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What better way to manipulate the masses of people
than to propagate lies disguised as truth, and to say nothing
of substance in the name of being crystal clear.
This is the double-speak by America’s
latest well known cynical opportunist, Barack Hussein Obama.
Indeed, it is being demonstrated yet again that, “Americais like a melting pot.
The people at the bottom get burned and the scum floats to the
The superficiality and racism of white America
is amply shown by its current propensity to equate real economic
and political “change” with skin color. This is a fact,
which for a certainty, does not escape Mr. Obama or his handlers.
As a college-educated white woman - Barack Obama supporter -
recently stated on national television, she wants to see the
“color” component of “affirmative action eliminated” because after all (according to her) there is now
color equality in America, and she made it quite plain
that she felt justified in her racist quest because, as she
proudly asserted, she is after-all, “voting for Barack Obama,
a blackman” for US President. In the very
name of supposedly empowering the people, Barack Obama and many
of his supporters are actually about the business of disempowering
people, most especially Black, Brown, and Red peoples.
Does anyone remember Condoleezza Rice? She is,
by the way, biologically Black, and she sure as hell
does not represent economic and political “change” in the vein
of truly empowering the people. Oh yes, and what about that
biologically Black man Colin Powell? You remember him, don’t
you? The first biologically Black US Secretary of State, who
went to the United Nations and told the entire world the big
lie that Iraq “possessed weapons of mass destruction” that,
in turn, provided political cover for the colossal debacle of
the US invasion and occupation of Iraq. It must be reiterated
that equating genuine and much needed economic, social and political
change with skin color is absurd, cynical, and enormously dangerous.
Yet, this appears to be an important part of what Barack Obama
and his handlers are cynically counting on. They know that a
significant portion of the American people, including many whites,
want real change, so why not give them clean-sounding superficiality
instead of truth, coupled with a huge dose of double-speak.
This strategy serves to please and engender trust of the corporate
backers while confusing many potential voters, especially young
and/or first time potential voters. It might be an effective
strategy but it is also a cynical and dishonest one.
of course, notwithstanding the huge dose of political double-speak,
there is the Obama-disguise of rhetorically cloaking
himself as a candidate of peace when in fact he is a
candidate of war who has indicated that he favors “unilateral”
military actions in other nations - supposedly in “pursuit
of the real terrorists.” In other words, he favors unilateral,
state-sanctioned terrorism in order allegedly to pursue individual
and/or organizational terrorists in other nations. While such
simplisticly cloaked militaristic rhetoric on the part of Obama
might make for tasty media sound bites, it is the stuff of cynicism,
betrayal of the people, and madness.
For over seven years now, George W. Bush and clique
repeatedly have illustrated the folly of such a dangerous policy,
both at home and abroad. Yet, Obama, a so-called candidate for
“change,” is simply repackaging the same old, dangerous and
foreign policy with shiny but perilous rhetoric. He is not a
candidate of peace. By his own admission, he is merely desirous
of waging war “the right way,” i.e. with a more effective killing
machine. Of course, he has never personally been in mortal combat
in this nation or outside of its national boundaries, where
limbs are broken and life is snuffed out. He has never been
confined and tortured in US prisons as have some of his own
Black constituents who were tortured by members of the
police department in Chicago, Illinois.
There is no “right way” to wage war. War is not antiseptic.
It is not clean. It is bloody and it is horrible; the only “right
way” to wage it is to avoid it, and most especially the use
of “unilateral” US military force.
The Democrat and Republican parties long ago divorced
themselves from promoting, in any real sense, the interests
of the vast majority of the people. The politics of these parties
continue to move America,
as a nation, from the frying pan straight into the proverbial
fire. For Black, Red, and Brown people in America
and throughout the world this must be and is of particular concern.
the one serious candidate of the people who is outside
of the joined-at-the-hip Democrat and Republican parties
is former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who had the guts
and integrity to leave the mire of the Democratic party and
declare her support for the national "Power To The People
Coalition," which in turn supports her candidacy for US
President. For this, she has been outright ignored and/or repeatedly
attacked by the US corporate media.
Much of America,
collectively, even in the 21st century, simply cannot abide
integrity, only hypocrisy. Nonetheless, real change and real
power/empowerment must come not from cynical, corporate
and shiny insubstantial rhetoric that is, in reality, callously
pimping and manipulating the “hope” of people. Rather, it must
come from systemic change that begins with the people
- who are fed up with the machinations and hypocrisy of the
Democrat and Republican parties. No matter what occurs in the
upcoming and ongoing corporate media circuses referred to as
caucuses and primaries throughout the United States, and no
matter who the big corporate media presents as the so-called
“front runners” in these circuses of, for, and by the Democrat
and Republican parties, justice and integrity can never
emanate from an intrinsically unjust, amoral and hypocritical
US system. Moreover, when viewing the candidates of these parties,
including the candidacy of Barack Obama, it behooves all of
us to remember and apply the age-old African adage: “Beware
of the naked man who offers you clothes.”
This is the year 2008 and it is time to truly analyze,
organize, educate, and liberate ourselves and our brothers and
sisters. It’s time to keep it real. Onward then. The struggle
BC 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. 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.