Dr. King, "Cool Hand Luke", & Uncle Sam

Written by David McElroy Subject: Activism

By David A. McElroy

Jan. 17, 2011


Martin Luther King, Jr. is remembered today as a man who communicated boldly for the downtrodden, famous for his Letter from Birmingham Jail. His message was one loudly declaring “We shall overcome.” His people overcame in following his nonviolent lead seeking the Christian love, Agape, Rev. King preached. He was assassinated in 1968, and his reputation smeared as Uncle Sam co-opted the Civil Rights Movement King spurred.

A man named Luke was another great example of that era. “What we have here… is a failure to communicate,” is Paul Newman’s famous line from the classic 1967 movie Cool Hand Luke. Portraying an escaped prisoner with a defiant, irrepressible spirit, he uttered that great line confronting the sadistic prison captain in a standoff. Luke was a decorated war hero imprisoned for a rather minor drunken foolish infraction. He was put on a chain gang, and killed for refusing to give up his last measure of dignity.

Today, we who struggle for truth, justice, and liberty experience a similar problem in facing Uncle Sam presiding in the District of Criminals. What will become of us? As King said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands at times in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

Like that unscrupulous prison captain, Uncle Sam has no credibility among those he is riding roughshod over in fattening his wallet with slave labors. We know his word is never good. To take the hand he offers is to accept a chain and/or a knuckle sandwich. Yet, Uncle Sam persists in his same ol’ schtick, like Lucy in Peanuts teeing up a football for Charlie Brown just to humiliate him one more time. Why fall for it over and over again? What we have here….is a failure to communicate. Our purported representatives in government seem oblivious to public concerns while chasing billionaire benefactors.

If you want references about Uncle Sam’s street creds, just ask a Native American. The various tribes signed over 260 treaties with the US government, and all were rather soon violated by Uncle Sam. Promises to compensate Native Americans for confiscated lands, property, deaths and damages, remain unpaid to this day. So if you feel the “indians” are bitter, hostile people, and often drunk, you ought to remember why. Sitting Bull and Geronimo did what men of honor and integrity are forced to do defending their people.

As Dr. King is celebrated, let us remember the problem we face is not the color of skin, it is the color of money. The problem is not the native tongue, it is the forked tongue. It is a failure to communicate… truth. Only upon the basis of truth can we progress in human societies. Temptation, deceit, confusion and fear are the tools of evil spirits. Those spirits can be revealed and reviled, disempowered and dissipated by honest communication of truth in free speech. Plainly, we must speak truth to power, even as old Israel’s prophet Nathan did in rebuking King David’s murderous pursuit of adultery with Bathsheba. The powers that be must hear and reciprocate truthfully if they wish to lead society with good respect earned instead of fear imposed by force and fraud. The current deceitful path of governance leads to disaster. King was boldly preaching “the hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace, and brotherhood.“ King was a sinner like us all, but he upheld Jesus Christ as our true libertarian. Do you?

The rampant frauds and fearsome forces wielded by an increasingly deceitful and invasive Uncle Sam only exacerbate a climate of paranoia with legitimate fears and undermines confidence in commerce, professions, legal and political venues. A chill has been draped over academia and science is corrupted, arts shaped by propaganda, free press censored. People strive to avoid trouble seeking peace, but trouble seeks them out via bureaucracy unbridled and driving people to confrontations, making felons of us all in a police state. This downward spiral leads us to violence, even as nonviolent protestors following Dr. King or Mahatma Gandhi met the batons and gunfire of shielded government officers following their orders to paychecks. We often find provocateurs instigating violence to provide an official pretext to assault the people with brutal force, as in Montreal at the G-20 riots. Many false flag attacks are known, even documented, as in the Gulf of Tonkin.

We may be forced by the judicial frauds to regard the badge of a man in uniform, by fear to respect his gun. But our respect for him is earned only by the nature of his character expressed in his conduct, for good or evil. This is why fictional Sheriff Andy Taylor in Mayberry is yet beloved as an icon of the bygone era of neighborly peace officers. It is also why there is a disconnect today between government and the public. Whatever public relations ploys, official statements or court rulings the government issues, the conduct of their officers in the streets and faces of America advise us more clearly. Those officers reflect the training, standards, and politics upheld in courthouses. As Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes declared, “This is a court of law, not a court of justice.” America’s Declaration of Independence cited similar problems in The Spirit of ‘76.

