Beware of false prophets which come to you in sheep’s clothing, inwardly they are ravening wolves.

-Mathew 7:15

Hitler Using The Torah

President Obama using Dr. Martin Luther King’s Bible on inauguration day is both a travesty & a disgrace to the Civil Rights movement & the cause of freedom in the world.  Its comparable to Israel using the Koran on their election day or Adolf Hitler using the Torah at his reading in ceremony…an oppressor using the spiritual book of the oppressed as his “shining light of direction” is just sickening.

Any sane person can tell you President Obama is not a proponent of nonviolence & peace, but of violence & destruction.  Obama is not for income equality, but for wealth concentration.  Be honest, the man’s middle names are crony capitalism & drone.  While sitting in a jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. King wrote, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. That quote can still be put in use today.

Injustice in Afghanistan is a threat to justice everywhere.

Injustice in Pakistan is a threat to justice everywhere.

Injustice in Yemen is a threat to justice everywhere.

Injustice in Somalia is a threat to justice everywhere.

Injustice in Libya is a threat to justice everywhere.

Injustice in Guantanamo Bay is a threat to justice everywhere.

Fools tend to think events in the past are just that…events in the past, but wise people say, “history always repeats itself”.  Dr. King spoke about Vietnam forty-five years ago but, as with most prolific activists, writers, & orators, his words can still be applied to the current world scene. The following quotes are from Dr. King’s speech “Beyond Vietnam”.  These quotes explain the degradation of society because of war.  While reading, substitute the word Vietnam for the Middle East, Communist for Muslim, & Napalm/Bombs for Drones.

“Beyond Vietnam”

A time comes when silence is betrayal.  That time has come for us in relation to Vietnam.

“Why are you speaking about the war, Dr. King? Why are you joining the voices of dissent?” “Peace & civil rights don’t mix,” they say. “Aren’t you hurting the cause of your people?” they ask. When I hear them, though I often understand the source of their concern, I am nevertheless greatly saddened, for such questions mean that the inquirers have not really known me, my commitment, or my calling. Indeed, their questions suggest that they do not know the world in which they live.

My third reason moves to an even deeper level of awareness, for it grows out of my experience in the ghettos of the North over the last three years, especially the last three summers. As I have walked among the desperate, rejected, & angry young men, I have told them that Molotov cocktails & rifles would not solve their problems. I have tried to offer them my deepest compassion while maintaining my conviction that social change comes most meaningfully through nonviolent action. But they asked, & rightly so, “What about Vietnam?” They asked if our own nation wasn’t using massive doses of violence to solve its problems, to bring about the changes it wanted. Their questions hit home, & I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today: my own government. For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.

Now it should be incandescently clear that no one who has any concern for the integrity & life of America today can ignore the present war. If America’s soul becomes totally poisoned, part of the autopsy must read “Vietnam.”

I would yet have to live with the meaning of my commitment to the ministry of Jesus Christ. To me, the relationship of this ministry to the making of peace is so obvious that I sometimes marvel at those who ask me why I am speaking against the war. Could it be that they do not know that the Good News was meant for all men — for communist & capitalist, for their children & ours, for black & for white, for revolutionary & conservative? Have they forgotten that my ministry is in obedience to the one who loved his enemies so fully that he died for them? What then can I say to the Vietcong or to Castro or to Mao as a faithful minister of this one? Can I threaten them with death or must I not share with them my life?

Finally, as I try to explain for you & for myself the road that leads from Montgomery to this place, I would have offered all that was most valid if I simply said that I must be true to my conviction that I share with all men the calling to be a son of the living God. Beyond the calling of race or nation or creed is this vocation of sonship & brotherhood. Because I believe that the Father is deeply concerned, especially for His suffering & helpless & outcast children, I come tonight to speak for them. This I believe to be the privilege & the burden of all of us who deem ourselves bound by allegiances & loyalties which are broader & deeper than nationalism & which go beyond our nation’s self-defined goals & positions. We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for the victims of our nation, for those it calls “enemy,” for no document from human hands can make these humans any less our brothers.

