Jun 13, 2013 - Issue 520

 BlackCommentator.com: Obama’s Promise of Transparency and His Reality of Treachery, Subterfuge and Betrayal - Keeping it Real - By Larry Pinkney - BC Editorial Board 

“To me, the thing that is worse than death is betrayal.”

-Malcolm X [el-Hajj Malik el Shabazz]

“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In this 21st century, Mr. ‘hope and change’ - drone man Barack Obama has ushered in an unprecedented surveillance police state inside this nation even as he and his corporate-owned Democratic and Republican party cohorts bomb, murder, and maim children, women, and men in sovereign nations throughout Africa, the ‘Middle East,’ and elsewhere on Mother Earth.

The U.S. continues to be, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “the greatest purveyor of violence” subterfuge, entrapment, and misery in the world. Barack Obama’s FBI, CIA, and NSA false flag and entrapment activities in this nation, and throughout the planet, have increased and perpetuated ‘terrorism’ and brought the peoples of the world to the brink of annihilation.

The recent tip-of-the-iceberg revelations pertaining to Obama’s dragnet of police-state surveillance of millions of everyday ordinary Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow U.S. citizens, combined with his repression and persecution of whistle-blowers, environmentalists, peace and justice activists, and political prisoners in the U.S. have made an utter mockery of even the de facto myth of democracy in this nation. The enormity of Barack Obama’s national police-state surveillance and entrapment system in this year of 2013, makes the spying and invasion of privacy components of the infamous U.S. government COINTELPRO (Counter Intelligence Program) of the 1960s and 1970s pale by comparison.

This is now the year 2013, but back in the October 30, 2008, Black Commentator article titled, ‘An Obama Presidency: More of the Same – Only Worse’ I wrote, “After the Democratic Party Republicrats so-called election euphoria and celebrating is over, the Obama / Biden Republicrat regime will get down to the business of placing the ongoing exploitation of the everyday people of this nation on fast track. The masses of Black Americans, along with the oppressed and exploited Brown, Red, Yellow, and White peoples of this nation will learn firsthand that, notwithstanding the deceptive Obama rhetoric, exploitation nationally and internationally will be intensified.” The “clash between those who want freedom, justice [and] equality for everyone and those who want to continue the system of exploitation” about which Malcolm X referred, will be intensified under Barack Obama, with Obama representing the interests of the oppressors. The political contradictions in this regard will also be increasingly obvious.” [Reference:http://blackcommentator.com/297/297_kir_obama_presidency_pt1.html] The above analysis and prediction from October 2008 was obviously absolutely and chillingly accurate.

With the complicity of his Democratic and Republican cohorts, and the corporate-stream (and much of the so-called ‘alternative’) media, not only has Barack Obama continued the unjust, hypocritical, bloody and unconstitutional policies of the previous Bush / Cheney regime, these policies, nationally and globally, have been exacerbated and broadened by Barack Obama. This represents the height of treachery, subterfuge, and betrayal against not only the people of this nation but also against the peoples of the entire world.

The only effective way to stop and reverse this treachery, subterfuge, and betrayal is for everyday ordinary Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people to unequivocally stop supporting the corporate-owned Democratic and Republican parties. We everyday ordinary people must recognize that our salvation emanates from we ourselves – collectively.

Is Obama Alone In His Treachery & Betrayal?

Barack Obama is by no means alone in his treachery and betrayal of everyday ordinary people.

The misleadership on the part of many so-called ‘liberals,’ ‘progressives,’ ‘leftists’ and the supposed black intelligentsia in this nation is, in very large measure, directly responsible for the ongoing bloody U.S. perpetual wars abroad and the very real police surveillance state at home. These persons knew full well, or should have known, back in 2008, that Barack Obama’s rhetoric was a Trojan Horse smokescreen for the national power elite’s corporate-owned political system. Their treachery and betrayal must always be remembered.

Some of these (above referred to persons) in this year of 2013, now pretend that they have had a miraculous epiphany. They have not. Others of these persons persist in supporting drone man Barack Obama (and his Democratic and Republican cohorts) while hypocritically claiming that they simultaneously oppose, for example, the U.S. torture chamber known as Guantanamo, or perpetual U.S. wars and/or military incursions abroad, etc. They urge everyday people to sign petitions against various forms of injustice (of which there are many) while simultaneously supporting the single most insidious and powerful chief purveyor of injustice – Barack Obama! Beware this variety of so-called ‘progressives’ and/or ‘leftists.’ They are, in fact, systemic gatekeepers and very dangerous to the collective interests, needs, and aspirations of everyday ordinary people. They do not want real systemic change. They want to maintain their systemic privilege by continuing to pimp the pain of struggling everyday people all in the fallacious name of informing and/or helping them/us. These persons are no more genuine than is drone man Barack Obama’s undeserved Nobel ‘Peace’ Prize. Like Barack Obama himself, they are betrayers of humankind collectively.

It’s Time to End Our Silence

In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “There comes a time when silence is betrayal.” That time is NOW. It is time to break our silence!

We everyday ordinary people have already been repeatedly betrayed by the active systemic complicity and/or silence of many so-called ‘progressives’ and leftists. It is up to just plain ordinary everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people to break our silence and to strongly support those courageous women and men who have already broken their silence. We must do this for ourselves and for one another.

Let us remember that there also comes a time when silence is complicity – complicity in our own continuing political, economic, and social bondage. Only WE can break this bondage. And we have nothing to lose but our chains. The people of this nation, in conjunction with the rainbow of humanity throughout our precious Mother Earth, must collectively resist and reverse the force-fed psychological and political servitude and impending annihilation of ourselves and the vast majority of our human family. Turn OFF the corporate-stream media and turn on your minds and let your creative juices flow. Do it NOW!

Let us NOT be silent! And yes, while there is yet time, there is so much work to be done! In the words of Joe Hill, “Don’t Mourn. ORGANIZE!”

Remember: Each one, reach one. Each one, teach one. Onward, then, my sisters and brothers. Onward...!

BlackCommentator.com Editorial Board member and Columnist, 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 view Larry’s interview of October 26, 2012. Click here to contact Mr. Pinkney.