ask if our own nation wasn't using massive doses of violence
to solve its problems, to bring about the changes it wanted.
Their questions hit home, and I knew that I could never
again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed
in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to
the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today
- my own government. For the sake of those boys,
for the sake of this government, for the sake of the hundreds
of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [From the speech Beyond
Vietnam - A Time To Break Silence]
ordinary Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people of
this nation and world want simply to be accorded the right
to live our lives with collective human dignity, justice,
economic security, and in peace.
however, the populace of the United States has for too
long been the ping-pong ball of an increasingly vicious
corporate political system - which perpetuates a manipulated
paradigm of insanity - within the death-grip of the
Democrat and Republican parties.
Thanks to the signing by U.S. President Barack Obama on (New Year's Eve) December
31, 2011 of the so-called National Defense Authorization
Act (NDAA); the year of 2012 has brought about the
codification into law of the most heinous act of repression
yet against the everyday people of this nation. The NDAA
utterly destroys the rights guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution
- shredding to pieces - the Bill of Rights. It is no
exaggeration to point out that this law, signed by Barack
Obama, has removed even the veneer of 'democracy' in the
United States. In his recent article entitled, R.I.P.
Bill of Rights 1789 - 2011, author and award-winning
journalist Mike Adams poignantly sums it up this way:
" - the Bill of Rights - has come to an end under
President Barack Obama. Derived from sacred principles
of natural law, the Bill of Rights has come to a sudden
and catastrophic end with the President's signing of
the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA),
a law that grants the U.S. military the "legal"
right to conduct secret kidnappings of U.S. citizens,
followed by indefinite detention, interrogation, torture
and even murder. This is all conducted completely
outside the protection of law, with no jury, no trial,
no legal representation and not even any requirement
that the government produce evidence against the
accused. It is a system of outright government
tyranny against the American people, and it effectively
nullifies the Bill of Rights.........Remember, this
was all done by the very President who promised to close
Guantanamo Bay and end secret military prisons. Not
only did Obama break that campaign promise (as he has
done with nearly ALL his campaign promises), he did
exactly the opposite and has now subjected all Americans
to the possibility of government-sponsored kidnapping,
detainment and torture, all under the very system of
secret military prisons he claimed he would close!...Even
while committing an act of pure treason in signing the
bill, the unindicted
criminal President Obama issued a signing statement
that reads, in part, "Moving forward, my administration
will interpret and implement the provisions described
below in a manner that best preserves the flexibility
on which our safety depends and upholds the values on
which this country was founded...Anyone who reads between
the lines here realizes the "the flexibility on
which our safety depends" means they can interpret
the law in any way they want if there is a sufficient
amount of fear being created through false flag terror
attacks. Astute readers will also notice that Obama's
signing statement has no legal binding whatsoever
and only refers to Obama's momentary intentions
on how he "wishes" to interpret the
law. It does not place any limits whatsoever on how
a future President might use the law as written."
the stroke of Barack Obama's presidential pen he and his
corporate Democrat and Republican party colleagues have
ushered in a state of legalized fascism in this
nation under the auspices of the so-called National Defense
Authorization Act. Obama's criminal trillion dollar
'bail out' of the Wall Street corporate syndicate
of robber barons, and his removal of the universal
health care public option from the grasp of everyday people,
and his widening and extension of the outrageous
and hideous U.S. actions of international kidnapping and
torture known as 'Extraordinary Rendition' combined with
his wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and North Africa, etc.
have all made an incomparable mockery of 'democracy'
and justice in the United States.
Obama and his Democrat and Republican party accomplices
have repeatedly demonstrated that they are nothing
more than scheming, unprincipled parasites in service
to the corporate plutocracy of this nation.
the horrors of the Vietnam war of the 1960s and 70s (conducted
under Democrat and Republican U.S. presidents)
which war Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. so strongly opposed,
to the bloody battle fields in Afghanistan, Pakistan,
and North Africa today, no U.S. President except
Barack Obama [the constitutional lawyer] has
so shrewdly and yet so brazenly - attacked and dismantled
- the human and political [i.e. constitutional] rights
of the people of this nation.
U.S. corporate-stream media has overwhelmingly and studiously
avoided sounding the alarm to and for the people
of the United States. This is no coincidence in view of
the fact that the corporate-stream media is itself in
service to the U.S. corporate oligarchy [i.e. the corporate
can be no doubt whatsoever that the double-talking, obfuscating
Barack Obama and his systemic political colleagues,
in service to the corporate elite, have declared active
war on the everyday people of this nation and indeed
on the ordinary people of the entire world.
people of the United States are in terrible and very
real danger. And the people of this planet and Mother
Earth herself are in deepening peril. It is time
for uncompromising systemic change to be brought about
by and for everyday people.
must comprehend the utter seriousness of what we face,
and act accordingly, in a collective fashion, remembering
that every attempt will be made by this corrupt political
system's operatives to distort and neutralize [i.e. destroy]
people's movements for systemic change.
time is at hand for the intensification of creative
struggle steeped in firm political principles. Organize,
agitate, educate - and organize some more!
then, my sisters and brothers! Onward, while there
is yet time!
BlackCommentator.com 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. 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
by William Mandel [Introduction by Howard Zinn]. (Click
to read excerpts from the book.) Click here to contact Mr. Pinkney.
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