Kettle Calling The Pot Black

                                                   

 

                                                From The Ramparts

Junious Ricardo Stanton

Kettle Calling The Pot Black

 

With all the brouhaha about alleged Russian hacking of the 2016 presidential election you would think the Democratic Party, the US Deep State (shadow government FBI, CIA etc), US politicians and the corporate media would not risk making fools of themselves if the masses knew the US has been quit busy attempting to undermine and influence election outcomes around the world since the late 1940’s.  In fact I’ll bet most people forgot President Obama tried to persuade voters in the United Kingdom not to vote to exit the European Union two months prior to the June 23, 2016 vote. He spoke openly on several occasions in support of the UK remaining in the European Union. Many feel Obama’s pro EU push is what made Brits vote so overwhelmingly to leave the European Union!

But that was, chump change, an extremely passive attempt to influence British politics by the US government. The US has a far more aggressive, imperialist and neo-colonial history of  interference, intervention and meddling around the world. Recent research by Dov Levin a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University’s Institute for Politics and Strategy discovered the US government worked assiduously to influence the outcomes of foreign elections at least eighty-one times between 1946 and 2000 and that doesn’t include the countless coup d’etas, assassinations and regime change campaigns of candidates the US wanted to toppled and get rid of. http://investmentwatchblog.com/us-intervened-over-80-times-in-foreign-elections/ Using declassified “intelligence” and Congressional reports on CIA activities, academic research and reports Levin reported the US was actively engaged in propaganda, misinformation, provided cash or foreign aid, created campaign material for their favored candidate(s), made open and veilled threats against a candidate and other sundry mischief. Again that was between 1946 and 2000 which didn’t include the dirty tricks and lethal activities employed by the US CIA.

For the US to accuse Russia of interfering or hacking an election is like the kettle calling the pot Black. But that’s what hypocrites and psychopaths do. Think about all the regime change the US has engaged in since 2000.  For the record, some of the more infamous and egregious examples are: supporting a coup against Hugo Chaves of Venezuela in 2000, removing the Taliban from power in Afghanistan in 2001, murdering Saddam Hussein in 2006, support the coup against Manuel Zelaya of Honduras in 2009, killing Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, ousting Viktor Yanukovych of Ukraine in 2014 and their ongoing attempts to replace the duly elected president of Syria Bashar al-Assad just to cite a few.

Speaking of hypocrisy, the US charged Saddam Hussein gassed Kurdish Iraqis. They alleged this prior to the US warmongers settling on the weapons of mass destruction deception as the reason for the 2003 Iraqi invasion. The fact of the matter is the United States sold Saddam Hussein the tear gas, sarin and other chemical and biological weapons he used in his war against Iran. The US even had satellite footage of Iraqi troops using sarin gas against Iranian forces in 1988. There is no proof Hussein gassed the Kurds living in Iraq. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1148.htm

In 2013 the US claimed Syrian president Bashar al Assad gassed his own people  killing over one thousand Syrians. The corporate media jumped on the story and the Obama administration tried to use the  anti-Assad propaganda as a pretext to do to Syria what they did to Libya. During the debate, Putin stepped in and brokered a deal whereby Assad agreed to turn over all the country’s chemical weapons and allow full unfettered inspections. This prevented the US from declaring a no fly zone over Syria or invading and the US warmongers have not forgotten or forgiven Putin for that.

Subsequently Assad asked Putin for help fighting the Western backed “rebels” who were waging a proxy war on behalf of the US and its Israeli, Turkish and Saudi Arabian allies. Putin sent in Russian bombers, missiles and logistical support. This along with the active support of Iran and Hezbollah turned the tide in Assad’s favor. Now the US is saying Assad gassed Syrian civilians at a time when by all accounts he and his allies are winning!? It doesn’t make sense nor is it logical, except if you see this as a ruse to rationalize US and NATO direct military engagement.

