“The white conservatives aren’t friends of the Negro either, but they at least don’t try to hide it. They are like wolves; they show their teeth in a snarl that keeps the Negro always aware of where he stands with them. But the white liberals are foxes, who also show their teeth to the Negro but pretend that they are smiling. The white liberals are more dangerous than the conservatives; they lure the Negro, and as the Negro runs from the growling wolf, he flees into the open jaws of the “smiling” fox. One is the wolf; the other is a fox. No matter what, they’ll both eat you.”
– El-Hajj Malik el-Shabaz Malcolm X
Like many of our prophets, Martin King, Daniel Berrigan, and James Baldwin, Malcolm X’s words still carry the visionary and prophetic fire to this day.
In a year, unlike any other in recent memory, there has been a tendency to quote their words selectively while whitewashing and cherry-picking their comments, which minimizes their historical significance.
Much of the critique from these prophets, on our current condition, would undoubtedly have been directed at towards the Republicans, much of the Democratic Party, and corporate America.
In 2020 the United States has witnessed the concurrent crashing of events from COVID 19 to the rage emanating from the continued crucifixions and bloodbaths of Black bodies by a militarized police force that kills with virtual impunity.
Breonna Taylor’s life had so little value that the only crime committed was a police officer firing his gun into a neighbor’s wall.
There is unremitted police violence, including tear gas and other chemical weapons against the citizens they are sworn to protect- during a worldwide pandemic.
Movements and activist groups are addressing the core issues facing America: Good Kids Mad City https://www.gkmcenglewood.com/ Assata’s Daughters Code Pink Black Lives Matter About Face Vets for the People Chicago Chapter Veterans For Peace Extinction Rebellion Veterans for Peace
Primarily driven by young Black and Brown activists, the energy in these movements addresses the core ailments in our failed state.
Issues of climate destruction, poverty, defunding the bloated police and military budgets, U.S. hegemony and imperialism, student debt, joblessness, massive income inequality, and our broken health care system.
The thought that this presidential election will deliver us back to some simpler time or time of “normalcy” would be a laugh if the stakes were not so high.
The normalcy of the George W. Bush and Barrack Obama regimes is not something we should be yearning.
Those sixteen-years brought us climate annihilation, murderous and endless wars of empire, drone strikes on civilians and hospitals. Drone strikes on wedding parties, torture, and servitude to Wall Street criminality.
The bar is so low for someone “better than Trump” that it’s lying on the ground.
Based on the evidence before us, neither Trump nor Biden is going to save us. Trump is not running against the weak and inept Joe Biden. Trump is running against COVID 19, and all bets seem that Trump will lose to the pandemic.
Climate destruction will continue. The maniacal lust and drive to extinguish the planet was made clear to us by Harris in her debate with Pence.
Harris looking directly into the camera during her debate with Vice President Pence, stated that she and Joe Biden would continue the destruction of the climate and poisoning by continuing fracking.
It was stunning. Politicians used to promise lower taxes: now they promise climate devastation and poisoning our drinking water.
U.S. imperialism and hegemony through brute military force will go unstopped and unchecked.
Both Democrat and Republican candidates will continue backing the brutal apartheid government of Israel. It continues to steal and colonize Palestinian land through colonization, land theft, and the murder and torture of innocent Palestinian men, women, and children under its’ apartheid rule.
In watching Trump and Biden’s last debate, both trying to sell their version of a corporate written health care bill (Affordable Care Act) is essentially no different than the other. The for-profit health care bill will include the price gouging of corporate profit ghouls: racking up $35 Billion in profits.
If we continue to live in a for-profit health care system, it will continue to get worse. The fear-mongering by corporate America and their political handmaidens against the human right of universal free health insurance is the lie they want us to believe.
The final debate between President Trump and Joe Biden did not shed any new light on policy either. The never-ending imperial wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and endless bipartisan foreign policies have been one magnificent failure after another.
Joe Biden- more than any politician in the Senate- pushed and supported the Iraq War. Without question, Biden shares incredible responsibility in the deaths of over a million innocent Iraqis and the utter obliteration of their country.
Biden facilitated the deaths and mutilations of thousands of marines and soldiers. It would do us well to stop ignoring the words of historian Andrew Bacevich and the price we pay for our ignorance, “It is the soldier who bears the burden of such folly. U.S. troops in battle dress and body armor, whom Americans profess to admire and support, pay the price.”
The word poverty never entered the debate, and that is not surprising from the Republican side.
Anyone using welfare and assistance programs is in some way of getting over and living the high life. Reagan’s flawed narrative included his infamous “welfare queen” trope that racialized those suffering under economic deprivation and strangulation. The Trump regime has not derailed this pathology.
In 2018 the Trump administration was running around claiming that the poor made up only 3% of the U.S. population based on a claim by The Council of Economic Advisers.
To come to this outrageous conclusion is further proof of the level of incompetent people (Betsey DeVoss, Stephen Miller, Mike Pompeo, Stephen Miller, Steve Mnuchin) Trump has surrounded himself with. This cast of misfits may prove to be a more significant danger to the country than Trump himself.
We have 52% of American children under the age of 18 who are low-income or poor (over 38 million are children), and over 50% of children do not know where they will sleep each night.
A September 2018 article from The American Prospect stated, “For instance, 55% of Americans struggle to pay medical bills, 40% of adults have less than $400 in savings, and nearly half of all renters can’t afford housing costs.”
Part of the Democrat silence may be due to a willingness not to revisit President Clinton and Biden’s championing of the brutal Welfare Reform Act under President Clinton.
Nothing at this moment could be worse than another four more years of Trump. He has appointed three Supreme Court Judges, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett.
He has appointed more Federal court judges at this time than any other recent president. The coughing up of Joe Biden by the Democratic Party is as revealing as it is insulting.
If Biden is elected, the hope and changes through “reform” will not come from the White House or useless Democrats like Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer.
The lessons and words from Martin King, Daniel Berrigan, and James Baldwin, Malcolm X, should continue to inspire and educate us. The change will come from where it has always come from, dissidents, and mass acts of non-violent civil disobedience, the vehicle for real social justice: our history and the history of the world is the evidence. Wage Peace.