And as I ponder the madness of Vietnam & search within myself for ways to understand & respond in compassion, my mind goes constantly to the people of that peninsula. I speak now not of the soldiers of each side, not of the ideologies of the Liberation Front, not of the junta in Saigon, but simply of the people who have been living under the curse of war for almost three continuous decades now. I think of them, too, because it is clear to me that there will be no meaningful solution there until some attempt is made to know them & hear their broken cries.

They must see Americans as strange liberators.

They know they must move on or be destroyed by our bombs.

So they go, primarily women & children & the aged. They watch as we poison their water, as we kill a million acres of their crops. They must weep as the bulldozers roar through their areas preparing to destroy the precious trees. They wander into the hospitals with at least twenty casualties from American firepower for one Vietcong-inflicted injury. So far we may have killed a million of them, mostly children. They wander into the towns & see thousands of the children, homeless, without clothes, running in packs on the streets like animals. They see the children degraded by our soldiers as they beg for food. They see the children selling their sisters to our soldiers, soliciting for their mothers.

What do the peasants think as we ally ourselves with the landlords & as we refuse to put any action into our many words concerning land reform? What do they think as we test out our latest weapons on them, just as the Germans tested out new medicine & new tortures in the concentration camps of Europe? Where are the roots of the independent Vietnam we claim to be building? Is it among these voiceless ones?

We have destroyed their two most cherished institutions: the family & the village. We have destroyed their land & their crops. We have cooperated in the crushing of the nation’s only noncommunist revolutionary political force, the unified Buddhist Church. We have supported the enemies of the peasants of Saigon. We have corrupted their women & children & killed their men.

Now there is little left to build on, save bitterness. Soon the only solid physical foundations remaining will be found at our military bases & in the concrete of the concentration camps we call “fortified hamlets.” The peasants may well wonder if we plan to build our new Vietnam on such grounds as these. Could we blame them for such thoughts? We must speak for them & raise the questions they cannot raise. These, too, are our brothers.

How can they trust us when now we charge them with violence after the murderous reign of Diem & charge them with violence while we pour every new weapon of death into their land? Surely we must understand their feelings, even if we do not condone their actions. Surely we must see that the men we supported pressed them to their violence. Surely we must see that our own computerized plans of destruction simply dwarf their greatest acts.

Here is the true meaning & value of compassion & nonviolence, when it helps us to see the enemy’s point of view, to hear his questions, to know his assessment of ourselves. For from his view we may indeed see the basic weaknesses of our own condition, & if we are mature, we may learn & grow & profit from the wisdom of the brothers who are called the opposition.

He (Ho Chi Mein) knows the bombing & shelling & mining we are doing are part of traditional pre-invasion strategy. Perhaps only his sense of humor & of irony can save him when he hears the most powerful nation of the world speaking of aggression as it drops thousands of bombs on a poor, weak nation more than eight hundred, or rather, eight thousand miles away from its shores

This is the message of the great Buddhist leaders of Vietnam. Recently one of them wrote these words, & I quote:

Each day the war goes on the hatred increases in the hearts of the Vietnamese & in the hearts of those of humanitarian instinct. 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 & political defeat. The image of America will never again be the image of revolution, freedom, & democracy, but the image of violence & militarism.

If we continue, there will be no doubt in my mind & in the mind of the world that we have no honorable intentions in Vietnam. If we do not stop our war against the people of Vietnam immediately, the world will be left with no other alternative than to see this as some horrible, clumsy, & deadly game we have decided to play. The world now demands a maturity of America that we may not be able to achieve. It demands that we admit that we have been wrong from the beginning of our adventure in Vietnam, that we have been detrimental to the life of the Vietnamese people. The situation is one in which we must be ready to turn sharply from our present ways. In order to atone for our sins & errors in Vietnam, we should take the initiative in bringing a halt to this tragic war.

