The New Black Politics: All We Want Is A Black Royal Family, Not Jobs, Peace, or Justice

by BAR Managing Editor Bruce A. Dixon

With record black unemployment, unjust wars and torture continuing, it's time to ask, Can we let a black pharoah go? The historical African American legacy as the most progressive-minded constituency in the U.S. seems to have hit a royalist snag in the Age of Obama.  "Four years after declaring himself “Joshua” to Dr. King's Moses, our first black president resembles Pharoah more than anybody else."

The New Black Politics: All We Want Is A Black Royal Family, Not Jobs, Peace, or Justice

by BAR Managing Editor Bruce A. Dixon

  1. "Black America, our leaders tell us, should just shut up and be proud that we have a black president and a pretty black family in that big White House."

The once expansive horizons of black America's political universe have shrunk and withered. Our class of black political misleaders abandoned long ago the internationalism and Pan-Africanism of Robeson and DuBois. Black America's self-proclaimed best and brightest have traded the “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” refrain of the King era away. For themselves, they reap perceived access to power, or possible contracts or appointments, or just the thrill of basking in reflected glory. For the black masses they offer hollow excuses and the uncritical worship of a black royal family.

It's no exaggeration. Black political discussions in this age of Obama have assumed an almost feudal tone. Scarcely any black political discussion can be heard over mainstream airwaves or print that is not ended, begun and punctuated with avowals of love for the handsome brown president and his beautiful family. Once the vigilant advocates of fairness, decent wages and peace, our political talking heads fill hours of air time and reams of print obsessing over perceived and real slights to the dignity of the first family, while ignoring the president's vicious assaults on public workers, his unwillingness to halt the wave of foreclosures, his continued prosecution of unjust wars, and his vacuous prescriptions of “competition” and tax cuts for the rich as answers to record black joblessness.

For generations, black America has been where the Left lived, the reliable left anchor of the American polity. Whether the issue was fair wages or decent housing, retirement security, or opposition to unjust war, black America could be counted on to stand and to lead in its own interest, and everyone else's. That left anchor was cut loose in the early spring of 2007, with Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress, and the 2008 presidential campaign in full swing. As BAR Executive Editor Glen Ford put it,

...We had a unilateral shutdown of all black political activity not concerned directly with turning out votes for Barack Obama. That caused great confusion among the white left, which frankly takes its cues from black folks... “What do the black folks do? I think we ought to do that too...” Black folks weren't doing anything except saying rah, rah for Obama, and that led to a shutdown of the white left....”

In early 2007, Detroit's Rep. John Conyers became the first black chair of the House Judiciary Committee, the man with the legal power to begin impeachment proceedings against George Bush and Dick Cheney.. In the previous two sessions, Conyers had introduced impeachment bills, and spoke at scores of public meetings in favor of impeachment. But with the power at last in his hand, he balked and retreated. Conyers was not alone.

"Black political discussions in this age of Obama have assumed an almost feudal tone."

Across the country that season black political leaders muffled themselves and their constituents. Stifling the demands of African American communities, our leaders explained, was the smart move. Black silence on the issues while registering and turning out a record vote, we were told, would strengthen the hand of a black presidential candidate, and of Democrats in Congress to accomplish all the goals of jobs, peace and justice that we would not be allowed to talk much about till some time after the election. We can pretty much see how that turned out.

Two full years into the Obama presidency, black incomes are falling at record levels. The black president has declared the salaries and pensions of public workers, the largest stable sector of the black working class, to be a public menace. The unprecedented wave of home foreclosures, which the White House does nothing to stop, are disproportionately concentrated in black and brown America. While libraries and home health care are are cut, nukes are fully funded, “clean coal” is unleashed, and the White House funds multiple imperial wars, tortures and imprisons without the bother of trials or even charges, invades the private email and phone communications of millions, and threatening activists, journalists and whistleblowers with indefinite detention.

In the light of day, four years after declaring himself “Joshua” to Dr. King's Moses, our first black president resembles Pharoah more than anybody else, and like the Egyptians who delighted in his worship, black America, our leaders tell us, should just shut up and be proud that we have a black president and a pretty black family in that big White House.

There's something deeply wrong with this. When black Americans used to identify with the world's oppressed and down-trodden, they were at least identifying with people like themselves. Now we are more likely to see ourselves in Michelle Obama, who takes six or eight vacations a year in some of the world's most expensive resorts, than in a poor greiving Palestinian or Congolese mother. Many of us, if we're lucky enough to have a week or two a year of paid vacation, are too broke to go anywhere. And millions of us haven't seen a paid vacation in a while.

Too many of us are too busy vicariously worshipping that beautiful black family in that big White House and not focusing on the lineup of economic actors and political forces that shape the lives of our own families and communities and neighborhoods. But that's what royalty has always been for, a circus and diversion.

For the time being, black America remains in a delusional state, with African Americans expressing more confidence in and satisfaction with the direction of the nation and its economy than whites, while the gap between white and black employment, wealth, and rates of incarceration are at near record levels. Black support for the president remains strong, though not at the record levels experienced in 2008. Till things change, this appearance of overwhelming black support is an impenetrable wall around President Obama, insulating him from any effective challenge from his left.

From our historic stature as leaders of the American polity, we have now become a brake. Egyptians in Egypt may have begun to throw off their authoritarian and tyrannical rulers. But in black America, we are, metaphorically speaking, not out of Egypt yet. As long as pharoah is black, we seem unwilling to let him go.

Bruce A. Dixon is managing editor at Black Agenda Report, and based in Marietta GA. He can be reached at bruce.dixon(at)blackagendareport.com

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Sooo.. Black socialist are at fault 4 white socialisms inaction?

Interesting...

Why isn't it the white man's fault this go around?

It seems that Black personal responsibility only applies when democrats are defeated. Although this article properly describes how Blacks view the royal family, Mr. Dixon's line echoes the attempt to blame Black people for not turning out the vote during the midterms.

Perhaps Mr. Dixon is treading on thin ice after the AOL deal with Huffington Post.

The social engineers and economist are taking full advantage of our predilection towards Bolshevism and socialist dependence on the white controlled democratic party.

The Black mass migration back to the south is partly do to the economic eviction (gentrification) and the ongoing plot to turn red states blue, being that Black folks are enslaved to white socialism and the white democratic party.

The continued Southern migration of Blacks, who tend to vote Democratic, could have political implications as they flow into mostly Republican-leaning states. In 2008, the Kenyan -Barry Soetoro- was able to win in traditionally GOP-leaning states such as Virginia, North Carolina and Florida after a jump in Black voter turnout.

While much attention is currently given to Hispanic and Asian immigration to new parts of the South, the return migration of African-Americans seems to have flown under the radar. It’s a factor which should not go unnoticed by politicians and those creating new congressional districts in growing parts of the South.

P.s.

Oh I forgot... The intentional deindustrialization of the United States, and the shipping of jobs over seas or Mexico for slave labor is another factor.

question......

Cynical one,

You seem to be advocating against the enslavement of Blacks to the white Democratic party while at the same time hoping that Black migration will help save the party?.....Correct me if i am wrong.....

Be careful with your language, words have power

C.N.  I love both you and Christianslayer.  Both of you consistently have insightful and valid comments and observations, but both of you seem to have philosophical axes to grind.  Your's is "socialism" and the "Bolsheviks," his is "Christians and Christianity."  May I humbly submit that the world is a little more complicated than that?

For instance, BAR has never decried the failure of Blacks to turn out and vote Democratic, indeed you yourself have criticized BAR's predilection for the Green Party.  We all know there is not a dimes worth of difference between the Rethugs and the Dummocrats, thus it becomes a "stretch" to label Democrats as "socialists" when they are as cut-throat capitalist as the Rethugs.  Do you like your coffee black or with a little sugar?  Do you prefer Neo-conservatism or Neo-liberalism?  Not much difference at the end of the day.

