Martin Luther King's plan for peace compared with Bush, Obama hypocrisy for endless wars
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The only trial on the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King found the US government guilty of his murder. Corporate media did not headline this news, and history textbooks excise this essential understanding of Dr. King’s life; providing an excellent case study of what the US Senate Church Committee disclosed as an active US propaganda program to disinform the American public. For comparison, please consider the corporate media coverage to inform in every detail of O.J. Simpson’s trials.
King’s family and attorney, Dr. William Pepper, allege that Dr. King’s speech for peace, calling upon America to end the Vietnam War, Beyond Vietnam: A time to break silence, and his plan for a 500,000 camp-in for Washington, D.C. in the summer of 1968 were a threat to dominant and fascist political factions within US government and caused orders for his assassination.
“For a quarter of a century, Bill Pepper conducted an independent investigation of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. He opened his files to our family, encouraged us to speak with the witnesses, and represented our family in the civil trial against the conspirators. The jury affirmed his findings, providing our family with a long-sought sense of closure and peace, which had been denied by official disinformation and cover-ups. Now the findings of his exhaustive investigation and additional revelations from the trial are presented in the pages of this important book. We recommend it highly to everyone who seeks the truth about Dr. King's assassination.” — Coretta Scott King, Dr. King's wife.
Let’s explore Dr. King’s plan for peace, as outlined in his Christmas Sermon on Peace written five months before his execution by the US government, on audio below. We’ll contrast this plan for peace with the Bush and Obama policies for war with empty rhetoric for peace.
Dr. King saw four parts to peace, extolling that, “modern man really go all out to study the meaning of nonviolence, its philosophy and its strategy.”
1.Human beings must identify with all of humanity, not one group dominating another: “we must either learn to live together as brothers or we are all going to perish together as fools…all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny.”
2.“Men and nations must embrace the nonviolent affirmation that ends and means must cohere.” This point destroys President Obama’s Orwellian Nobel Peace Prize speech, talking about endless war and escalating aggression as effective strategies to achieve peace. “It's one of the strangest things that all the great military geniuses of the world have talked about peace. The conquerors of old who came killing in pursuit of peace, Alexander, Julius Caesar, Charlemagne, and Napoleon, were akin in seeking a peaceful world order. If you will read Mein Kampf closely enough, you will discover that Hitler contended that everything he did in Germany was for peace. And the leaders of the world today talk eloquently about peace. Every time we drop our bombs in North Vietnam, President Johnson talks eloquently about peace.”
3.“The nonviolent affirmation of the sacredness of all human life. Every man is somebody because he is a child of God…when we truly believe in the sacredness of human personality, we won’t exploit people, we won’t trample over people with the iron feet of oppression, we won’t kill anybody.”
4.“We must finally believe in the ultimate morality of the universe.” This point strikes at the heart of justice under the law rather than living in fear. The heart of Christianity is love; actively loving one’s neighbor as one’s self and trusting in God with love of all one’s heart, mind and spirit.
In contrast, the propaganda of Bush/Obama is empty rhetoric for American values, Christian values, and peace while escalating mass-murder from the world’s most powerful military. Dr. King wasn’t in political authority to act upon his plan, but “leadership” of Republicans and Democrats are. Let’s review their actions to determine the Orwellian distance between what they say and what they do:
1.The US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are unlawful in Orwellian degree. If people invested the time they took to watch the Super Bowl to understand this single topic, these unlawful wars would end and the sacrifice of our forefathers to constrain impulse to tyranny under law finally realized. Along with explaining the letter and spirit of these laws in an easy way to understand, I’ve written two analogies to instantly connect with what everyone already understands about constraint of violent force.
2.Because there was no justification for lawful wars, the US government manufactured propaganda to manipulate American public opinion to support war. From our own government’s disclosure of the evidence claimed, we now know all those reasons were known to be false as they were told to the American public.
3.Escalating war in Pakistan with no attempt for peaceful resolution of conflict or reporting that the cause of conflict has much to do from the US unlawful invasions.
4.Escalating war in Yemen with no attempt for peaceful actions.
5.Escalating threats for war with Iran, including obvious lies that a Super Bowl investment of time would verify. Iran has never threatened Israel, and all IAEA inspections of their nuclear power facilities have found all fissionable material only being used for peaceful use and all equipment only capable for peaceful use and incapable of production of weapons.
6.Official US war policy of first-strike use of nuclear weapons against Iran because of the two lies above promoting war; that is, the US authorizes nuking Iran if we feel someday they might threaten our national security or Israel’s.
7.Escalating US military buildup around Iran.
8.Rejection of Iran’s three offers for a nuclear fuel swap, allegedly the heart of US concern for peace, and instead calling for the same crippling sanctions that when imposed on Iraq killed hundreds of thousands of children.
9.Escalating military budget, without a Department of Peace. This includes increasing our commitment to nuclear weapons development, an unlawful act. The U.S. spends more for war annually than all state governments combined spend for the health, education, welfare, and safety of 308 million Americans.
10.Refusal to honor our commitment to save a million children’s lives dying from preventable poverty every month when just 0.7% of our GNI would save their lives while reducing population growth rates.
11.Rhetoric for endless war, such as Obama’s “Peace” Prize speech: "We must begin by acknowledging the hard truth: We will not eradicate violent conflict in our lifetimes.''
12.Obama devolving into speaking nonsense on the topic of Middle East peace (3-minute video below), and tragic-comic “Caribou Barbie” Sarah Palin encouraging Obama to unlawfully attack Iran without corporate media defense of the law prohibiting such mass murder. Consider Palin’s “greatest hits” in the 5-minute video below.
13.Official US policy to torture and assassinate American citizens upon the dictate of the US government Fuhrer (German for leader).
