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Col. Writ. 6/24/04]
Copyright 2004 Mumia Abu-Jamal
The more and
more I look at modern American life, the more I am convinced of
the similarities between the U.S. Empire, and its historical antecedent,
The utter servility
of the Senate appears in both historical periods, where bodies sworn
to protect the republic instead usher in laws which imperil the
people's freedom, and which acts as emissaries of its ruling prince.
There are, of
course, differences, as there should be, in 2,000 years; but the
similarities are striking.
amass armies on the slightest pretext; who waged wars against neighbors
incessantly; senates which protected the interests of the wealthy
(which they were, of course), yet bled the purses of the poor with
impunity. The same sense of hierarchy, of blind obedience to those
in power, pervades both histories.
Reagan passed away, the imperial media and scribes sang naught but
his sweet praises, while the voices of those on the periphery were
unheard, virtually ignored. I wondered what people in Nicaragua
thought of his reign, when he unleashed a plague of pain upon that
country, called the *contras*, who he said were "the moral
equivalent of our Founding Fathers."
I now have some idea.
D'Escoto, a Catholic priest, served as Nicaragua's Foreign Minister
in the '80s, and remembers what life was like during the Reagan
years. Fr. D'Escoto said, "Reagan was the butcher of my people."
He pointed to the deaths of 30,000 people during the contra wars
in Nicaragua alone.
In El Salvador,
more than twice that number were slain in U.S.-supported dirty wars.
In Guatemala, over *3 times that number*!
met a dictator he didn't like, especially if he was anti-worker,
Closer to home,
on Black radio stations, something quite different than the media
menu of praise was heard across the land. On the popular Bev Smith
talk show, a nationally syndicated call-in program, the host spent
3 hours on the passing of the president; and not one caller spoke
in favor of his terms.
Among the corporate
press, there were calls for putting the face of Reagan on U.S. currency,
and some looked to Mt. Rushmore to find space for his craggy face.
The Roman Senate, to flatter Caesar, offered to enact a law naming
him a god.
He declined, but after his death the law was passed that every Caesar
would be named, after his demise, as a god, among the pantheon of
Roman gods, like Jupiter, Venus, Mars and Mercury.
Reagan is so
dear and so central to the American conservative movement that everything
short of his very deification is sought by his followers and devotees.
In the blush of an adoring press, senators rushed over each other
to sing his hosannas, both Democrats and Republicans. The African-
American author/journalist, Jill Nelson, said in an interview with
a German journalist that Reagan was bad news for Black folks:
On civil rights
Reagan was a complete disaster. He tried to gut the Civil Rights
Commission, to stop the extension of the Voting Rights Act in
1982. His administration was relentless in its attacks on affirmative
action. Not only did he nominate Robert Bork to the U.S. Supreme
Court, but he got an incredible number of white male right-wingers
onto the judiciary. He tried to grant tax-exempt status to segregated
Bob Jones University; he created the fictional 'welfare queen'
to attack the poorest and most in need in our society. He was
a master at making it seem as though, if he thought something
was a certain way, it was that way and he succeeded in
hypnotizing a significant portion of the U.S. public. Much of
this laid the groundwork for the right- wing takeover of our government
and democracy that we see in the current administration. [Fr.
*Common Dreams Progressive Newswire*, 6/13/04, Sun.)
Like John Wayne, we seek to celebrate the cowboy-actor, and to ignore
his other impacts on real life.
a mythic past, only by ignoring the loss, the virtual genocide of
tens of thousands of people; because they were Guatemalans, Nicaraguans,
Salvadorans; the 'Indians' of our age; and Reagan played cowboy
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