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Its the 15th of the month, the monthly birthday of the giant spirit, whose words, the elite within the un-American corporate governance of this country, still fear. They are afraid we will start throwing King Jr.' words at them while they dissimulate less than peaceful intentions, feign helplessness and stick to a policy of war in other people's countries as a national priority, as a continuing adventure and a 'patriotic' pastime. These pathetic imagination-less corporate lackeys will have no rejoinder to OUR sound bites of King Jr.' truthful words:

"For the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent."-- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Riverside Church, New York City, April 4th, 1967

"The greatest purveyor of violence in the world today [is] my own government.!"

Once a year, high positioned members of both parties of the two party monopoly of political power ingratiatingly smile and nod, even bow at Martin Luther King Jr's. grave, eulogizing the memory of a wonderful Black civil rights leader, who determinedly, relentlessly, but peacefully sought peaceful integration (unlike, in the memory of these staid establishment notables, the more demanding Black Panthers or the intimidating Malcolm X). There is also begrudging praise for King that stops just short of putting a handkerchief on his head, and reluctantly accepts that we have premiated his death with a national holiday to make up for his assassination. Their thinking goes - 'that should do it, - calm the outrage and bitterness for King's murder'. Media entertainment features annual reruns of a few non-confrontational sentences from the 1963 "I have a Dream" along with some non-violent documentary footage of civil rights movement history espousing pride that racism is no longer enforced by law, not shame that this institutionalized racial violence was still occurring in modern day post Second World War Amerika during our own lifetime (the 'k' is for the KKK which was then still strong). Corporate commercial media is careful not to mention King's condemnation of brutal and inhuman U.S. foreign policy in Vietnam and seeks to emasculate his image by avoiding any coverage or mention of his speeches during the final years of his life, when he rose to prominence as a national leader with support from all progressives, many constituents of both major parties, and millions of the non-voting man in the street segment of American society.

However, we will not let the media black out and bury King's furious condemnation of U.S. government murderous foreign policy. We shall shout, at least on 15th of every month,

"The greatest purveyor of violence in the world today [is] my own government.!"
"For the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent."

We will quote the 1967 King Jr. who by then understood well, the connection between war abroad and the injustices of racism and poverty at home:

"So I was increasingly compelled to see the war as an enemy of the poor and to attack it as such. Perhaps a more tragic recognition of reality took place when it became clear to me that the war was doing far more than devastating the hopes of the poor at home."

What on earth can the Democratic leadership in Congress answer back when we remind them unrelentingly of this awesome pronouncement of Rev. King:

"The greatest purveyor of violence in the world today [is] my own government.!"
"For the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.

As the Democratic leadership in Congress, ignoring the wishes of the great majority of the American people, goes along with using our military for 'nation building', i.e., building nations subservient to U.S. interests (read U.S. corporate interests), regardless of the increasing terror it causes, multiplying recruits for suicide bombings, we clobber these weak-minded politicians with an appropriate clear-minded King Jr. quote:

"There is nothing more dangerous than to build a society, with a large segment of people in that society, who feel that they have no stake in it; who feel that they have nothing to lose. People who have a stake in their society, protect that society, but when they don't have it, they unconsciously want to destroy it."

As our science-fiction-like corporate media fields charm-attempting young women reporters and commentators saccharinely making a show of heralding and hailing our young men and women in military service as "protecting our freedoms" by killing Iraqis in Iraq and Afghans in Afghanistan, "fighting them there so we won't have to fight them here". We call and write and tell them what a real protector, King Jr. taught forty years ago:

"Violence ... is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding; it seeks to annihilate rather than to convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love."

Up to now, we have allowed our corporate entertainment/news industry to hail Rev. King Jr., civil rights leader, and bury Rev. King Jr., peace activist and analyst of the economic reasons for U.S. wars and predator foreign trade policies, a Rev. King Jr. who called this nation to change. But now we have put forward a plan to zero in on the war promotion of the five giant TV networks. Conglomerate owned networks who sell us, as war watching audiences, to the giant PR agencies advertising on public owned broadcasting frequencies, frequencies only LEASED to the networks whose CEOs find it 'necessary' to deceive us viewers, using the very frequencies that we the public own. We will repeat King's most powerful words condemning war for profit, until they reverberate throughout the nation - or until a media free of corporate bias disseminates honestly King's legacy to us.

King, "A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries"

Those self-important politicians and good looking TV anchors, who with puffed up chests claiming patriotism in sending our trusting young men and women to bomb, invade and occupy defenseless third world nations, have not the courage to challenge those truthful words of Martin Luther King Jr. which we are determined to repeat in order to expose their misrepresentations, now finally obvious to everyone, and defeat the criminally insane purposes of pathetic lovers of war for profit.