George Orwell’s classic book, 1984, was prophetic. His vision of a horrid, totalitarian, dehumanizing, global New World Order imposing slavery and death is obvious now. I recommend reviewing chapter 3 of 1984. Winston, the protagonist, is being tortured by O’Brien in the state’s Ministry of Love due to his realizing the truth about government.

O’Brien asks, “How does one man assert his power over another, Winston?” “By making him suffer,” he replies. “Exactly,” O’Brien says. “By making him suffer. Obedience is not enough. Unless he is suffering, how can you be sure that he is obeying your will and not his own? Power is in inflicting pain and humiliation. Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them back together again in new shapes of your choosing… a world which will grow not less but more merciless as it refines itself. Progress in our world will be progress toward more pain. The old civilizations claimed they were founded on love and justice. Ours is founded upon hatred.” The whole premise, Winston has realized, is that the elite “believe that human beings are not fit to govern themselves…” and will mislead and kill us! And O’Brien declares to Winston: “You will be shot.”

As Orwell noted, “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

Christ was marked for death after speaking the truth about corrupt money-changers and merchants plundering people under the guise of religion. He was unjustly tried and sentenced to a cruel death by a governor who knew Jesus to be innocent and righteous in order to preserve the prevailing and profitable organized crime known as rule by law. Do you know what Christ meant when he advised: “Take up your cross and follow me?”

A politician, Abraham Lincoln, remarked “You may fool all the people some of the time, you can even fool some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.” Like Winston, many people are no longer fooled and have realized the truth of the prevailing powers. Throughout history, whenever a critical mass of people become aware of such wickedness and rise to question authority, the empire strikes back with lethal and often genocidal force. Most often, the challenge to corrupt government is arising from the middle class sorts, because they have the means to be educated, travel, and engage in political actions with discretionary funds. Most often, it is the middle class by which the lower classes are educated and led, directly in institutions, or indirectly by their examples good or bad. When enough people realize the emperor has no clothes, no nobility, no honor, the rotten eggs and fruits of rage begin to fly. Heads are broken, or lopped off as in the French Revolution. Are you no longer fooled? Angry?

The money-changers of the Bible evolved to become the banksters of today, imposing their thefts by rule of law. Alan Greenspan, former Federal Reserve Bank chairman, recently admitted that banking is characterized by “fraud” and “clearly criminal activities” are “rampant” in the financial sector. Bank of America confessed fraud and coughed up $137.3 million in damages in a bond derivatives scandal, just a cost of doing business. Wells Fargo was caught laundering money for drug cartels. US taxpayers are now required, under penalty of law wielded by the IRS, to bail these criminals out with trillions of dollars in debt! Banks are proven to be fraudulently foreclosing upon many homes…sometimes even when the mortgage was paid! Much of the bailout money has gone overseas. Wall Street, rather than Main Street, is being helped. While institutions are corrupted beyond any accountant’s comprehension, droll banksters collect millions in bonuses while claiming poverty! Government can only tell us they are “Too big to fail.” I find this maddening! Do you?

People are led to think that intelligence agencies advise government how to conduct corporate business, but actually, corporate business employs intelligence agencies to conduct government. Consider the Rothschild or Rockefeller history. Or the old TV show Alias, wherein Jennifer Garner showed us how the world of international banking is the host, the bloodstream, of such as the CIA and criminal intelligence agencies. Recall central banks and bankers, like Rothschild, Rockefeller, Bernanke and Greenspan, have diplomatic immunity, secure facilities with encrypted satellite data transmission services, money laundering.

In 1853, Frederick Bastiat wrote in his book The Law, that “The law has become a tool for every kind of greed. Instead of preventing crime, the law itself is guilty of the abuses it is supposed to punish.” Bastiat’s Economic Sophisms noted that “When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.” in his chapter on The Physiology of Plunder. Bankers rule, courts enforce, and the rule of law is the law of ruling who collects the profits and who pays. The fiat monetary system is closed for a reason. Greenspan acknowledged that “Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the confiscation of wealth… one has no difficulty in understanding the statists’ antagonism toward the gold standard,” in Gold and Economic Freedom, his 1966 essay. The central banking system is simply the legal face of organized crime busy debauching our currency to rob us with inflation and public debt. The law prohibits you robbing the banks, but enables banks to steal your earnings. Shouldn’t this theft stop?

