Monday, January 21, 2013

The Greatest Way to Dishonor Martin Luther King Jr.

Tony Cartalucci, Contributor
Activist Post

What's the greatest way to dishonor Martin Luther King Jr.? Compare him with US President Barack Obama - a servant of an engine for the greatest disparity, inequality, and injustice on Earth - driven by the very corporate-financier interests King stood up against, was opposed by throughout his entire life, and most likely was killed by. For Martin Luther King Jr. - whose famous speeches still echo through the halls of time, who spoke a message of peace and of the importance of character over the mere color of one's skin - he is ironically compared to Barack Obama simply because of the color of their skin, despite the fact that these two men possess the opposite in character, and represent infinitely opposing causes.  

Image: A visual representation of the corporate-financier special interests represented by US President Barack Obama's cabinet, past and present. 

Indeed, despite the left-leaning facade President Obama displays publicly, his entire cabinet, past and present, is a collection of corporate-financier special interests, warmongers, criminals, and elitists who merely couch a corporate-fascist, self-serving agenda behind well-meaning liberal-esque causes.

A look at these characters more closely reveals just this:
Timothy Geithner (Secretary of the Treasury): Group of 30, Council on Foreign Relations, private Federal Reserve
Eric Holder (Attorney General): Covington & Burling lobbying for Merck and representing Chiquita International Brands in lawsuits brought by relatives of people killed by Colombian terrorists.
Eric Shinseki (Secretary of Veteran Affairs): US Army, Council on Foreign Relations, Honeywell director (military contractor), Ducommun director (military contractor).
Rahm Emanuel (former Chief of Staff): Freddie Mac
William Daley (former Chief of Staff): JP Morgan executive committee member
Jacob "Jack" Lew (Chief of Staff) Council on Foreign Relations, Brookings Institution (Hamilton Project)
Susan Rice (UN Ambassador): McKinsey and Company, Brookings Institution, Council on Foreign Relations
Peter Orszag, (former Budget Director): Citi Group, Council on Foreign Relations
Paul Volcker
: Council on Foreign Relations, private Federal Reserve, Group of 30
Ronald Kirk (US Trade Representative): lobbyist, part of Goldman Sachs, Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts, and Texas Pacific Group partnership to buyout Energy Future Holdings.
Lawrence Summers (National Economic Council Director): World Bank, Council on Foreign Relations, Brookings Institution (Hamilton Project)
Image: Brookings Institution's corporate backers - clearly nothing to do with left-leaning liberal

Of course, representation of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Brookings Institution (page 19, .pdf) should give any genuine left-leaning liberal pause for thought. These are think-tanks created by and for big business. The Brookings Institution in particular is home of the very architects of "George Bush's" myriad of wars - wars the faux-left in America claim Obama only grudgingly has been stuck with.

In reality, his policy is driven by not only the exact same corporate-financier interests that drove Bush's, but in fact, many of the exact same individuals are writing the policy versus nations like Libya, Syria, and Iran today who were behind "Bush's" Iraq and Afghanistan wars - the consequences of which still are reverberating. This is what is called, "continuity of agenda," with the feigned political proclivities of both Bush and Obama being nothing more than carefully orchestrated theater to divide and distract the public as a singular agenda transcends presidencies and perceived political lines.

And in reality, Martin Luther King Jr., should he still walk this world today, would undoubtedly be taking the podium and speaking out against this outrageous conspiracy against free humanity, and the affront to equality poseurs like President Barack Obama are attempting to foist upon the public and the world at large. He would undoubtedly condemn the global war Obama is waging from Mali to Libya, from Syria to Afghanistan and the borders of Pakistan, from Yemen to Somalia, to Uganda and beyond.

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 presidents of today, celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day. And the beauty of the equality King helped usher in is, the fact that 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 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 public stunts, 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 and exploited his memory 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

Tony Cartalucci's articles have appeared on many alternative media websites, including his own at Land Destroyer Report, Alternative Thai News Network and LocalOrg. Read other contributed articles by Tony Cartalucci here.

