Published in Intrepid Report on September 4, 2012
By Larry Pinkney

“What better way to enslave a man than to give him a vote and tell him he is free.”—Albert Camus

The Democrats and the Republicans (i.e. the Republicrats) are once again ratcheting up to a fever pitch, in this phony, four year cycle, yet another corporate-stream media feeding frenzy, known as ‘elections’ in the United States. This pathetic state of affairs continues to be the bane of everyday ordinary people in this nation and the ultimate mockery of democracy in the 21st century.

Like little caged, tamed hamsters, the masses of everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow women and men are being herded onto the political plantations/reservations of the Democrat and Republican parties. Once again, distractions and outright lies take center stage even as the reality and horror of perpetual war and economic austerity plagues, consumes and destroys the people of this nation and Mother Earth.

The insanity of repeating the Republicrat ‘election’ farce of no-choice, and expecting (or even hoping for) different results, is yet again being presented to ordinary everyday people as being the sane course of action, when in fact it is the course of stark raving madness on steroids. An entirely different course of action must be vigorously pursued.

The double-talking, warmongering, corporate-owned, NDAA-signing, predator-drone missile, ‘Kill List’ Barack Obama is certainly not the course of sanity, and the Republicans are no better. The corporate controlled U.S. political system is utterly corrupt and devoid of both democracy and concern for we the people, and it is high time that we the people recognize this reality and drastically change coursesystemically.

Until, we the people, collectively and systemically change course, we shall continue to be the hapless participants in the Republicrat political circus of the insane. What will it take for us to comprehend that the Democrats and the Republicans are the unabashed enemies of ordinary, everyday, struggling people?!

It is time for women and men to wake up and understand that we are in deep trouble. Our nation and Mother Earth are in deep trouble. We are killing Mother Earth and ourselves. We are the cannon fodder of the bloated super-rich and the blood-sucking Wall Street corporate elite, including banks, weapons manufacturers, big oil and utility companies, and pharmaceutical and insurance corporations, etc. We do not own or control this political system. Rather, we are owned from cradle to grave, as de facto 21st century slaves, by this corporate political system—and only we can change this!

Think about this circus of political insanity and reject it. This will take work—hard work. Know that both of the symbiotically-joined Democrat and Republican corporate parties will do all in their power to thwart the efforts of everyday people to throw off their chains, bring about systemic change, and have a genuine people’s democracy. But with undaunted perseverance and an actualized vision for the future, we the people shall succeed!

Stop allowing the fear, distractions, subterfuge, and lies of these Democrats and Republicans (and their despicable, lying corporate ‘news’ media) to keep us divided and powerless—in mental and economic bondage! It is time for a new and different political model, created and brought about by the women and men of this nation and world. It’s time to get off the plantation!

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. 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). 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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