 Dimmocraps simply use different language than the Rethugs, however both favor the elites, keptocracies and oligarchies, neither cares about "democracy."  We in fact just witnessed this first-hand, i.e. the pathetic Democratic response and "language" directed at the Egyptian uprising.  "Reform" was the code word of the day, not "democracy" not even "inalienable rights and freedom."

The reason that Blacks are "enslaved" to the "White" Democratic party is obvious, one part pragmatism, one part historical experience and relevancy, and one part ideological (i.e. the belief that they are the lesser evil and more sensitive to working class concerns).  If Blacks actually saw the "true character" of the Dummocrats they would not be "as" beholden to them as both YOU AND I desire.   But alas perception is reality and symbolism trumps reality. Arguably that's the gist of this article, isn't it?

You can't blame Blacks for voting Democrat when you dissect the Rethuglican's "Southern Strategy" (how many of them cracker's went to Miss. or used some racist symbol as their jumping off point??) it's hard to break bread with those wanting to break your head.  However, I do agree with you and with most conservative thinkers that the Democratic party has also acted out of paternalistic instincts which is a kindler and gentler form of racism.  And that Blacks reliance on social programs has not always been a boon.  But again, it's more complicated than that.  Grant me my grants:  I'd rather my tax dollars go to WIC, Sec. 8, CDBG, heating oil assistance than AIG, Northrup Grumman, Big AG, Dirty Coal, Nuclear Power Plants... and...MIC parasites.  Them dollars gon be spent C.N.

Lastly, the sad, terrible fact of the matter is the the boogie Blacks could give a damn about the poor ones, the working class ones.  Indeed they align themselves with the rich white elites.  I was thumbing through Essence Magazine's latest issue last night and Kevin Chappell had the audacity, neigh STUPIDITY to brag about Obama's militarism in contrast to Bush's,, how Obama's militarism showed how smart he was compared to Bush.  This is Exhibit "A" of this essay's theme. This is why it's becoming increasingly apparent to many that class is as much a problem, maybe even more, than race.  That is the failure of Black elite leadership speaks to their sellout of the race, so what good is a nigga in public office?  I'll take a white lesbian with "balls."  Indeed, another sad fact of the matter is:  It might take White folks to save us from the Black elites?  How's that for a thought that doesn't fit any neat ideological paradigm????

p.s.  I know we can all disagree on some points respectfully.  When I "talk shit" or get rude and crude it's never personal (well... 95% of the time it's not personal LOL), it's just how we do it on the streets.

p.s.s.  Do you typically vote Rethuglican or do you want to take the 5th???  LOL

Do We Really Know What We are Worshiping???

EC: As you know I am most definitely NOT a spiritual atheist{as in one who rejects the GOD Concept} -But- there is one form of atheism we might need to consider... Its been coined by Trends Forecaster Gerald Celente' - he always refers to himself as a Political [IE: poly-trickal] Atheist!!! He says he refuses to conform to any standard ready-made for consumption political ideology- & its not because he isn't politically astute, knowledgeable, or savvy [he has to be since he's in the trends fore-casting biz - plus he was in the politics game & got out because he saw it was a bunch of BS] - but because he refuses to let anyone's ready-made political ideology blind him to the Facts. Now if a white Italian-American Catholic can say this... how much more should we as Black people take this position of Political Atheism [or at least Agnosticism]. We spend to much time arguing w ourselves over white folk's ideologies IE: so-called political left vs right, liberal vs conservative, Dem vs GOP, Capitalism vs Communism, Constitutionalism & Libertarianism vs Socialism, Darwinism vs Euro-Christians' view of so-called Creationism, Atheism vs Catholic-Christian-Religion-Incorporated, etc, etc, etc... Question -Did any of this BS originate w Black / African / Afro-Asiatic people? Or does this represent a family feud between white folks that we've become entangled in?! The question to ask is - Is it right or wrong, true or false, does is make sense [for us] or not- from a Truth Centered / Afro-Centric perspective!!!

We see Obama [& even his family] after being insulted [even racially so] by the FOX Noise / Tea-Bagger crowd- then get on FOX & be interviewed at least twice by Bill O'Reily of all people [not Colmes] & they just kick back & hee-hee / haw-haw... like its all a damn inside joke. So who's the joke on??? Then Blacks, Browns & some leftist whites have a knee-jerk reaction & circle the wagons around Obama while he selling them out to the Repugs & Wall St Banksters in the name of bi-partisanship!!! FOX Noise says Obama is a secret Muslim [I wish he was - then I'd know what to say - Ah Salam Alaykim Bro Obama], a non-citizen & socialist- BUT- Rupert Murdoch, FOX's owner, is a native born Aussie & married to a woman from Communist China!!! When I found out that Obama's mama was related to Cheney, the Bushes, LBJ, Ford, FDR, James Madison & even Robert E Lee... I knew then there was some CRAP in the game. Another little tid-bit to wrap your head around - the World had 4+ decades of the so-called 'Cold War' - between so-called God-fearing capitalistic democracy vs god-less red communism. It even almost got nuclear in Oct 1962. BUT- Then I find out that the father communism Karl Marx was a blood relative to the god-father(s) of the modern banking system [IE: the cornerstone of capitalism] the Rothchilds -&- Marx's wife was from an aristocratic European family related to the Churchills -yes Winston Churchill [PS: Marx was buried in London by the way]. So was it all some bizarre family-feud being played out on the World stage, or just some sick game being played on the rest of us??? 

Of course we DON'T know and we get dumber by the day

(And that's putting aside the HUGE question of are we parroting a Euro-Centric model alien to Afro-Centric culture and history.) That's why were are in such a screwed up state of affairs, up to our necks in the muck of the two-party concensus building machine, what folks like John Pilger and Norman Solomon call "manufactured consensus."  I like the terminology "political atheist" which indeed speaks to a political philosophy based on self-interest and self-awareness and a disdain for neat, tidy categories.  My less elegant postulation is what I call, "getting in where you fit in."

This notion of ideololgical purity is horsecrap, regardless of the "belief system" reviewed.   As I've said repeatedly, ideological purity is about as pure as my libido which typically operates on a "it all depends" basis.  With that being said, I read, admire and agree with writers and thinkers from every stripe.  Paul Craig Roberts, a former treasury official in the Reagan Administration, is one of the most outspoken voices when it comes to speaking out against the corporate rape and pillage of this country, it's hyper militarism, and its Pravda-like media.  Justin Raimondo prides himself as being a "libertarian," I kinda, sorta know what that means ( in the context that no ideological tag is "pure") but what I do know without question is that there is no louder or passionate voice speaking out against US militarism., hence his website is appropriately titled "Antiwar.com."  And indeed the contributors to Antiwar.com are from different political spectrums, but they have one common goal, to stop rampant US imperialism and militarism and colonialism, and to disengage US self interests from Zionist self interests. 

Ron Paul was accused by many of haboring racist feelings.  Perhaps he does, perhaps he doesn't.  To a degree I don't care, what I do care about is that, like the "libertarian" Raimondo, he's a huge antiwar adovocate and champion against the encroaching police state, and solidly against the Wall St. bailouts. And for me, foreign policy has been paramount.  I've always felt that it would inevitably trump domestic policy, and now I know that is indeed the case.  To make myself absolutely clear-- as we witness REAL TIME-- there can be no discussion of DOMESTIC POLICY PROSCRIPTIONS other than AUSTERITY unless we DEFUND OUR MILITARISM.  A militarism that pervades every nook and cranny of society.  From the Super Bowl to College Athletics, to hiring preferences.  We witness it in today's budget and policy decisions all the time.  I've always felt that as long as the US engaged in hegemonic, imperialistic activities, there would be no funding for a "great society" and I learned from the "libertarians," that acceding unchecked power to government was a harbinger of acceding greater infringement of personal liberties.  So fast forward and we have Republicans more vocierfiously opposing extension of the Patriot Act than Democrats. Go figure, so much for ideological neatness.

