Barack Obama’s de facto totalitarian nation

“When fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in an American flag.”—Huey P. Long

“You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality.Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.”—Malcolm X [el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz]

As the year 2013 approaches its conclusion, it is more obvious than ever before that the United States is a corporate-owned de facto totalitarian nation. It is, in reality, a 21st century U.S. fascist state under the auspices of Barack Obama and his Democrat and Republican cohorts.

The vast majority of this nation’s people have relinquished their constitutional, human, and political rights to the gods of consumerism, greed, apathy, cynicism, and manipulated fear. The ‘America’ about which the late great Langston Hughes wrote in his poem, ‘Let America Be America Again,’ has been all but utterly destroyed by insatiably greedy corporate vultures in concert with the lying, blood-sucking politicians of both the Democrat and Republican parties. The ‘rope and chain’ drone man, U.S. President Barack Obama, and his minions, have in a span of less than six years, in large measure, poisoned and massively distorted the very essence of the dreams once held by so many everyday ordinary Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people throughout this land for transparent government and a more just society.

Many so called “liberals,” “progressives,” and “leftists” in the U.S. have demonstrated, and are continuing to demonstrate, cynicism and double standards in their hypocritical support for the indefensible internal and external policies of drone man Barack Obama and his cohorts. Moreover, much if not most, of the U.S. black elite (otherwise known as the black ‘misleadership’ class) have brazenly joined the corporate-owned U.S. Empire, which includes embracing the anti-constitutional and the militaristic policies at home and abroad of Barack Obama.

Using the ‘race’ card to prop up Obama’s NDAA corporate police state

Numerous Blacks, other ‘people of color,’ and Whites in this nation are utilizing the ‘race’ or color card in an attempt to intimidate people into supporting the war mongering, double-talking, corporate-owned Barack Obama. In other words, their logic is that because Obama is “black,” those not supporting his policies are allegedly racists or somehow anti-black. The cynicism, crass manipulation, and stupidity of such supposed logic should be self-evident.

First of all, color or pigmentation must never be the overriding factor in making judgments on the merits, or lack thereof, of policies. To do so is in itself inverted racism and is ultimately self-defeating for everyday ordinary people of ALL colors. Moreover, in the U.S. context, Barack Obama, in the words of noted author Debra Dickerson, is NOT “politically and culturally black.” As Ms. Dickerson, made so very clear as quoted in the book titled, ‘What Can You Say? America’s National Conversation On Race,’ I didn’t have the heart (or the stomach) to point out the obvious: Obama isn’t black.” That is, she explained, he is not “politically and culturally black.” “Not descended from West African slaves brought to America, he steps into the benefits of black progress (like Harvard Law School) without having borne any of the burden, and he gives white folks the plausible deniability of their unwillingness to embrace blacks in public life.(Reference page 98 of the book, “What Can You Say? America’s National Conversation On Race,” by John Hartigan Jr., Stanford University Press).

But what if Barack Obama, in addition to his pigmentation, was actually also “politically and culturally” black? What then? In two words: So what!! What difference does or should it make?

Obama’s pigmentation and/or his political and cultural background should have absolutely no bearing whatsoever in weighing the merits, or lack thereof, of his spurious and despicable national and international policies of subterfuge, non-transparency in government, constant distractions, lies, corporate hegemony, military incursions, and perpetual wars. Yet, it is the ‘race’ or color card that has been, and is being used, to manipulate far too many persons—at enormous peril to the everyday people of ALL colors in this nation and throughout Mother Earth. Barack Obama is not of, nor does he represent, the struggling everyday ordinary people of this nation. He and his cohorts are, in fact, the antithesis of government transparency, justice with peace, and human progress.

Obama’s fifth column of gatekeeping hypocrites

In the cynical and opportunist name of opposing and/or blaming Republicans, Barack Obama’s fifth column of “progressive” and “leftist” hypocrites have embraced, and/or act as apologists for Obama’s support of indefinite NDAA detention, his war mongering, his murderous international predator drone missile attacks, his massive spying on U.S. citizens, his overall de facto destruction of the U.S. Constitution, and his love for, and alliance with, greedy blood-sucking U.S. multinational corporations.

In other words, these so called “progressives” and/or “leftists” hypocrites are utilizing, among other things, the ‘race’/color card to facilitate Obama’s war on the everyday ordinary people in this nation and throughout Mother Earth. They are his fifth column.

