20 Jan., 2019
On Jan. 17, 1961, outgoing President Dwight Eisenhower gave the most important speech of his lifetime, warning his fellow citizens that the greatest threat to our democracy and our values was not a foreign foe, but the expanding power of our homegrown military-industrial complex. If unchecked, he predicted this cabal would transform our nation from the world’s exemplary democracy into a militarized plutocracy. The assassinations of my uncle, my father, Dr. King and Malcolm X were four of the great traumas that pushed America off its historical path of idealism and onto the trajectory of imperialism abroad and a national security state at home. Mountains of undeniable proof now support involvement by U.S. military, intelligence and police agencies in those murders — and their subsequent cover-ups. The process of recovering our national idealism must begin with an effort to acknowledge the truth about these assassinations.