Yes, from now henceforth and forever I am an avowed Political Atheist.  The only "political philosophy" I need to adhere to is critical thinking and getting in where I fit in.  We all need to be avowed political atheists and learn to excell at the art of coalition building.  It's comical how Americans are so prideful of their political system when in fact it's a rather childish and immature one.  Most republics across the world engage in more refined and nuanced coalition building because, quite frankly, they have more robust democracies.  They can dissolve governments in a moment's notice if the coalition dissolves, and they don't spend billions engaged in idiotic, lunatic campaigns focused on petty personalities, empty themes and slogans, and quirks and little to no problem solving.

So in closing, I could give a good goddamn about the next up and coming Black "superstar" politician.  He or she can kiss my Black ass if all he or she is about is "self" or "selling out."  So Ebony and Essence, save your ink.  Corey Booker, "can you hear me now?" 

USEFUL COALITIONS

You are so right on this one. While I strongly disagree with some of the conclusions and the potential results of the "logical extreme" of American libertarianism, I also find fault in the same way with liberalism, conservatism, nationalism, identity politics, etc. Ideological purity is a both a mirage and a trap. When we focus on a specific over-riding issue which many across a broad spectrum of beliefs can agree on such as, how militarism overseas enables government at home to become increasing oppressive, we can form useful coalitions with those with whom we may disagree on other issues. As you have said, if we cannot work with others unless they agree with us on everything, every time, we are crippling ourselves.

What exactly are you reading, CN?

Me?  Blaming black voters for not turning out at the midterm?  Doesn't sound even remotely like anything I wrote.

And I have no idea what white and black socialists you could be referring to.  

If anything this debacle is the fault of black nationalists, many of whom chose to support Obama even though they knew or should have known he was an utterly craven tool of Wall Street.  I recall one such black nationalist I met at the USSF in Detroit who reporached me for not supporting Obama's election.  He told me that despite Obama's pro-corporate stance on almost everything it was vitally important that every single racist barrier be smashed, and that was why the black president had to be supported, regardless.

Right, I told him.  Barack is smashing those every day.  First black president to bomb brown babies in Pakistan and Yemen with cruise missiles....  First black president to burn African babies with cruise missiles in Somalia....  First black president to appoint a Reaganite war criminal to preside over the Pentagon, first black president to double and triple down on the Bush bailout... first black president to torture Africans, Asians, North and South Americans... the list goes on and on.

Despite all this, the piece explains, Obama inexplicably enjoys wide, if not deep support in our communities.  This is hardly the fault of black or white socialists.  What it is, is a problem in our house, that has ripples and effects far outside it, but one that only we can address.  Only we can choose to let Pharoah go.

A good time to revisit the words of Arthur Silber

For the moment I didn't have the time to find a White lesbian to lead me (us) out of Egypt, so I settled for a White homosexual.  I hope BAR will indulge me quoting Silber at length, his words are ever powerful and evocative, and I find myself always harkening back to their power and insight:

Obama and the Triumph of Amerian Myth

http://powerofnarrative.blogspot.com/2009/05/against-prosecution-iii-obama-and.html 

Reality and Truth Are Banished: The Descent into National Madness
 

Barack Obama is a brand. And the Obama brand is designed to make us feel good about our government while corporate overlords loot the Treasury, our elected officials continue to have their palms greased by armies of corporate lobbyists, our corporate media diverts us with gossip and trivia and our imperial wars expand in the Middle East. Brand Obama is about being happy consumers. We are entertained. We feel hopeful. We like our president. We believe he is like us.

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Brand Obama offers us an image that appears radically individualistic and new. It inoculates us from seeing that the old engines of corporate power and the vast military-industrial complex continue to plunder the country. Corporations, which control our politics, no longer produce products that are essentially different, but brands that are different. Brand Obama does not threaten the core of the corporate state any more than did Brand George W. Bush.

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In an age of images and entertainment, in an age of instant emotional gratification, we do not seek reality. Reality is complicated. Reality is boring. We are incapable or unwilling to handle its confusion. We ask to be indulged and comforted by clichés, stereotypes and inspirational messages that tell us we can be whoever we seek to be, that we live in the greatest country on Earth, that we are endowed with superior moral and physical qualities, and that our future will always be glorious and prosperous, either because of our own attributes, or our national character, or because we are blessed by God. Reality is not accepted as an impediment to our desires. Reality does not make us feel good.

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The junk politics practiced by Obama is a consumer fraud. It is about performance. It is about lies. It is about keeping us in a perpetual state of childishness. But the longer we live in illusion, the worse reality will be when it finally shatters our fantasies. Those who do not understand what is happening around them and who are overwhelmed by a brutal reality they did not expect or foresee search desperately for saviors. They beg demagogues to come to their rescue. This is the ultimate danger of the Obama Brand. It effectively masks the wanton internal destruction and theft being carried out by our corporate state. These corporations, once they have stolen trillions in taxpayer wealth, will leave tens of millions of Americans bereft, bewildered and yearning for even more potent and deadly illusions, ones that could swiftly snuff out what is left of our diminished open society. -- Chris Hedges, " Buying Brand Obama," May 3, 2009

Let it be noted that a few of us, a very few of us, repeatedly tried to warn you about all of this. With regard to certain aspects of Hedges' theme, I wrote the following in September 2007:

Ever since the end of World War II (and going back to the Spanish-American War and the occupation of the Philippines), the goal of our foreign policy has been world hegemony -- and this is the goal shared and advanced by both the Democratic and Republican parties. It may not serve the purposes of "ordinary" Americans or of foreigners numbering in the millions -- and God knows, it has murdered enough of them (but mostly poor, brown foreigners, so as to prevent unrest among the docile American public) -- but it certainly serves the interests of the ruling elites.

As it goes abroad, so it goes at home. Our bloated, corporatist, increasingly authoritarian government similarly serves the interests of the ruling elites, as the lives of more and more Americans become exercises in mindless stupor. Most Americans are capable of experiencing what passes for "emotion" only when watching the latest stupidity on teevee, or a new Hollywood blockbuster, or contemplating the latest widget offered at the nearby mall. Our government has murdered more than a million innocent people in Iraq. Hey, man, who are you rooting for on American Idol? Our politicians will not tell us or themselves the truth. What murderer willingly admits he is a vicious sadist, undeterred by the screams of his victims as he counts his money? Nor do most Americans wish to acknowledge what their country has become, or the nature of its actions.

So it's all about self-delusion and marketing. We can't speak of genocide or the pursuit of power and wealth by means of mass murder -- so we talk about "American freedom," "spreading democracy" and "national interests." We insist on our "good intentions" and that, no matter the catastrophic devastation that directly results from our actions, we "mean well."

On the domestic front, because the Democrats and Republicans both want and enjoy the fruits of the corporatist, authoritarian state but still vie with each other for control over the mechanisms of power, the two parties have a problem. In terms of basic principles and the interests they serve, they are indistinguishable. The Republicans are primarily financed by and do the bidding of hugely wealthy corporate powers; so are the Democrats. The Republicans have numerous and intricate ties to the defense industry, which makes incalculable amounts of money from our perpetual war economy; the same is true for Democrats. The Republicans want an increasingly repressive surveillance state to ensure their rule and their own lives of comfort and privilege; so do the Democrats.