The case of the national ‘leadership’ of Veterans For Peace (VFP)

There are many examples of Obama’s fifth column gatekeeping hypocrites in this nation. One such example can be found in certain ones of those who make up the inner circle of the national leadership of the organization known as Veterans For Peace (VFP). This inner circle of the national VFP leadership, adroitly plays the ‘race’/color card against their own rank and file membership, even as they adamantly oppose impeaching U.S. president Barack Obama for his past and ongoing war crimes in Pakistan, Libya (North Africa), Somalia (East Africa), Afghanistan, Yemen, and Bahrain, etc. This VFP national ‘leadership’ has even referred to the call to impeach the current war criminal, Barack Obama, as being “ridiculous.” Apparently, Barack Obama’s murderous, egregious and ongoing violations of the U.S. Constitution and of international law are of no importance to this national VFP misleadership since he is ‘black” and a Democrat. This is the zenith of inverted racism, double standards, and hypocrisy. As Malcolm X correctly said, “Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.” Obviously, certain individuals in the inner circle of the national ‘leadership’ of Veterans For Peace are attempting to sacrifice and subvert the principles of VFP nationally, in order to be in the good graces of Barack Obama, and concomitantly, the systemic Democratic party. This is not only hypocrisy—it is betrayal of peace and justice-loving people of all colors in this nation and throughout the world.

Then, of course, there are other insidious fifth column systemic gate-keepers who attempt to play the game of two-ends-against-the-middle. They write books and give lectures claiming to oppose social injustice, corporate hegemony, and war while refraining from consistently, persistently, and specifically calling out the current chief war-maker, Barack Obama, for what he is—a war criminal, a subverter of democracy at home and abroad, and a perpetual prevaricator. In addition to being opportunist gate-keepers, these persons are dangerous fakes—pimping the pain of struggling everyday ordinary people for their own purposes.

What now?

Ultimately, as it becomes increasingly undeniable that ‘Obamacare’ (the so-called Affordable Care Act) is a pharmaceutical/insurance corporate smoke-and-mirrors fraud, the struggling people of this nation will come to realize that they have yet again been callously and systemically hoodwinked. Meanwhile, Obama himself will continue to engage in double-talk, subterfuge, and distractions. And despite the U.S. corporate-stream ‘news’ media’s obfuscation and distortions, the majority of people in this nation will, in reality, continue to become even poorer, corporate domination will persist, and Barack Obama, his systemic allies and minions will look for ways to keep the masses of people distracted, diverted, and most of all, compliant. There will be no significant political, economic, judicial, or social change for the better in the U.S. until such time that a critical mass of people in this nation recognizes, and acts upon, the fact that the Democrat and Republican parties are enemies of the everyday ordinary struggling people of all colors.

The fact is, that totalitarianism and “fascism,” in the words of Huey P. Long, have already incrementally “[come] to America;” and not only “wrapped in an American flag” via false patriotism and corporate hegemony; but also aided and abetted by unprincipled and hypocritical gatekeepers who masquerade as so-called “progressives.”

It is incumbent upon each and every one of us to expose and resist this encroaching de facto fascist totalitarianism in this nation. And this includes exposing those “progressive” pretenders who, among other tactics, utilize the ‘race’/color card from their arsenal, against the best interests, needs, and aspirations of everyday ordinary Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people in this nation.

Each one, reach one. Each one, teach one. Onward, then, my sisters and brothers. Onward . . . !

Intrepid Report Associate Editor Larry Pinkney is a veteran of the Black Panther Party, the former Minister of Interior of the Republic of New Africa, a former political prisoner and the only American to have successfully self-authored his civil / political rights case to the United Nations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. In connection with his political organizing activities, Pinkney was interviewed in 1988 on the nationally televised PBS News Hour, formerly known as The MacNeil / Lehrer News Hour. Pinkney is a former university instructor of political science and international relations, and his writings have been published in various places, including The Boston Globe, the San Francisco BayView newspaper, the Black Commentator, Global Research (Canada), LINKE ZEITUNG (Germany), and Mayihlome News (Azania/South Africa). For more about Larry Pinkney see the book, Saying No to Power: Autobiography of a 20th Century Activist and Thinker, by William Mandel [Introduction by Howard Zinn]. (Click here to read excerpts from the book.)

40 Responses to Barack Obama’s de facto totalitarian nation

  1. Thank you Larry Pinkney. I too have written about Obama’s subversion of the constitution, his war mongering, and using drones to kill hundreds of innocent civilians. But, as a white man, I felt insecure doing so. It’s similar to taking issue with Israeli policy of genocide of Palestinians. As a Jew, I’m labeled “self-hating” Jew and those who aren’t Jewish, are anti-semites. Antway you slice it, you lose.

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  5. TO: Dave Alpert

    Thank you very much for your comment.

