Guidance for Our President and Our Nation, Pt 2By the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan | Last updated: Nov 4, 2012 - 11:41:12 AM
[Editor’s note: The following article contains excerpts from the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s address that was Part 2 of his Holy Day of Atonement message titled “Guidance for Our President and Our Nation.” It was delivered live via webcast from Mosque Maryam in Chicago, Illinois on Sunday, October 21, 2012. Click here to order this message in its entirety on MP3, DVD or CD.]
In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful.
I’m honored to, by the Grace of Allah, share with you what Almighty God Allah has put on my heart for you, for America, for the world, and for whoever will be the president of the United States of America.
Back in the 1960s, the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad wrote on “The National Election” that was taking place at that time, which makes up Chapter 8 of his monumental book The Fall of America (pages 36-37). I would like to quote from this chapter a few of his words which serve as the base for the guidance I bring to you today. He asked the question:
“How much good have the two parties (Republican and Democrat) done for us for the last century in the way of freedom, justice, and equality? Regardless of what party wins, the die is always set against us (the Black people in America). Injustice, crooked politics, and the breeding of corruption under crooked politics have been practiced ever since Adam to the present day rulers…”
And he said: “Adam was the first crook…” No wonder the Bible teaches, “As by one man sin entered into the world, and death came also by sin. All have sinned, and death has passed to all men.” Crooked politics … Then he goes on to say: “There are Black politicians who would like to use their Black people for selfish greed and will throw them behind any crook with money. Black politicians of this type have sold their Black brothers and sisters to suffering and shame for [self] elevation with the crook.” That’s very sad.
Then the Honorable Elijah Muhammad wrote: “This election is one of the most serious in the history of American government, because either party that seeks the office of the presidency is faced with the problem of saving the lives of the people of America. “If the present party”—at the time that he wrote this article, “(Democratic) remains in power, you know the answer. If the Republican party takes over, you should know the answer…” That’s a far-seeing Leader! A far-seeing Teacher!
Then he writes: “There will be a lull before the storm. The storm can be delayed, and every hour and day that it can be delayed is to your benefit.” He didn’t say that you would “remove” the storm, but the storm is coming; but it can be delayed. And then he said: “I still say, as I have said for many years, vote for Allah (God) to be your ruler, and come follow me.”
In the Holy Day of Atonement keynote address from October 14, 2012, I stated that it’s going to take “radical solutions” for the problems we face here in America to be solved. And by radical we mean: “1) of, or going to the root, or origin, of the problem; fundamental” as in “a radical difference,” and “2) favoring drastic political, economic, or social reforms” as in “radical ideas” or “radical and anarchistic/revolutionary ideologues.”
As long as leaders lie to the American people, they literally cause the American people not to do what is in the best interest of America to solve America’s many problems. As a student of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, I would like to offer some radical solutions. Not that they’re going to be followed; but, just to go “on record” as having done so.
You know, the Enemy has “looked over” Black people; and, in our condition, it’s natural that people would look over us as “a people unworthy to be considered.” But God has Visited us; and He has Chosen us to be His people, and He would be our God.
To prove His Presence, God raises from among the most abject of the people a man; and He fills the head of that man with Wisdom that makes the so-called wisdom of this world look like foolishness. We who have been blessed by such Wisdom, to be an inheritor of The Wisdom of God, are being grown up into The Mind of God that we may become once again as we were in the beginning: Gods and Rulers of whatever God created! God created man to stand in His place, and rule the heavens and the Earth according to His Wisdom.
This man I am referring to as having been raised by God is the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, who really gave the world a Fountain of Wisdom that has taken us years to just “catch up” to! And it’s not that he was “ahead of time”—it’s just that we, as a people, were not making any “time” at all, so we had to start making time in order to catch up to time!
That which wins is not “Democracy,” that which wins is Truth
“Truth” is defined as: “The state of being the case; the body of real things, events and facts: [i.e.] ‘actuality’; a verified or indisputable fact, proposition, principle, or the like.”
Now, we have to deal with Truth, and real leadership has to deal with Truth. Real leadership must be courageous enough to tell the Truth. Real leadership must spend its life seeking the Truth, and then have the courage to tell the Truth regardless of the personal consequences!
What is the value of Truth? Once you understand the value of a commodity, then you have to ask yourself: “What will I give to possess this of value that I need and want for the sustenance and maintenance of my life?”
Truth is that upon which the Universe, and everything in it, is constructed. This very body that our spirit dwells in is based in Truth, so it is only Truth that can guide our thinking that we may think properly. God gives us the ability to reason, so that if you reason with Truth, Truth will always outstrip Falsehood!
That which wins is not “Democracy.” That which wins is Truth. It’s not about the “White” color of your skin, or the “Black” color of your skin: If Truth is not in that skin; if the Truth does not guide that skin whether it is White or Black, or Red or Yellow or Brown, that skin is a failure in representation of the God Who gives us “skin” and gives us spirit to guide that skin!
‘American Exceptionalism’ and relevant terms defined
So how do we get the American people to root themselves in Truth when the institutions that shape them are rooted in lies? In order for us to save our nation—because we’re not giving White folk one more day to claim this as “theirs” exclusively—America has to first face the reality of the condition of the country.
The Republican presidential candidate, Governor Mitt Romney, talks about “American Exceptionalism” which, defined, is: “The belief that the United States is different from other countries in that it has a specific world mission to spread liberty and democracy”—now, that’s an “exceptional lie,” isn’t it? “In this view, America’s exceptionalism stems from its developing a uniquely American ideology based on liberty, egalitarianism and individualism .…”
“An ideology based on liberty and democracy”—let’s start with that lie, first! If America was “exceptional” in its ideological framework, and liberty was at the root of that ideology, it was clearly not meant for Black people, nor was it meant for the Indians, the Mexicans or for the Asians who came to build the railroads.