This is a repeat of the Saddam gassed the Kurds and the 2013 claims Assad gassed civilians. Hopefully except for dolts like Donald Trump people will not go for the okey-doke again. Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me.

 

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Wars and Rumors of War

 

 

                                                 From the Ramparts

Junious Ricardo Stanton

             Wars and Rumors of Wars

 

 

During the last two weeks the risks of open conflict between the US and Russia over Syria and the US and China and Russia over North Korea have escalated. The hypocrites in the corporate media who were lambasting Trump for his flip flop on Syria were also enthusiastically cheering him for launching sixty cruise missiles at an airbase in Syria!

Meanwhile North Korea displayed it military and weapons during a celebration of the 105 anniversary of the founder of the North Korean Republic which included the attempted launch of a new missile. Last Sunday North Korea in a move of self-determination and self protection test fired a missile but it exploded.

The US media played up the failure and there are now reports circulating the US may have had something to do with the malfunction. “North Korea’s botched missile test may have been disrupted by a secretive US programme of cyber and electronic warfare designed to sabotage launches… The attempted test, and a weekend parade of Pyongyang’s military hardware, prompted international condemnation and an American promise of further action if the hermit state failed to end its provocations. Under Barack Obama, the US stepped up electronic and cyber attacks on North Korea’s missile programme. Those efforts are reported to include hacking and the use of electromagnetic weapons capable of disrupting electronic equipment.” http://postnewsd2.blogspot.in/2017/04/north-koreas-botched-missile-test-on.html

This is nothing new the US has been using cyber warfare for years viruses like Stuxnet to attack the Iranian nuclear program. https://www.nytimes.com/topic/subject/cyberattacks-on-iran-stuxnet-and-flame  These are acts of war!

We must not forget the people of Syria elected Assad as their president, that it is the West and its fanatical Wahabi jihadist partners from Saudi Arabia who are attempting to overthrow Assad, usher in a bogus Islamic Caliphate which will propagate Neo-Colonialism on behalf of the West and make Israel the dominant power in the region.

With regards to North Korea, remember the Korean War was never resolved, no peace treaty was ever signed. The opposing sides merely agreed to withdraw their forces below the “Demilitarized Zone” that splits Korea and serves as a buffer to the North and South. The fact of the matter is the Koreans would like their country unified and to live together in peace. If Germany could be reunited so can Korea, but the West doesn’t want a resolution there. If the West wanted peace they would aggressively pursue peaceful solutions. But noo, they maintain an adversarial stance towards North Korea. Naturally the North Korean leadership wants to protect itself from the American warmongers!

The corporate media played up the recent events in an alarmingly cavalier fashion providing analysis no on the potential these events have to trip start WW IV (WWIII is the ongoing covert operations, interventions, destabilization campaigns, coups, economic sanctions, imperialism and Neocolonialism of the US, UK, NATO, Israel etc following the official end of hostilities for WWII.) Nowhere in the corporate media do we hear voices calling for restraint, pleading for the mobilization for PEACE against the Trump administration’s bellicose and discombobulated foreign policy if you can call it that. The corporate media are the megaphones and sycophants of the ruling class Deep State and their puppets in the government.

So amidst this tension, saber rattling and games of chicken, here are the actual reasons for all of this instead of the corporate media’s lies. The NeoCon, global banking cartel, military industrial, security/surveillance state hydra’s dream of a New American Century where the American Empire is the only super power in the world are swiftly imploding around them and they are in panic mode. China is about to eclipse the US as the largest economy in the world. The US dollar is losing its status as the world’s reserve currency, the BRICS nations (Brazil Russia, India, China and South Africa) are challenging the World Bank, IMF and Bank of International Settlements usury monopoly with their New Development Bank and using alternative currencies in their mutual trade agreements and transactions. This means the end of US dollar hegemony, and the Western plutocrats are having conniptions. So they have unleashed the hellhounds by demonizing Putin, destabilizing Brazil’s economy, fomenting tension between India and Pakistan and attempted a color revolution in South Africa in 2014. These are acts of war or precursors to war.