So why should any voter support one party over the other? This is not to say there are no differences at all between the parties, as we shall see in a moment. But when we consider the deeper level of analysis, we see that the problem is not one of fundamental political principles, since neither party is about to change those. We come back to marketing.

The full essay discusses these ideas in further detail.
Given the fundamentalist fervor with which the U.S. ruling class maintains and burnishes the national mythology, an exercise in which the majority of "ordinary" Americans join with equal enthusiasm (for such dedication to onanistic joys will forever find many followers), Barack Obama was inevitable. It was dangerous enough when truth was the enemy; truth was to be destroyed, but there remained a barely discernible acknowledgment that the truth still existed. With the ascension of Obama the Marketer, Obama the Fulfiller of Dreams, Obama the Commander of Illusion, the lie occupies the most prominent national space. Once installed, the lie grows daily and hourly. The smallest remaining tatters of truth are pushed always farther to the edges, until they vanish into the growing swamp of pain, suffering and death. To search for the truth in these circumstances is to sentence oneself to ridicule and hatred. To speak the truth is to render oneself irrelevant and invisible.

But, the liars insist, after our disgusting and vile history of slavery and discrimination, we miraculously have a Black president. Surely, this must be regarded as a wonderful development. In the unlikely event that you missed the intended intimidation, an additional phrase is often included: "Surely, this must be regarded as a wonderful development by all decent people." Now you understand, and now you will shut up.

Honest to Christ, talk about the lie ascendant. I suppose it is "uniquely American" that the first Black American president could only have been elected by molding himself entirely in the image of the white, male ruling class, and by adopting a white racist perspective. But still he has Black skin! O, glorious symbolism! O, wondrous marketing!

 

 

E.C.: you might check out "Beyond the Pale" website and

radio show, the progressive Jewish hour on WBAI and has its own website.  There are self-identified lesbians on the show, who can help you find the leader you refer to in first sentence of your comment.   And, I don't know Phyllis Bennis' sexual preference, but she is a Jew and quite an intellectual leader and activist on the topic of Israel/Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan,Af-Pak. She has been a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in D.C. She recently had a joint interview with Noam Chomsky in Boston, I saw on the internet, a public event.  She's got a lot on the internet. And  her cousin is the baseball pitcher same last name, Bennis.

Sadly, seems so, Mr. Dixon. Artist credit for the beauty with

your blog entry, please.  An aside: the Egyptians in Tahrir Square were not counting on help from Pres. Obama.  It does appear from interviews on Dem.Now with Egyptians and others, that the U.S. gov't calls a lot of behind the scenes moves in Egypt, in re military. 

Finally, I am sad when I hear the line before a Black radio host criticizes an Obama policy, "But I love President Obama.". I understand the feeling, as a Jew, who learned to be critical of the Israel gov't policies and U.S gov't policies in re Israel and Palestinians.

. When someone doing a sub host spot on a radio call in show asked me, preObama presidency,  knowing I'm a Jew, how do I talk with others "in my group"?, I said, "how do you?" and pointed out my art critical of the Israel gov't policy and U.S. gov't policy that I send out. I was accused of being a hater of Israel by a relative and I got the other person to understand. When Obama came into office, I wrote that guy on the radio and said, "You will now see what it's like as a member of a minority group when critical of someone in the group.".  Many keep quiet.  I had the "luxury" of being a NYC Jew, and didn't want to know about Israel gov't policy, until I got educated in the 1990s (mainly via Phyllis Bennis' work and Noam Chomsky's).  There's not a direct parallel but I can only speak from my experience. 

FOOLING THE EYGPTIANS

I will be amazed if President Obama, or any American politician is actually able to get on the right side of history in the Arab/Muslim world. How does one support numerous horrific dictators in nation after nation throughout a vast region for generations as the United States and other Western nations have done, and then turn about and issue press releases in which you claim to be on the side of the people? I doubt that any of these spin doctors are fooling many of the Eygptian people, or their counterparts in other lands. It would be laughable to watch as the West tries to fan the flames of revolt in Iran, Syria, and Libya, while trying to contain or steer them back to the status quo in equally oppressive, but user friendly regimes elsewhere, but for the fact that we are talking about people and their lives and not geo-political chess pieces. I wish only the best outcomes for all of the struggling, desparate people in that part of the world. In the same way that I have lived long enough to see China and India rise and begin the process of reclaiming their greatness, I hope to see the same thing happen in the Islamic world, in Africa, in South America...We are living in interesting times...

Pleasehead, How do you

Pleasehead,

How do you measure greatness?Must not be a student of Dr Martin Luther King........

ON "GREATNESS"

Once upon a time there existed a world in which civilizations rose and flourished and fell and rose again in widely separated places on this planet. One such place was the Nile Valley, another was in the Tigris-Euphrates region, another was in the Yangtze River Region, yet another was in what we now call Mexico, and there were others in other parts of Africa, Asia, and the Americas, too numerous too mention here. All of them contributed to the vast store of human knowledge, and in spite of their "greatness", all of them had their good points as well as their evils and shortcomings. Through most of human history these civilizations lived with little or no knowledge of each other although trade always occurrd along boundaries and across continents. For example, Romans loved Chinese silk yet, never knew China. For most of human history there has been no dominance of the entire world by one culture, language, or belief system, and the world was better for it. No one civilization has all of the answers, for humankind, and there is not and probably never will be, one universal belief system that binds all of humanity together. The dominance of the West over the world for the last 3 or 4 centuries has been a disaster for most of the peoples it has encountered. How many Blacks alone have been destroyed by the spread of the (Christian) West? We will probably never know. It would have been the same for some people somewhere had either China, India, or some African empire become a world hegemon instead of the West. The day of the White Western veto over humanity is waning. In the future, White Westerners will deal with others in Asia as equals, whether they like it or not. The Asians and others did not need a Martin Luther King type of leader, or a pacifist doctrine in order to shake off White domination, and they will not need one in order to survive in the emerging multi-polar world. They have what really matters; universities, factories, shipping companies, banks, and their own languages and belief systems, as well as money and weapons. They do not have to beg Westerners for anything, including respect, and they don't have to worry about angering them because the Westerners "need" them as much as they "need" the Westerners. It's called a relationship of equals. It is not based on universal love. Only powerless people like American Blacks believe that they can impose a pacifist doctrine on people who are far more powerful than they are, or that they will be freed, saved, or protected only when all of humanity embraces universal love. While laudable, neither a Martin Luther King, nor his pacifist philosophy is essential for the survival of a large powerful, modern nation state with an intact indigenous culture. Dr Kings definition of morality has yet to be embraced by White Westerners in the land of his birth (and death). Why would one expect others in other parts of the world to embrace it? Greatness isn't about all of the nations of the world accepting one definition of morality, it's about them functioning and competing in universe of conflicting moralities without repeating the atrocities of the past.

@Peasehead: the "Black Swan" Moment is on the horizon

That was one hell of a summation.  Brilliant.  May I add a "friendly amendment as a testament to your statement about multipolarity?" There is one simple reason the "West" and Israel are afraid of Iran getting a nuclear weapon and that is what you describe as "a relationship of equals."  Nothing more, nothing less is at stake there.  A nuke guarantees mutual assured destruction, a relationship of equals.