I would like to suggest five concrete things that our government should do immediately to begin the long & difficult process of extricating ourselves from this nightmarish conflict:

  • Number one: End all bombing in North & South Vietnam.
  • Number two: Declare a unilateral cease-fire in the hope that such action will create the atmosphere for negotiation.
  • Three: Take immediate steps to prevent other battlegrounds in Southeast Asia by curtailing our military buildup in Thailand & our interference in Laos.
  • Four: Realistically accept the fact that the National Liberation Front has substantial support in South Vietnam & must thereby play a role in any meaningful negotiations & any future Vietnam government.
  • Five: Set a date that we will remove all foreign troops from Vietnam in accordance with the 1954 Geneva Agreement.

Every man of humane convictions must decide on the protest that best suits his convictions, but we must all protest.

The war in Vietnam is but a symptom of a far deeper malady within the American spirit, & if we ignore this sobering reality [applause], & if we ignore this sobering reality, we will find ourselves organizing “clergy & laymen concerned” committees for the next generation. They will be concerned about Guatemala & Peru. They will be concerned about Thailand & Cambodia. They will be concerned about Mozambique & South Africa. We will be marching for these & a dozen other names & attending rallies without end unless there is a significant & profound change in American life & policy.

In 1957 a sensitive American official overseas said that it seemed to him that our nation was on the wrong side of a world revolution. During the past ten years we have seen emerge a pattern of suppression which has now justified the presence of U.S. military advisors in Venezuela. This need to maintain social stability for our investments accounts for the counterrevolutionary action of American forces in Guatemala. It tells why American helicopters are being used against guerrillas in Cambodia & why American napalm & Green Beret forces have already been active against rebels in Peru.

Five years ago he (Kennedy) said, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” [applause] Increasingly, by choice or by accident, this is the role our nation has taken, the role of those who make peaceful revolution impossible by refusing to give up the privileges & the pleasures that come from the immense profits of overseas investments

We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines & computers, profit motives & property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, & militarism are incapable of being conquered.

A true revolution of values will lay hand on the world order & say of war, “This way of settling differences is not just.” This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation’s homes with orphans & widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark & bloody battlefields physically handicapped & psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice, & love

These are days, which demand wise restraint & calm reasonableness. We must not engage in a negative anticommunism, but rather in a positive thrust for democracy [applause], realizing that our greatest defense against communism is to take offensive action in behalf of justice. We must with positive action seek to remove those conditions of poverty, insecurity, & injustice, which are the fertile soil in which the seed of communism grows & develops.

These are revolutionary times. All over the globe men are revolting against old systems of exploitation & oppression, & out of the wounds of a frail world, new systems of justice & equality are being born. The shirtless & barefoot people of the land are rising up as never before. The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light. We in the West must support these revolutions.

It is a sad fact that because of comfort, complacency, a morbid fear of communism, & our proneness to adjust to injustice, the Western nations that initiated so much of the revolutionary spirit of the modern world have now become the arch antirevolutionaries.

We can no longer afford to worship the god of hate or bow before the altar of retaliation. The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever-rising tides of hate. History is cluttered with the wreckage of nations & individuals that pursued this self-defeating path of hate.

We still have a choice today: nonviolent coexistence or violent coannihilation.

It’s right to say that Dr. King would not have voted for Obama.  Dr. King is speaking the way a “Liberal” used to.  I can’t see in any instance where Dr. King would agree with indefinite detention for Muslims as well as Americans, torture, or predator drone strikes that primarily kill women and children.  Remember though, people continually try to paint Dr. King & Obama as “one in the same” though…

Obama is not a proponent of the poor, but a puppet for the wealthy elite.  Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee while showing support to the African American sanitation workers strike.  Dr. King started the Poor People’s Campaign in hopes to end the oldest form of legal discrimination, one in which continually bars people from the hope of obtaining the American dream; Poverty.   Unemployment under Obama has been around 7%…for White Americans.  For Black Americans, double that.  That’s right, unemployment for Black Americans has been hovering around 14%.  On September 6th, 2012, Obama issued his party nomination for president acceptance speech at Bank of America Stadium.  Bank of America Stadium.  Oh the Irony.  I’m not saying Obama has the power to uplift the poor or bail people out of poverty, but he surely did it for a select few Detroit businesses. The following quotes are from Dr. King’s speech “Beyond Vietnam”.  These quotes explain how wars are ultimately wars on the poor.  Substitute Vietnam for War on Terror.

