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"Party Death "

  rec 4-13-05 

1) 2:54 short version Mp3

2) 3:31 long version Mp3

 

PARTY DEATH
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[Col. Writ. 4/12/05] Copyright 2005 Mumia Abu-Jamal

   Recently, the so-called New National Party of South Africa, the political party that overtly introduced apartheid into South African political and social life, voted itself out of existence by an overwhelming majority vote.

   Up until 1997, the party was known as the National Party, and ran on an unabashed platform of white supremacy, and the racist subjugation of the Black majority population.

   Some will date their demise to 2004, when the NNP formally joined forces with the African National Congress (ANC), which took power over a decade ago.  The NNP figured, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em, and by so doing, voted itself into irrelevance.

    When the party's reign began, in 1948, it emerged on the right-wing of the United Party, and, in a *herrenvolk*, white supremacist state where 'democracy' meant only whites could vote, their platform was based on svart gevaar, the Afrikaaner phrase meaning 'the black danger.'  Their primary slogan in 1948 was *Die Kaffer op sy plek*, Afrikaaner for 'the nigger in his place.'

   It was the National Party that publicly sympathized with Nazi Germany during its dark, mad heyday. It was also the National Party that had friends among the U.S. right-wing, like Ronald Reagan's infamous policy of 'constructive engagement.'  Which really meant, 'we'll speak harsh words when we must, but otherwise, it's business as usual.'

   Business as usual meant white terrorism, endless brutal repression for millions of Black South Africans, and warfare, for decades, against not only South African Blacks, but Blacks throughout the southern cone of Africa.  It also meant U.S. support, both overt and covert, in this reign of terror against African life.

   It caricatured the African National Congress as the 'terrorists' of the time, and waged an unholy war against them, using Black and white forces to combat them.

   Now, after half a century of state terrorism, of exploiting the people's labor and natural resources of the land, they have voted themselves into history.
   Indeed, many members now are members of the ruling ANC.
   How nice.  How neat.

   Political parties only exist as long as they serve the interests of their constituents.

   When they no longer seem to be doing so, people seek, or organize, new political vehicles to carry forth their political will or vision.

   The National Party, after it was forced by international anti-apartheid protests and activism,
had to abandon its overt herrenvolk democratic pretensions, and on the day and hour that Blacks could vote, was the day the National Party began its trek into obsolescence.  It initially tried to emerge as a representative of the so-called Coloreds (mixed, Indians, and Asians), but that didn't stick.

   A Party died.

   We wonder what lessons this holds for the American body politic?  One lesson must surely
be that the politics of fear, which was, for generations, the very engine of political power for the National Party, cannot last forever.  What of  U.S. political parties that thrive on fear?

   Whither the Democrats, born a party in defense of slavery?

   Whither the Republicans, born as an anti- slavery party, and once known as 'the Party of
Lincoln?'

   They were reinvented as parties which barely resemble their early origins.

   What of U.S. parties, born in other houses, other ages, which now represent the rulers of
wealth, the holders of capital?

   When will they pass away?

Copyright 2005 Mumia Abu-Jamal

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