Audio Commentary #261

July 10, 2013


Submitted to the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality on July 7, 2013.

Commentary Transcript:

This is the end of the July 4th weekend, whereby we celebrate this country’s revolution.  The Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 states, “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”  On July 4, 1776, these were certainly revolutionary concepts.  And they are revolutionary today.  However, we now recognize that all people, men and women, are created equal, endowed by unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Not the pursuit of property.

While it appears both obvious and necessary, that change from men to people portends the subtle profound nature of political debate.  A lawyer from the back woods, a small businessman in the good sense of the word, Abraham Lincoln hammered home the universality of that vision.  It was not George Washington, a slave owner and for the time, a big businessman.  A masterful tactician, Abraham Lincoln used every possible weapon to take a stand against the forces of reaction that in essence were opposed to a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

And that vision must guide progressives today.  The Conservatives have redefined not only equality but democracy.  Equality according to the Conservative means treating everyone the same, invariably, uniformly.  The reasons Conservatives demand that everyone be treated uniformly is because it protects and sustains privilege.  In other words, the Conservative demand for their definition of equality is in reality a demand to maintain inequality.

When the 5 men on the Supreme Court stated that everyone will be treated the same, they implemented their position of inequality with three decisions not reported by the Corporate Media.  The Supreme Court made it difficult if not impossible to sue big business for discrimination based on sexual harassment or race discrimination.  In addition, the Supreme Court protected big business against consumers and made it close to even impossible to bring class actions.  The Supreme Court favored Monsanto over farmers.  By these actions, the Supreme Court established that the Conservative Republicans will always protect the ruling class against workers, especially at the workplace.  While the LGBT community can celebrate same sex marriage, they will not be protected against harassment on the job.

The silence by the Corporate Media is telling.  John Roberts is painted as tactically maneuvering the court but he does so with the protections of the Corporate Media.  For the Conservative Republicans equality means protection of privilege, which means sameness.

For the Progressives, the key analysis is equality means recognition of and respect for differences.  When bankers call for austerity, Progressives demand the recognition that the bankers caused the deficit, stole trillions and now they must pay.  That is equality by examining reality and history.  Therefore, a transaction tax of 2% and a 90% tax on income over $1,200,000.00 would eliminate the deficit.  But Republicans and Libertarians submit that austerity means workers pay for the damaged caused by the bankers.

Kevin Orr takes creditors to blighted Detroit not to examine the damage they have caused and must pay for but to ask them to be generous.  The rating agencies, bankers, and especially Bank of America owe the city of Detroit $15 Billion in retribution.  The tragedy is that no one is demanding payment and it is even more disgraceful that said sum of money of $15 Billion is pocket change to these thieves.  They are absolved of their crimes by the Corporate Media.  In the meantime, Ed Snowden, Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, are being hounded and criminalized for making major contributions to the working class.  By exposing the criminal violations of the 4th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, by the Secret Service, by the NSA, by CIA, Ed Snowden, Julian Assange and Bradley Manning become heroes for working people, at least those who respect our Constitution.

The election process in this country and throughout the world is at best a defective process.  Voter suppression is rampant and always denied.  Those in power use their resources to distort the discussion and often to promote hatred among groups.  Prejudice becomes a political weapon.  Progressives must adhere to the principle, even when principles are in conflict.  But protection of the rights of minorities, women, and sexual preference will always be necessary even if unpopular.  Otherwise, the working class drive for a fair and decent society will always be stalled.  Respect for the human response to religion does not allow the abandonment of these principles because Progressives must always fight for human rights.

I am Spartacus and so are We all!

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