Quote:  "The day of the White Western veto over humanity is waning. In the future, White Westerners will deal with others in Asia as equals, whether they like it or not ." "

Indeed this is happening REAL TIME, look at the oil futures in connection with ME unrest, look at the "failure" of so-called "intelligence" and spy capabilities in prediciting this unrest.  Interestingly enough Chris Hedges wrote about a "Black Swan" moment that would arise out of nowhere and change the scales and balances of the world (I'm paraphrasing), a moment that would spell the end of the US Empire.  How prescient his words seem now.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/12/17/untitled-chris-hedges-interview/ 

America's military and economic empire could collapse at any time, but predicting the precise day, week or month of its potential demise is unattainable, according to a former New York Times war correspondent who spoke with Raw Story.

"The when and how is very dangerous to predict because there's always some factor that blindsides you that you didn't expect," Pulitzer-winning journalist Chris Hedges said in an exclusive interview. "It doesn't look good. But exactly how it plays out and when it plays out, having covered disintegrating societies, it's impossible to tell."

He explained that he learned this lesson as events unfolded around him in the fall of 1989. Then, members of the opposition to the Soviet Empire told him that they predicted travel across the Berlin Wall separating East from West Germany would open within the year.

"Within a few hours, the wall didn't exist," he said. 

 

 

 

 

 

pardon my delay in answering this....

but I am unable to determine who the artist is.  The way the web is, there is lots of stuff out here uncredited, and I just borrowed it.

The Obama white house is

The Obama white house is shipping Black Haitian Americans to Haiti as punishment for having broken the law here in the United States (I do not know exactly which laws).They are being doubly punished because they have to finish serving their sentences here first before their deportation.This policy is not being implemented by the Republicans who Black voters like to blame for every evil deed done by Obama.American citizens are being advised not to travel to haiti for fear that they may catch and die from Cholera.....Yet,Obama says that the people being sent there face no real danger.Many of these people arrived here at a very early age and no longer speaks creole.The country is still demolished by that man made earthquake and the majority of people in the capital are living under makeshift tents..Bush was accused of not liking Black folks...Obama hate them.It is bad enough that he is not doing anything to help Black people but,when he goes out of his way to inflict unecessary pain on them,that is scary and unforgivable....Obama's managers are using him to dish out some of the meanest and cruelst punishemts on the Black race and he is more than willing to enable them...The war is no longer between Whites and Blacks,it is between good and evil.

BLACK WHEN THE NEED ARISES

President Obama is only Black when he needs Black votes or Black support/acquiesce. Like all American Presidents, he sees Black people as a resource to exploited or as a problem to managed. America is still about White versus Black, and it always will be as long as America still defines itself as a piece of Europe which broke off and floated across the Atlantic. President Obama is merely a modern overseer. If you disagree, ask the mostly White members of the Chamber of Commerce whom President Obama really serves.

OUR MOTHER OF HOLLOW VICTORIES

Ah yes, yet another Western style show trial with a predictable outcome, and another hollow victory for smug, self-righteous Americans to celebrate. Speaking of hollow "victories", the Colombian drug kingpin, Pablo Escobar has been dead for many years, yet the death toll in the on-going drug war in Mexico is in excess of 30,000 lives. I solemnly predict that the nations of the West and their allies with their high tech navies and airforces and their kangaroo courts will defeat piracy in the Indian Ocean and in the Red Sea on the very same day that they win the global war on drugs, and hold Wallstreet gangsters and venal multinational corporations accountable for their actions.

things have gotten worse...

Things have gotten worse for Africans of all type since this impostor moved into La casa blanca.Obama has not set foot in Haiti once since the man made earthquake.The son of an African giving hell to Africans......This shit would be insulting to most of us if it was depicted in a movie.Yet,it is happening in real life and it's less insulting to most people.......I wish I had stayed in school and studied psychiatry.The mind is wonderful thing to study.

Blacks and White citizens

Blacks and White citizens will have to bear responsibility equally for not defending the constitution from the Obama regime.White people undoubtedley will try to lay the blame at the feet of Black people by saying that since he was one of us,we should have done more.....Last time I looked,he was as much white as he is Black.Furthermore,I have to disagree with Mr Dixon when he says that White liberals have been taking political cues from Black folks.I have not seen that done on a large scale since the death of Martin Luther king Jr.Mr Dixon needs to fastforward his thinking a bit and catch up with the present.After Dr King's murder,white folks,both republicans and democrats conspired to silence the Black revolution....We sacrificed Martin,Malcom and many others to help save the soul of this damned country.Let's see some white leaders die this time around........We have not seen any real white heroes step up to the plate lately.....I ain't taking about no bitch tea partier either...

Conyers

I'm not sure of the reasons why Conyers didn't do more to try and get Bush impeached, but he's still a great guy. He has argued against prosecuting Wikileaks and has defended CAIR from charges of espoinage from right wing Republicans. Blacks are aleady turning against Obama according to this.  http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2010/10/2010102201827260652.html

Thanks for the al Jazeera link

What a damn shame!  This is what we are all talking about, it takes al Jazeera to do a real story on the real plight of Black Americans.

Isn't Johnson Publishing based in Chicago? You mean Ebony and Jet couldn't do a similar story?  I guess Kevin Chappell was to preoccuppied with convincing us how smart Obama was in killing Blacks and Browns in North African and Afghanistan and Pakistan. Are the Negroes running these publications too afraid of being uninvited at the soirees with the other elites of Chicago, too concerned with losing "ACCESS", of no more White House invites or sit downs with Valerie Jarrett?

PATHETIC. 

This is Exhibit A of the plight of Black Americans and their hoity toity elites.  Not to mention it speaks volume of the utter corruption and bankruptcy of the MSM.

Come on Mr Cynic..

You still look at Ebony and jet as respectable magazines>;The never were and never will be.I went to visit my brother a couple of years ago and found out he was still ordering Jet magazine.....It's no surprise that him and I are no longer on speaking terms....Boycott those magazines and drive them out of business.They do more harm than good in miseducating  our people.

"Respectable?" Hell No. Pablum.

My spouse subscribes to this stuff:  Ebony/Jet and Essence.  So for the sake of peace and harmony boycotting is problematic.  Way easier to boycott "The Real Housewives of Atlanta."  I picked it up and thumbed through it "while I was on the throne," and because fine-ass Halle Berry was on the cover.  I was hoping they had a bikini shot of her.   Ebony/Jet hasn't been "serious" since the 60s and 70s, hell they don't even present Lerone Bennett anymore.

My serious reading is pretty much limited to the internet. Plus, bear this in mind, a la C.N.:  It's helpful to know what people are indeed reading and relying on, call it "gathering intelligence."  As for Essence, better mag than Ebony/Jet from the get go, and definitely good for gathering "intelligence" on what the ladies think.

I thumb through Redbook and Cosmopolitan in waiting rooms for the same reason.  It's why women love me so much, it helps refine "my sensitive side" and makes me a true Renaissance Man.  LOL

Conyers has nothing to lose,

Conyers has nothing to lose, as someone who has a long career behind him, and has about as unassailable a political position as any progressive can have, and he came into the Democratic Congress with a tremendous track record of standing up, and he threw all of that on the fire, so as not to rock Pelosi's boat.  It was a massive betrayal.  

I will always remember the Conyers who was such a hero in the aftermath of the 2004 election.  Whatever happened to that brave and noble Conyers we will never know, I suppose.  We might be able to speculate about pressures that were applied to him, but that may be all we can do.

So what can we learn from what Conyers did?  One thing we can learn is not to make excuses for our (mis)leaders.   Another thing we can perhaps learn is to choose them more carefully.  And perhaps, above all, we can learn to rely more on movement than leaders.

I see politicians like

I see politicians like Conyers as actors performing in front of a camera.Their constitutients should be like critics constantly judging and holding their feet to the fire.We should never think of politicians as our friends because they are not.The only thing that can keep a politician from going bad is knowing that the people will one day discover that he or she is a crook...Black politicians do not have that fear because they know that no matter what they do,Black folks will continue to kiss their asses out of blind loyalty.Why do we still insist on trying to rid ourselves of feelings of racial inferiority through the political or theatrical success of others?