    My brother, TRY NEVER to feel “insecure” in doing or saying what you know to be right! Ultimately, the principled stances that we take today, though you and I might not live to see the seeds of consciousness GROW that we planted (then again – we might); it will be because of what we (and others) planted, that that our human family will weather the storms of insanity that we are now enduring. What IS a Black, a Jew, a Pole, a Palestinian, a Chinese, Greek or Indigenous Native person, etc. — but a part of OUR human family?!! We MUST tell the truth and know (deep inside) that in so doing, we are preserving our own humanity and that of ALL the peoples of Mother Earth!

    Again, thank you very much for sharing your thoughts.

    We must all persevere and stay strong…

    In struggle,
    Larry Pinkney
    Associate Editor

  6. You have said so succinctly what most of us could never put in words, especially as white folks. Truth is truth is truth no matter what color, shape or form it comes in, and you nailed it. Thank you.

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  8. Mr. Pinkney,

    Your article was like spiritual CPR. You are among the few who could author it and I thank you for doing so.
    Oddly, no one condemned me as a “racist” when I criticized Geoge W. Bush for his ignoble misdeeds — but if I criticize Barack Obama for doing the same and worse… well, as you know.

    Thanks again. I have a list of people I’m sending a link to.

    Liberty & Justice,


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  10. Observationally it is a gradual descent into tyranny and we might have to discuss many twists and turns on the highway before Obama. At a minimum we can start with WWI but if we prefer we can start with JFK, or Nixon, or Reagan, or Bush I or 9/11. The man is merely the visible face of an invisible network of transnational elites. Obama is bad and the successor will be worse. Ultimately there will be insurrection and then the deluge.

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  13. Alfred Ray Sherman

    Obama is a traitor and it clearly shows he is operating as a Proxy for the secret government set up by Benjamin Franklin/John Adams to be forever secret in a treaty signed I believe in 1781 or about that time. We have always had two governments in USA. It was formerly the Virginia Co., and become The United States of America which is now a corporation filed with Delaware Secretart of State. This secret government is also a Trust tied to Windsor family and the King John Charter dated 5/5/1213.

    • Thank you for your encouragement and comment.

      In struggle,
      Larry Pinkney

    • “Traitors” come and go, but WE the people must TOGETHER, create a society and world that moves humanity closer to the enormous positive potential that each of us possess. It’s NOT easy but it IS possible. Thank you for your comment.

      In struggle,
      Larry Pinkney

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  15. Wow! You are a true patriot sir, I live in the mid west, where there are many who think very little of your race. They may have misconceptions about the victims of the minority community, but the truth and justice that you speak of, are awe inspiring and beautiful. Thank you so much and I can only hope that i am half the man/ hero that you exemplify.

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  17. What a powerful and timely article. Thank You Larry Pinkney. I got it posted under critical news and events at with that Huey P. Long quote so relevant for understanding what has come down upon us all. It’s an honor to share with you in this effort for awakening enough people to gain a grander truth and reconciliation movement to expose all the lies and criminal activities. This would enable a direct democracy movement to take root, and begin again with eyes wide open.

  18. Larry, from one writer to another, not only WELL WRITTEN and concise, but so into the truth of it all!
    i would sincerely hope and pray ( yes, i believe in a creative energy out there ) that we who ‘ KNOW BETTER ‘ will focus more in the New Year on this Military Industrial Empire , and realize that peaceful protest on the street corners and town halls of our cities is the first step to get the awareness of our ‘ sleeping neighbors ‘ .
    secondly, or at the same time, we must ABANDON any political candidate who remains within either of the 2 major parties… i do not care WHO it is!
    keep up the great work, Larry

  19. Carl Collicott

    The laws passed for the “corporation’ the Commodity Credit Corporation, which is the Department of Defense, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Interior, the Department of Education, the Bureau of land Management, NSA, Title 5 U.S.C. Government Organizations and Employees, the Department of labor see 33 U.S.C. 905, the Public Health Service, and the National Institutes of Health.
    The “laws “ include; The National Defense Authorization Act, NDAA, the Patriot Act, Homeland Security Act, the Public Service Act, amended by the ACA, the Housing Act, used to steal homes under foreclosure laws, food stamp laws, to starve needy families, and Veteran laws, to deny benefits to our military.

