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Subject: An Imperial Democracy
Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2002 04:44:08 -0400
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An Imperial Democracy - Mumia Abu-Jamal
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AN IMPERIAL DEMOCRACY
by Mumia Abu-Jamal
May 30, 2002
"Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he's our son of a bitch!"
(Franklin D. Roosevelt, on Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza.)
There is something surreal about George W. Bush crowing to the world
about "democracy," "freedom," and building a system "where every vote
counts" in socialist Cuba.
There is a place, 90 miles closer than Cuba, where the heralded
"freedom" to meaningfully participate in a "democracy .. where every
vote counts" is an illusion. We call that place -- Florida. For
that deep southern state smothered "democracy" on Election day, as it
used its armed state troopers, an intentionally defective
computerized list, and obstructive election registrars, to suppress,
void and scare off African-American, Haitian and liberal Jewish
voters from exercising their "freedom" to vote.
In light of the extraordinary lengths Jeb Bush's Florida went to, to
insure the state's electoral votes went to big brother George, there
is every reason to believe that the election was stolen. The present
head of the U.S. empire is there because of the unwritten rules of
dynastic blood succession, not because of a system "where every vote
Nor has the Bush administration (or any other U.S. presidential
administration, come to think of it) ever given a tinker's damn about
"democracy," at home or abroad.
Consider, if you will, some of the prominent "allies" in the
U.S.-declared 'War on Terrorism'; Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Pakistan,
Jordan ... any democracies among them? Can we expect the president
to demand "free and open elections," "freedom for political
prisoners," or creation of a system "where every vote counts" in any
of these nations?
I don't think so.
For these nations, run by princes or by military rule, keep oil
flowing to U.S. tanks, and where there is a choice between human
rights and oil, oil always triumphs.
Any serious student of U.S. history must recognize that Roosevelt's
observation about Nicaragua's dictator, Somoza, could be echoed by
every U.S. president, up to the present president. There has not
been a brutal dictator in the world who did not enjoy U.S. support,
for they served U.S. interests when they suppressed national
democratic movements to bow to U.S. big business; Cuba's Batista,
Chile's Pinochet, Perus' Fujimori (and his U.S.-trained
torture/intelligence chief, Vladimiros Montesinos, who doubled as
drug-lord), Zaire's Mobutu, the Shah of Iran, Angola's Savimbi,
Indonesia's Suharto, Marcos of the Philippines, Trujillo of the
Dominican Republic, Pretoria's Botha, ... you name 'em, the U.S. once
claimed 'em. They were all, at one time, "our sons of bitches."
"Freedom," "democracy," "free and fair elections" are just words that
have little meaning to an empire built on bombs, bullets, and CIA
terrorism. It is but an imperial democracy.
Copyright (c) 2002 by Mumia Abu-Jamal
JULY 4 LIBERATION DEMO FOR MUMIA AND AGAINST OPPRESSION WORLDWIDE
On July 4th Secretary of State Colin Powell is being awarded the
liberty medal. Last September Powell was scheduled to speak at the UN
sponsored World Conference Against Racism. But the US decided not to
send Powell, saying they didn't want to legitimize this world
gathering by having him attend. They decided to send a low-level
delegation to join the European and Israeli delegations. Then on
Sept. 4th, after the conference had barely started the US delegation
walked out, saying it could not tolerate discussion where Israel's
intensifying brutality against the Palestinian people was being
condemned.There was another reason for the walkout. The US knew there
would be discussion of racism in the US - racial profiling, the death
penalty, roundups of black and latino kids for prisons, the
systematic mistreatment of the Native American peoples. They decided
to leave before their long criminal record of past slavery and modern
national oppression could be paraded before the world.So now Powell
is getting a liberty medal? Not in our name! Let's walk into the
future with Mumia -- not the US flunkies of the world!
Next meeting is Thursday June 13th at the Friends Center 1501
July 4th demo - at 10 am we will meet at Philly City Hall (W.
Side)From there we will march and have a demonstration at noon.
Phone number for contact-215-476-5416.
We need people! We need banners! We need you!
The Power of Truth is Final -- Free Mumia in 2002!
CHECK www.mumia.org AND ITS LINKS FOR IMPORTANT ACTION ALERTS!
International Concerned Family & Friends of MAJ
P.O. Box 19709
Philadelphia, PA 19143
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