- The late Dr. Huey P. Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther Party, a
brilliant thinker, pointed to an invisible elite which controls U.S.
foreign policy in the People's name, but in their own interests. Writing
in 1974, Newton described them as "a group wielding predominant power in
the American polity." They care not one whit for American ideals argues
Newton, for they "impose [their] own interpretation of the American
tradition onto the framework of policy making in the state."
Newton reasons this group, which he describes as "expansionist" and
"militaristic" explains the paradox at the heart of U.S. foreign policy,
which states one thing, yet does another. [See "The Huey Newton Reader,"
7 Stories Press, 2002, p. 297.]
Is the majority of the American population against being expansionist
and militaristic? Is the majority of the American population seeking to
abandon lands acquired through a history of expansionist militarism or
are they quite content to remain on those lands and even kill anyone who
should attempt to restore those lands to its rightful inhabitants? Is
not "Manifest Destiny" an American ideal? Don't the majority of the
Americans continue to gleefully patronize the transnational corporations
that control and destroy their lives? Haven't they ever been free to
vote for anything other than the Democrats and Republicans who serve the
Just like a lynch mob and just like six wolves and three sheep voting on
what to have for lunch, America is a democracy. Democracies have never
been about justice, that's why they exist. Any insistence on justice in
all decisions affecting the public means that a democratic vote of the
majority can't be used to get its own way in spite of justice. Justice
says to the wolves and the sheep that you won't be allowed to eat your
fellow members but a democracy puts it to a vote. Justice isn't
determined through votes and a democracy can't be a democracy if it's
restricted to only doing the right thing. It is the ability to ignore
doing what's right in order to appease a voting majority that makes a
democracy what it is.
We have a democracy. And like many people around the world and
throughout history, we don't have justice. A lack of democracy has
never been the problem. After all, it had been a democracy that had
voted to retain slavery for itself from the very beginning. It's a lack
of justice that's always been the problem. And an unjust people cannot
be expected to vote for anything other than unjust representatives to
represent their unjust will.
Evil is what evil does. Democracies aren't established to prevent evil,
they're established to allow it at a voting majority's convenience.