“Beyond Vietnam”

There is at the outset a very obvious & almost facile connection between the war in Vietnam & the struggle I & others have been waging in America. A few years ago there was a shining moment in that struggle. It seemed as if there was a real promise of hope for the poor, both black & white, through the poverty program. There were experiments, hopes, new beginnings. Then came the buildup in Vietnam, & I watched this program broken & eviscerated as if it were some idle political plaything of a society gone mad on war. & I knew that America would never invest the necessary funds or energies in rehabilitation of its poor so long as adventures like Vietnam continued to draw men & skills & money like some demonic, destructive suction tube. So I was increasingly compelled to see the war as an enemy of the poor & 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. It was sending their sons & their brothers & their husbands to fight & to die in extraordinarily high proportions relative to the rest of the population. We were taking the black young men who had been crippled by our society & sending them eight thousand miles away to guarantee liberties in Southeast Asia which they had not found in southwest Georgia & East Harlem. So we have been repeatedly faced with the cruel irony of watching Negro & white boys on TV screens as they kill & die together for a nation that has been unable to seat them together in the same schools. So we watch them in brutal solidarity burning the huts of a poor village, but we realize that they would hardly live on the same block in Chicago. I could not be silent in the face of such cruel manipulation of the poor.

I am as deeply concerned about our own troops there as anything else. For it occurs to me that what we are submitting them to in Vietnam is not simply the brutalizing process that goes on in any war where armies face each other & seek to destroy. We are adding cynicism to the process of death, for they must know after a short period there that none of the things we claim to be fighting for are really involved. Before long they must know that their government has sent them into a struggle among Vietnamese, & the more sophisticated surely realize that we are on the side of the wealthy, & the secure, while we create a hell for the poor

I speak for the poor of America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home, & dealt death & corruption in Vietnam.

A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty & wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas & see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, & South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, & say, “This is not just.” It will look at our alliance with the landed gentry of South America & say, “This is not just.” The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others & nothing to learn from them is not just.

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.

For every dollar spent in the Middle East, no dollar is being spent on education, poverty reduction, jobs, & climate change research.  Dr. King is 100% right on the double war poor people fight.  As Mumia Abu Jamal said, “the War on Terror” is a war on us all”.  Dr. King would not have been satisfied with Obama’s stance on the poor.  Wars are started by the rich but financed & fought by the poor.

Do you finally see that despite the spin, Dr. King & Obama only share each others color but not a fragment of each others character?  I think if Dr. King were still alive, he would boycott Obama using his Bible because of the bloodstains he would leave from innocent Muslim children.  People…Black people & Liberals in particular, its time to cast away the veil of ignorance & accept the fact that the “knight in shining brown skin” is more about nope & shame than he is hope & change.  “Until justice rolls down like water & righteousness like a mighty stream”, Obama is ultimately moving civil rights & world peace backward, not forward.  I will end this article with a quote from the famed academic & author Carter G. Woodson. “When you control a man’s thinking, you do not have to worry about his actions”.  With continual pictures of Obama & Dr. King together, famous people propagating a politician for a civil rights activist, the media has brainwashed the people to believe that they are both one & the same.  No matter what Obama does, people will feel it is for the betterment of society…the uplifting of humanity.  So when Obama signs law after law, starts conflict after conflict, doing the complete opposite of what Dr. King would advise, he doesn’t have to worry about the people’s actions of distrust, for he controls their thinking…

Don’t trust a White Neoconservative wolf in Brown Liberal sheep clothing…

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Comments
  1. Lemar says:

    wow. absolutely breathtaking analysis. despite Dr Kings anti-communist stance, he’s speech and its relevance to today’s society couldn’t be more obvious. Thank you for sharing this Professor Rambo.

