opportunity to choose is utterly meaningless and irrelevant
when the supposed choices that are offered are fundamentally
the same ones with different packaging.
In the 21st Century, different packaging is in this
instance essentially what is known as corporate branding,
which means that messages, images, and imagery target
a mass (and often undiscerning) audience. These messages,
images, and imagery rarely have anything whatsoever to do
with reality. The objective of corporate branding is of
course massive manipulation, not the dissemination
of truth or the positing of reality.
No genuine democracy can survive or function in the absence
of a well informed populace. The United States of
America holds fake elections, with fake choices, manipulated
by a well entrenched corporate plutocracy designed to ensure
that the process of democracy is hollow and but a cruel
fake. Such is the present political and economic state of
affairs in this nation.
The Democratic and Republican parties offer the masses
of everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people
the de facto non-choice of either euphemistic death
by drowning or death by hanging. Thus, no real choice
is offered at all. As the politicos of the Democratic Party
foxes and the Republican Party wolves feed, like swine,
from the bottomless blood-drenched financial trough of
the corporate / military elite, democracy is rendered
null and void.
Ultimately, nothing short of a total break with and from
the corporate Democratic and Republican parties can offer
any viable possibility of attaining a genuine people’s democracy
in this nation. The notion that these corporate politicians
can be pushed to serve the interests of everyday people
is absurd. Money (and lots of it)is the common denominator
to which these politicians swarm and which greases their
palms, at the repeated expense of everyday people and
Greed and the lust for power have no color or gender boundaries.
It’s time for people in this nation to grow up and smell
reality. It’s time to reject and disconnect from the
entire corporate-stream media, including the
corporately sponsored Public Broadcasting System (PBS).
(Remember how proudly PBS touted its corporate sponsorship
by the so-called “green” giant British Petroleum (BP), prior
to the horrific oil volcano and ongoing ecological disaster
emanating from the Gulf of Mexico?!) Even now, the corporate-stream
media, the Obama / Biden administration, and the rest of
the corporate suckling piglets of the Democratic and Republican
parties pretend that the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico
has somehow been fundamentally fixed, when in fact its immeasurably
terrible consequences have only just begun and will continue
for decades if not centuries. Of course, the same can be
said with respect to the continued U.S. bloodletting
in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan (to name but a few)while
civilians in those countries are murdered and many U.S.
troops continue to return in body bags or deeply psychologically
scarred. But it’s basically okay, or so the corporate stream
media would lead us to believe. It’s not okay!
Indeed, the “hope and change” of Barack Obama and his wily
“Democrats” is a fool’s gold. And the antics of the Republicans
is ridiculous, cruel, and just more of the same. It is time
for everyday people to take democracy back, out of the hands
of the corporate snakes and bandits and their surrogates!
Corporations are ruling supreme while the so-called ‘Patriot
Act,’ ‘Extraordinary Rendition,’ FBI and other assorted
government raids ( against the people of this nation
who legitimately dissent this government’s horrible and
misguided policies) have rendered the U.S. Constitution
as nothing more than a gutted, tattered, document---in
practical terms--- not even worth the paper it is inscribed
Take a stand and make a real choice. The non-choice
of death by drowning or by hanging offered by the Democratic
Party and the Republican Party wolves is unacceptable. Cease
being lethargic and don’t be fooled again!
Recognize the Democratic and Republican Parties for who and
what they really are---enemies of everyday Black, White,
Brown, Red, and Yellow people. Notwithstanding corporate-government
subterfuge and repression, we must keep working to form
a broad united front for a people’s democracy
throughout this nation.
It cannot be over-emphasized that literally everything
is at stake in this people’s struggle for justice, human
rights, and democracy.
There’s so much work to be done!!! Onward then my sisters
and brothers. Onward!
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 NewsHour, formerly known as TheMacNeil/LehrerNewsHour.
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.