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The preferred American strategy has always been covert. As one example, the American people are unaware that a great

number of the world’s most despised dictators acquired their tyrannical skills right here in Georgia’s School of the Americas!

Once in power, these American trained dictators protected America’s interest without the appearance of direct American involvement.

 

 

Reflections on Humpty Dumpty

By Kwa David Whitaker

 

Humpty Dumpty, the 15th century English term denoting fat or obese, provides the perfect metaphor for America’s gluttonous nature and its present economic predicament.  Historically, Humpty Dumpty referred to a very large canon that was strategically positioned atop St Mary’s Church to protect Colchester’s Parliamentarian stronghold during the English Civil War. When a canon shot weakened the wall beneath Humpty the canon came crashing down and the Royalists, ‘all the kings men’, could not reposition Humpty, even with the help of ‘all the kings horses’. 

Like Humpty Dumpty, Americans have strategically positioned its politicians for protection in the face of attack.  Today, the nation is under economic siege and we ask two fundamental questions. Where are the king’s men?  Where are the king’s horses?

Regrettably, as the world seems to be teetering on total collapse, America’s politicians seem more concerned with finger pointing and self-serving rhetoric than solving problems.  The increasing radio, Internet and satellite perspectives results in an information overload without any clear sense of what is really going on and, more importantly, why.  This commentary hopes to provide an easily understood framework concerning national-global issues and how they impact our daily lives. 

It is undeniable that the United States can boast of significant accomplishments in many areas, including its military superiority, advancements in medicine, transportation, social infrastructure and space exploration--to name a few.  What is also undeniable, although unknown to all but a small minority, is the fact that these achievements are due not just to Americans’ rugged individualism, ingenuity or creativity, as we are taught.  To the contrary, these successes also rest upon a firm and unflattering foundation of domestic oppression, national imperialism and global exploitation. How can I say this?

First, 250-plus years of free labor from the diabolic enslavement of Africans jump-started America’s development and fueled Europe’s resurrection. This socio-economic advantage was reinforced by the harsh domination and eventual displacement of America’s indigenous population. Generations of immoral and inhumane plantation servitude, deceptive treaties, discriminatory legislation and cruel public policies galvanized the second-class status of those considered undesirable while ensuring privilege and prosperity for the ‘haves’ and perpetual agonizing misery for the ‘have-nots’.

Second, and most important, is the fact that the American population (300 million) is less than 5% of the global population (7 billion) yet Americans consume nearly 80% of all global resources.  This insatiable appetite allows Americans to boast of a life style that is unknowingly subsidized by the massive suffering of its non-industrialized neighbors. Adding insult to injury, Americans arrogantly characterize its victims as undeveloped, backwards and somehow responsible for and deserving of their Third World plight.  Given this disparity in numbers verses need America would never consider purchasing resources at fair market value as this would bankrupt the country and strengthen the economies of some of its most hated adversaries. Therefore, America feels compelled to refine and expand the deceptions it uses to secure natural and other resources that support the illusion of its independence, progress, prosperity, leadership and greatness.

Third, to avoid implosion, the American economy requires continuous growth opportunities and credible enemies to satisfy its insatiable greed and to justify its imperialist pursuits.  This, in large part, is the secret rationale for maintaining America’s massive military arsenal and its ever-expanding global interests.  Now that the country is fully developed (and in need of significant repair) America desperately seeks foreign territories to expand its presence and to avoid facing the reality that it is a very small part of the world’s population in need of massive, cheap imports to maintain its image. Calming unsophisticated voters at home and suppressing growing protests abroad represents a significant political dilemma.   On one hand, America’s professed values do not permit the outright taking of others’ resources. 

On the other, America’s refusal to be honest with its own citizens prohibits realization of the transparency that elected representatives promise but can’t afford to deliver. The preferred American strategy has always been covert. As one example, the American people are unaware that a great number of the world’s most despised dictators acquired their tyrannical skills right here in Georgia’s School of the Americas! Once in power, these American trained dictators protected America’s interest without the appearance of direct American involvement.  This and other diversions are a significant part of the geo-politics to avoid the truth concerning America’s greed and its role in the cyclical conflicts that erupt around the world.  While politicians constantly say that others hate our democratic values, this is not the case at all--they actually hate the governmental policies that support America’s greed and exploitation and the human suffering that these policies cause their citizens.