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  22. John Spitzberg

    I am a member of the Veterans for Peace and agree with everything that you have written about the state of affairs in this country under the presidents Bush and Obama. The lingo used within the hierarchy of the VFP is that if we were to come out in favor of impeachment of our current president, it would signal people who we deplore and wish nothing to do with that we are their bedfellows. Well, war makes strange bedfellows and our history is replete with examples of this. This thinking is spurious, detracting and is wrong headed. I am not a pundit on any subject, but I know when I feel let down by leadership which has ulterior motives. I, for one, believe that we should be as committed to bringing President Obama to task for his use of drones, dirty wars in foreign lands, continuance of giving billions of dollars to any country which would treat people as second, third or even fourth class citizens and any other issue which promoted our cry for impeachment of President Bush. They are presidents of this nation and their backgrounds, races, religions and national origins have nothing to do with who they are as lackeys of the military industrial complex and corporations which would drag us all down.
    Thank to Larry Pinckney for clear thinking and clarifying for me the issues. John Spitzberg, Past President, Chapter 099 VFP

    • I am honored that you got the point that I was making. We can ill afford to be duped, yet again, into lethargy and (Democrat and Republican) plantation politics. It is WE the ordinary everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people of this nation and our precious Mother Earth who must band together in our common interests.

      Thank you for writing.

      In struggle,
      Larry Pinkney

  23. I believe that impeachment efforts against Obama are bad strategy. Doing actions costs money and time. I don’t want to take part in symbolic actions. We’ve all done that. You can go to Youtube and see what I told Obama while I was chained to a lightpole in front of the White House in a blizzard back in 2010. Congress– particularly this right-wing Congress– is not about to listen to calls to impeach Obama any more than they are going to listen to calls for recall elections of themselves.

    I’ve been in this struggle since the year after I came back from Vietnam (I turned 21 there, and I will turn 65 in April), beginning as a VVAW. After the actions of Christmas 1971 (our Operation Valley Forge, where we took over the Statue of Liberty), I am honored to say that I was able to turn a couple of tons of people’s food donations over to the New York BPP.

    I want to say, as your peer in struggle, and as someone who is not on the Board of VFP, but personally knows most of the women and men who are, that it is my opinion that you are erring to call these people “reverse racists.” I will stop short of saying what one former board member (a 72-year-old airborne troop from the Vietnam “advisor” era) said, that your public opinion was “slander.” I’ll agree to characterize it as your analysis. You being an original Panther, I don’t want to call you “divisive.”

    If you would care to communicate privately with me and describe who you mean and how they are “fifth-columnists” (that’s a real deep slur, I’d really be steamed if someone was to call me such a thing!), you may count upon my discretion in investigating such a phenomenon, and a timely, private report on the situation.

    I am Watermelon Slim, an international recording and performing bluesman. You have my website. Go check out my music, and you will know I am who I am, and am one who would never stand for something as insidious as what you are talking about. Heck, the next step after fifth-column would be cointelpro!

    But I am skeptical that what you have concluded is based on anything stronger than lack of personal chemistry, and our (VFP; I am primarily, and more central, in VVAW/OSS) disagreement, expressed democratically, with the tactic of pushing for the impeachment of this president, sneaky capitalist tool and war criminal though he has become.

    His farking Secretary of State, too, who in my opinion is much more blatantly a traitor to his country and his peers. Write me, Larry, and I will tell you whole pantloads of stuff about John F. Kerry, I promise!


    Bill Homans
    VVVAW OSS Co-coordinator of Operations
    VFP Action

    • Please re-read my article. I did NOT use the words “reverse racism” anywhere in the article. There is a major difference between reverse racism and inverse (or inverted) racism. Inverse racism is far more insidious and debilitating for people of ALL colors.

      Stay strong, and thanks for writing.

      In struggle,
      Larry Pinkney


  25. Wow Larry thanks for summing it up for us…I knew Obama was trouble from the get go, a perceived savior to many around the world but really a wolf in sheeps clothing ….still it is difficult at best to convince most of my white liberal friends and family otherwise ….I wiill send this article too whoever will listen or dare to read….having been a 911 truth and goe -engineering/weather modification aka chemtrails activist since 2003 I am all too aware of the collective denialism that enshrouds our dumbed down society….allthough the task to wake people up seems more daunting than ever i have more faith than ever that the peacemakers and the truth tellers will win in the end….god speed friend!

    • “God-speed” to YOU my friend. We are all in this struggle TOGETHER, and we had better damn well work out our percieved differences and varying perspectives to save ourselves, our nation and Mother Earth!

      I appreciate your comment.

      In struggle,
      Larry Pinkney

      • Thanks Larry you are an inspiration to all in the movement for freedom and justice for all sentient beings… and a ‘national treasure’ to boot !…love you man. Mieshiel. .artist /activist /dreamer of great outcomes

  26. A very fair appraisal, Larry. Well done. It’s all been pretty much said above. but I wanted to add my two cents’ worth.

    Actually, to add one ‘step’ further:

    The answer is to go neither to the Left nor to the Right. But Up. (Into the truth and honesty realm that you invoked so well; of such other qualities as “government transparency, justice with peace, and human progress.”)