laborers) of US capitalism. There’s a long list of US-backed
regime changes that often resulted in initiating death and
destruction in other countries.
Guatemala, Jacobo Arbenz, democratically-elected is removed from
leadership under the Eisenhower administration. Arbenz dared to
announce land reforms to benefit his people, rather than US and
first democratically-elected Congolese prime minister, Patrice
Lumumba, is assassinated and replaced by a dictator more favorable to
the US interests.
Allende, democratically-elected, is removed from office on September
11, 1973—ordered so by Nixon. The ouster brought in the
murderous military reign of Pinochet.
Reagan’s leadership, the US backs the Contras in Nicaragua.
According to America Watch (Human Rights Watch), among the atrocities
committed by the Reagan Administration-sponsored Contras, include the
raping of women, the torturing of civilians, the burning of civilian
homes, and the “targeting of health care clinics and health
care workers for assassination” (Wikipedia).
the Korean War (a war my late uncle fought in), 58,220 Americans were
killed and Korea lost 800,000 of its soldiers and 200,000 civilians.
Vietnam, over nine million are killed as a result of the US going to
war to defend freedom and democracy—somewhere. I don’t
the money designated to fight the latter war was siphoned from the
War on Poverty that might have helped African Americans move forward,
particularly after the struggles of civil rights’ activists
(those who survived and those assassinated) to point to an America
whose narrative is filled with huge lapses in memory. In the 1960s,
at the start of the Vietnam War, lynching parties were still a
happening and segregation kept African Americans relegated to the
back of line. White privilege meant just that—white privilege.
Membership is open to white immigrants from Europe.
if you were a Nazi, like Wernher von Braun, responsible for the
deaths of Jewish laborers, forced to work and die, many of the, in
the mine were von Braun’s team of engineers where building the
V-2 rocket. You can enter and be escorted to the head of the line,
directing the building, for NASA, the Saturn 5 rocket, the rocket
that sent white men into space.
home, once again, African Americans are forced to confront the
American narrative—the one about hard working
great-grandparents, grandparents, parents. African Americans are
asked to lift themselves up: White America did it all—all by
themselves! Find a way to do it! Figure it out! Hard-working people
don’t have to lift a finger to help lazy—lazy—black
a piece of narrative not included in Biden’s story about
hard-working relatives, since 2010, there have been 328 people
executed in the US (Shupak). Each of these people had a narrative.
What were those narratives? The US, Shupak writes, “has more
people in jail per capita than any other country.” And we know
that most are black and brown people.
of color have been the target, for the most part, of US aggression,
in and out of country. It always surprises me when white Americans
don’t seem to take note of that. Most of those suffering in the
world today are women and their children living the brunt of US
violence, in and out of country. But this never comes up in Warren’s
stories about her struggles to help these less—privileged.
the Fiscal Year of 2019, the Department of Defense was allocated $649
billion. That’s billion with a “B.” According to
the International Institute for Strategic Studies, July 18, 2019, the
US spends more on the maintenance of the military complex than 144
and “foe” don’t like to spend so much on
violence-producing—or rather, profit-producing—behavior.
And attitudes! Mindset that keep the US from ever breaking free.
Lazarus, journalist at the Los Angeles Times, notes that most
Americans believe that those who don’t have good healthcare
didn’t “work hard” and are, therefore, not
US now spends, he writes, $3.6 trillion (with a “T”), per
year on healthcare and “that translates to $36 trillion over
the next decade.” Medicare-for-All, proposed by Bernie Sanders
would cost $32 trillion in “new federal revenue over 10 years.”
Wall Street, the banking industry, the military complex receive a
form of socialism that is unfair and unequal. In other words,
undemocratic because it leaves the lives of the 99% to the whims of a
capitalist market. On the other hand, it’s not likely that
proponents of democratic socialism would pander to war profiteers or
politicians and their corporate enablers calling for regime change or
the manufacturing of weapons to sell to law enforcement and other
nations whether friend or foe.
a Sept 2019 Census report, 8.5% of Americans are without health
insurance—that is, 27. 5 million people. The Guardian reports
that seven million fewer Americans have healthcare insurance now than
did four years ago. The “only large, highly developed country,”
the US, lacks universal health coverage!
National Health Alliance for Hispanics reports that the Latinx
community experiences the lowest number of people insured in the US.
Under any healthcare crisis, personal or pandemic, this is
you see—free stuff for rapists and natural-born criminals!
(That would be black Americans). Taking from us—hard-working
The Intercept, a glaring headlines, dated March 13, 2020, “Big
Pharma Prepares to Profit from the Coronavirus.” Quoting Gerald
Posner, author of Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America,
the Coronavirus is a “once-in-a-lifetime” business
opportunity.” Dozens of companies want in on the action!
Providing tests kits and vaccines has become a competition.
if you are still innocent and think it’s all for the good of
the people, think again. What does US history teach us about the
motivation of US corporations? Their goals aren’t to relief the
suffering of fellow Americans. Their goals aren’t to save
lives. It’s all about competition for profits!
in the race for profits, Posner told The Intercept. “The global
crisis ‘will potentially be a blockbuster for the industry in
terms of sales and profits.’” Will this race worsen the
crisis? Yes! “‘The worse the pandemic gets, the higher
their eventual profit.’”
world may have noticed how the stock market has responded to the
pandemic as well as to the “leader” of the “highly
developed” nation, going down almost daily. But for
pharmaceutical those downward lines aren’t a problem! In fact,
it’s great news for biotech companies, according to The
Intercept report, such as Moderna. Great news, too, for Eli Lilly’s
stocks, particularly after the company announced it would gladly join
the race to develop testing and vaccines for the Coronavirus.
news for Joe Biden, too. “Joe Biden has led the pack among
recipients of contributors from health care and pharmaceutical
Biden supported the Iraqi war, too!
what a future for America: Much like it’s past! And present!