    • Thanks for reading! People really misunderstood that post..but I feel seeing “their” president’s name next to Hitler just thew them off.
      Bottom line: Dr. King would NEVER approve of Obama and people should accept that.

  2. Schlüter says:

    As an Atheist who doesn´t share Dr. King´s religious foundation I can only stand still in great respect for the clearness in expression of the spiritual foundation which I share and which is called Humanism! And I have to express great applause for the author bringing the fundamental contradictions between Obama´s claim of heritance on the Civil Rights Movement and his actions to light!
    Andreas Schlüter
    Sociologist
    Berlin, Germany

  3. @Professor_Rambo I’m not even joking right now. I can’t read past the first paragraph. I’m not sure who taught you history. point is missed

    @Professor_Rambo said I wouldn’t read further and did shut the page – thought of Beyond Vietnam and thought I’d check to find a quote to …
    … show you how totally different the two situations are. Decided I should be open minded so looked and you had quoted the whole thing. Did you read it carefully? Honestly? You’re not making any point. Just being sensationalist.

    @Professor_Rambo Seriously, how are you going to compare frying 6,000,000 people with sniping 50 known terrorists? You’re not right.

    [btw your little disclaimer that you’re not comparing Obama to Hitler but the use of the Books is bullocks – THAT IS comparing the ACTIONS of Obama to those of Hitler – don’t try to pussyfoot out of it. You’re doing it so OWN IT or Stop.]

    Rework, Reword, and Repost.

    @jitterbug212 if you continue to read, your point will be found. And the world taught me history..3 continents & personal experiences..

    @Professor_Rambo sorry – you’ve taken Beyond Vietnam out of context. I don’t WANT to read more carefully – it’s vile. You purport to know MLK’s mind. suggest he wouldn’t vote for Obama? Are you reading what we did in Vietnam? what is the comparison?

    @Professor_Rambo everyone is commenting that your piece is so brilliant cause you hardly delineated between your words and King’s.

    .@Professor_Rambo It’s lazy. And sensationalist. And you’re better than that. The VERY least you need to do is PROPERLY format King’s quotes

    @jitterbug212 okay. Well I guess #MLK would LOVE drone strikes, Gitmo, the biggest wealth inequality gap ever in the US..you’re right 😉

    @Professor_Rambo You know that’s ridiulous and you know that’s not what I’m saying. But you really think MLK wouldn’t have voted for Obama?

    @Professor_Rambo Gitmo is nothing to do with wealth inequality. Are you for real right now? Gitmo is a travesty but not about rich/poor…

    @Professor_Rambo … I’d say maybe on the larger scale of nations but the british dude just got out two years ago.

    @Professor_Rambo What do you suggest MLK would do if he were president and had inherited the country BObama did? no bombs? no drones? sorry. We just can’t know.

  4. And I must add after seeing some of the comments. I DO appreciate a point that MLK and BHO are totally different. Maybe ppl are craving some kind of highlighting of that – I just feel that you need to look at this piece very carefully because there is a lot that is VERY wrong with it and the core truth/idea becomes muddled.

  5. P.S. Obama has taken 3 of the 5 actions above suggested by MLK for Vietnam in Afghanistan.

    I’m going to say it again. This piece is lazy.

  6. @Ncite45 says:

    It’s unfair to lift text and quotes from decades ago and try to force them into today’s changed landscape. One’s interpretation may be out of context. The similarities, although worth noting, are too few to make a solid argument on merit. The MLK era and the present are unique in their own perspectives.

    • I totally disagree.
      Im not taking quotes out of context, im using an antiwar speech to speak out against a war. Or 2. Or 3? We are occupying Benghazi now right?
      People use out of context bible quotes to justify the oppression of women. People use out of context founder’s quotes to justify certain laws.
      Im using a speech from a man whom my generation compares to a man that doesn’t even compare. Im tired of these washed up civil rights activists turned Democrat brainwashing the people to pass off Obama as Dr. King reincarnate.
      Bottom line: Dr. King would not agree with ANY policy Obama is using to appease to his Neocon superiors.

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