- President Obama promised "change" to the people
who voted for him. He told them to hope again and that change would come.
But President Obama's change is really more of the same. Therefore, his
elixir that was sold to the world was nothing more than snake oil. The
most damage, of course, is being done to those whose dreams were intricately
woven into his words, not realizing that words are not policy. In a most
deadly treachery, those who believed in our President the most are the
ones who are now suffering and dying the most.
- Some people, to this day, remain tricked by the salve
of words for the wounds inflicted by our President. Others have begun
to sink into despair while some search for answers. But our President
is adept at giving us, in the words of the late, great Fred Hampton, Chicago's
other son, "answers that don't answer, explanations that don't explain,
and conclusions that don't conclude." It is to those searching for
answers that I refer to my previous writings compiled on the websites below
and to the writings of Bruce Dixon and Glen Ford and the entire BlackAgendaReport.com
team and of Wayne Madsen whose writings can be found at WayneMadsenReport.com.
- In Rosa Clemente's and my 2008 Green Party "Power
to the People" Presidential campaign, I tried to warn the attentive
public of what was to come under an Obama Administration: even I could
not imagine that it would get this bad.
- I knew that dissent would be intolerable under an Obama
Administration, enforced both from the Black political consensus and from
the Democratic Party wingnuts--quashing dissent even with all of the attendant
special interest burdens that come with any aspect of the Democratic Party.
- I knew that the Muslim world was going to be in for a
shockingly rude awakening, but even I could not conceive of the carnage
this President could bring to that part of the world--either by a policy
that encourages Muslims to kill other Muslims, or by the dropping of bombs
and the use of depleted uranium on Muslim communities. But not only that,
we are seeing the murder of whole countries and the communities and cultures
that gave rise to them. The President's policies are dismantling and dismembering
Pakistan and Afghanistan as we watch. The U.S. Embassy in Iraq announced
plans to employ a total of 16,000 people, doubling its staff, within the
next two years. The only antidote to these policies is unity and I hope
that the residents of these countries are able to unite and resist in a
much more effective way than have "antiwar" "liberal"
communities inside the United States. Of course, some individuals stand
out and are leading the resistance now and I can only hope that their voices
are heard and multiplied among the masses, both here and around the world.
- I do believe that Henry Kissinger was onto something
when he marveled at the tremendous good will that this President has around
the world and I do believe that Henry Kissinger, among others, sought to
use that good will for their own purposes. After all, when you buy a President,
like a slave, he becomes yours. It is clear now, that the people of the
United States did not buy this President and so they do not own him. There
are clear winners from the policies currently being pursued, but they are
not the people.
- Speaking of Henry Kissinger, let me just say this about
him and his minions: When I was in the Congress, I received a phone call
from Alassane Ouattara from aboard Henry Kissinger's yacht. I had received
many such calls from people wanting to benefit from my good reputation
within the human rights and peace community in the United States and they
wanted me to sell their particular potion of iniquity to people inside
the United States and to the world. Usually, these people were the kind
of people accustomed to buying the consciences of public persons, so my
"no" resounded rather sharply to them, and I earned yet another
set of crosshairs on my forehead, I guess.
- Alassane Ouattara and his Zionist wife, Dominique, were
seeking my assistance--or maybe my silence--in his effort to become President
of Ivory Coast. I applaud Laurent Gbagbo in his efforts to stave off imperialism
in Ivory Coast, one of the few African countries that has not one iota
of a relationship with the U.S. military. However, Democracy Now, FOX,
CNN, AP, Reuters, and all the rest didn't tell you that when they ran their
many stories about Ivory Coast. While the world will celebrate "democracy"
arriving in Ivory Coast once Gbagbo is gone, the exact opposite will actually
be the case. Handing Ivory Coast over to Henry Kissinger and his ilk is
the policy of the Obama Administration. I guess, President Obama is proving
his worth: perhaps no one could have done it better.