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Local perspective: Part of my professional duties as a teacher of economics and government is to produce competent adult citizenry. This includes realization that our nation’s policies and money are managed at a broad community level, and these issues have tremendous local impact. Of course, we all want human beings to be individually successful and enjoy their unique, beautiful and powerful self-expressions. Concurrently, we recognize our commitment to local success is strongly dependent upon the success of the community, and that government policy and economics are drivers.
Our status in early 21st Century human history is that we suffer from a long history in government and money of human interrelationship well-described as vicious antagonism. Governments frequently use war as a foreign policy, despite its illegality and dependent upon public ignorance, with horrific consequences. Economic policy is still created within a “Robber Baron” paradigm to concentrate money to an elite few families. Two examples:
1. National taxes effect you dearly, especially the tax to pay interest on the national debt. This costs the American public over $400 billion every year. This is $4,000 per year for every $50,000 of income. Do the math to understand your household’s tax burden for a monetary policy invented by banks for banks to create our money supply as debt. Your competence in this area contributes to our collective voice to simply shift monetary policy to easily pay the national debt, enjoy full employment, collectively save us over a trillion dollars every year, and finally realize what our brightest American minds have been advocating for centuries beginning with Benjamin Franklin. This would have unprecedented local benefits, and requires collective power to accomplish.
2. Ending poverty everywhere on our planet would cost just 0.7% of our income and save a million children’s lives every month. This human accomplishment will cause unimaginable joy at our local level.
"If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective. No individual can live alone, no nation can live alone and as long as we try, the more we are going to have war in the world. Now the judgment of God is upon us and we must either learn to live together as brothers or we are all going to perish together as fools."
--Inscription on Dr. Martin Luther King’s statue, Moorehouse College, Atlanta
"The day that hunger is eradicated from the earth, there will be the greatest spiritual explosion the world has ever known. Humanity cannot imagine the joy that will burst into the world on the day of that great revolution." -- poet Federico García Lorca
I appreciate your attention to these facts and encourage your further study and action consistent with your own self-expression. My recommendations:
Policy response: Gandhi and Martin Luther King advocated public understanding of the facts and non-cooperation with evil. I’m among hundreds who advocate:
1.Understand the laws of war. These were legislated after WW2 and are crystal-clear that only self-defense, in a narrow legal meaning, can justify war. The current US wars are not even close to being lawful. Those involved with US military, government, and law enforcement have an oath to protect and defend the US Constitution, not “always place the mission first.” To fulfill their oath they must immediately refuse and end all orders associated with unlawful wars and military-related constant violation of treaties.
2.End the transfer of trillions of American taxpayer money to banksters and admitted as “lost” by our military. End poverty through global cooperation to achieve the UN Millennium Goals by developed countries investing 0.7% of their income. Support global security through cooperation, dignity, justice, and freedom. Create a US Department of Peace to help.
3.Communicate. Trust your unique, beautiful, and powerful self-expression to share as you feel appropriate. Understand that while many people are ready to embrace difficult facts, many are not. Anticipate that you will be attacked and prepare your virtuous response in the spirit of competition, just as you do in other fields.
4.Prosecute the war leaders for obvious violation of the letter and spirit of US war laws. Because the crimes are so broad and deep, I recommend Truth and Reconciliation (T&R) to exchange full truth and return of stolen US assets for non-prosecution. This is the most expeditious way to understand and end all unlawful and harmful acts. Those who reject T&R are subject to prosecution.
Comments policy: I welcome questions and comments that are civil and pertain to the article topic. Impolite and impertinent comments will be deleted.
Please consider that I’m among hundreds of writers who have documented our own government’s disclosure of propaganda programs to support their wars. I suspect my articles are under such propagandistic attack from comments that use typical rhetorical fallacies to distract readers from the facts. I invite readers to sharpen their ability to discern such propaganda. They are characterized by a combination of: never addressing the facts, diverting attention through unsubstantiated belief in an alleged expert, irrelevant data, straw-man attack that distorts the facts, ad hominem attack of insults to the messenger, vile comments to repulse readers, and lies of omission and commission.
I will use such comments to point-out the propaganda or delete them at my discretion. Again, all relevant and polite questions, and factually accurate comments are welcome. As a professional educator I’m in agreement with my experience and research: we learn best from multiple perspectives in mutual commitment to understand the facts, see those facts from diverse points-of-view, and consider various policy proposals of what we should do.
For those involved in support of US government-sponsored disinformation, I invite you to consider the quality of human relationships you wish to work toward. National security and a brighter future is not a function of fear, manipulation, and control. Our best security follows cooperation, justice under the law, dignity, and freedom. Working for your best imagined self-expression of virtue may include a unique contribution from the inside of your agency. Public attraction to the stories of Star Wars and the Harry Potter books/movies recognize that our society’s jump to civilized relations for all of us might require support from people within the “dark side” acting as covert agents for building a brighter future. Another option is becoming a whistle-blower; Project Camelot is a popular venue for people in sensitive positions. Ultimately, I recommend a Truth and Reconciliation process to exchange full truth for no prosecution, explained in detail at the link. Please consider the wisdom of your own “Scrooge conversion” to act for the benefit of all humanity rather than your self-proclaimed controlling, manipulating, and loveless “masters.”
“Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more; and to Tiny Tim, who did not die, he was a second father. He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough, in the good old world. Some people laughed to see the alteration in him, but he let them laugh, and little heeded them; for he was wise enough to know that nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the outset; and knowing that such as these would be blind anyway, he thought it quite as well that they should wrinkle up their eyes in grins, as have the malady in less attractive forms. His own heart laughed: and that was quite enough for him.”