And is this country a “Democracy”—or is this an Oligarchy? “Oligarchy” is “a form of power structure in which power effectively rests with a small number of people. These people could be distinguished by royalty, wealth, family ties, education, corporate or military control. Such states are often controlled by a few prominent families who pass their influence from one generation to the next.”
Are any of your families in the “ruling group”? No, but some of you are “getting along” … but “getting along” is not what God wants! God wants you to get along in a way that your own individual exceptionalism can be manifest under a correct system of governance because each of you is exceptional! God does not make “mediocrity,” the system makes mediocrity!
“Egalitarianism” means equality: “A society where everyone in the society has equal justice, equal opportunity, equal access to the good of such a country.”
Oh, it certainly did not mean us; nor our Indian family, or our Mexican family. I can’t even mention the Asians, because they didn’t care what it meant; they made a way for themselves regardless to what America meant. And there are others who came here who said, “Well, you’re not including us, but we’re including ourselves,” so they united, pooled their resources, pulled themselves up and made America their home.
There’s nothing wrong with that. I’m only saying that “liberty” is written—but you’ve got to be free to take advantage! And when you destroy the mind of an entire people, you render them weak in taking advantage of whatever you put out there that you say they have “equal access” to.
The last thing that I would like to mention to you is the word “Attitude” which is “a manner, disposition, feeling, position, etc., with regard to a person or thing; tendency or orientation, especially of the mind.”
I have been blessed by God to travel practically all over the world, and everywhere I go, whenever I see Black people in relationship to their former slave and colonial masters, I see an attitude, “a state of mind,” that Blacks are inherently “inferior,” and Whites are inherently “superior.” May I humbly suggest that no matter how “brilliant” you are: When you go to sleep at night, all your “brilliance” sleeps with you … And if your 4-year-old child wakes up in the night, it can run the house while you are asleep. So you cannot judge a “sleeping person” in their time of rest and sleep.
When White people traveled around the Earth, they saw Africa, they saw China, the darker nations, as “a sleeping giant.” They could rule as long as the whole world was “asleep.” But when the world starts waking up, there’s a new reality that Whites are going to have to deal with.
Black people are looking for a “champion.” If you say, “Well, I don’t need a champion”—stay in the condition that you’re in! If somebody doesn’t stand up, they’ll think that we’re “satisfied,” and they must never be allowed to think that the conditions under which we live are satisfactory to us!
America must accept reality that she is no longer No. 1
What is the truth of the condition of the country? If American students are ranked 14th in Reading, this is very low in “education” which is “the torchlight” of Civilization. If American students are ranked 25th in Math, and 17th in Science, which are “the building blocks” of Civilization, then Americans have to admit that as a “nation” we have fallen. Can you agree with this Truth?
Now, Americans were once “No. 1” in these various fields of endeavor. “Where are we now?” and is where we are now “Truth”? If yesterday America lent to other nations, and today we are borrowing from other nations to stay alive as a nation, then is that the Truth? And what does that Truth tell us about The American Reality? If America is now $16.2 trillion in debt, and growing by the second; and if our budget deficit every year is over $1.1 trillion, if our trade deficit is $44 billion, is this “reality”?
And if it is reality, what does that say of our position as a “sovereign” nation? “Sovereignty” is “the quality of having supreme, independent authority over a geographic area, such as a territory.”
What does the Truth tell us? That America is no longer a sovereign nation. The Truth is, as Elijah Muhammad told us years ago in The Fall of America, that America is on “a steady decline.”
The Truth also suggests that Americans can “regroup”—but you can only “regroup” if you know what you’re re-grouping from and what you’re regrouping for! In military strategy, we don’t always make “advancement” on the field of battle.
Sometimes, like Adolph Hitler in the 2nd Front with Russia, he advanced so fast that he advanced beyond the strength of his supply line. If you can’t get supplies to the troops that are on the battle front, then naturally it means strategic retreat or withdrawal. “Growth” is never a “big thing,” “growth” naturally is incremental! However, some arrogant generals don’t want to admit: “Oh man! We expanded too fast!” This is also a problem with “greed” and “avarice” and “ego-driven” business people.
Well, does that apply to America? The American people have to begin to see: You’re no longer “No. 1.” So if leaders told the American people: “Look, we were No. 1, and we can get back to No. 1, but right now we’ve got to strategically withdraw and regroup; and analyze why we were No. 1 and why we have fallen, then maybe we can put some things in place that we can go back up and never fall again!”
The American people, in seeing that America’s no longer “No. 1”: You have to stop acting as if we are, because “acting” is not real. There’s a lot of “emotion” tied to that which is, and that which was, and America is in the “what was” stage where there is so much emotion attached to “our exceptionalism” that we’re not ready to face the reality that maybe our time—this time as a “nation”—is “up”; and something new and something better, is coming.
Now, this goes to you, too, because you will be voting soon for who will be the next president of the United States. There’s nothing wrong with that, you vote because you have hope this is going to be “alright.” I can’t blame you for wanting everything to be “alright,” but if you know what America has sent forth … if you have the record of her dealings, and if you understand The Law of Justice, when scripture says, “God is not mocked, whatsoever a man soweth the same shall he also reap.”
When people are “sowing,” they sow the seeds of others’ destruction in delight! But when it comes back to their door … evildoers don’t like it when they’ve got to eat “the porridge” they’ve fed to others.