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Anonymous said...

I really found that bit about communism amusing.

Communism is when the government declares itself as supreme ruler and distributor of resources and services.

But, hasn't capitalism proven to be just as bad?

Capitalism uses the concept of 'free markets'. Government is originally separate from business. Unregulated business, aka 'free markets', naturally leads to monopolies and cartels. These powerful organizations eventually turn their influence on the government. The end result of capitalism is fascism, or proxy rule by business interests.

The mechanism that creates the problems with both of these methods of government is the monetary system. It is the source of all this corruption, and has to be re-evaluated thoroughly if we are to progress as a species.

Also, democracy is nothing more than 'mob rule' and not what the United States of America was founded on. You may want to remove that association in future posts, Tony.

Brendan R

Anonymous said...

MLK was just as Marxist/Communist as BO.

The media has made both of them saints.

Anonymous said...

Stop blaming all the ills of the United States on the black/bi-racial man who is now president. He is doing what all previous U.S. white presidents did, except with a minor twist.
Why would you expect the government to change just because a brown face is in the White House?

The real culprit is our cultural and political system that promotes white amd male supremacy. This ideology influences all systems of oppression for the many and gives privileges for the few. If everyday white people aren't willing to give up their "privilege" crumbs (and of course you're getting crumbs through the racist institutions used to oppress people of color in everyday life), they are participating in the same system they now see as so problematic under Barack Obama's watch.

Sexism, racism and other forms of dehumanization to devalue diverse people are the main systems that allow the sociopaths (who come in all races, adult ages and genders) to harm the masses.

Anonymous said...

The only color I don't like in BO is RED!

He is the one promoting the divide between all people. 2013 is going to be an eye opener.

According to an article by Walter Williams (a black man btw) the eye opener is this:

Last year, in reference to President Obama's failed employment policies and high unemployment among blacks, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., who is chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said, "If Bill Clinton had been in the White House and had failed to address this problem, we probably would be marching on the White House." That's a vision that seems to explain black tolerance for failed politicians – namely, if it's a black politician whose policies are ineffectual and possibly harmful to the masses of the black community, it's tolerable, but it's entirely unacceptable if the politician is white.

Black people would not accept excuses upon excuses and vote to re-elect decade after decade any white politician, especially a Republican politician, to office who had the failed records of our big-city mayors. What that suggests about black people is not very flattering.

Rest of the article is here:

Hide Behind said...

Kings movement and one portion of the Black population sold out to the white established political and financial institutions and blunted any real chance of great socialil changes
His was the portion that was least dangerous to their order of things.
AT his death they threw money and exposure to elevate his martyrdom and fit it inwith their ideas of mon vilent confrontation
A conditioning that had kept the monied elites safe from making any real social movements from.gsing ground.
They usurped the movement and supported thode who wanted to be white and wanted bling and fortune, thr Black opportunist.
And not since Martin Luther King have the blacks putgorth anyone capable of change for all people.
If the white establishment vould not buy put all the other Black Liberation groups they fif their best to assadsinate amd vriminalize them all
No one must threaten their idea of the ideal Black man and they mafe those so easily swayed a psrt of their power structure. With associated pay that is.
In politics you have a do not a damn thing on own initiative Black Caucus that are no more than house boys and girls.
But it does seem to work at pacifying almost all of black society.
Racism southern style was just ignorance, that of the north shrewed and effecient.
While indeed Mr. King was an intelligent man and spoke of great possabilitys for all men andalso a very brave man his so called being spokesman for all black people only became possible when the white estsblishment turned their media loose to elrvate and therby eliminate hundreds of thousands of that race who were demanding real change and not a welfare state for their people.
Still the same today as that power structure uses mythological martyrdom to hod sway over a people that as a group sink further back into slavery og dispair.
T here is no real black political establishment or representatiin just blacks in suits and ties keeping themselves in suits and ties.
WE will never know what greatness Martin Luther could of attained. But we can dream as well as he and we all know it would of been a far better world for all americans if he had lived.

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