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Decoding Da Dubya Code

by duko Tuesday, Feb. 08, 2005 at 5:04 PM
darbycrash1965@yahoo.com

Revolutionaries, reporters and film crews assembled on Friday morning for a "Press Conference and Anti-Inaugural Banquet." It was held near Howard University at Café Manowaj, a cool and funky hang-out run by a crew of radical South Africans. Steaming breakfast dishes (named for people’s heroes and historical highpoints) soon appeared. Indymedia and RW reporters tended to order Amandla eggs. The Fox-5 TV guy was all over the Paris Commune French Toast. (His footage of our red-flag-filled cowboy-hat stomping made the 5 o’clock news that night.)

Sunsara Taylor: Are there any born-agains in the house who are deep into biblical armageddon prophesies? No? In that case, I first need to first walk you all through my ‘Armageddon Crash Course for post-Enlightenment Thinkers’....

At this very moment millions of people are being seduced into going for simple, good-versus-evil answers to the agonizing and growing complexities of the world. They are consumed with the coming Judgment Day, the return of Jesus, Armageddon, the Rapture.



Revolutionary Worker #1266, January

30, 2005, posted at rwor.org





Revolutionaries, reporters and film crews assembled on

Friday morning for a "Press Conference and Anti-Inaugural

Banquet." It was held near Howard University at Café

Manowaj, a cool and funky hang-out run by a crew of radical South

Africans. Steaming breakfast dishes (named for people’s

heroes and historical highpoints) soon appeared. Indymedia and RW

reporters tended to order Amandla eggs. The Fox-5 TV guy was all

over the Paris Commune French Toast. (His footage of our

red-flag-filled cowboy-hat stomping made the 5 o’clock news

that night.)





Sunsara Taylor: Are there any born-agains in the

house who are deep into biblical armageddon prophesies? No? In that

case, I first need to first walk you all through my ‘Armageddon

Crash Course for post-Enlightenment Thinkers’....



At this very moment millions of people are being seduced into

going for simple, good-versus-evil answers to the agonizing and

growing complexities of the world. They are consumed with the coming

Judgment Day, the return of Jesus, Armageddon, the Rapture.



Here’s the Revelations scenario rolling around

in their heads: First, Israel finds peace and then the Rapture

happens. God calls up his true believers and all those who are pure

of heart—those 12 years old or younger. Cars pile up in huge

crashes on the freeways as drivers are called up to heaven, airplanes

plummet to the ground as the true-believing pilots

disappear—there are black-outs and sheer havoc. The

anti-christ, an internationalist talking world peace, rises through

the United Nations. During the next seven terrible years of

tribulation, punishment is meted out by a vengeful Jesus, the rivers

will run six feet deep in blood, and people must be willing to fight

and die for the Lord.



Okay, that’s the mindset of a good section of Bush’s

audience. And knowing that, his speech was deliberately loaded up

with lots of coded "End Times" language fashioned by his

hotshot evangelical speechwriter, Michael Gerson—all designed

to send the Armageddon addicts into orbit.



At the same time, the central thrust of Bush’s speech, and

the clear message telegraphed to his imperial minders, cohorts and

rivals—was an affirmation of the U.S. right and intention to

rampage, to flex its "sole superpower" status and roll up

the planet under its permanent domination (all cloaked in deceitful

banalities: "The survival of liberty in our land increasingly

depends on the success of liberty in other lands.")



Then Carl Dix and Sunsara Taylor took turns

reading



"The Communist Guide to the Top Ten Lies and Armageddon

References in George Bush’s Inaugural Speech"



Lie 10



Scientifically, the word FIRE refers to combustion. But in the

Bible, fire refers to the wrathful punishment of a vengeful God. When

Bush said "a day of fire," he meant 9/11, which

many Christian fascists believe is punishment for American’s

turning their backs on Jesus.



The reality is that 9/11 and the rise of the Islamic

fundamentalists cannot be understood without Bob Avakian’s

writings on the Enlightenment, the massive dislocations of

globalization, and the loss of revolutionary China as a pole of

attraction in the world.



Lie #9



Many people were confused to hear Bush talk so much about

"freedom," some figured he was just straight-up lying.



But when he says "Because we have acted in the great

liberating tradition of this country, tens of millions have achieved

their freedom,"
Bush is actually (believe it or not)

referring to the never-ending U.S. conquest of Iraq, and telling the

world to expect more of the same and worse! His global mission of

"spreading freedom" is nothing more than the freedom of

U.S. empire to further dominate the world.



Years ago, on Tom Snyder’s TV show, Bob Avakian pointed out

that "If the exploiters are free to exploit, then the masses of

people are not free to be free of that exploitation."



Lie #8



At the end of his speech, Bush speaks of "liberty and the

Author of Liberty."
The implication is that liberty is

God’s will and its author is God.



Mainly Bush uses "freedom" as a stand-in for global

configuring—but his use of vocabulary also allows evangelicals

to hear a message that literally sanctifies American attacks

in the world.



Listened to from this framework, the use of the word

"freedom" 27 times and the use of "liberty" 15

times give this global mission of George Bush a true crusader

feel.



Lie #7



Bush said: "From the day of our founding we have

proclaimed that every man and woman on this earth has rights and

dignity and matchless value.
"



This, about a country that dragged Africans to its shores in slave

chains? This, about a country that carried out systematic genocide

against the Native inhabitants?



Did Condoleezza tutor him about this history? Does she know it

herself?



