Volume 4, Number 6 January 26, 2001
"Fighting for Freedom is..."
by Dr. Ridgely A. Muímin Muhammad
(This is the full text of the speech delivered by Dr. Ridgely Muhammad on January 20, 2001 at the "Day of Resistance Shadow Inauguration" event in DC)
Donít fight the power, be the Power!
America does not know what democracy looks like. America has never seen democracy, so how would she know?
Some Americans think that they are "free" and will go to war to protect what they think is the "American way of life". But this election process has shown all of us that something stinks in this "promised land".
The devil is in the details, but the power is in the pen. We have got to use the power of the people to make the pens rewrite the rules that the "loan sharks" use to box us in.
There are only three types of people in America: the lawyers, the bankers and the common stock. The government is run by the liars, I mean lawyers. The country is owned by the loan sharks, I mean bankers. And the rest of us are treated like cattle, common stock.
I am here to represent the Black Farmers and Agriculturists Association and we came today to endorse both the Pro-Democracy Campaign and its 10 point program called the "Votersí Bill of Rights". These "Bill of Rights" are the first step in bringing democracy to America.
We Black farmers know what it feels like to have your assets stolen by the bankers using the pen of the lawyers. Now many white Americans finally can feel what it feels like to have your power and rights stolen with the stroke of a pen.
The Votersí Bill of Rights is a beginning. It is a means to an end. However, we must not fool ourselves, America was never a democracy of the common people, black, white, red or yellow.
America was set up by a pack of corporate thieves who broke away from a bigger thief. What we call the "Constitution" was a compromise to balance power between the land owners and money interests who had incorporated themselves separately as the 13 states. This was a "gentlemenís" agreement among the elite, not intended for the common stock.
Soon everything "public" will be privatized. The power outages in California are a sign of things to come, if we continue down this road of selling the country out. The infrastructure of America is being auctioned off to the highest bidder who, many times are foreigners.
Soon America will be an "arbitration nation", no more trial by a jury of your peers. To get a job in the new corporate world you will have to sign away your right to a trial and accept arbitration.
We must start today to campaign for the 10 points of the Votersí Bill of Rights to be formulated into law, while one-man-one-vote exists and there is at least a chance of those votes being counted. An explanation of each point of these "Votersí Bill of Rights" can be downloaded at . They are:
1.Strict Enforcement and Extension of the Voting Rights Act.
2.Abolition of the Electoral College
3.Clean Money Elections
4.Instant Runoff Voting
6.Voting Rights for Former Prisoners
7.Make Voting Easier and more Reliable
8.Easier access to the Ballot, the Media, and Debates for Candidates
9.Create Independent and Non-Partisan Election Commissions
10.Statehood for the District of Columbia.
No more "Taxation without Representation!". We demand statehood for DC
We can not wait another four years to participate in the shaping of our own destiny. Fighting for Freedom is a full time job; you snooze, you lose.
Your alternative voices will never be heard as long as the two parties have a monopoly on government. We must crash the two parties, party. Because if we donít, they will continue to chant:
"Two parties, two parties,
We must keep two parties.
Let the fools choose,
ĎCause they always will lose.
New money, old money,
We still got the money.
No matter who wins,
We own them both, honey."
Please consider this analysis:
King was not killed because he had a dream.
He was killed when he started messing with the economic scheme.
Lincoln was not killed because of the "Emancipation Proclamation".
He was killed when he dared to snatch from the bankers the money supply of this nation.
The devil is in the details, but the power is in the pen.
Donít fight the power, be the Power.
Donít waste this hour, use your power,
And use your pen to rewrite the box that they got us in.
Fighting for Freedom is a full-time job!
Copyright (c) 2001 Ridgely Mu'min
Find out more about the Black farm struggles at: http://www.coax.net/people/lwf/bfaa.htm