Published in Intrepid Report on August 3, 2012
By Larry Pinkney

“Historically, the most terrible things—war, genocide, and slavery—have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience.”—Howard Zinn

“Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them . . . The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”—Frederick Douglass

The lies, subterfuge, deliberately perpetuated ignorance, joblessness, under-employment, homelessness, corporate domination, and perpetual wars being consistently waged by the corporate-owned Democrat and Republican parties against the everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people of the United States, and throughout Mother Earth, is both untenable and utterly unacceptable.

In the fallacious name of unifying everyday people the Democrats and Republicans of this syndicate, known as the U.S. government, is in fact dividing, emaciating, and in many cases actually slaughtering us. Constant distractions, lies, and subterfuge are the mainstay of how this is being carried out against ALL of us everyday ordinary people.

The fact is that the misleadership of much of both the so-called political Left and the political Right do not want ordinary people to directly communicate with and to one another; for if this were to be done, it would become obvious that this above-mentioned ‘misleadership’ is a fraud, bent on perpetuating and maintaining this systemic fake left/right paradigm in order to hold on to political and economic power, at the enormous expense of everyday people. It is in this way that ordinary everyday people have been systemically programmed (like laboratory rats) to acquiesce to being perpetually manipulated, dominated, and cynically controlled.

It is this acquiescence that is the recipe for economic, political, and social disaster for everyday people of all colors in this nation. However, it really does not have to be this way. In the final analysis, it’s up to what we the everyday ordinary people do or do not do.

The repeatedly demonstrated desire of these politicians and their political gatekeepers is to keep themselves in power, which keeps the masses of ordinary people in a de facto state of division and powerlessness.

We the people, must cease acquiescing to our own powerlessness. We must consciously break through the systemic barriers that keep us apart, disunited, manipulated, in fear, and controlled. We are not hamsters or laboratory rats. We are human beings with the capacity for both common sense and critical thought and analysis!

Notwithstanding our differences (and we will have differences), we must tactically set aside those differences in the collective interests of our humanity, this nation’s humanity, and that of the peoples of this planet as a whole. This is not and will not be easy, but it is absolutely essential to our collective survival.

To reiterate: We are not hamsters or laboratory rats! We are human beings with the capacity for both common sense and critical thought and analysis! It is time that we think and act like human beings in this 21st century. It is time to think and act outside of the stifling plantation-reservations of the Democrat and Republican parties.

As Frederick Douglass so poignantly said, in relevant part, “Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong that will be imposed upon them . . .” The choice is OURS, not the blood-sucking, double-talking, war mongering, corporate-owned politicians of the Democrat and Republican parties. Let us regain our humanity and TOGETHER create a NEW HUMAN in this, sure to be, long and protracted struggle.

Think about it and act accordingly.

Each one, reach one. Each on,e teach one. Onward, then, my sisters and brothers! Onward!

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, Pinkney was interviewed in 1988 on the nationally televised PBS News Hour, formerly known as The MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour. Pinkney is a former university instructor of political science and international relations, and his writings have been published in various places, including The Boston Globe, San Francisco BayView newspaper, Black Commentator, Intrepid Report, Global Research (Canada), LINKE ZEITUNG (Germany), 107Cowgate (Ireland and Scotland), and Mayihlome News (Azania/South Africa). 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.)


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