- But it doesn't stop there. Look at what President Obama's
policies are in Haiti! When the devastating earthquake struck there, only
the fifth in the entire history of that country, President Obama sent in
the drones when the people needed food, shelter, and medical relief! How
is that any different from George W. Bush and Michael Chertoff who sent
men with guns into New Orleans, military and mercenaries, after Hurricane
Katrina when the people really needed food? Now, because of President
Obama's policies and his complete prostration before the Vicars of the
Imperium--that is, the Clinton Family--who call the shots on the future
of the Haitian people, Haiti can only see more struggle against domination
in its future. Hillary Clinton went to Haiti to snatch self-determination
from the Haitian people in the victory of Jude Celestin and to instead
select a musician buffoon who once mooned his audience in a concert for
Haiti's Presidency, all with the smack of legitimacy granted when one can
successfully threaten the Election Commission with revocation of visas
to the U.S. and control the Organization of American States and the United
Nations that has troops of occupation there.
- Had George H.W. or W. Bush or John McCain or any Republican
done any of this there would be enough hot air to float the Hindenburg!
The streets all across the United States would be aflitter! There would
be animation in the Congress enough to make John Boehner cry! Instead,
however, the very people who wield official power and who could stop this
madness because they supposedly represent the interests of the people,
silence themselves and let this happen. Unity, again is the antidote--the
sand that can be thrown by a few into the gears of the machine.
- But, there is also pernicious collateral damage from
our President's policies right here in the United States in the African-American
community that brought itself up from slavery and U.S.-styled apartheid.
President Obama has hastened the collapse of Black wealth in this country
even as he feeds the beast of the bankers. And, although our President
can be counted on to roundly condemn Black men on Father's Day, it seems
that is the only treatment for which our President actively searches out
Black people--for criticism and condemnation. The so-called Black Farmer
"settlement" provides money for everyone but the initial Black
Farmers who stood up and filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of
Agriculture, but who now stand to lose 1.5 million acres under President
Obama's watch. Under this President, Black people can be condemned, but
- As a result, sadly, Blacks are slipping back more and
more into economic and cultural servitude and political irrelevancy. And
Michelle Alexander's clarion call in her book entitled "The New Jim
Crow," reveals the true state of Black America. Just one tidbit from
Ms. Alexander: "More African American men are in prison
or jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850, before the
Civil War began." According to a recent Economic Policy Institute
report, Black family wealth has fallen to just $2,000 while that of White
families rests at $94,600.
- But, I have spouted these statistics for the past 20
years as they got worse and worse. I have done everything that I know
to do to try and warn the next victims of what these policies all mean
for them. And at a time when Japan is spewing radioactive material across
the planet, our President goes to India and Chile hawking more nuclear
potions while limiting the companies' liability when there is a disaster!
The winners in all of our President's policies take their rewards to the
bank. Woe is unto the rest of us.
- Finally, I have said too many times to recall the number,
that politics is not a beauty contest, nor is it a popularity contest.
Politics is about power and policy. And unless we cast our votes for
the candidates who represent our best policy options, then we are practicing
the politics of self-abnegation. Nowhere is that more clear than in the
case of the Black community where even thoughtful critique of our President
is unwelcome. I want so much to change the world, but feel like Harriet
Tubman must have felt when she approached slaves who did not want to be
free because they didn't even know that they were enslaved!
- Well, I would never think of myself as either a "mongrel"
or a "mutt;" and will not accept being subjugated and my country
completely decimated by one who does. After all, if that's the way he
describes himself, how can our President think highly of other similarly
situated people? 2011, the International Year of People of African Descent,
President Obama is perfectly situated to carry out these noxious policies.
I am so angry for a moment I was tempted to start cursing. I am writing
this piece instead, listening to Carlos Santana Samba Pa Ti (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACdwCIld3kE),
and just like his "Black Magic Woman" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sl-qWXosazg&feature=related)
divining a bolder way to resist.