Amen.

Not a DAMN thing to lose.  If I was occupying Conyers seat, they'd have to censure me out of Congress a la Adam Clayton Powell, they would have to put a muzzle on my ass.  Who is going to unseat Conyers, he's been in office since 1964?  According to wikipedia:  Conyers has been reelected 22 times, never facing serious opposition. He is the second-longest serving current member of the House, as well as the second-longest serving member of either house of Congress in Michigan's history. Only Dingell outranks him on both lists. He is the last surviving member of the Democrats' large freshman class of 1965 

Problem is a lot of these "leaders" are fronting, talking loud and saying nothing, and the "power" simply goes to their heads.  It's an intoxicating and corrupting influence, which explains why Conyers wife is sitting in prison now.  But hey, it's hard to control a honey when she's half your age. (I learned that by reading Cosmo and Essence Christianslayer)  It's okay to rob the jr. high, but not the cradle.  LOL

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/10/monica-conyers-wife-to-jo_n_494305.html 

Conyers has the potential to be a White Man's nightmare, a la Eddie Murphy "A Nigga with a Badge."  But perhaps his energy was diverted by trying to keep up with a woman almost half his age.  I ain't made at ya though, John, acutally jealous.  LOL  Apparently you were reading Essence and Redbook before even me?!

Yes I support my Black President however

I proudly voted for my Black President. However I have not put all of my trust in him because he is just a man.

Since I have been actively engaged in politics since the early 90's I know how politics work. I have not expected my President to come in and change everything in 2 years and moreso 4 years. I am willing to support him through this term and I will vote for him in the next election.

My problem is he can't do it alone. I have challenged my local and state leaders over the years because they can affect real change locally.

I am more concerned about my local black leaders who are Safe Negroes school board is high on my list. We have black board members who say they are about the children when they are just collecting a check. You see the children are our future but they have no respresentation.

I could go on but I have been repeating myself since the 90's about what is working and what is not working as it relates to our black leaders. I know many times they are in the minority on the local boards but heck they ought not be afraid to speak up.

I am Curmilus Dancy II @ thepoliticalagitator.com

Questions for you Brother Dancy

If there were two politicians running for public office, say Congress, one Black, one White, and the White one had a stronger record on helping the working class and poor, a stronger record on the enhancement of the social safety net or environment, and on building jobs and improving the lot of common folk, who would you vote for?

Second, why do you refer to him as "my Black President?"  Funny ..., yall weren't saying that when Obama and yall were working overtime to throw Rev. Wright under the bus, funny how yall didn't want him to be too Black then.  At that time you were saying:  "He can't be just the Black President, he has to be the President for everybody?"  I 'm confused, help me out!

Third, when the media and some of yall Obama supporters were whopping and hollering about "Post-Racial America," why didn't yall maintain that stance when the Tea Party came out of the woodworks, at that juncture (or presently), were/are we still in "Post-Racial America?"

Last (for now anyway) why did/do Blacks assume that all Whites who criticize Obama are racist?  The Whites who outworked and out-donated the average nigga by a power of 10X to elect him but now criticize what they deem to be his betrayals, how did they all of a sudden become racists? Is ANY White person who criticizes Obama racist?  During the media's creation and coronation of the Tea Party (aka Bush's Base), there were White liberal critics of Obama but the Obama Administration and the media muzzled them or pretended they didn't exist.  Why did so many Blacks lump liberal criticisms of Obama with right wing criticisms of Obama? Are yall confused, or am I confused?  Help me out here, the cognitive dissonance is killing me.

How do you expect change to come about without pressure?

The Prob w Obama-Dems & Blacks- We've been True Believers...

The problem w the relationship w Obama [& the Dems in general] & Blacks [in particular] is that we've been True Believers- especially w the rise of the Obama phenom - instead of - if not Political atheists - at least Political Agnostics & Pragmatists. Rev Sharpton touched on this a bit during the Dems primary in 2004- how the Dems always court us come election time & then kick us to the curb when they get in office - often looking to court some other lovers [IE: Independents / Reagan Democrats, etc]. The Dems have used Obama as a powerful symbol [of tokenism] to beguile Black people- even as he & they stab us in back. He may even surpass Ole Slick Willie in this regard - but at least Ole Slick Willie had a seemingly good Econ to help ease & mask some of the effects of his trickery.  

By the way EC thats a good question- Why refer to some guy as 'My Pres' [just because he's got Brown skin] when he won't even refer to Black people as 'his people', & spends most his time avoiding &/or tip-toeing around the race & poverty issues [Mr so-called Post-Racial]??!!

Hell- Obama hasn't even been the 'Black' Dem Pres for Black Dems candidates: Take the NYC mayor's race- The Black Dem candidate [Brown] almost pulled an upset on 'independent' [IE: unofficially GOP lite] Blomberg even though he was out-spent at least 10 to 1. If Obama & the DNC had supported Bro Brown he may have gotten the NYC's mayor seat. But not only did Obama nor the DNC not support Bro Brown - the word is he secretly backed Blomberg. This happened again in FL this past Nov when Obama, Slick Willie & the DNC tried to get the Black Dem Meek, running for FL's senate to sit out the race, to improve ex-GOP running as an 'independent' Charlie Crist's chances. Now in Chicago after his Chi-town Jew Crew [Rahm Emmanuel & Alexrod] bailed out after the Nov Dem massacre [candidate Carol Mosley Braun called Rahm out on this] - w Rahm deciding to run for Chicago's mayor after Rich Daley Jr decided to retire [ironically Bill Daley has taken Rahm's job in Obama's Admin]. But - He was supposed to be ineligible because he didn't meet Chicago's residency requirement, & a Cook County court ruling reinforced this. BUT - When the IL Supreme Court over-turned the Cook County Court's ruling - I knew that the fix was in. Now Carol Mosley Braun apparently played a role in the rise of Obama when in 2004 - when instead of running to regain her US senate seat from IL- for which she had a pretty good chance, she decided to run in the 2004 Pres Dem primary in a forget-able / lack-luster campaign in which she had no chance. With Rich Daley Jr stepping aside this left quite a vacuum [IE: opportunity] for her & congress-man Danny Davis [whose got a pretty good rep in Chicago]- but the DNC & CBC asked Davis to step aside because he was needed in Washington [For What? Like Obama & the DNC heeds advise from or even really listens to the CBC]. So now its a 3 candidate race Mosley Braun, Rahm & a Hispanic named Chico. Guess who Obama & Slick Willie [the 1st official 'Black' Pres & the 1st un-official so-called 'Black' Pres] endorses [he doesn't even have enough courtesy to with-hold his endorsement & see what happens - plus Obama is from Chicago so he's got even more juice w Chicago's Blacks than else-where]?! Obama's & Slick Willie's endorsement of Rahm was crucial because Black & Browns are a major constituency in Chicago - so now many [if not most] Blacks are supporting Rahm over Mosley Braun [I guess Obama has forgiven & forgotten Billary's race-baiting in the 2008 race]. So it looks like 'fait accompli' for Rahm. 

PS: Word is that an investment group secretly headed by Lucky Larry Silverstein [yes that Larry Silverstein] now has a controlling interest in Chicago's Sears Tower. If this is true- I wonder just how this is all going to play out. 

