vast amount of this nation�s populace is as addicted to
media hype as they are to oil. In this instance however,
it is the government and the corporate media who are the
kingpin pushers and the U.S.
populace who are their hooked junkies.
government media spin, subterfuge, diversion, and
outright lies are the continuing hallmarks of this nation�s
institutions and of this present dishonest and insidiously
pathetic Barack Obama presidency of unmitigated disaster.
The Government and corporate media would not tell the
truth even if their lives depended on it. Unfortunately,
it is not their lives but those of everyday Black,
Red, Brown, White, and Yellow peoples in this nation and
throughout the world, who daily are being sacrificed on
the bloody alter of chicanery and political expediency,
on behalf of the wealthy elite.
to the election and installment of Barack Obama as U.S.
president almost a year and a half ago, a recent article
disingenuously lamented that �we voted for a [hybrid
Toyota] Prius but instead got a tank.� However,
the fact is that the instant that virtually the entire
corporate media and corporate / military establishment
began throwing their support behind the then U.S. presidential candidacy
of Barack Obama, even a dead man could have smelled
a rat. In yet another recent article, a so-called
�progressive� bemoaned the lack of serious coverage of
the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit,
Michigan, by the �mainstream� media,
totally disregarding the obvious reality that this nation
does not have a �mainstream� media. It has an embedded
this Nobel �Peace� Prize holding conjurer, Barack Obama,
has intensified the corporate empire�s war in Afghanistan,
heightened the war in Pakistan [complete with unmanned
killer drone missiles], and continued the war in
and occupation of Iraq; corporate media pundits endlessly
spin their webs of deceit. Even as Obama�s smug arrogance,
his lack of governmental regulation and oversight of avaricious
corporations, and his de facto servitude to the corporate
elite has spawned the largest environmental, ecological,
and concomitant economic oil-volcano (Gulf of Mexico)
disaster in the history of this nation, corporate
media pundits continue spinning their webs of diversion,
omission, and deceit.
was not enough that as president, Obama fully supported
the criminal bail-out of the Wall Street elite, but he
then went on to torpedo much needed single payer universal
health care for the everyday populace of this nation -
at the behest of the massive corporate insurance industry�s
elite. If the Bush / Cheney regime was the inarticulate
�Ivan the Terrible,� then the Obama / Biden regime is
assuredly a very articulate �Attila the Hun� dipped in
noxious perfume, which translates into more pain and blood
of everyday people in this nation and around the world.
about it! Our schools, libraries, transportation, and
public & private sector jobs, etc. are being eliminated
while billions upon endless billions of
dollars are spent on U.S. wars abroad which do not stop �terrorists�
- but in fact enhances and gives birth to �terrorism.�
This of course, is notwithstanding the fact that U.S.
actions in Afghanistan,
Iraq, Pakistan, and elsewhere are in themselves state
sponsored terrorism, with everyday people
as the corporate / military cannon fodder; and
terrorism begets terrorism. This is nothing more
than cynically calculated disaster against the poor and
what there is left of the U.S. middle class. Continuing the economic horrors
of his predecessor in all but name, Obama is steadily
in the process of wiping out the middle class in this
nation - all in the very name [and rhetoric] of protecting
it. As the gap rapidly widens between rich and poor
in this nation, Obama, grinning like an articulate, cunning,
Cheshire cat lauds his fake accomplishments, as
if he has actually brought about some kind of �change
we can believe in.� What rubbish! This is just more
of the same - only worse.
in the fairly recent debacle with U.S. General Stanley
McChrystal, Obama did not simply �miss�
the opportunity to change the course of the war and begin
a withdrawal of the U.S. military and corporate mercenaries
from Afghanistan. He flagrantly and studiously ignored
and avoided it! Obama knew precisely what
he was doing.
add insult to injury, Obama and the corporate media are
now telling us that we did not really hear that
which we know Obama said concerning beginning a military
withdrawal from Afghanistan in July 2011.
In typical Obama obfuscated, double-speak fashion, he
now disavows his statement that the U.S.
would begin to �start the pull out� in July of 2011. [Reference
�Obama Disavows July 2011 Afghan Drawdown Date� http://news.antiwar.com/2010/06/24/obama-disavows-july-2011-afghan-drawdown-date/]
is of course reminiscent of May, 2009, when Obama
reneged on and reversed his pledge to release
photos depicting the torture of prisoners by the U.S.
military in Iraq.