These current tensions and moves are all part of their panic because the BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperative Group (Russia and China’s version of NATO) are not backing down and are taking precautions to protect themselves.  http://investmentwatchblog.com/breaking-news-china-and-russia-send-ships-after-united-states-aircraft-carrier-moving-toward-north-korea/  We are facing a Mexican Standoff of gargantuan proportions. Stay tuned.

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The Big Lie Technique In Action

                                               

 

                                                                                                                   From the Ramparts

Junious Ricardo Stanton

                   The Big Lie Technique In Action

 

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”–  Joseph Goebbels Head of Nazi Propaganda

 

We are witnessing the application of tried and true propaganda techniques espoused by Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbles who studied and applied the mind control tactics of US PR and advertising guru Edward Bernays. Burnays was the nephew of Sigmund Freud and he applied many of his uncle’s ideas about the unconscious with the crowd psychology theories of Wilford Trotter and Gustove LeBon to develop a successful advertising, PR and propaganda career.

Bernays like Goebbles was about manipulating the masses, getting them to do what he and his clients such as cigarette companies and the US government wanted them to do unbeknownst to the people.  In order to accomplish this, Bernays developed techniques to influence people on the subconscious level. He believed it was imperative for the masses to be manipulated and controlled by a certain segment of society. He wrote, “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, and our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of…. It is they who pull the wires that control the public mind…” http://theconversation.com/the-manipulation-of-the-american-mind-edward-bernays-and-the-birth-of-public-relations-44393  Bernays used the term “democratic society” despite the fact what he was espousing is the exact opposite of “democracy”.

As a writer Bernays was successful getting the public to go along with Woodrow Wilson’s entry into WWI. Afterwards he surmised those same techniques could be used to sell products as well. Of course his advertising campaigns for products like cigarettes, soap and appliances involved telling lies and creating perceptions that were not true or real.

In 1920 Joseph Goebbles discovered Bernays and became a fan despite the fact Bernays was Jewish. When Hitler came to power through deception and subterfuge (The Reichstag Fire, and the lie Poland attacked Germany) Goebbles as Hitler’s head of propaganda employed Bernays’ techniques, tactics and strategies to create a fanatical imperialist movement with mindless obedience to its leader.

Today Bernays’ attitudes about controlling the masses, his techniques and tactics are pervasive. They are all around us, we are bombarded with them twenty four hours a day! The ruling class were Bernays’ primary clients and they keep his legacy of lies, publicity stunts, contrived, fake events and perception management alive and thriving today. Remember Bernays was about mass manipulation in order to control people’s minds, their worldview and behavior! Do you see any similarities in today’s current events?

Here are several examples of how Bernays’ and Goebbles techniques have been applied in recent years. In 1990 the Washington D.C. PR firm Hill and Knowlton created a multi-million dollar propaganda campaign to convince the world Saddam Hussein was an evil man to justify the first Gulf War, despite the fact prior to his invasion of Kuwait he was a US ally! They created a front group called Citizens for A Free Kuwait, to spread lies about alleged rapes and Iraqi soldiers killing Kuwaiti infants. Hill and Knowlton even staged a bogus hearing on Capital Hill to simulate a Congressional Hearing where the daughter of the Kuwaiti Ambassador posed as a witness to atrocities committed by Iraqi soldiers. The corporate media covered and promoted the fake Hearing using them to create Anti-Iraq sentiment. (Read Weapons of Mass Deception The Uses of Propaganda in Bush’s War on Iraq by Sheldon Rampton nd John Stauber).

On September 11, 2001 the corporate media broadcast round the clock pictures of smoldering, collapsing twin towers with the caption America Under Attack. These images, the screen captions and constant rhetoric prepared our psyches for the first leg of their bogus War on Terror the US invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001. This invasion was planned many months before 9-11 against a country that neither attacked the US nor had anything to do with 9-11! https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2001/11/afgh-n20.html

President Bu$h demanded the Taliban turn Osama bin-Laden over to the US. The Taliban asked, as any reasonable person or group would, for evidence proving Osama bin-Laden was responsible for 9-11 (They knew a man living in a cave in Afghanistan could not have pulled off such an attack!). Bu$h told them we don’t have to give you any evidence, proceeded to launch the invasion, and told us “You are either with us or with the enemy.”

