humans desire only to live their lives with dignity, fulfillment,
and human worth, while a parasitic few seek to glorify
and unceasingly enrich themselves awash in the blood and
manipulated fears of the rest of humanity.
recent weeks, the world has witnessed heroic uprisings
by millions of people in Tunisia,
Egypt, and elsewhere on this
planet, against horribly repressive U.S.-backed dictators.
Yet, the corporate-stream media has disingenuously and
hypocritically acted as if the U.S. corporate-government,
was and is, nothing more than an innocent bystander vis-à-vis
these unfolding events. Of course nothing could be further
from reality’s bitter truth.
classified U.S. diplomatic cable, relatively recently
released by Wikileaks, leaves no doubt as to the past
and present U.S. government’s covert and bloody role in
having supported, in this instance, horrible repression
in Egypt. It reads in relevant part: “During the war on
terror, [Omar] Suleiman headed Egypt’s
foreign intelligence agency and as such he was the key
contact for the CIA in a number of activities, particularly
including its highly secretive extraordinary renditions
program. When American interrogators wanted to use the
crudest torture techniques, they did so through proxy
arrangements, and their first stop was Egypt. The CIA’s
Cairo station chief, who now heads
the agency’s Counter
Terrorism Center and who routinely briefs
President Obama, developed a legendarily tight personal
relationship with Suleiman.”
would be utterly ridiculous to believe that Mr. “Hope
& Change” Obama, has been unaware over the past two
years of torture and repression in Egypt (and elsewhere), and the U.S. role in aiding,
abetting, and perpetuating it. This is, of course, an
example of this corporate-government’s notorious, incessant
hypocrisy. Doubtless there are many more such examples.
can be absolutely no doubt that the U.S. government is
even more intensely engaged now in subterfuge, in an effort
to stifle and suffocate people’s struggles for justice,
human rights, and genuine democracy not only in Egypt,
but throughout the world. Clearly, it would be devoid
of logic and common sense to conclude otherwise.
is urgently incumbent upon everyday Black, White, Brown,
Red, and Yellow people in this nation to understand that
they / we are not immune to this government’s subterfuge
and hypocrisy and its dire consequences at home and abroad.
the constant barrage of government double-speak and the
corporate media spin thereto, it must be clearly understood
that this government’s corporate / military interests
are most definitely not in the best interests of everyday
people within this U.S. empire or abroad. The sooner we understand
this reality for what it is and stop deluding ourselves,
the sooner we can change this reality - and bring about
the real systemic change that is so sorely needed.
about it. The vicious assaults on Social Security and
education in this nation have already begun, even as the
U.S. corporate / military government’s bloody
perpetual wars abroad rage on unabated. The so-called
‘Patriot Act’ has made a mockery of the freedoms supposedly
enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. Incarceration and
the building of prisons in this nation have replaced any
semblance of decent jobs, housing, and education for many
millions of everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow
people. Police departments have gone stone mad throughout
murdering and beating people with virtual impunity. The
U.S. judicial system has become a blatantly sick
joke - bought and paid for by avaricious corporations
who now outrageously enjoy legal “personhood” status while
everyday real people endure foreclosures, joblessness,
and increasing despair. Trillions of dollars have been
bestowed upon the banks and other blood-sucking executive
bandits of Wall Street by the Democrat and Republican
party foxes and wolves. The futures of the everyday people
in this nation have been cynically hocked off in the rhetorical
name of “hope” and nonexistent “change.” Barack Obama
- that articulate conjurer of conjurers in de facto service
to the corporate elite - plays his metaphorical fiddle
even as the everyday people within the empire are increasingly
consumed by the fires of economic, political, and physical
pain. The articulate and cynical pimping of the very pain
of everyday people has become the mainstay of the Obama
/ Biden regime and its cronies, including the servile
corporate-stream media. These things are the stuff of
hypocrisy, but certainly not democracy. Hypocrisy is not
democracy; It’s time to change it.
White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people inside this U.S.
empire have an unfulfilled obligation to ourselves, our
posterity, and to Mother Earth to face and change this
reality by, among other things, refusing to be the political,
economic, or military cannon fodder of the empire. The
time has come to recognize what is in our own best collective
interests as ordinary, everyday people. The time has come
to stop making excuses for the Obama / Biden regime and
this corrupt and politically bankrupt system. It’s time
to stop deluding ourselves! This system must be fundamentally
changed collectively by everyday Black, White, Brown,
Red, and Yellow people.
the Tunisian, Egyptian, Haitian, and Palestinian people
continue in their long struggles for real change, we too
must do likewise right here in the United States of America!
Are not the demands by the Egyptian people (and others)
for economic, political, and judicial justice also our
own demands right here in this nation?! Hypocrisy
is not democracy! It’s time to change it collectively
and make it real!
reiterate the words of Rosa Luxemburg: “Those who do not
move, do not notice their chains.” Thus, let us make studious
note of our chains and relentlessly break free of them
- for ourselves and humankind.
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 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 Thinker, by William
Mandel [Introduction by Howard Zinn]. (Click here
to read excerpts from the book). Click here
to contact Mr. Pinkney.