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"What State? What Union "

rec. 2-4-06

1) 2:35  Essay Mp3

2) 2:54  Essay Mp3

3) 4:04  Essay Mp3

WHAT STATE? WHAT UNION?
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[Col. Writ. 2/1/06] Copyright 2006 Mumia Abu-Jamal

   Every four years, U.S. presidents stroll into the halls of Congress, and announce, almost as if by rote, "The State of our Union is strong."

   This is statecraft (or should I say, stagecraft?); the use of illusions to keep the rabble in line.

   In biblical lore, the Pharaoh did the same thing when he ordered his priests to hurl down their staffs, to transform them into vipers.

   Princes, since antiquity, used stagecraft to calm the People, to reassure them of the power of the State.

   But, as ever, the view from the bottom is woefully different from that of those in the towers.

   There are tens of thousands of autoworkers reeling from news of job cuts in the industry.  This, after GM (General Motors) announced in 2005 that worldwide sales (of 9.17 million units) were the second highest in history!  I wonder how *workers* feel about the 'state of the union?'

   Of the roiling Middle East, and America's lust for 'black gold', President George W. Bush launched into a subject that seemed absurd, saying, "America is addicted to oil, which is often imported from unstable parts of the world."

   "Unstable?"  Like the Iraq war brought 'stability' to the region!  His comments were like a crack addict, complaining about the drug wars raging in the neighborhoods.

   The Iraq War was a mad project doomed for failure from inception -- the neocon dream of 'bringing democracy to the Middle East!'

   Hey -- if there was some *real* democracy in the U.S., the Iraq War would never have begun -- for the voices of the People -- those splendid millions who marched in February and March, 2003 -- would've been heeded by those in office.

   In time, we will look back to this age with incredulity and amazement -- and victories like Hamas in Israel will be the *best* of our memories.

The present economic model, despite it's false boosting by the president, is fast failing in this tsunami of greed.  Workers are being downsized, laid off, cut back, and told to produce more -- as executives are given bigger and better pieces of the corporate pie.

   What State? -- When the lives of so many slides deeper into debt and despair?

   What Union?  -- When the government acts as a collection agency for the ruling corporate class?

   The Congress is for rent to the highest bidder.  The Jack Abramoff scandal shows more corporate purchases of Congress than during the era of the Robber Barons of the last century.

   What is democracy when the executive can tap phones of Americans, in the thousands, without even the pretense of a court order?

   Nor is this new, for presidents have been wiretapping Americans since at least May 1940, when President Theodore Roosevelt ordered his Attorney General to wiretap people 'involving the defense of the nation.'  Such taps continued from that time until it was sharply curtailed by President Johnson's Attorney General Ramsey Clark, in the latter years of the administration.

   The COINTELPRO era marked the high point of this illegal and unconstitutional practice, when anyone who dissented from government policy could find themselves spied on, phones tapped, homes broken into illegally, people hounded, by the state, into divorce, dissolution, and death.  In its heyday, millions of people were targeted by the State, for daring to support social change!

   We live in the twilight of democracy, when votes are as chancy as lottery tickets; when the U.S. serves as the repressive era of globalist greed; when war is a machine, running on oil, blood and lies.

   State of the Union?

   What State?  What Union?

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