The corporate media uncritically echoed the charges against bin-Laden although no evidence has ever been produced to prove he was the culprit. In fact the FBI’s own Website doesn’t mention him in connection with 9-11!!! Nevertheless we have been at war around the world for sixteen years over bogus propaganda and lies!

There are more recent examples but let these marinate, I’m sure you will come up with more on your own, (hint the Russia Did It narrative). Don’t believe the hype and don’t fall for the Big Lie.

 

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I Am Not Your Negro

                                    From The Ramparts

Junious Ricardo Stanton

I Am Not Your Negro

 

My wife and I went to see Raoul Peck’s documentary I Am Not Your Negro. It was based upon James Baldwin’s writings and life experiences. It uses archival footage of Baldwin, pictures and footage of American history and Samuel L. Jackson’s voice reading and sharing some of Baldwin’s thoughts and writings to tell his story. It uses music, the Blues, and popular recordings to infuse the images with emotion and Baldwin’s perspective on racial politics in America. It is a powerful film. It helps the viewer realize history and “the past” are not distant, unrelated, abstract disconnected entities, but an integral, integrated and omnipresent part of our now. It demonstrates we cannot escape our past and America certainly cannot nor will never change unless and until we face our demons and make an honest effort to repent and be better.

The film is in limited distribution. In fact it is in only two theaters in the wholejames-baldwin Philadelphia, tri-state area.  It is not the kind of film the masses of Americans Black or white will go see. I can readily see why. The film, like James Baldwin is unnerving, it shatters our illusions and delusions about race in America. It is based on an uncompleted book Baldwin was writing prior to his death.

James Baldwin always made me uncomfortable, yet he influenced me greatly. He was uncompromising in his assessment of the American reality. He took no prisoners and didn’t give white America any wiggle room to escape their sins, their duplicity, lies and hypocrisy. His piercing eyes, his candor and vocabulary made him a champion for Negroes as we were called in the 1960’s when I became familiar with his work.

The film includes interviews of him on the Dick Cavett television program in the 1960’s, lectures at Cambridge and archival footage of American history, the history most Americans want to forget. I Am Not Your Negro weaves many threads using Baldwin’s words, pictures, Hollywood film clips and current events to tell Baldwin’s story as interpreted by Raoul Peck, which makes the film extraordinarily powerful. Under Peck’s direction the film examines the impact of three men on Baldwin’s life, their martyrdom and his relationship with them: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. Baldwin knew all three and each had a profound impact on his life because as a writer he was intimately involved in the struggle against oppression. In the film Baldwin who was living in Paris as an expatriate determined to return to America and become engaged in the struggle because as he said, he could no longer be a spectator from afar.

But aside from Baldwin’s personal thoughts, insights and opinions, the film also reveals the connectivity between the past, slavery, American apartheid euphemistically called “Jim Crow” and today. Peck fuses pictures of Ferguson Missouri, Trayvon Martin and a host of other Blacks killed by police while using Baldwin’s words to juxtapose his personal defiance and optimism amidst the carnage and oppression of his day. Near the end of the film Baldwin questions the very need to create niggers and he says, “I am not a nigger, I’m a man”.

But the sad reality is, the theme of the film is apropos today, which is scary. During the film the audience sat in rapt attention. There was no talking, no nervous laughter just focused concentration. Every once in a while you could here someone murmur, “that’s right”,  or “uh, uh uh”. When exiting the theater I observed hushed tones and expressions on people’s faces demonstrating they were in deep thought. This is what art is supposed to do.

