by Jill Dalton
I am dismayed and heartbroken by what’s going on in the US, as we descend into fascism. There appears to be no justice. No integrity. No accountability. The criminals that run the government lie cheat and steal for their own benefit, as they serve their puppet masters, and sell us out to the highest bidder. The bankers and Wall Street collapse the world economy, and walk away without so much as a slap on the wrist. We have a two-tier system of justice where white color crime is rewarded, and the poor are locked away for stealing a candy bar.
The Military Industrial Complex continues to murder, rape, and pillage with immunity, as they destroy civilizations, and the war profiteers bank billions. Americans sadly condone this behavior by remaining silent. Our clean water is used to frack shale, which destroys the environment and contaminates our water supply so natural gas can be sold overseas for higher profits, and because of the Halliburton loophole are not held accountable for their destruction. The Gulf oil spill was never cleaned up just hidden by a toxic chemical, corexit, which in effect hid the body.
Our food is poisoned by pesticides and genetically modified. We live in a surveillance state where every email is read, every phone call listened to, and stored on huge computers in the NSA’s mega data base located somewhere in Utah. Our civil liberties have been systematically stripped from us. With the signing of the Patriot Act we’re now unconstitutionally searched at airports, harassed by the signs and announcements in the New York subways telling us “if we see something to say something,” and remember we may be recorded for our own good.
Obama first signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law allowing US citizens to be held indefinitely without due process on New Years Eve (December 31, 2011). The 2014 NDAA still included this draconian provision against US citizens, and the 2015 NDAA was just passed by the House and according to Ramsey Cox from The Hill, “the Senate voted 85-14 to end debate on the motion to concur with the House on S.3979, advancing the measure for final vote no later than Friday.” Friday being December 12, 2014. American jobs were shipped overseas when Clinton signed NAFTA into law, as he proclaimed this trade agreement would bring jobs, and indeed it has just not to the US. But this pales in comparison to the new trade agreement the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP’s been negotiated in secret for five years, but leaks show it’s the mother of all trade bills (NAFTA on steroids), and insures countries give up their sovereignty to corporations. According to Public Citizen this agreement would: offshore millions of American jobs, roll back Wall Street reform, sneak SOPA-like threats to internet freedom, ban Buy American policies needed to create green jobs, jack up the cost of medications, expose the US to unsafe food and products, and empower corporations to attack our environment and health safeguards. Since Clinton deregulated the media leaving us with six corporations in control of all our information, we need the Internet more than ever.
Citizen United ensures our votes no longer matter. Whoever has the most money wins. So corporations deluge our elected officials with cash and these cowardly politicians kowtow to them, and either pay us lip service or just plain ignore us. Corporations have no loyalty to any country. Profit is their only motive. Many large corporations no longer pay taxes, as they continue to make unprecedented profits, and receive tax subsidies on top of that. The wealthy are exempt from paying taxes too. That leaves us. We pay the taxes. But the middle class is disappearing fast, as Congress looks to raise taxes on the poorest among us. Economic inequality is higher than ever with, according to Forbes, “400 people owning as much as the combined net worth of half of all Americans.”
And after 12 years of war we find ourselves in this hyper masculine permanent war culture, which does not serve the planet or us. The US has become the largest terrorist organization in the world. Using deadly force, torture and rape instead of diplomacy. Diplomacy is for pussies after all.
The US has the largest incarnation rate in the world. We’re warehousing Blacks and Latinos at alarming rates. There are more black men in prison then were slaves. Since there are no jobs we put them behind bars or better still in solitary confinement. Black and Latino men are incarcerated for smoking a joint or murdered for walking down the street or selling a cigarette to make ends meet. In New York City we have the racist ‘stop and frisk’ law, which allows the police to stop anyone, meaning any male of color, for any reason. Our police forces have been militarized and now use lethal force instead of asking a question. Everyone is a threat. We are the enemy.
The mindless murders of black men by the police and the refusal to indict their executioners even when, in the case of Eric Garner, his murder was caught on tape, is more than a little disturbing. At last count, since the murder of Michael Brown 14 teens have been killed at the hands of the police. These murders of black men bring to mind the death of Jimmie Lee Jackson. State troopers murdered Jackson on February 26, 1965, as he tried to protect his mother and grandmother from a trooper attack on civil rights marchers. His death led to the Selma-Montgomery march and the eventual passage of the Voting Rights Act.
“As long as justice is postponed we always stand on the verge of these darker nights of social disruption.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
These unjust events in Ferguson and New York and many others around the country make it perfectly clear the state does not believe black lives matter. But this is not just a race war it’s a class war by the ruling elites. It’s a war on the poor and impoverished. It’s now a crime to be poor in this country. Police have also been murdering dogs at an alarming rate as well. Seems the police feel very threatened by anyone or anything. We’re told being a police officer is a very dangerous job. However, the numbers show a very different story. According to a recent Huffington Post article,
“A total of 76 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in 2013, the FBI reported Monday.” “Of those, 49 died in accidents and 27 were killed as a result of felonious acts—the lowest such figure in more than 50 years of FBI reporting, dating back to at least 1961.” “…the Bureau of Labor Statistics list of the 10 most-dangerous professions doesn’t include law enforcement officer.” “In Utah, for example, the Salt lake City Tribune recently reported that police in the state were the second-leading cause of homicide from 2010 to October 2014. Over that period, officers were responsible for more of the state’s homicides than gang members, drug dealers or child abusers.”
Preemptive wars. Pre-emptive policing. Shoot first; ask questions later or not at all is not policing, but military tactics used to subdue the enemy. We’re no longer citizens; we’re the enemy.
So what can we do? For starters the government ain’t gonna save us. Obama and the Democrats ain’t gonna save us. They sold us down the river for corporate money long ago. That leaves us. You and me. We’re the solution.
I’m so grateful there’s an outcry around the country, and we must stand in solidarity with our black brothers and sisters. What is done to them is done to all of us, and if you think you’re safe because you’re white, well, guess what, we’re next. As we descend into this militarized police state the only thing between us and them is us. We must stand together. Black lives matter. We all matter. The answer is love.
These protests are a cry for unity, love and justice. The powers that be want to keep us divided and hostile to each other. We’ve been brainwashed to believe we’re separate, and in competition with each other, but this is a lie. We’re wired to love and cooperate with one another. But we must wake up from this bad dream. It comes down to consciousness. We must disconnect from the negative programming and reunite in love. All this injustice needs to be healed. We must open our hearts to love and stop being victims. Deprogram from this false narrative. Reconnect with our true selves. Reconnect with love. We are enough. We must play our part. The world needs us. The world needs more love, compassion, and kindness. The people united can never be divided. Thus far, the state has no solutions, and offers only violence. We must make a commitment to peace, truth justice, and nonviolence. It’s our only hope. We are one.
“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy, instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.
Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.