Stop it, you making me look stupid LOL

"MY BLACK PRESIDENT," the one who refuses to let the words:

"Black," "Brown," "Poor," "Working Class," "Homeless," "Class Warfare," and so on roll off his lips.  The one who'd rather die than associate himself with "Blackness," or the Black Struggle or anything remotely evoking the IMAGERY of Black people  The one who trashed 400 + years of Black Historical struggle with his phony "Race Speech." The one consistently talks down to Black crowds/congregations like a plantation overseer, the one who refuses to be seen in the company of "powerful" or "influential" Blacks or have them be a part of his "kitchen cabinet" or informal decision-making process. (It's not like there isn't Black millionaires out there that he could "consult" on the economy/jobs) 

Whereas  Bush gave the White Fundamentalist Pastors a direct phone line/access to the White House, Obama tells the Negro Pastors to "talk to tha hand." They are happy to stand next to him for a photo op.  How many times has the Cong. Black Caucus been invited to the White House for "strategy sessions," or does Obama invite them in to wash the dishes after supping with the Rethuglicans??  How many town hall meetings have been scheduled in homeless shelters, community aid networks, or Detroit by example?  When ACORN was frauduently trashed and cowardly defunded, where was the "community organizer?"  I bet you Bush wouldn't have stood by if that was an attack on "his base."

Stop it, your litany of FACTS is making me look stupid for my unrequitted love of "MY BLACK PRESIDENT."  (Next thing you know, this nigga will be saying, "Halle Berry is MY WOMAN.")  lol

p.s.  Just like no one EVER answered the question I and other's raised since 2008:  "Why was George W. Bush able to do wtf he wanted despite wild unpopularity in the polls and the Dummocrats regaining control of the Congress in 2006?  I don't expect our friend to answer the questions I've raised.  As Chasm wrote a few weeks ago, "Some folks would rather die than think."  Some folks don't mind having someone piss on their heads and then convince them it's raining.

http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=4047 

http://oneutah.org/2009/09/21/did-congress-act-unconstitutionally-when-they-defunded-acorn/ 

 

p.s.s.  Did I (we) forget Van Jones or the sister from the AG Dept., Shirley Sherrod???  Obama should be the CEO of Trailways/Greyhound given as many folks he's thrown under the bus.

LOCAL IS THE BETTER OPTION

I am a proud Black man who did not vote for President Obama the last time, and I will not vote for him should he run for re-election. I saw him for what he was early on, and I felt that several white politicians with genuine progressive agendas and records to match would have been better choices for Blacks, the working class, the poor, and even for the middle classes of all races. I agree with you that local control of government and of school boards offers the best chance for positive change. I just hope that the people who created Mr. Obama do not manage to fill the local slates of candidates across the country with like-minded Obama clones. If they do, I fear for the future of Black people not only in America, but all around the world. The inability of so many Black people to see President Obama for the shallow, self-serving Reaganite that he is appalls me. If we continue to give people who are hostile and indifferent to our interests a pass, just because they are Black and eloquent, we might as well abandon our participation in what passes for a political process in this country, and sit quietly on the sidelines while our White "betters" run things "for" us just like they always have.

Pleasehead..

Very well said.At times I feel as if most voters do treat the political process as if it's a sporting event....I am also so sick and tired of hearing people refer to the democrats as being the lesser of  two evils.Go tell Pvt Bradley Manning who is being tortured at the moment and all the other victims of the war on terror that Democrats are the lesser of  two evils.Let us also tell the suffering people in Gaza,Congo,Iraq,Afghanistan,Haiti,Sudan,Nigeria etc.....that they should suffer in a happy fashion because a Democrat is in the white house and hear what they have to say....Lesser of  two evil is nothing but a feel good card for a chump to lazy and scared  to think outside the box..To think of it,why is it that people like Cynthia Mckinney seem to crawl into a hole to pop out every four years in time to run for president ? 

This is the time for a new political party to emerge.This should be the easiest place in the world to make it happen yet,it seems like it's the hardest...

How outrageous is it that you

How outrageous is it that you refuse to apply to Obama the demands and principles you so righteously apply to local pols.  Oh, so  your school board member should speak out, but Obama should not be expected to?

That's a self-evidently self-defeating political philosophy.

Thanks For Your Comments!

@ Beverly. I'm just thankful that some of us can see through Obama's smoke! I always enjoy your insightful comments! The way you laid it down---a person has to be 100% blind or deaf to not wake up to the game being played on Blacks and the poor. Again, THANK YOU!

Beverly...

There is nothing more dangerous than a well spoken and angry Black woman......I can feel the passion .Many of us have been writting in here for years....Let's do something to help save ourselves if there is still a chance.The ones who were not smart enough to see the disaster coming can always claim ignorance as an excuse...What will be ours?; Fear

beverly:I add: U.S. issues 1st veto on UN Security Council -

This is from google news (up about 15 min. as I typed last night; correction to "resolution"): U.S. issues first veto on UN Security Council of a Palestinian-backed resolution that says Israel's illegal settlements are blocking peace talks. 

YOUR President---REALLY?

I can understand Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Merrill Lynch, JPM Chase Bank, etc. claiming Obama as their president bc Obama is their boy! He compensating them with trillions of dollars no matter how much they screw up our nation and then proudly presents them as the agents-of-change to fix the financial nightmares that they themselvs created! With Black folks loving everything Obama does, how can these crooks ever lose? These crooks love him bc he is "their" president!

And since President Obama knows that you and 90% of Blacks will automatically vote for him in 2012, he has no motivation or reason to go to bat for us the way he has for the wall street/big bank crooks. Are you really comfortable with voting for a president who surrounds himself with ppl like Larry Summers? Please google "Larry Summers Comments on Africa, Blacks, Black History, Women", etc, and then ask yourself: "Why Am I Choosing To Vote For Obama Again?"

Where are you Mr Dancy...

Where are you Brother?

You put your idea out for the audience to read.We have responded and are awaiting your reply.Either you are still sticking to your words  or you have had a change of heart and mind.I , myself am very curious as to where you stand at the moment.One of the things bothering me is that the office of the presidency of the United states has always been and always will be the headquaters for one of the largest criminal organizations on planet earth.I would rather latch on to the best shoe shiner on earth over a president of any country.Why are you as a black man putting so much faith in a government with a history of intense hostiility against Black people?

Your reply is much appreciated

Black Royal Family

The commentary is refreshingly accurate. It is difficult but not impossible to obtain news about the true "president" and "congress" we "all voted for". I would encourage my brothers and sisters to TURN OFF mainstream media and focus on non-corporate media outlets to get the news that would allow you all to understand WHY THIS COMMENTARY IS SO TRUE! None of us had a decent choice in 2008. McCain was the worst choice we ever had and O'Bama was the usual "best of 2 evils". We are ALL being thrown under the bus just like Jeremiah Wright. If we don't start caring about one another...all of the citizenry...and stop the immoral philosophies of hate and despise that this country was founded on, we will all be left with despair wrapped in a golden ribbon of HATE in the form of Racism, Sexism, Homo-Phobia, and White Supremacy. 