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Don’t Fall for the Okey-Doke

                                                             From The Ramparts

Junious Ricardo Stanton

                  Don’t Fall for the Okey-Doke

 

 

As we enter a New year, we must be alert, vigilant and prepared to protect our minds from the onslaught of propaganda, lies and disinformation the 1% and their media flunkies are sending our way. We see some of it already with the bogus issues of “fake news” and the contrived mime the Russians hacked the election in favor of Donald Trump. Listening to and participating in conversations with many of our people, bless their hearts, some actually believe the Russians influenced the 2016 election.

What we are seeing is an all out campaign by the corporate media to demonize Russian president Vladimir Putin, weaken incoming US president  Donald Trump and obfuscate the fact the corporate media was totally wrong in their biased predictions about the 2016 presidential election results!

Trump won the election by focusing on the key electoral college states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Florida, North Carolina and Wisconsin. In that regard Trump was successful winning traditionally Democratic states like Pennsylvania. The analysis of the election shows Hillary Clinton lost because she like Trump was not well liked but she lost the white female vote, she lost the blue collar vote and she failed dismally to rally the so called Obama coalition to vote for her. As a warmonger and the candidate from Wall Street her populous message was disingenuous, the people knew it so they didn’t vote for her.

That being said, this nonsense about Russia hacking the election is pure propaganda.  First of all, the media is being deceitful by using the word hack. The Russians did not have access to US voting machines to hack them. The Russians did not infiltrate the various local polling places or manipulate the voting  process in any way. The Russians did not spend hundreds of millions of dollars on ad campaigns or social media favoring Donald Trump. Even the US “intelligence” agencies admit Russia did none of this.

What we are seeing is a full court press by the corporate media and Washington establishment to intimidate and belittle Donald Trump. Both Trump and Bernie Sanders were correct when they stated the US political system is rigged against ordinary citizens, that large donations have tainted the whole process. The US Supreme Court allowed unlimited big money to control US elections with their Citizens United v FEC ruling. Now big money from the Military Industrial Complex, big pharmaceutical, insurance, media and corporate boondoggles are trying to make sure Trump doesn’t upset their business as usual apple chart.

The notion Putin directly hacked the DNC is preposterous. It is an attempt to obfuscate the fact Clinton and the DNC were exposed rigging the primaries against Bernie Sanders. Putin and Russia are also being demonized because he along with Iran and Hezbollah were invited by President Assad to help save his country, defeated the ISIS terrorist in Syria being funded by the US. http://www.globalresearch.ca/how-the-us-supports-the-islamic-state-isis-one-accidental-airdrop-vs-billions-in-covert-military-aid/5409449 How dare he thwart the US attempt at regime change in Syria!

The other reason Putin is being depicted as the villain is because the Military Industrial Complex and the US Deep State need a sovereign enemy to justify their imperialist policies and boondoggle spending. By now most people realize “ISIS” and “al-Qaida” (al- CIA-da) are a rag tag bunch of fanatics trained by Saudi Arabia and funded by the West to do the US’s dirty work. But the corporate mind control apparatus wants us to believe they are an independent self-sustaining global terrorist phenomenon.

We should question the so called intelligence agencies because they are the same folks who said Osama bin-Laden did 9-11, who said Saddam Hussein had WMDs, who said Assad gassed his own people, who told us Russia annexed Crimea (in 2014 Crimea voted overwhelmingly to rejoin the Russian federation.) Their track record is not so good. Trump should be skeptical. But to beltway crowd, questioning or disparaging the CIA , NSA, DIA etc is a no no. The last US President to stand up to the CIA was John F Kennedy and we know what happened to him. The last US Senator to publicly expose intelligence abuses was Idaho Senator Frank Church. To get back at him the CIA funded his opposition and he lost his bid for reelection.

2017 is barely started and the mind control apparatus is trying to gin up negative perceptions and hostilities that could lead to conflict (the US and NATO are ringing Russia with troops, missiles and conducting war games as we speak) and domestic discord. Don’t fall for the okey-doke, think for yourself and make up your own mind. Be vigilant, double check your information, don’t drink their Kool-aid.

