Monday, January 16, 2012

Martin Luther King: Praised in Words, Defamed in Deeds

Anthony Freda Art
Tony Cartalucci, Contributing Writer
Activist Post

What a spectacle, the "first black president" of the United States celebrating Martin Luther King Jr Day. How far we've come, or so it would seem.

And while King was primarily a civil rights activist seeking equality amongst men based on their humanity, not the countenance of their skin, and the fact that a black man can become president is indeed progress, King was also a champion for humanity in general.

He was a peace activist as much as a civil rights activist.

In a speech given on April 4, 1967 in New York City titled, "Beyond Vietnam - A Time to Break Silence," King gives what is perhaps the widest encapsulation of his philosophy and worldview, one that would undoubtedly criticize and clash with the disingenuous US president celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year. And the beauty of the equality King helped usher in is that the fact  Obama is black should not shield him from the criticism of the very man that helped pave the way for his accession to office.


One section of King's enlightening speech criticizing the Vietnam War states:
It is with such activity in mind that the words of the late John F. Kennedy come back to haunt us. Five years ago he said, 'Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.' Increasingly, by choice or by accident, this is the role our nation has taken, the role of those who make peaceful revolution impossible by refusing to give up the privileges and the pleasures that come from the immense profits of overseas investments. I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin...we must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.

A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. On the one hand, we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life's roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life's highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say, 'This is not just.' It will look at our alliance with the landed gentry of South America and say, 'This is not just.' The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just.

A true revolution of values will lay hand on the world order and say of war, 'This way of settling differences is not just.' This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation's homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice, and love. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.

America, the richest and most powerful nation in the world, can well lead the way in this revolution of values. There is nothing except a tragic death wish to prevent us from reordering our priorities so that the pursuit of peace will take precedence over the pursuit of war. There is nothing to keep us from molding a recalcitrant status quo with bruised hands until we have fashioned it into a brotherhood.

This kind of positive revolution of values is our best defense against communism. War is not the answer. Communism will never be defeated by the use of atomic bombs or nuclear weapons. Let us not join those who shout war and, through their misguided passions, urge the United States to relinquish its participation in the United Nations. These are days which demand wise restraint and calm reasonableness. We must not engage in a negative anticommunism, but rather in a positive thrust for democracy, realizing that our greatest defense against communism is to take offensive action in behalf of justice. We must with positive action seek to remove those conditions of poverty, insecurity, and injustice, which are the fertile soil in which the seed of communism grows and develops.
It is safe to say that America has not mended its ways, and has only traveled further down the dark path King warned us of back in 1967. The man "leading" us, or at least the front-man for the corporate-financier interests that drive America's destiny, may honor King with carefully contrived words and well-orchestrated ceremony, but in deeds and actions Obama and the corporate-financier elite that hold his leash, defame and dishonor King in every way imaginable.

If you want to honor King and his life's work, honor it by implementing the words he uttered while alive, not by playing along with a system that resisted him until his death, and has since dishonored him with disingenuous praise while maliciously carrying out an agenda contra to everything King ever stood for.

You can read and listen to the whole April 4, 1967 speech, "Beyond Vietnam - A Time to Break Silence" on AmericanRhetoric.com.

Tony Cartalucci's articles have appeared on many alternative media websites, including his own at 
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12 comments:

Anarcho-Capitalist said...

Being totally complicit to the racism racket, TC writes perhaps the most boring MLK article yet ...

Anonymous said...

AC does posting these "tin foil hat" comments get you closer to promotion and a job in desert bunker with a joystick? sad little person you.

Anonymous said...

Did you read the article? It says nothing about racism! It's anti-war!

If anything else, it could be actually pointing out the racism racket or in other words they perverted MLK's anti-war, anti-corporate fascist message into the rubbish that is liberalism in America today.

Or were MLK's concerns about blacks not being allowed to use public bathrooms part of the "racism racket" as well?

Anonymous said...

MLK was financed by the communists and trained at the communist training camp located in east Tennessee. On top of that he was a whore hopping womanizer.
on another note if I want to bar ANYONE from my privately owned restroom or business it is NO ONES business. We have a God given right to freedom of association that was supposed to be protected by the constitution but even that has been destroyed by those who said they would destroy us from within.
next time the federal crime stats come out check to see who is commiting over eighty percent of the violent crimes. it is the same group that MLK and the constitution usurping federal government turned loose on society.

Anonymous said...

MLK also gave us the tools of freedom:

http://www.activistpost.com/2011/01/martin-luther-king-jr-and-tools-of.html

It is sad that the government that was found liable by a jury of assassinating MLK now claims to memorialize him.

See: http://www.ratical.org/ratville/JFK/MLKconExp.html

http://www.williampepper.com/books.html

Loyd Jowers also confessed to being part of the assassination conspiracy.

http://www.nytimes.com/2000/05/23/us/loyd-jowers-73-who-claimed-a-role-in-the-killing-of-dr-king.html

Anonymous said...

King was also a notorious womanizer,an adulterer,a Commie sympathizer if not an outright Commie,a reverend who gave an interview for Playboy,a man who preached peace but brought violence to many places.Yes,he did some good.But he has been deified now.He's now a false god,just like the rest of them.

Anonymous said...

If you have the right to deny whomever you want from using your potty and call it free association...nevermind that the water in your toilet comes from a public resource, I think the rest of us should very much enjoy the right to freely associate our defecation with the outside of your establishment.

Anarcho-Capitalist said...

All rackets are clandestine with covers that are true and compelling. The natural distrust or hatred for those outside our ilk is natural law; look no further than the prison system. In this racket, people are convinced to not use their natural inclinations or observations, which effectively compromises their own sensibilities.

Copying and pasting from "War is a Racket" (Smedley Butler) might be more convincing than doing the same with an elevated icon whose true character is correctly pointed out by other comments, although the worst may have been hidden "because in 1977 his widow got a court order that sealed up King’s voluminous FBI files for 50 years." (J. Goad)

Show me a conspiracy theorist and I'll show you an establishment drone.

Anonymous said...

I was waiting for the far right authoritarian lemming dipshits to attack MLK, a true Ameican hero. They're hereeeeee....

dale said...

Lots of sick people smearing Dr. King, the greatest American of the 20th Century. The racists called him a communist (he was a Christian preacher) and still do. Dr. King would have been overjoyed at the Occupy Wall St Movement, as he was killed just as he turned his focus to economic justice (defending public sector union workers in Memphis) and denouncing the fascist war in Vietnam.

The people who killed him still have a voice in the ugly smears of those who post lies about him such as above. But as Dr. King said: the only power stronger than the power of hatred is the power of love.

Anonymous said...

For a large part of his reign, MLK was a controlled(pimped) equation. He did his part(I think unknowingly)to play his roll in the Hagelian Dialectic(thesis/antithesis/synthesis). It was only when he wandered off the reservation and became effective by getting involved in the anti-war movement. Then he was offed

Anonymous said...

on epart of the globalist plans was to keep the black andwhite races in constant conflict and turmoil toward each other. I have listen to every speech by Martin Luther King Jr.i could find on youtube.i serveded thre tours in Vietnam as a US marine. I still listen to his speech about Vietnam and although we lost over 58,000 good men i realize he was right in that, not unlike the illegal Iraq War, was based on lies from the corporate controlled news media and the White House. i don't agree with Hanio Jane and her suppoprting North Vietnam and the Vietmenese Communist.It was not that stopping communist agression was wrong but that the lies told to start that war was wrong.Our government has supported too many corrupt regimes too many times.While MLK was not a saint, who of us are without sin?

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