King: "The Americans are forcing even their friends into becoming their enemies. It is curious that the Americans, who calculate so carefully on the possibilities of military victory, do not realize that in the process they are incurring deep psychological and political defeat. The image of America will never again be the image of revolution, freedom, and democracy, but the image of violence and militarism."

We will not accept political pronouncements and media commentators solicitous heaping of praise for the valor and sacrifice of our young soldiers, men and women who will never hear anything that is said of them, nor of how they were betrayed into dying for yet another mistaken American war.

King, "As we counsel young men concerning military service we must clarify for them our nation's role in Vietnam and challenge them with the alternative of conscientious objection.

The invasion of Iraq a 'mistake'? Then it was a 'mistake' arranged, and at the time justified, in the press and on network screens free from control of government which is itself not 'free' of inescapable and ubiquitous pressure from great national and huge multi-national corporations, mindlessly and insanely scheming for further profit hegemony over planetary resources in gross violation of the rights and patrimony of the great majority of the inhabitants of the earth.

King, "A time comes when silence is betrayal."

Don't let establishment media keep selling war unchallenged. Don't accept conglomerate commercial insincere and effusive praise for our dead and dying soldiers which the entertainment/news media anchors are paid to repeat, calling every single dead soldier a hero. How many of us would rather just be remembered as a regular guy, rather than be jerked around posthumously with profuse and oily words by commercial personalities trying to squirm out of the responsibility of having immorally cooked up the war that took our life along with hundreds of thousands of others. Never mind those phony phrases of concern like "in harm's way"! What about sending our young men into 'death's way', we viewers know anchors are just reading the moving line of words on the prompter above the cameraman's head. And commercial TV has turned its viewers into having heartless disregard for foreign lives taken by U.S. military action - you will never hear that phrase "in harm's way' ever used concerning 'foreign' but indigenous civilians during U.S., (or euphemistically "U.S. coalition"), bombing attacks.

King, "So far we may have killed a million of them, mostly children. ... This way of settling differences is not just." This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation's homes with orphans and widows, ... of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice, and love. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death. America, the richest and most powerful nation in the world ..."

Just as King studied history to be able recognize the lies being propagated about Ho Chi Minh and the U.S. role in backing a French war of recolonialization, so must we study the history of our recent manipulation by selection and misrepresentation of the news and facts. Carter armed and funded the fundamentalists attack on a Socialist, women liberating, Kabul government in order to sucker the Soviets into the trap of entering Afghanistan six months later. Following U.S. administrations funded thousands of extremist Wahabi sect schools and aided Osama bin Laden and the Taliban for oil pipeline reasons. The blow-back upon us of 9/11 has provided the excuse for the present wars that are really for 'securing' and controlling militarily, the oil regions of the Middle East.

Want to help our Iraqi brothers and sisters to keep their oil and their lives, and fight against corporate media selling us open-ended occupations? Quote the words of a national living icon - Kings credibility is stronger than anyone alive today, and his purity of purpose and his sacrificed life make it impossible for the war hawks so to go up against his evaluations and pronouncements.

King, "We in the churches and synagogues have a continuing task while we urge our government to disengage itself from a disgraceful commitment. We must continue to raise our voices and our lives if our nation persists in its perverse ways ... Every man of humane convictions must decide on the protest that best suits his convictions, but we must all protest." Our nettlesome task is to discover how to organize our strength into compelling power.

This article, "Dems, Bush, Fear Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.' Words! Shake 'em Up! Quote King! " is the third in a series which will continue appearing on the 15th day of every month until King Jr.'s nightmare exposing is no longer needed and King Jr.'s Dream has become reality. January 15, and February 15 appear below:

King's Anguish versus Our Apathy Then and Now / Quote Rev. King Day, the 15th of EACH Month
http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_jay_jans_070213_king_s_anguish_versu.htm

Passages from King's "Beyond Vietnam", if widely known, would be enough to make network entertainment/news current promotion of both Vietnam and Iraq military ventures as glorious look ridiculous at best or dastardly otherwise. King spoke firstly to the
foreign lives so wantonly taken in the destruction of their homelands. That the 15th of each month be "Quote MLKjr Day" for peace and justice activists.

Monday, January 15, 2007
King's Anguish When He Condemned U.S. War Crimes and Foreign Policy Worthy of Emulation
http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_jay_jans_070114_king_s_anguish_when_.htm

A call for activists to make frequent use of the words of Martin Luther King Jr in his 1967 speech "Beyond Vietnam", condemning the U.S. war in Vietnam and its violent foreign policy toward countries in the third world. Being that the entire speech is relevant to our
deathly predicament today, and King's stature being such that his outcry and accusations if often quoted could have a belated effect on foreign policy.
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Jay Janson is an archival research peoples historian activist, musician and writer; has lived and worked on all continents; articles on media published in China, Italy, UK, India and the US; now resides in NYC; First effort was a series of articles (more...)
 

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