so-called democracy of the powerful U.S.
elite continues to live up to its legacy of hypocrisy and deceit.
that the spectacle of the Barack Obama coronation as the “American”
Empire’s first African-American emperor has run its course, and
many, many millions of dollars have been spent on self-adulation
by the power elite of this nation, the huddled masses will necessarily
be compelled to return to a system of no universal, single-payer
health care, increasing joblessness, insatiable corporate / military
greed, homelessness, de facto racial disparity & discord, police
brutality, a burgeoning U.S. prison population, and endless U.S.
wars abroad. For yet again, this nation will have done what it all
too often does: perverted its promise, including the dream of the
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., into a hypocritical nightmare
of gigantic and historic proportions.
the majority of Black, Brown, White, Red, and Yellow peoples, the
“dream” to which the late Langston Hughes referred [in the poem
A Dream Deferred] has not only been “deferred,” it has been
obscenely and grotesquely disfigured and distorted into something
almost beyond recognition. Barack Obama’s presidency is not
a step forward nor is it a step towards the fulfillment of the struggles
by Nat Turner, John Brown, Harriet Tubman, Malcolm X, Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. and so very many others. Rather, he is the slick
pro-apartheid Zionist antithesis and perversion of the fulfillment
of these struggles.
Obama has already begun to repeatedly and shamelessly call upon
the people of this nation to make “sacrifice[s],” as if the everyday
people of this country have not already made enormous, heart rendering
sacrifices. How about having Obama’s elite corporate backers in
Lockheed, Goldman Saks, and the insurance and banking industries
make some meaningful, ongoing, and painful sacrifices?! How about
reversing the government’s criminal financial bail out of
the big corporations [which government bail-out Obama enthusiastically
supported], and passing those billions upon billions of dollars
back directly to the everyday people of this nation - no strings
attached?! How about immediately stopping all U.S.
wars of aggression, and bringing our men and women in uniform home
right NOW - no strings attached?! So many of these men and women
have made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of so-called
U.S. “national security,” which false “security” has meant
their being the perpetual working-class cannon fodder for Halliburton
and other avaricious corporate components of the U.S. “military
/ industrial complex.”
Obama, though the first African-American “presidential” figurehead
of the U.S. Empire, is actually the last best hope
of continuing U.S. international hegemony under the fake
cloak of democracy and justice at home and abroad. Therein is Obama’s
appeal to the political and economic ruling elites. He is a conscious,
willing, and potent tool of the power elite, and should be understood
and dealt with as such. He is neither a progressive, nor a leftist
or socialist. He is a cynical opportunist and a shrewd politician,
who cloaks his double-speak in glitzy so-called “progressive”
sounding rhetoric. He is arguably the most dangerous U.S.
politician, to the actual economic and political well being
of everyday people of all colors, thus far in this 21st Century.
reader of The Black Commentator recently reminded me of what
is undoubtedly the most important, defining, and yet perhaps the
least known speech of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is the speech
that Dr. King delivered on April 4, 1967 at the Riverside church
in New York City, precisely one year before
he was shot down in Memphis, Tennessee, under the
auspices of the U.S. Government. The speech is titled, Beyond
Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence. Every discerning
person who peruses this speech will quickly realize what a perversion,
of the struggle for justice at home and abroad, the pro-apartheid
Zionist Barack Obama really is. We can and must do so much
installment of Barack Obama as U.S.
president has not ushered in a “post racial” era in this nation.
To the contrary, it has ushered in a heightened economic, political,
and yes racial hypocrisy, which the masses of Black, White, Brown,
Red, and Yellow peoples will ultimately not ignore.
paraphrased adage, often attributed to Abraham Lincoln, that: “You
can fool some of the people some of the time but not all of the
people all of the time” is absolutely correct. And even though the
corporate media (including CNN and PBS) is unabashedly
complicit in their de facto mission to “fool the people,” the legitimate
needs and aspirations of the people can be contained for only
so long; Obama or no Obama.
the people of this nation of all colors and ethnicities who
are losing your jobs, your homes, and your families…to those with
no health insurance… to those who cannot afford to send your children
to college…and to those languishing in prisons… this writer says:
Place not your faith in the rhetoric of politicians or the
false promises of such cynical opportunists. Place your faith in
yourselves and each other, in your / our ability to discern the
difference between rhetoric vs. reality, and in our determination
to find and create ways of organizing and coming together
to bring about real systemic change dedicated to everyday
people and not the corporate blood suckers of the peoples
of this nation and world.
the long-time freedom fighters, including Assata Shakur, Reverend
Edward Pinkney (no relation), Leonard Peltier, the SF 8, and so
many others who have held on and struggled for collective justice
for so long, and to all political prisoners everywhere, this
writer says: Please keep holding on, for the time is approaching
when your struggles will
rewarded and that proverbial “day of reckoning” is hastening hither,
sooner than some may realize.
Cynthia McKinney, Rosa Clemente, and Cindy Sheehan: Thank you for
your ongoing and brave examples of what it means to be truly for-real
and in service to the people and not the blood sucking
corporate / military / prison apparatus.
the young people of this nation and world be you Black, Brown, Red,
White, or Yellow: This writer understands your legitimate rage and
your desire for a better world. You
have every right to want a just and humane world. YOU
are humanity’s present and future. YOU are why so many of us have
struggled and died so that we might live through you. YOU
must carry this struggle on.
the peoples of Palestine, Cuba, Venezuela, Haiti, and elsewhere:
Know that the peoples of the U.S. do not hate you and that those
of us who are socially and politically conscious stand with you
in your just quests to live free and strong, unfettered and unhindered
by U.S. hegemony.
does not repeat itself. People repeat history.
us commit and re-commit ourselves to the struggle
for systemic change in this nation, and not be duped by this
latest dose of U.S. hypocrisy in the person
of Barack Obama.
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.