Which brings us to why King was shot. In Martin Luther King and the Tools of Freedom, Ethan Jacobs, J.D., quoted Gavin Marshall’s note on the assassination. “When Martin Luther King began to speak about more than race, and openly criticized the entire social structure of empire and economic exploitation, not simply of blacks, but of all people around the world and at home,” said Marshall, “he posed too great a threat to the oligarchs to tolerate him any longer. It was at this point that the National Security State chose to assassinate Martin Luther King.” Talking about love and getting a good seat on a bus or lunch counter were tolerable subjects, but as in the case of Christ, talking about the corrupt financial system enslaving people brought King a death sentence. (You can find Jacobs’ article in the Jan. 16, 2011 website of the Activist Post.)

The evil spirits elicited by the extractive powers of Mammon in a rigged monetary system touted as Capitalism are actually driving us under deceit to global Communist oligarchy, exploitation, oppression, plunder, enslavement, and wars. The banks are instruments of surveillance and control by egocentric psychopaths holding themselves far above the law. The elitists insist they are our betters, by Darwinian standards, because they have so long managed to use subterfuge and Hegelian Dialectics to turn us against one another, to loot “little people” and “keep them in their place.” It is time for disciplined nonconformity!

Yes, the gig is up, and even the brainless scarecrow failed “to pay no attention to the man behind the curtain” in the Emerald City of Oz. Mainstream media’s smoke and mirrors are no longer any more effective than the wizard’s at the end of the yellow brick road, and the wizards of Wall Street are fearing retribution. We the people are openly questioning authority, and this is why we are barraged with calls for “civil political discourse” in the wake of the Tucson massacre by Jared Loughner. Sharp criticisms targeting government policies and politicians, combative imagery and violent terminology, are all assailed as improper, hateful, and dangerous. It is why websites are being taken down, why Julian Assange of Wikileaks is now to be made a public spectacle and the Fairness Doctrine is being reconsidered to stifle “politically incorrect” talk radio, the Second Amendment infringed ever more. Criminals are making it a crime to speak of crimes. “It is error alone which needs the support of government,“ quipped Thomas Jefferson. “The truth can stand on its own.“ A heavy hand of censorship is coming to us as it did Winston in 1984.

William Grigg, commented on the Loughner debacle in his essay of 1/14/2011, entitled The Cult of Sacrificial Violence. “What is government if words have no meaning?” Griggs noted “Jared Loughner reportedly posed that question to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords at a forum two years ago. Perhaps unwittingly, Loughner answered that question himself by murdering six people and attempting to murder fourteen others, including Giffords. In doing so, the young nihilist effectively privatized government’s central function.”

Grigg said “Shorn of the sophistries that provide it with a moral disguise, pared down to its essentials, political government is the systematic use of exactly the same kind of criminal violence employed by Loughner.” I recall Richard Nixon remarked, “It’s not illegal when the president does it.” What would Jesus do?

Were the Ten Commandments intended for everyone, or just us “little people”? Jesus promised his disciples that in following Christ, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Of course, once truth is ascertained, it must be applied in actions taken. To pray for guidance is good, but must be followed by action. What would Jesus do in our situation, knowing what is proven about American institutions? Or Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys? What was the American Revolution about?

In the courts, we are sworn to “tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” But federal courts have ruled speaking truth is no defense. Police officers are specifically permitted to lie in their duty to defend and uphold government, with no responsibility to “Protect and Serve” the public. Government officers tell us “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear,” while government hides everything under multiple layers of obfuscation. What do they fear? The Freedom of Information Act is mocked in supplying copies of requested documents wherein all pertinent information is blacked out in the effort to whitewash issues. Whistleblowers are an endangered species, truth illegal.

Do you know the truth? “There are none so blind as them that will not see“, with ears unhearing truth for fear of evils they might confront. Many folks prefer to wave pretty flags and mouth patriotic slogans pledging allegiance to “Old Glory”, while “the republic for which it stands” no longer exists! It is easier not to think or decide to confront evil.

Historically, rulers have massacred millions at this stage of increased social awareness of truths. And there has always been a remnant after conflagration. Will we soon be shot like Luke, Winston, or Martin, declaring “What we have here is… a failure to communicate”?

We can only make progress on the basis of truth applied. It is the only way to move past this crisis we find ourselves in. Just because we do not seek trouble does not mean trouble is not seeking us. We face an inconvenient truth requiring an unpleasant choice forced upon people by tyrants periodically: Live free or die trying. Freedom requires a heritage of truth telling, justice equally applied to all with fraud and force prohibited, liberty in a nation under the law of love as Christ expressed it in Matthew 22:35-40. Where is your love? Will you stand for more theft and lies from Uncle Sam? Will you stand for yourself, your children and the future of humanity? Orwell warned us, “If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.” Will you be Spartacus?







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