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Abu-Jamal writes: "I confess to not watching the entire presidential 'debate'. By 20 minutes, I could stand no more. I saw nothing more than a pack of dogs, yelping fear, hatred, ignorance and enmity at the world around them."

Mumia Abu-Jamal (photo: unknown)
Mumia Abu-Jamal (photo: unknown)

Conference of the Herds

By Mumia Abu-Jamal, Counter Punch

27 December 15


confess to not watching the entire presidential ‘debate’. By 20 minutes, I could stand no more.

I saw nothing more than a pack of dogs, yelping fear, hatred, ignorance and enmity at the world around them.

They bayed at the moon, a chaotic chorus of blood; barking, “War!”, “death!”, “bombs!”, “kill!”


It was as astonishing as it was ugly.

There were no words; there were merely snarls at a world that dared outgrow them, that no longer regarded them as the moneyed masters of the universe.

With few exceptions, they paid tribute to the ignorance that birthed the disaster in Iraq, or that nursed their CIA, MI-5, ISI, and Saudi-trained and paid assassins now nipping at their heels.

They growled at immigrants, even though all of them, save one, were sons or grandson (or granddaughter) or immigrants. That one?

A grandson of slaves.

Hounds may bay at the moon, but they can’t move it an inch.

Dogs may chase a bus, but they can’t really catch one.

These dogs of war may open the door to carnage, but it will be your sons and daughters who suffer and die on the bloodied altar of political ambition.

They will bury their charred remains, grant them a medal, and step over their shredded bodies in pursuit of vain political advantage.

This war, started in imperial hubris, will wage until our grandchildren are elderly – no matter what.

And these politicians will bay at the moon, with more murder on their minds. your social media marketing partner


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+45 # gdsharpe 2015-12-27 14:06
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+7 # wrknight 2015-12-27 18:40
I confess to having avoided the entire debacle.
+73 # Old4Poor 2015-12-27 14:10
Brilliantly written and stated.
+46 # Barbara K 2015-12-27 14:22
My sentiments exactly!. All I hear out of the mouths of the likes of Trump is loud barking and snarling at every living being on the planet. I avoid their debates, and then the onslaught begins on all the news shows, so end up seeing what I didn't want to see anyway, but at least, it did let me know what they were barking and snarling about. The Frump has whipped the less informed into a frenzy of morons; making the Frump the king of the morons. He isn't fit to be president of anything and his supporters need to get their heads out of the sand and see him for what he is: Nothing but a Carnival Barker, without a lick of knowledge about how to run a country. He will march our kids off to war in a heartbeat, and wants to use nuclear weapons. Yep, I learned that he is the king of the Liars Club, as well as the king of the Freak Show. Calling all Dems, be sure to get out and vote straight Democratic, we need them at every level, from Fed. to local governments. No more sitting it out. Get out and vote in EVERY election until we have the government cleaned out of those who care not a whit for the rest of us. The Frump is just a self-agrandizin g, Self-serving lying machine of stupidity.

+23 # Guy 2015-12-27 14:56
Surprised you lasted 20 minutes.LOL
+43 # Shades of gray matter 2015-12-27 15:20
I urge all to read interviews with former Trump business associates who see him as extremely cunning and shrewd. He is not moronic, stupid. He has understood the GOP primary voters, & has catered to them more successfully than Reagan, with less effort, $$. Most of his supporters are reasonably successful, proving they are not idiots. They disagree with us, are willfully, woefully misinformed, but NOT stupid. They have turned on the old line GOP plutocrats who used them, and found a hero to (supposedly) clean house, an Augean Stable. Why do any of us NEED to think of them as "stupid"? Are we so clever? If so, why have we lost the Senate, House, USSC, and the vast majority of statehouses, legislatures? Pretty hard to be smug in the face of our innumerable defeats, even though all the #s/demographics are on our side. Physician, heal thyself. Be the change we can all believe in. Sacrifice, struggle, don't just rant, feel superior?
+12 # bmiluski 2015-12-27 15:56
The republican party is a cult. I knew a holocaust survivor, who was a registered republican, telling us that he would vote republican even if it meant voting for Hitler.
+17 # Barbara K 2015-12-27 16:43
How? One word: Gerrymandering.

+17 # Pancho 2015-12-27 18:36
Well, that's most of it, Barbara, but it's a bit more complicated.

Disenfranchisem ent, disempowerment of the working class, Citizens United, stenographic media, third-rate national education, television, all have something to do with it.
-3 # bmiluski 2015-12-28 11:19
Unfortunately, this man, along with ALL my republican friends, is an intelligent well educated person. Yet, when it comes to his membership in the repug party, it's eerily cultish.
+2 # rofo47 2015-12-27 17:03
I agree that most are not stupid. After much thought I have come up with a more fitting word to describe the GOP and most of their followers: Benighted as in Sarah Palin
+1 # Jim Rocket 2015-12-28 03:28
"We" didn't lose anything. By taking less money from the same sources the Dem Party is paid to be second place.
+28 # Lennie 2015-12-27 15:42
Please don't compare them to dogs. That is very insulting to dogs. Dogs are loving creatures. How about "beasts?"
+16 # bmiluski 2015-12-27 15:51
My sentiments exactly, Lennie.
Come to think of it, there is nothing in nature to which you can compare that useless piece of matter. Even shit is useful.
+8 # wrknight 2015-12-27 18:46
Agree wholeheartedly. I loved every dog I ever owned. No way in hell I can say the same for these aliens from another universe.
-14 # PABLO DIABLO 2015-12-27 15:45
HUMP the TRUMP. Vote for THE DONALD and get the USA over with now instead of bleeding us to death with undeclared wars over the next 30 years.
+7 # bmiluski 2015-12-27 15:52
Still with that old mantra. Please get something new for 2016.
Now hurry up and give me a red thumbs down.
+1 # engelbach 2015-12-28 09:50
I think your post has been misunderstood.
-1 # elkingo 2015-12-27 16:15
Right on Mumia! The whole war-culture paradigm has to be discard, and this globally. No question. Lethally obsolete and life threatening for the planet. Even if counter-genetic , and even if ISIS has to be destroyed.
Do I contradict myself? Well then, I contradict myself.
+3 # lights 2015-12-27 16:24
Thank you.
+5 # Robbee 2015-12-27 17:03
the writer aptly sums - "I saw nothing more than a pack of dogs, yelping fear, hatred, ignorance and enmity at the world around them."