 

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What If?

                                                     From The Ramparts

Junious Ricardo Stanton

                                                      What If?

             What would happen if we actually lived our lives according to the tenants of the world’s great religions? At their core they all express and stress similar values and perspectives on human relationships. On a very practical level what many refer to as the “Golden Rule” is espoused by every major religion and most all cultural traditions. In ancient times indigenous/aboriginal people realized cooperation and good interpersonal relations were better than conflict and competition, that an harmonious collectivist survival mode was more efficient than a selfish individualistic way of living.

Our African ancestors developed the concept and virtues of “reciprocity”  which have stood the test of time for millennia. Even the West admits Africans along the Nile developed the world’s first practical system of ethics called Ma’at and several tenants were subsequently appropriated and spread around the world. In articulating the concept and philosophy of  Ma’at our African ancestors recognized the holistic interconnectedness and interdependence of:  Divine Order, Harmony, Balance, Truth, Justice, Righteousness and Reciprocity in societal relationships both personal and collective. They said “As above so below” and they recognized the primacy of the CREATOR in the creative process and recognized man’s divine nature and wished to replicate DIVINE ORDER here on Earth among mankind. Perhaps this is why ancient Kemet recorded thousands of years of relative peace, prosperity and stability.

Thousands of years after our African ancestors articulated their cosmology and philosophies, the historical Hebrews consolidated the Forty-Two Declarations of Innocence formulated by our African ancestors, reduced them to The Ten Commandants and substituted the personal affirmation and declarations of a virtuous lifestyle with commandments against certain acts and behaviors. When the early Christian Church fathers formulated their doctrines they absorbed the Ten Commandants as part of their historiography and theological foundation.

One of the core tenants of Ma’at was the concept of reciprocity. Reciprocity from an African perspective means the solemn duty and obligation to others, doing good in such a way as to generate similar empathy, conduct and interactions that employ all the other tenants of Ma’at: Harmony, Truth, Justice, Balance and Propriety. Reciprocity was an ongoing daily application of good character, good conduct, mutual respect and assistance. Out of the African concept of Ma’at which includes reciprocity came the notion of the Law of Reciprocity which Western metaphysicians define as, “the Universal Law that states that whatever is sent out into the cosmos, what modern day science refers to as ‘The Unified Field’… ‘The Infinite Field Of Potentiality’, in the way of energy or vibration through the resonance of your thoughts, emotions and actions, will manifest outcomes in the physical world… physical outcomes that unfold in your life based on whatever is given or broadcast out through those thoughts, emotions and actions.” http://www.abundance-and-happiness.com/law-of-reciprocity.html

Rooted deep within the Golden Rule is a profound understanding of how the UNIVERSE works on spiritual and temporal levels. Unfortunately we have lost respect for this ancient wisdom, values and virtues. Today the ruling class through the institutions they’ve created and control like religion, the government, mass media, trade and commerce etc promote values that are antithetical to those ancient values. Today what our African ancestors called Isfet (the polar opposite of Ma’at) is promoted: disorder, discord, deceit, exploitation, wickedness and selfish absorption.

But what if we went back to the ancient virtues of Ma’at and practiced them on a daily basis, how would our lives be different? What if we promoted them in our institutions and media? What if we decided to live our lives in accordance with the Golden Rule, what if our thoughts, words, deeds and interactions were based upon truth, harmony, justice, rectitude, balance, reciprocity and a deep sense of social obligation? Do you think our families, neighborhoods and world would be better off? Food for thought.