Had Barack Obama actually had real concern for the safety
and well being of U.S. men and women military personnel,
which concern he claimed prompted him to reverse his pledge
to the �American� people, he would have at bare minimum,
begun the withdrawal of U.S. troops, instead of
continuing the war and occupation of Iraq, and increasing
U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Clearly, Obama is a shrewd,
calculating, pathological liar - albeit an articulate
one. Make no mistake about it! Iran
is the next military target for U.S.
imperialism and Israeli apartheid-Zionism, further opening
the gates of hell. A manufactured pretext will be conveniently
provided, and a military attack will ensue against Iran
sooner or later. Does
anyone remember the U.S.
manufactured �Gulf of
Tonkin� incident pertaining
to the bloody, undeclared war against the people of Vietnam?! Does anyone remember the fabricated
�weapons of mass destruction� pretext for bloody
war against and occupation of Iraq?! Does anyone remember just a few short weeks
ago, when the Obama / Biden regime fabricated details
surrounding the sinking of the South Korean warship �Cheonan�
as a pretext and an attempt to intimidate and provoke
conflict with both North Korea and China?! Remember
these things well. As wrongfully imprisoned American
Indian Movement [AIM] Leonard Peltier so poignantly said
it: �Don�t forget. Not ever.�
White liberals, phony so-called �progressives, and
biologically Black misleaders continue to be
apologists for, and collaborators with, the Obama / Biden
regime, stoically ignoring the ongoing and increased
human, economic, and ecological disasters that said regime
is heaping upon the peoples of this nation and world
as it reeks unholy havoc upon us.
Obama is in fact, shrewdly facilitating and overseeing
the dismantling, not of the U.S. corporate / military
empire, but rather of the economic and political human
rights and legitimate needs of everyday Black, White,
Brown, Red, and Yellow peoples in this nation. It is for
this purpose that the corporate / military establishment
and the corporate media ensured that Barack Obama was
installed in the White House. This is an increasingly
obvious disaster not for the wealthy elite who already
have homes, villas, gated mansions, yachts, and cushioned
financial holdings all over the world. It is
however, a horrible disaster for everyday common folks
in this nation and around this planet.
July 4th, 2010, U.S. �Independence�
Day celebration, is unfortunately and in reality,
a macabre and equally blissful celebration of the successful
corporate enslavement of everyday people of all colors
in this nation. It is the theater of the absurd. Even
as Barack Obama articulates hollow praises to the greatness
of everyday common folks in this nation, he is busily
furthering the political, economic, and ecological demise
of them / us. Yes, it is the theater
of the absurd and sad on so very many levels. We everyday
people have yet to gain �independence� and freedom from
the elite corporate / military masters of this nation.
liberals, like their right-wing counterparts, have no
stomach for addressing reality and struggling to
bring about real systemic change. The war criminals
remain embedded in the White House and Congress, and
corporate / military wars are not only being waged upon
people of other nations, but also upon the �American�
people themselves / ourselves. Wake up while there may
still be time!
nation has been subverted from bad to worse
by Barack Obama, and his allies of the corporate elite
who, in fact, financially own the corporate media.
yourselves from this government and its constant corporate
media spin. Stop absorbing, believing in, and being diverted
by the hype. Behold! Disaster has already been brought
upon us, but there may yet be time to change the course
of this nation and at lease minimize, mitigate, and ultimately
reverse these unfolding catastrophes. It is our duty
and right as humans to do this.
the words of Ernesto �Che� Guevara, �feel the pain� of
the everyday people (your sisters and brothers) and act
accordingly; for soon that pain will be at your
door and upon you and your family, if it
is not already. Act now, for real systemic change,
while there may yet be time! We must be both pragmatic
and optimistic: Pragmatic enough to recognize the
dire situation we are in, and optimistic enough
to set out seriously to address and change it!
This cannot and will not come about by osmosis. It must
be brought about by the unrelenting struggle of
the narrative from the corporate media! Tell your own
stories, and organize locally and nationally
to bring about real systemic change! You / we can
do this. Indeed, we must do this for ourselves
and the planet - Mother Earth - as a whole.
my sisters and brothers! There is so very much work to
be done. Onward!
BlackCommentator.com Editorial Board Member, Larry Pinkney,
is a veteran of the Black Panther Party, the former Minister
of Interior of the Republic of New Africa, a former political
prisoner and the only American to have successfully self-authored
his civil/political rights case to the United Nations
under the International Covenant on Civil and Political
Rights. In connection with his political organizing activities
in opposition to voter suppression, etc., Pinkney was
interviewed in 1988 on the nationally televised PBS NewsHour,
formerly known as The MacNeil/LehrerNewsHour. For more
about Larry Pinkney see the book, Saying No to Power: Autobiography of a 20th Century Activist and
Thinker, by William Mandel [Introduction by Howard
Zinn]. (Click here
to read excerpts from the book). Click here
to contact Mr. Pinkney.