Former Wall St. Journal editor and Reagan Official Speaks

Obama's 2012 Budget

A Tool for Class War

By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS

Obama’s new budget is a continuation of Wall Street’s class war against the poor and middle class.  Wall Street wasn’t through with us when the banksters sold their fraudulent derivatives into our pension funds, wrecked Americans’ job prospects and retirement plans, secured a $700 billion bailout at taxpayers’ expense while foreclosing on the homes of millions of Americans, and loaded up the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet with several trillion dollars of junk financial paper in exchange for newly created money to shore up the banks’ balance sheets.  The effect of the Federal Reserve’s “quantitative easing” on inflation, interest rates, and the dollar’s foreign exchange value are yet to hit.  When they do, Americans will get a lesson in poverty. 

http://www.counterpunch.org/roberts02182011.html 

Imagine that, Mr. Roberts has no problems using the words, "poor," and "class warfare," despite his roots.  Maybe there's "Hope and Change" for Obama yet??  NOT!

raising taxes on the middle class and the poor,Obama style

When you have the federal government freezing the pay of federal workers,it is the same as raising taxes on them because their salary is coming from the federal government....I wonder if most of them realize that

Obama's Continuing of Bushites Policies = Continuity of Gov't

Bush had so-called No Child Left Behind - Obama has so-call Race to the Top... The Bush / Cheney / NeoCons said Iraq was his/their main front on the phony War on Terror - Obama says AfPak is his main front on the phony War on Terror... Obama extends Bush's Tax cuts for the rich even though he criticized them as 'Candidate' Obama & promised not to extend them... Obama helped save the Bush / Paulson Wall St Bankster Bailout...  The Bushites tried to go after Social Security now Obama's so-called Deficit Com is going after Social Security... The Bush / Cheney energy policy featured more oil [Drill Baby Drill], nuclear, & coal - 'Candidate' Obama talked about a Green Econ but, after throwing Van Jones to the FOXes, the corner stone of his energy policy is off-shore drilling [led to the BP / Gulf disaster- IE: Spill Baby Spill], so-called 'Clean' Coal [an oxy-moron], & nuclear [under the fake guise of being evironmentally friendly]... Obama kept the Bushites DoD Sec Gates, Centcom chief Gen Petraeus, Fed Chairman Bernanke, etc...  Obama has continued the Bush / Cheney / NeoCons fake War on Terror Paradigm by continuing the {un}Patriot act, Gitmo, Black Sites, rendition, FBI / FEDs entrapment of unwitting young marginally Muslim [& mainly Black] men, etc... Bush helped over-throw Haitian Pres Aristide & suppressed Aristide's very popular political party [en-forced by UN so-called 'peace-keeper' troops] & tried to over-throw Chavez - Obama & Hillary helped over-throw Zelaya & used the last yr's Haitian quake to mount a so-called humanitarian INVASION, won't let Aristide come back home [even though they let the notorious Baby Doc come back] & still won't let Lavalas participate in US' staged phony Haitian elections....  I think this = 'Continuity of Gov't... The only thing that may distinguish Obama & Bush  [besides the labels of so-called Liberal Dem & Conservative GOPer] is that Obama appears to be more socially liberal IE: he's pro-choice {IE: pro-abortion rights} & more inclined to be pro- so-called 'gay' marriage [I think he's repealed DADT]- Issues which, in my opinion, are red-herrings & Trojan-Horses. 

Obama's gestapos at work....

The ones in this video may be working in Houston but the same scene is repeating itself all over the country.This type of behavior is what the Black community always becomes the victim of  from Veteran soldiers who join police forces after they leave the military.The police chief looks Black,Obama looks Black,Eric Holder looks Black......White boys are still both out of control and in control.
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I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news but,you have been had.The Democrats have sold you out a long time ago and only your lack of pride is standing in the way of you accepting that truth.The reason why they willingly lose midterm elections when a Democrat is president is because they do not want beggars such as yourself to start expecting anything..Democrats are not your friends.You are an idiot with nothing to offer who is always begging.They disrespect you and spit in your face yet you keep coming back for more insults..Obama looks at you with disdain and disgust because you bring shame to him.He looks at you and see everything he hates in his father for having left him when he was a child. He was raised to hate you and will never do anything for you as long as he is alive.......How many times must a person spit in your face before you get the message that you are neither wanted nor loved ?

 May God write us down as asses if ever again we are found putting our trust in either theRepublican or the Democratic Parties." -- W.E.B. DuBois (1922) ...

If Dubois was able to see through the bullshit 89 years ago,why can't you ?'''''''''

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Thanks for sharing the quote. I think it really makes sense.

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Divide and Conquer: US Style "Roof" "Roof"

Wis. unrest exposed GOP strategy to split lower classes, liberal author says 

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/02/20/wis-unrest-exposed-gop-strategy-to-split-lower-classes-liberal-author-says/ 

The labor unrest in Wisconsin exposed the Republican Party's plan to essentially divide-and-conquer the lower classes in America, a liberal author recently wrote.

"The Republican strategy is to split the vast middle and working class - pitting unionized workers against non-unionized, public-sector workers against non-public, older workers within sight of Medicare and Social Security against younger workers who don't believe these programs will be there for them, and the poor against the working middle class," Robert Reich wrote on his blog Thursday.

He continued, "Wisconsin's Republican governor Scott Walker and his GOP legislature are seeking to end almost all union rights for teachers."

Reich, the author of "Supercapitalism," who served as President Bill Clinton's secretary of labor, explained that blaming of public workers for budgetary matters at state levels is part of the GOP's overall goal: to hide the economic excesses of the wealthiest Americans. 

What Mr. Reich won't say, because he is a Dimmocrap Party apparatchtik, (and despite the worthy insights in his blog), is that the Dimmocraps are following the SAME STRATEGY.

This harkens back to the fact that Obama refuses to use the terms working class or poor.  He always uses the term "middle class" and he incessantly caters to the "managerial class," though he won't use that term in and of itself.  Reich is right on the money except for the plot is also a Dimmocrap plot as well, they are just using a kindler/gentler version of if.  So Obama "appears" to support the unions in RHETORIC, while SUBSTANTIVELY supporting the wealthy.

Once again we are witnessing my repeated cry that "Every prick in American wants to be a Middle Manager," and the elites know this so they are going to play the classes against themselves.  Of course this comes as no surprise to most of us because it was always manifest in Tea Party rhetoric and sloganeering, it was always inbedded in Right Wing linguistics.  "I got mind, what about you?"  "Don't use my tax dollars to take care of you lazy bastards who refuse to work as hard as me, or are not as smart as me."  Don't count this out as an effective policy too.  In fact, unless we can gain some momentum from what's happening in Wisc.  I would bank on it working.  Given the consistent patterns of (primarily white) folks voting against their self-interest one would be crazy not to put their money on it now.  But in case one thinks I'm picking on Whites, don't count on the Black Elites to lift a finger.  Many of them share the same atttitudes as their White counterparts.

If there's one thing the Elites thugs of this country have going for them, it's propaganda and the in-depth study of the American psyche.  Good ol American "Individualism" will be the undoing of the concept of "Commonwealth."   "One nation, indivisible" my ass!!  As I've said many times in moments of reticence and cynicism, "pretty soon it's gonna be every man and woman for themselves and God for us all."

Welcome to the Auge of Austerity and "Dog eat Dog."

CLASS CLOWNS

Riddle me this Batman?

Why is it that whenever some millionaire or multi-millionaire or billionaire, or, more likely, one of their bought and paid for politicians steps in front of a mike with a set of charts and graphs in hand, and insists that this proves that union members and public sector workers are overpaid and unreasonable and that they aren't entitled to the "generous" pension and healthcare plans that other workers don't have, their counterparts in the so-called private sector don't respond by:

1. Booing the shameless hypocrites off the stage and barraging them with rotten vegetables (or shoes), or, by

2. Organizing and fighting within the private sector (and in the legislative houses of this country) for better wage and benefit packages for themselves?

Again, and again, most members of the working and middle classes in this country show the world that they are frightened, silly little clowns who cannot think in terms of their own self-interest, clowns whom the members of overclass can always outwit, outlast, and mock and manipulate as they see fit. Thank goodness for the (belated) union workers' uprising in Wisconsin! If the typical defeated, sniveling American worker (union or non-union) circa 2010, had been allowed to set the pace, in 15 years wages for most working people will be halved and no one except the CEO's and VP's will have pensions and healthcare plans.

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