yet i watch all these "snarls at a world", all the way thru - even postgame comments when rump backed-off (if they treat me fair) his wildly-cheered debate promise to support the zomblican nominee

i listen carefully for incredible snarls and incredible audience reaction, like wild cheers

the defining moment for me occurred in the earlier debate, when moderators played a clip of a citizen asking what candidates would do about isis - use military force and/or change ideology? all four had NO Idea how to change ideology in the mid-east, limiting their comments EXCLUSIVELY to killing isis members - that is not a plan! you can't kill ideas, not by killing those who express them! zomblican candidates "choked" and "snarled" - instead of explaining, or trying to explain, any strategy that underlay defeating isis ideology - one could readily deduce that there was NO POINT to killing isis members! no endgame "victory!", no "peace in our time!" banner to hang on an aircraft carrier, ever!

everything i saw confirmed for me that - "I saw nothing more than a pack of dogs, yelping fear, hatred, ignorance and enmity at the world around them."
+9 # CarolYost 2015-12-27 17:05
Mumia didn't say it was the Republican debate, although everyone seems to assume he meant that. I never bothered to watch. I'm glad somebody here is for the Democrats. They are better, but we cannot turn our backs on them. Obama is a Democrat. 'Nuff said. We can work better with the Dems, but they need to be educated a WHOLE lot. They're simply a bit more malleable, slightly more interested in what people really need. Don't trust 'em, but work hard with them. We know Bernie isn't perfect, but he's by far the best.
+4 # E-Mon 2015-12-27 17:52
If I'm not mistaken you speak for a whole legion of us who are utterly disgusted with the moronic military mind set… Like school yard bullies who's knee jerk response to every last dispute or problem is to bomb the shit out of it. REALLY!?? That's the best you can come up with? But then again they're all just obeying the will of their money masters who's whole agenda isn't even remotely about winning a war or solving a conflict. Just the opposite in fact. Conflict is their bread and butter. Keep the sheeple divided amongst them selves. Create the conflict, then loan the necessary funds to both sides so it doesn't matter to them one iota who "wins". Or who dies. Either way they're making bank. Not only for the interest on the loans but they also own all the weapons manufacturing and control all the media that pumps out the fear and lies about the latest boogy man we supposed to be up in arms about. It's utterly mind boggling that the majority keep swallowing the bait.. Believing everything the idiot box tells them as gospel. But I have a sneaky suspicion maybe that's all about to change. Enough people are waking up and seeing through the fascade… Let us prey it's true. This plot is getting waaaaaaaay old.
+1 # Robbee 2015-12-27 18:14
from such tawdry exhibitions i draw strength to continue our struggle -

in one debate zomblican candidates were debating extending obamneycare to millions of americans - one audience member yelled "let them die!", then the tea-bag crowd erupted in wild applause!

at the 2008 RN convention mccain began his party-nominatio n acceptance speech decrying - "many americans are suffering ..." - the crowd shouted him down! chanting "USA! USA!" on and on! drowned him out! - patiently, mccain began again, with "many americans are suffering ..." - the crowd shouted him down! chanting "USA! USA!" - to best recall, after yet one more shout-down, the convention crowd finally allowed mccain to talk about suffering americans!

if you want to understand on a visceral level what "yelping fear, hatred, ignorance and enmity at the world around them." truly means to zombies, there is no short-cut to listening, sorry!
-10 # Pancho 2015-12-27 18:27
Ben Carson's grandparents were not slaves. His great grandfather was. His grandmother Ruby Stanley was born in 1894, her father purportedly a former slave who at the time was 62 years old. "It's a wise man...," said Socrates, "...who knows his own father."

Mumia often gets his facts wrong though it's politically incorrect to say so. We're also expected to believe he didn't kill that cop, despite all the evidence to the contrary. I'm a long time active, staunch and very verbal death penalty opponent, but to believe that Mumia and George Jackson weren't cold blooded murderers requires considerable suspension of disbelief.
+8 # engelbach 2015-12-28 09:54
George Jackson was caught in the act. Very different from Mumia.

Witnesses in Mumia's trial have recanted, and another imprisoned man, now dead, confessed to the killing.

The judge in his case was overheard making biased and racist remarks about him before the verdict, and was the same judge who repeatedly denied his appeals for a new trial.

Mumia was a highly vocal political radio broadcaster when he was railroaded into prison. The whole case stinks.

Mumia is a political prisoner.
-1 # Floe 2015-12-27 21:02
Dears, if you're still watching the debates, shame on you. Because it means you still are going to someone else to tell you what to do, to direct your life for you. Real grown ups don't do that.
+3 # RoseM 2015-12-28 06:58
One small light in a sea of darkness!

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