 

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Random Thoughts on Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump

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                                                 From the Ramparts

Junious Ricardo Stanton

                                  Random Thoughts About Reagan and Trump

 

It’s been five weeks since the 2016 Presidential election and folks are still shocked, upset, despondent and dismayed about the results. Why? Is it because people dislike Trump so much we forgot our ancestors lived and experienced much worse, even thought Trump hasn’t even been sworn in yet?! I can’t believe Black people thought Hillary Clinton or the Democratic Party was our friend, our benefactors or they would do right by us given their history of supporting Bill Clinton’s policies of “welfare reform”, his war on crime that created a massive gulag system that incarcerated millions of Black and Brown people for minor non violent offences, and opened the door for privatized prisons, his repeal of the Glass-Stegall Act which paved the way for the financial collapse, fraud and corruption, the foreclosure crisis and loss of equity wealth of people of color, wealth we probably will never get back. I just don’t get it.

Our people have lived through much worse, suffered and experienced abuse, brutality and exploitation during centuries in this country where we had no redress or protection, when the courts, were stacked against us, when we could not vote, when our lives, dignity and prospects for redemption were few. The US Supreme Court even said in 1857 in the infamous Dred Scott vs Sanford decision, “Blacks were not citizens and had no rights a white person was bound to respect.”

There was a time when almost everything was arrayed against us, yet we still persevered. The only thing our people had was hope and faith. They had faith there would be a better day, faith THE CREATOR and ancestors would give us the strength to persevere and overcome. Their dogged hope and faith sustained our ancestors, helped them pave a way out of no way, hew a sense of personal and collective dignity out of the mountain of deprivation and allowed them to survive unfathomable horrors, constant terror, degradation, rape, dehumanization and desecration. And today we are worried because someone like Donald Trump is the next president?! We should be ashamed of ourselves!

I was watching PBS the other day, they were featuring a documentary entitled Black America Since MLK. It chronicled the circumstances of discrimination, deprivation and oppression, our responses and the counter reactions of the oppressive US system. When it came to the 1980’s and Ronald Reagan I saw an alarming similarity to Donald Trump.  Reagan was a former Hollywood actor, never a real star, who was active in the union who used his Hollywood career as a stepping stone to politics. Trump like Reagan is a media personality who knows how to use the camera to his advantage. Reagan’s campaign slogan was “Let’s Make America Great Again”. Donald Trump’s campaign slogan was “Make America Great Again.” Reagan and the Republicans proposed massive tax cuts for the rich, and government deregulation. With a straight face Reagan and his cabinet members said it would trickle down throughout the economy and generate jobs and wealth. His tax cuts and deregulation did neither. https://mises.org/library/myths-reaganomics

In fact Reagan’s policies so destabilized the country’s fiscal standing he and the next two presidents: George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton were forced to raise a myriad of taxes to cover the massive shortfalls Reagan’s tax cuts created! Several years later, George W Bu$h claimed tax cuts for the rich and deregulation would spur economic growth, it did not. Then they allowed 9-11 to happen and all budgetary restraints for the Military Industrial Complex and the subsequently created Department of Homeland Security went out the window!

Now Donald Trump is making the same claims and promises, tax cuts and deregulation will spur economic growth and prosperity for all. But Trump has added a new twist. He says he will negotiate better more favorable trade deals which will save the nation money. Yeah right. The taxpayer funded boondoggle is part of the way Washington works and the 1% are not going to take kindly to having their money and profits from overruns, fraud and waste cut.

Anyone who has had to balance a budget knows you can’t cut revenue and keep spending the same amount or more if you want to get out of debt. So do not expect Trump’s plans to work. Anyway we cannot depend on Donald Trump to save us. I don’t want to be a Davy Downer but if Trump is anything like Ronald Reagan, things will get worse  policy wise for us during his watch and the 1% will have a field day ripping off the government! Remember Iran Contra, the cocaine and opium importation and the Saving and Loan crisis?!

As we approach a New Year let us not wallow in despair, self-pity, hopelessness or defeatist attitudes. We come from strong stock, our ancestors were great people who  made a way out of no way, we can do it again. We rumbled against white supremacy and won (the Civil Rights movement brought US statutory apartheid down)! Stand up straight, hold your heads up man and woman up; let’s be about the business of doing for self!

 

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