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To his credit Minister Louis Farrakhan is the only national leader who has consistently

called AmeriKKKa out on her immorality and insanity. Other notables like Al Sharpton

and Jesse Jackson have become shills for the oligarchies, rarely if ever speaking

out against the ongoing parade of wars or the egregious domestic policies ravaging

this nation and sending it over the abyss

 

 

We've Lost the Moral Imperative
By Junious Ricardo Stanton

 

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.—Martin Luther King Jr. "When Silence Is Betrayal," "Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam"


As the two sides of the ruling oligopoly’s coin of "democracy" disingenuously haggle, posture and pose over the budget and the potential for default; we miss the greater challenge facing us as a people. The challenge we currently face is the very issue Martin Luther King Jr. warned us about over forty years ago, spiritual death. In his sermon on why he opposed the Vietnam War, King stated, “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”  Martin Luther King Jr. was deeply concerned about the psyche (soul) of this nation and the damage the warmongers were doing to us psychologically and spiritually.

King like Malcolm opposed US imperialistic wars and the absurd rationalities behind them like  “Manifest Destiny,” “American Exceptionalism,” and “stopping communism”; euphemisms for white supremacy, genocide, war, rapine and continued colonialism. Both men were ministers and religious leaders; King of Christianity, Malcolm of Islam. Their calling unlike many ministers today, who focus only on money, imbued them with a higher consciousness and morality. They preached it and acted upon it!  More importantly they knew first hand our people were victims of a vicious system of psychological and socio-economic oppression and brutality. They spoke out boldly against these conditions; they took action and offered concrete challenges to the system (Malcolm taking the US before the World Court on human rights violations, King launching a Poor People’s Campaign aimed at redirecting domestic policy) which cost both men their lives. Unlike many religious leaders of their time and today Malcolm and Martin had integrity and steadfast courage in the face of unfathomable evil.

The US government with its counter insurgency and anti-dissidence campaigns like COINTELPRO run by the FBI, and Operation Chaos run by the CIA (in illegal violation of its charter) were committed to fascist imperialism and used these programs to neutralize (kill) Malcolm and King, and attempt to squash dissent in this country, instill fear, apathy and an acquiescence to fascist imperialism in the public. But resistance mounted. The psychopathic oligarchs saw they were losing and changed their strategy by ending the war in Southeast Asia (which was really about drug trafficking not the threat of communism), doing away with the military draft, creating an all volunteer imperial military and moving to inculcate within younger generations a love of killing, war and imperialism.. These initiatives along with the continued operation of COINTELPRO, Operation Chaos, and others greatly reduced open resistance to US imperialism.  The economic boom fueled in great part by this same imperialism raised incomes and living standards until the banker elite decided to pull the plug on the US economy.

To keep the military-industrial hydra going, the ruling elites also had to reinvent the military to make the people forget Vietnam since they had no intention stopping their quest to rob, steal and plunder the earth’s resources and kill with impunity. So they used the media especially motion pictures like Top Gun and An Officer and A Gentleman to depict the military in a favorable light. They worked with Hollywood, the music and video game industries which they own to encourage immorality, incivility, warmongering and bloodlust in their programming under a guise of free speech. So now we are constantly bombarded with murder, killing, decadence and a general disrespect for the sanctity of life. We are as King admonished approaching spiritual death. Over the years, when Blacks like C. Delores Tucker and Rev. Calvin Butts spoke up and warned us about our moral decline they were attacked and denounced by the thugs and low lifes in the entertainment industry on behalf of their owners and paymasters.

To his credit Minister Louis Farrakhan is the only national leader who has consistently called AmeriKKKa out on her immorality and insanity. Other notables like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have become shills for the oligarchies, rarely if ever speaking out against the ongoing parade of wars or the egregious domestic policies ravaging this nation and sending it over the abyss. They are living too comfortably to challenge the status quo.

Unlike them, Malcolm and King saw their calling as comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable.  Would there were more like them. In the meantime, AmeriKKK has accelerated its descent into degradation and immorality. Quiet as its kept, there is little difference between present day AmeriKKKa and Nazi Germany in the 1930's. The reason is the same consciousness and mentality prevails.

Africans in AmeriKKKa have always been the moral compass and conscience of this nation. When the Great Awakening hit AmeriKKKa, many white church goers still owned slaves, they  were still killing Native Americans and slavery except for some Quakers and Methodists was accepted as a way of life. It was Black visionaries and preachers like David Walker, Nathaniel Turner, Denmark Vesey, Henry Highland Garnet, Frederick Douglass and  a long line of outspoken men and women who challenged this country’s legacy of moral turpitude, genocide, war and oppression often at the risk of bodily harm or death. Where is that tradition today?

Where are the Black leaders calling Obama out for his warmongering? Too many of our people have drunk the Obama Kool-Aid. The ruling elites purposefully gave him the Nobel Peace Prize to stunt any criticism once he expanded US/NATO wars on theirs orders and we fell for it.  Louis Farrakhan, William Reed, Cynthia McKinney, Omali Yeshitela, Glen Ford,  me and a few others are the only ones consistently pointing out Obama’s hypocrisy and calling for our people to resist perpetual war, economic suicide and the encroaching police state.  Sometimes it feels like I’m talking to rocks.

Our African ancestors created the first systems of rectitude, morality and ethics known to man called Ma’at that lasted for thousands of years. What happened to that tradition? Why aren’t we upholding it, why don’t we know about it?  As a people it seems we’ve lost the moral imperative, we’ve lost our spunk and gumption so much so we live vicariously through a man like Barack Obama, which is sad on so many levels.  It appears as though COINTELPRO worked.

The good news is things are not always as they appear. People are waking up and throwing off the shroud of mindless conformity. Despite a dearth of moral leadership in the Black community, people are waking up. That’s the good news. The bad news is the psychopathic warmongers are more determined than ever to embroil this country in a global conflagration that will make WWII look like child’s play. Meanwhile the Negro leadership says nothing.

Will we go along to get along, will we go for the okey-doke, and fall for the flim-flam like we did after 9-11 and remain silent, or will we pick up the mantle of Malcolm, King, be about PEACE, uprightness, do the right thing and derail this war machine? Time will tell but time is running out.

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