Fourth, going forward, competition for and control over America’s lifeblood (oil) will be affected by China’s emergence as a world power, India’s continued growth, Cuba’s resilience to sanctions, Iran’s defiance of everybody, Japan’s nuclear catastrophe and a whole host of unknown Middle East developments. The only option--short of divulging the truth and making the systemic changes to live within its means--is for America to maintain the military superiority that will permit the taking of needed resources.  More and more, we see evidence of America’s willingness to do just that. Despite these efforts, America will continue to lose ground.  Why?

Fifth, Viet Nam caused a serious blemish to America’s image, and exposure of the School of America’s dictator training, along with America’s cozy relationships with the likes of Ben Laden, Saddam Hussein and others has made it worse. Compounding the problem is the fact that many nations realize they have been abused by their leaders-many of whom served as United States alter egos-and they now seek fundamental and immediate change. Even if America can repair its image it will not avoid the mounting pressures of the expanding European economic crisis, the unending Israel-Palestine conflict, the collapse of American-backed Egypt, the aftermath of Libya, or the dangerous uncertainties of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and Syriajust to name a few.  America already spends 40% of the total combined military budget for the world. The projected military cost for America to become the global police force is astronomical and the potential loss of American life, even with the use of drones, is incomprehensible.

The facts are irrefutable and the projections are dire. America is truly at a crossroads where it must embrace a new course of honesty, transparency, and fundamental change and abandon the insanity of maintaining the status quo. Five percent of the world can’t expect to continue consuming eighty percent of the world’s resources without consequences. To think otherwise is morally indefensible, socially irresponsible, fiscally unsustainable and ultimately suicidal.

Notwithstanding these implications, the historical record confirms that American leadership—from the slave-owning Founding Fathers to the present—has never adopted truth, integrity and transparency as guiding principles. Predictably, absent some incredible political epiphany or the massive ingestion of a political truth serum, Humpty’s fall is inevitable. We ask again. Where are the king’s men? Where are the king’s horses?
 

Dr. Kwa Kra Kwamina II, aka Dr. Kwa David Whitaker, Esq., born 8:00 am Thursday November 18, 1943, resides in Cleveland, Ohio.  He is a dedicated husband, father of six, and grandfather of seven. In 1980 he simultaneously received his Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Education Psychology from Case Western Reserve University and his Juris Doctorate from Cleveland Marshall College of Law.  Dr. Whitaker has been a career educator and education advocate for four decades in his unyielding quest to aid the development of urban students.

 Dr. Whitaker has been a high school mathematics teacher, graduate school program coordinator, school board member and co-counsel in school desegregation litigation.  He has maintained small legal and family therapy practices since the early 1980’s.  His ‘rites of passage’ facilitation received an Innovative Programming Award from Kent State University and he is currently replicating the ‘rites’ process at West Virginia University.

For the past decade Dr. Whitaker has also focused on the development of several ‘rites-based’ charter schools for urban students.  His Rites-Based Integrative Education Process (RBIEP) has resulted in state ratings of EFFECTIVE and EXCELLENT at the Phoenix Village Academy even though full implementation of the (RBIEP) has not been completed. Dr. Whitaker is convinced that these preliminary results will improve exponentially when the full benefit of the distance learning and study abroad components are incorporated. 

As part of his Akan Chieftancy and as Chair of the Board of Trustees for The Atonkwa Development Company (ADC), Nana Whitaker has made 30-plus research/development trips• to Ghana to oversee development projects and expand his knowledge-base of the ‘rites of passage’ concepts, principles and practices that form the foundation for the Phoenix Village Academy schools. He is confident that the behavior, attitudes and learning curves for urban students will all show spontaneous and dramatic improvement when given the opportunity to experience the full benefit of the African cultural-spiritual principles that enabled our great ancestors to lay the foundations for civilization and make significant contributions for the betterment of humanity throughout the millennia.

In addition to expanding charter school opportunities, improving Atonkwa’s infrastructure, health and education, and numerous other civic commitments Dr. Whitaker is currently completing four books: How I Became A Chief, his sequel to David Walker’s Appeal, What Traditional Governance Can Offer African Americans and Lectures, Writings and Reflections of Dr. Kwa David Whitaker, Esq.. His Rites of Passage: A Journey of Transformation was published in 2011.

* Support for the Atonkwa Development Company projects is greatly appreciated. Contributions may be made payable to Atonkwa Development Company and sent C/O Dr. Whitaker to 1782 East 65th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44103.  If you would like to travel to Ghana with Dr. Whitaker you may contact him directly at 216.513.3266.

posted 14 December 2011

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