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"The Collapse of Compromise "

  rec 5-25-05 

1) 2:50 Short Essay

2) 3:47 Long Essay


THE COLLAPSE OF COMPROMISE
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[Col. Writ. 5/25/05] Copyright 2005 Mumia Abu-Jamal

   It is sometimes utterly amazing what politicians will
sell the American public.

   The recent Senate squabble over the so-called
'nuclear option', which threatened to abolish the old
rules governing Senate filibusters, or the ability of
a minority of Senators to create roadblocks in the daily
business of the Senate, came to an end, when a number
of Senators, Democrats and Republicans, agreed to a
compromise that takes the 'nuclear option' off the table
(for now), while the Senate proceeds to conduct up
or down votes on President Bush's right-wing judicial
nominees.

   Already, Texas Supreme Court jurist, Priscilla
Owens, now wears the robe of a judge of the Court
of Appeals -- for life.

   By the time you read this, it's quite possible that
California Supreme Court Judge Janice Rogers Brown
will have been elevated to the D.C. Court of Appeals,
the same bench that Clarence Thomas warmed for
some 13 months before George W. Bush's daddy,
the first President Bush, named him to the U.S.
Supreme Court.

   By the Compromise of 14 (7 Democrats and
7 Republicans), the gates are now open for some
of the most antidemocratic, arch-conservative,
anti-New Deal jurists in the nation's history,
to sit in judgment of other Americans for
generations.

   If this is compromise, what does defeat look like?

   Many will argue that the compromise was a
political necessity to 'preserve American traditions',
or to 'protect American values.'

   One wonders: what 'traditions?' What 'values?'

   The so-called "Great Compromise" of 1790
made the United States possible.  But, it was a
compromise that, 75 years later, would explode
across these states as Civil War, leaving over
half a million people dead.

   For Africans, it was a 'not-so-great' compromise,
for it was based on the North's quiet acquiescence
and then embracement of slavery.

   *That* is the great American 'tradition', and 'value'
protected by this Compromise.

   In the words of the Great Liberator, Harriet
Tubman, who knew what she was talking about,
slavery was "the next thing to hell."  That 'Great
Compromise' kept millions in bondage for a
century.

   That compromise, as well as the compromises
between North and South, after the Civil War,
meant vast betrayals of the very people, the
very men, who fought and died for the Union:
if they were Black people.

   Compromise meant betrayal.

   *It meant White Supremacy uber alles.*

   It meant treating those who fought against
the Union, better than those who (if they were Black)
fought for it.

   It meant betrayal.

   Today, it means betrayal of the essence of
opposing the worst, most exclusive jurists that
Bush can find, for the form of keeping the
sacred tradition, of filibustering, safe.

   We shall see, perhaps sooner than we think,
the costs of such compromise.  And like the
other compromises of the past, it may take a
century to undo the great and terrible damage
they will do.

   As before, it took great struggle, and sacrifice,
to bring change.

   Such struggle must begin anew, against
the forces of repression, of fear, of closed
doors, and crushed hopes.

   To quote another great freedom-fighter,
Frederick Douglass, "Power concedes
nothing without demand.  It never has, and
it never will."

   If you want change, you *must* act
as if you do; there is no other true alternative.

   Join an organization that shares your ideas.
     Then work to make it happen.


Copyright 2005 Mumia Abu-Jamal

 

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