By Larry Pinkney
“Without general elections, without unrestricted freedom of press and assembly, without a free struggle of opinion, life dies out in every public institution, becomes a mere semblance of life, in which only the bureaucracy remains as the active element.”—Rosa Luxemburg
“The memory of oppressed people is one thing that cannot be taken away, and for such people, with such memories, revolt is always an inch below the surface.”—Howard Zinn
Subterfuge is defined by the American College Dictionary as, “A deceptive stratagem or device.” In other words, the essence of subterfuge is deceit and stealth.
The very foundation of the Barack Obama regime, his Democrat and Republican Party accomplices, and the corporate-stream ‘news and information’ media is the incessant application of deceit and stealth. The corporate/military power elite of this nation have insidiously stifled “unrestricted freedom of press and assembly” and “a free struggle of opinion.” In particular, television, radio, and newspapers are, in this year of 2013, overwhelmingly corporate owned and controlled. Translation: The message propagated by this media is a skewed, manipulated, and lopsided one. Opinion is manufactured.
Most U.S. academic institutions and academicians are nothing more than (overt or covert) systemic clones of and for the corporate/military power elite of this nation. A vigorous and free “struggle of opinion” and ideas has been, in the fallacious name of allegedly combating ‘terrorism,’ made essentially null and void or nonexistent by the U.S. corporate-stream media. A truly informed populace is deemed to be a subversive populace. Thus, the U.S. power elite engages in a constant well-honed strategy of unceasing subterfuge against everyday ordinary Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people of this nation and world. Their end-game remains the same: Keep the everyday people lethargic, in fear, and controlled.
Mr. Drone man, ‘Kill List’ Barack Obama remains, at this time, the most powerful weapon against the legitimate needs, interests, and aspirations of everyday ordinary Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people nationally and globally. His rhetoric and policies continue to be steeped in deceit and stealth. And contrary to U.S. corporate-stream media propaganda, it is not the Internet that is responsible for so-called ‘terrorist’ attacks against U.S. citizens. Rather, it is the policies of the global corporate/military elite’s hegemony against the peoples of this nation and throughout Mother Earth—carried out by the stealthy drone man, Barack Obama, and his minions—masked in the rhetoric of deceit.
Subterfuge is not democracy. Subterfuge, deceit, and non-transparency in this U.S. corporate-owned government are the enemies of a genuine functioning people’s democracy.
It behooves us all to remember the words of Lucy Parsons, when she said, “Never be deceived that the rich will allow you to vote away their wealth.” It should be noted that the enormous wealth of the corporate elite is in fact not really theirs. It is a wealth built upon the backs of struggling everyday ordinary Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow men and women in this nation and around the world.
Barack Obama and his Democrat and Republican accomplices know full well that an unfettered and informed free flow of information would spell doom for the avaricious blood sucking corporate elite. Thus, the corporate-government and its propaganda arm—the corporate-stream media—are determined to keep the masses of everyday people in a state of lethargy, ignorance, and fear.
It is the obligation and responsibility of people of conscience and good will to resist and reverse this insidious political, economic, and social oppression. And it is the obligation and responsibility of people of all colors to collectively do this, in the words of the late Malcolm X, “By any means necessary.”
It is time to say a resounding NO to subterfuge, perpetual wars, the NDAA, Obama’s ‘Kill List’ and drones (at home and abroad), Guantanamo, and the endless manipulation and political pimping of the terrible pain of everyday people everywhere. It is time to intensify in this long and protracted struggle for justice and real human rights. We everyday ordinary people are all oppressed and exploited. And in the poignant words of Howard Zinn, “The memory of oppressed people is one thing that cannot be taken away, and for such people, with such memories, revolt is always an inch below the surface.” Despite whatever differences we everyday people might have with one another, we must do this thing TOGETHER.
Remember: Each one, reach one. Each one, teach one. Onward, then, my sisters and brothers. Onward . . . !