Published in Intrepid Report on November 2, 2012
By Larry Pinkney

“Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.”
—John Donne

“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”
—Martin Luther King, Jr.

Here we are in the latter part of the year 2012, and the fruit of this nation—its people—are in a state of manipulated confusion and systemically contrived despair. This precious planet of Mother Earth, and its many people, are teetering on the brink of annihilation. Humankind’s many, have been horribly betrayed, by its avaricious few.

Some in this nation, who seemingly once spoke with integrity, wisdom, and clarity have today lost their minds as they support war mongers, torturers, and corporate maggots—in the very name of defending nonexistent ‘freedoms’ in a de facto, nonexistent, ‘democracy.’ The United States and the people of the world are in terrible peril.

This nation’s corporate-owned politicians (Democrats and Republicans alike) flaunt their hypocrisy, arrogance, and spiritual impoverishment in front of the very eyes of the people of ‘America’ and the world. We, everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people, have been injected by a pathetic U.S. corporate-stream media with a deliberately induced and perpetuated poverty in our mindsand in our very souls. We are used, abused, and discarded as so much canon fodder. So many of us run back and forth, like caged rats, trapped and contained, by the incessant lies, distractions, subterfuge, and machinations of the corporate-owned two party dictatorship of the Democrats and Republicans. Thus, we find ourselves mired deeply in the jaws of an already legalized (NDAA) police-state, corporate domination and so-called ‘corporate personhood,’ increasing economic austerity, with its inevitable social upheaval at home, and of course, unending wars abroad. Nonetheless, many still remain systemically brainwashed—as if they are in a drunken stupor—while standing precariously at the edge of a very high cliff.

When one considers all of the foregoing, it becomes clear that politically—the ‘perfect storm’—is upon us.

If we choose to ignore this perfect storm that is upon us we are sure to be blown off of the aforementioned euphemistic cliff into the political and economic oblivion below. If, on the other hand, we take collective systemic action to displace and replace those who have brought this horrible storm upon us, we have the opportunity to create a much-needed different model of human interaction—one based upon human needs and not corporate greed.

The environmental consequences of the greed and planetary destruction by the U.S. and global corporate elite have been, and are, absolutely devastating for this nation and for Mother Earth as a whole. We, everyday people, can ill afford to ignore this. The filthy rich are blinded by their arrogance and insatiable greed to the destructive consequences of their actions. Notwithstanding their lying corporate-stream media, they are in fact, systemic economic, and environmental terrorists. And we everyday people know that if Mother Earth dies—so do we. This is yet another reason as to why these vampiric bloodsuckers of the corporate elite must be stopped, and real systemic change must be brought about. Their pillage and plunder of this planet is literally killing us. And, by the way, voting for the Democrats or Republicans will not stop this corporate plunder and plunder and perpetual wars—it only enhances it with the fallacious cover of legitimacy. But it does not have to be this way.

Time is running out. Our window of opportunity gets smaller and more perilous as time passes. We must do our utmost to ensure that this perfect political storm be directed, by we conscious everyday people, against the corporate-owned, symbiotically-joined Democrat and Republican parties along with their insidious systemic minions. It is time for real systemic change which will only be brought about by everyday ordinary people. Let us join together with our brothers and sisters in the rest of humanity throughout Mother Earth in this quest. Let us collectively relegate these political vampires, once and for all, to the dustbin of history which is where they belong—while there is yet time! This is not and will not be easy, but in the name of our posterity, of our humanity, and of Mother Earth herself—it must be done! “Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.” There’s much work to be done! So, 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!

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, and more recently on the nationally syndicated Alex Jones Show. 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), 107 Cowgate (Ireland and Scotland), and Mayihlome News (Azania/South Africa). He is in the archives of Dr. Huey P. Newton (Stanford University, CA), cofounder of the Black Panther Party. 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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