government’s allegiance to Wall Street has closed its
ears to its people. When the latter asked for an honest
government and an honest president, they received another
corporatist rogue, selected and nurtured by the Daley
Machine and Wall Street to further its dream of global
domination. Pleading for a Single-Payer Health Care Program,
activist-citizens, handcuffed and dragged from the halls
of the peoples’ government, received a chilling message
from the man who declared himself change: The pharmaceutical
and medical insurance companies, guys, know what’s best!
hours before Obama’s State of the Union Speech on January
25, 2011, the guests on NPR suggest that the president
needed to joke! Just crack a joke, Mr. President!
people asked for an end to the spending of trillions in
the pursuit of death for the many and profits for the
few, and troop numbers increased, killing continued, and
schools, libraries, social services, wages and jobs disappeared.
is Arizona, its schools stripped of the history of its indigenous origins,
its indigenous culture, who violenty murders, again, the
potential of not only its Latino/a population but all
of its children to seek justice and freedom. There is
Haiti and its people asking the U.S. (why should a sovereign
state ask another to be allowed to exercise democracy?)
to embrace the dreams of its democratically-elected president,
Aristide, and killer Baby Doc Duvalier, hoisted on the
shoulders of French and U.S. powers, arrives in Haiti:
He wants to assist in the recovery of his people!
joke - well ahead of any State of the Union Speech?
people say “no more” to Wall Street CEOs earning unthinkable
bonuses, while they are asked to accept austerity measures
for the corrupt shenanigans of bankers. But JP Morgan
Chase’s profits brags of a windfall $17.4 billion for
2011 and its executives earned in bonuses anywhere between
$4 to $9 million. Goldman Sachs executives did well too.
Each received bonuses of $9 million each. Give them
a tax break!
America has a great future
ahead of her! Another Obama joke - well ahead of any State
of the Union Speech!
the Obama regime, the U.S.
continuing to spend $6-10 trillion dollars maintaining
the wars in Iraq,
and Pakistan, expanding on the already 800 U.S. military bases, and adding
names of American citizens to the “shoot-to-kill” lists
suggests Obama’s willingness to captain the imperialist
ship without shame and to further the future of a police
state at home.
was no mention of a future without the incarceration of
large numbers of Reds, Blacks, and Brown people, but then
we are all familiar with Obama’s and the corporatist’s
selling of post-racial America.
January 18, I received my friend’s email, his contribution
to the Struggle. Like many, I eagerly await Roland
Sheppard’s Digest. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther
King’s birthday, Roland Sheppard included the 6 Massey
Lectures King presented in Canada. I encourage you to
listen to these audio tapes. (CD available from CBC.ca,
Canadian Radio Online Shop.)
the first lecture, King recalls the efforts of the young
Blacks who abandoned middle class values to contribute
to the Struggle, in part, by challenging white youth to
emulate them. The white establishment, King said, worked
hard to encourage Black youth to adopt middle class values,
but those young people did not follow orders! They came
to the Movement to challenge the powers intent on spreading
darkness. “They were constructive school drops outs,”
the U.S. educational institutions
seem to excel, and with deliberation, in producing unconstructive
drops outs, suitable to take their place among our brightest
minds, many of whom have been locked away in prison holes
for over 20 or 30 years. Political
prisons or otherwise - put them away - out of sight,
out of mind! That Obama and his corporatist buddies
seized the energy and the minds of our young people to
further enfold us in darkness is criminal!
the people did not elect Superman, Colin Powell,
but neither did the people elect the man Barack
Obama! The American people only think they did!
then there are those bright liberals in the media still
stunned, so stunned that they continue 2 years into this
current regime to speak of a betrayal. Obama betrayed
them, the liberal, the progressive, the socialist! But
the liberals are not without hope. It is like saying -
okay I voted for Hitler because I thought he would
end all conflicts and we’d see economic and social progress.
Didn’t know he would wage violence against Jewish and
other people throughout Europe. But
I hope he ends this nonsense soon. Hope he speaks out
against fascism and ends the violence. Hope he returns
to his base - the peace movement - and asks for help!
the 3rd Massey tape, Dr. King said this: “the guilty one
is not he who commits the sin but he who causes the darkness.”
After quoting Victor Hugo’s “If the soul is left in darkness,
sins will be committed,” King exclaimed for his time that
“the policy-makers of the white society have caused the
King would not be able to see in the daylight of our time!
the peoples’ house, there is a unity of corporations (Goldman
Sachs, BP, J.P. Morgan Chase and others) regardless of
whether or not a group calling itself Republicans and
another calling itself Democrats sits on opposite sides
of an aisle, down which walks the one the corporations
hoisted above their shoulders.
as if on cue, Obama appeases the NPR guest. He offers
a joke. It is all joke!
America’s hopes set it apart from other nations? America is the light
of the world?
paychecks are a little bigger today?
million Americans are unemployed in the U.S.
But, get this joke - Obama offers to continue tax cuts
for the corporations! His friends!
says our food is safe to eat? Our water is safe to drink?
BP has contaminated a sea of seafood and 31 cities in
are contaminated with hexavalent chromium (Environmental
Working Group, December 20, 2010).
Heard him once, heard him a million times. Americans
need to buckle up! Take responsibility for the economic
crisis his corporatist friends spread across the global!
What a joke!
the old days, we would call this jive talk from someone
who could never have believed in the change - certainly
not the change that we believe in! Obama’s speech
reflects the emptiness of its speaker who, devoid of substance,
can only articulate the dreams of his corporate masters.
U.S. does what it does best,
that is, it supplies the world with a narrative of aggression
and the weaponry to kill. And Obama has no problem with
that! He never did!
is the real joke Obama articulated in his State of the
Union Speech: 1.4 million jobs went overseas last year,
according to The Economic Policy Institute, and they are
not coming back. Jobs are developing elsewhere! For example,
Coca-Cola assisted millions in Africa, China,
rise to the middle class.
Inc hired 15,000 - outside the U.S.!
Americans, America is getting better
and better everyday! Citizens, just keep your eyes closed!
Editorial Board member, Lenore Jean Daniels, PhD, has a Doctorate
in Modern American Literature/Cultural Theory. Click
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