In contrast, Bob Avakian has recently written his memoir, From

Ike to Mao and Beyond,
about what he learned from Black

classmates in an integrated high school during the 1950s and by

getting to know leaders of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s. This

played a critical role in his development as a revolutionary

communist leader who has dug deeply into how revolution must and can

uproot every last vestige of racism and national oppression.



Lie #6



Bush said in his speech: "Americans, at our best, value

the life we see in one another, and must always remember that even

the unwanted have worth."



Bush didn’t choose to speak openly about his plans to

criminalize abortion and the doctors who perform them. But this

deceitful talk of "valuing life," coupled with "the

unwanted have worth" was clearly a set of codewords.



The day after his reelection, he called up a newly elected senator

who believes in legally executing abortion providers, and said,

"It’s time to get the job done."



Okay, in Bush’s twisted world, fetuses are holy persons and

adult women are just incubators.



The Revolutionary Communist Party says, "Break the chains!

Unleash the fury of women as a mighty force for revolution!"



In our new revolutionary society, women and men will develop new

ways of relating with mutual respect and equality. And the impatience

of women to tear up the old oppressive arrangements will actually be

a positive factor that pushes the whole revolution forward until

communism is achieved.



Lie #5



Bush said, "Leaders of governments with long habits of

control need to know: To serve your people you must learn to trust

them."
Right. From the man who called the protests of

millions worldwide against the Iraq invasion a "focus

group."



Bob Avakian doesn’t huddle with advisors trying to

manipulate or deceive the people. His approach is to put

contradictions in the hands of more and more people, including the

biggest questions of how to make revolution and how to run a society

that the masses would actually want to live in. He leads the people

to understand these contradictions and to help solve them.



He actually does trust the people and has confidence that

with genuine communist leadership they can change the whole

world.



Lie #4



Bush says, "America’s vital interests and our

deepest beliefs are now one."



Bush is effectively saying he recognizes no separation between

church and state.



For example, Bush’s faith-based initiative: They are pulling

millions of dollars in government funding out of secular social

service programs and pouring it almost exclusively into Christian

organizations.



Lie #3



Bush says, "Rights must be more than the grudging

concessions of dictators; they are secured by free dissent and the

participation of the governed..."



This, said at the most militarized inaugural address in history,

where protesters were attacked, cordoned off, and even reactionary

George Will said the whole affair looked like a banana republic under

siege.



Bob Avakian understands that the proletariat must hold firmly on

to state power once it is achieved, that it is not worth holding onto

if it doesn’t just tolerate dissent, but foster it. Because

even truths that bring to light negative things about the

revolutionary vanguard can become part of what we need to learn to

move society forward.



Lie #2



We’re getting up there in our Top Ten, this is Number Two.

We saved it till the end because it is such a BIG LIE. Throughout

Bush’s speech dwells this HUGE LIE that has been with humanity

for thousands of years, causing untold slaughter and suffering, the

lie used by all of the biggest tyrants in the world. That lie is

GOD.



The Truth: GOD DOES NOT EXIST.



Chairman Avakian has said it is time to quit praying to things

that don’t exist and time to be liberating our minds and moving

to end oppression the only way it can be done—by fighting

it.



Finally, let’s have a drumroll here for the Number One

lie from Bush’s speech!



Lie #1



Bush said: "After the shipwreck of

communism..."



It is now supposed to be an assumed and accepted fact that

communism was a failure—and that any hopes of a radically

different and liberated alternative to capitalism are a false

hope.



But, in fact, communism was no shipwreck!



The actual history of socialist society puts to shame Bush’s

mangling of the truth, and his smirking declaration that no society

greater than the U.S. has ever existed.
"fr">Au contraire!



Bursting through the cracks of the 20th-century lumbering

imperialist death machine, the workers and peasants in Russia in 1917

and in China in 1949 made revolution and accomplished amazing things.

They went from unspeakable poverty and misery to becoming the people

who, for the first time in history, started to consciously transform

society and themselves.



During the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, workers,

peasants and students were called upon by Mao Tsetung to struggle to

keep China on the road to a classless communist world. They

criticized those leaders who were trying to take things back to the

old society. They debated philosophy, political economy, and world

affairs. They got involved in the running of factories, hospitals and

schools.



In the end, the communist revolutions of the Soviet Union and

China were overturned. How should we sum this up?



Bob Avakian looks at these socialist experiences of the last 100

years, and sees a great start! But, he says, we can do much better

and soar much higher.



Standing on the accomplishments of these great chapters in human

history, and fearlessly examining the grievous aspects of these

revolutions, Bob Avakian has re-envisioned what it will take to get

to a communist world, and even what that classless society could look

like.



Avakian’s approach combines the need for firm revolutionary

leadership to hold onto power with involving more and more people in

the process of exercising that power. It includes unleashing ferment,

giving expression to the diversity in society as opposed to people

being regimented and saluting an "official ideology." He is

about moving society and the world to the point where there is no

longer a need for a government of any kind; where the people

consciously and voluntarily transform themselves and the world.



For all the real and monumental dangers that Bush concentrates,

the same global shifts and changes that are driving Bush to his

extremes are also bringing the possibility of Bob Avakian’s

liberating future more sharply into focus. These two futures are

colliding. If people come to know about Bob Avakian and throw

everything they have into this battle for the future (for indeed,

everything is at stake!) then some day folks will look back and be

able to speak with profound truth and profound joy

about the "shipwreck of capitalism."








This article is posted in English and Spanish on Revolutionary

Worker Online



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