the economic and social contradictions of the corporate
political system deepen, the terrible pain of everyday
Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people is,
and will continue, to concomitantly increase.
so, there are those so-called ‘progressives’ and/or
‘leftists’ who are making a comfortable living from
the very pain of everyday people. Many of these
pundits write, push, and sell their seemingly endless
stream of books - books in which we ordinary people
are given their allegedly profound observations
- which observations our common sense and daily
suffering have already made abundantly clear
to us. These people are the ‘movement pimps.’
They pontificate from positions of privilege. No
names need to be mentioned as it is not difficult
to extrapolate as to who they are.
know full well that the Democrats and Republicans
are simply two sides of exactly the same dirty,
filthy systemic coin
are the people who always stop just short of calling
for absolute and unequivocal systemic change.
They are, in real terms, wedded to the system, not
its abolition. In these increasingly perilous and
horrendous times for everyday people; these individuals
are, as the expression goes, ‘having their cake
and eating it too’ at the expense of ordinary folks
and the people’s movement that they claim to support.
individuals are adroit at distracting everyday people
by pointing out certain injustices of this political
system while invariably finding a way to avoid naming,
for example, the leaders of both the Democrats
and the Republicans for the culprit foxes and wolves
that they actually are. These ‘movement pimps’ are
in fact the fifth column of the so-called ‘Democratic’
pontificating pundits unceasingly blame the Republican
Party wolves for being what they are - wolves!
Yet, they neglect to consistently and vigorously
expose the Democratic Party foxes for being what
they are - foxes! These pundits play on the
pain and frustration of ordinary people. Thus, their
name - ‘movement pimps.’ They know full well that
the Democrats and Republicans are simply
two sides of exactly the same dirty, filthy
the Republicans for being Republicans is tantamount
to accusingly blaming a tarantula for painfully
biting you. That’s what tarantulas do! No surprise
there. And that’s also precisely what the Democrats
do, but they almost always first apply a bit
of numbing Novocain on their hapless victims
- before painfully biting the hell out of them.
These ‘movement pimps’ are well aware of this euphemistic
reality, and they play it for all it’s worth.
They are cynical political opportunists.
recent example of the afore-described scenario was
the recent Scott Walker electoral recall debacle
in the state of Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Wisconsin - Can You Hear Me Now?!
the Democratic and Republican Party leadership are
terrified of a genuine groundswell people’s
movement. Why? Because they cannot control such
a movement, and such a movement would insist upon
actualized accountability from them. Heaven
occurred in Wisconsin should be viewed as neither a defeat nor a victory. Rather,
it should be viewed and understood as an important
object lesson for and by everyday people.
leadership of the Democratic Party deliberately
and cynically sacrificed the everyday struggling
people, who had worked so hard for it in Wisconsin,
to the Republican machine. It was no mere coincidence
that Barack Obama did not bother to go to, and vigorously
support, the groundswell of ordinary people in that
state. Why should he? After all, he and the DNC
(Democratic National Committee) had bigger fish
to fry, which did not include the needs, pains,
hopes, and aspirations of the everyday people. Moreover,
a groundswell of hard working
grassroots organizers are too unruly to manipulate
and control - so off with their heads! It was, in
a sense, Wisconsin’s own ‘Jeremiah Wright moment.’ Betrayal,
lies, and more betrayal.
the leadership (or more accurately misleadership)
of the unions in Wisconsin were overwhelmingly beholden to the Democratic
Party, not to their rank and file membership.
Long before ‘election’ day arrived in Wisconsin, the political dice had been cast and the game had been rigged
- so off with the heads of the ordinary, everyday
people will be repeatedly betrayed by Democrats
and Republicans alike, for that is the nature of
the corporate-controlled U.S. political system
is no sacrifice too great - of and by the ordinary
people - when it comes to the fulfilling the power
whims of the leadership of both the Democrats and
Republicans. This is the well-honed politics
of cynicism in the United States, and the ‘movement
pimps’ who are blaming the Republicans for what
occurred in Wisconsin are full of nonsense. What
occurred in Wisconsin was simply par for the course
in the ongoing cynical con game of Democratic and
Republican Party electoral politics, not only in
Wisconsin, but nationwide.
should be crystal clear that everyday ordinary people
will be repeatedly betrayed in less than a heartbeat
by Democrats and Republicans alike, for that is
the nature and structure of the corporate-controlled
‘hope and change’- predator drone missile-NDAA-’Kill
List’ Barack Obama, will not serve or save the everyday
ordinary people of this nation and neither will
Mitt ‘the glitch’ Romney, or any other systemic
politician. Only everyday people can do this. We
must begin by recognizing that this system must
be totally changed in favor of ordinary people.
Do not be distracted or swayed by the ‘movement
pimps’ and pundits, for they, too, are making
quite a comfortable living from the pain, suffering,
and misery of the people.
must look to the collective creative abilities of
us ordinary, struggling, everyday people. Yes, of
ourselves, and to each other. This is not a Hollywood
movie. This is real life, and the struggle is, and
will be, long and hard, full of obstacles and challenges.
Yet, for ourselves, our posterity, and our precious
Mother Earth - we must carry on, and we shall
Each one, reach one. Each on,e teach one. Onward, then, my
sisters and brothers! Onward!
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
/ 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].
to read excerpts from the book.) Click here to contact Mr. Pinkney.