The problems of 3 little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world…” Hollywood’s 1942 classic, Casablanca is my indisputable favorite movie, encompassing all the prime, critical essential elements of a great story: class, drama, style, romance, adventure, wit, humor, violence, and satire…. I love it, have since I was in college and was introduced to it. But this line Bogie lays down in the finale is so applicable to so much of life, so much, from your personal life to the world itself, just as it was in the movie. Most people tend to struggle to see, to appreciate the big picture, and can only really see and access their day-to-day situation in an individual, personal manner

They can’t see the forest for the trees.

In the “big picture,” the problems of 45 million, give or take a few hundred thousand black folks, don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. I don’t know how to put this to my people, Black Americans, but our internal, personal agenda was just rendered secondary by Vladdy P’s audacious chessboard move. We must now double-down and focus on keeping Trump and his Putin luvin’ pawns out of any and all political offices, and we must support the reining in of this out-of-control punk, drunk on power.

Here, let me put it to you this way: imagine Putin’s empire spreading across Europe, and Lord Trump has been reelected President of these rumbling, bumbling, stumbling, fumbling Disunited States of America. Our uphill battle would become perpendicular plight, MLK’s mountain top would become Everest-like. I’d argue Putin wants the world to go back to 1975, if not ’45 and the end of WWII when the winners diced up the world, and Trump would want to take America back to pre-civil rights’ era, back to separate and grossly unequal in all matters which matter, America.

Black America must cast a vote, and good lord we may have to enlist or not burn that draft card and go off and fight the what, 4th, Right? Obviously, black people and all people of color would be in an even more precocious position if the nation, the world, was at the mercy of White Supremacist like Donny n’ Vladdy.

I find this a damn near unfathomable thought, that I or my son would enlist, sign up, and pick up a gun like I see the noble little people of Ukraine doing, (what a gripping sight) but, but…, but if the forces of evil are at the door, we’ve little choice but to defend ourselves, our loved ones, and this country, one which no, has never, never I say - loved us back! Nevertheless, the world is better off with America as a superpower instead of Ray-Gun’s infamous Evil Empire and unquestionably this country is better off with HR Puffinstuff, The Michelin Tire Man, the Stay Puff Marshmallow man or the Abominable snowman, even Yogi or Smokey the Bear (either one) as President than Trump as this democracy’s King.

Putin wants to put the band back together. He desperately wants to bring the Soviet Empire back to life. In the same tyrannical breath, Trump’s Republican Party, which does encompass key elements of the military-industrial/techno/financial/media complex, has no problem sharing the world with Putin and Xi, as they embark upon conquest via genocide and exploitation.

Pimpin’ ain’t easy, baby….!

Furthermore, c’mon, it’s clear - Putin is like the Grand Pooh-Bah of the global White Supremacist movement, and Russia is viewed as White man’s Land, a somewhat colorless paradise where male toxicity rules the land. That perspective is partially what fuels the Republicans we see twisting themselves like Gumby attempting to explain away and embrace Vladdy and the Commie pinko fascist authoritarian gangsters he fronts.

Putin has no conscience, no shame. Biden suggested no soul, which is no different from Trump. Two soul-less men, equipped not with hearts, but “value meters,” not brains, but instead calculators. Look, these fat cats want it all, in a “Tony ‘Scarface’ Montana” type a-way.

Black America should place our internal and historical conflicts within this imperfect empire on the back burner and focus on voter turnout in the upcoming election season. We must keep the Republican puppets out of office and power. A large chunk of the Right won’t hesitate to get in bed with Putin, they’ll take Vladdy over Biden, Harris, Hillary, i.e., any form of Democratic rule. The US Constitution and Bill Of Rights are, in the minds of much of the “Right” merely pretty words, which were meant to govern White men.

In Trump’s USA, those high-minded patriotic thoughts of the founding fathers don’t apply to a multicolored, racially/ethnically/religiously nation where all women and folks of color have equal power with the entrenched White male establishment. Trump’s America would rather destroy a democratic nation and live under the psychotic rule of Vladdy and Donny than live with and share this nation’s fruits with Americans of Color.

I don’t think there’s any real, legit debate about that, is there? They’ll take Emperor Putin and King Trump over President Michelle Obama and Vice President Elizabeth Warren.

Check it, you heard it here first: Obama/Warren…that’s the ticket.

Please understand as well as recognize the undeniable underlying role of race in this situation. I’ve seen the African students trapped in Ukraine and having to deal with elements of their population that are treating them like 3rd class niggers, while the value of White lives is placed above theirs.

Obviously, based upon White America’s empathy, concern, compassion and sympathy it’s undeniable that these are not little olive, brown-skinned, bronze or black-skinned children on the screen, it’s little white kids - and White lives matter, they’ve always seemed to matter, as they rightly should have, it’s just that no other race had the same value and worth.

European/Anglo-Saxon/WASP life has always had a perceived superior intrinsic value, compared to the world’s vastly colored population’s perceived value. This has never been in doubt or question in the eyes of most White folks and sadly believed by millions of brainwashed folks of color. Nonetheless, America will be moved by the horrific war scenes produced by Putin’s war machine, and it will help fuel a rapid, serious response seldom witnessed when the refugees are folks of color. I’m just sayin’... it’s complicated, but it ain’t.

I leave you with what I hope is a poignant point to ponder, partner: “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” -Albert Einstein

BlackCommentator.com Columnist, Desi Cortez, who also writes for BlackAthlete.com & NegusWhoRead.com, was hatched in the heart of Dixie, circa 1961, at the dawning of the age of Aquarius, the by-product of four dynamic individuals, Raised in South-Central LA, the 213. At age 14 transplanted to the base of the Rockies, Denver. Still a Mile-Hi. Sat at the foot of scholars for many, many moons, emerging with a desire and direction… if not a sheep-skin. Meandered thru life; gone a-lot places, done a-lot of things, raised a man-cub into an officer n' gentleman, a "man's man." Produced a beautiful baby-girl with my lover/woman/soul-mate… aired my "little" mind on the airwaves and wrote some stuff along the way. Wordsmith behind America's Ten Months Pregnant . . . Ready To Blow!: Even Trump Can't "Make America White Again." A New, More Inclusive, Diverse 21st Century America - Love It . . . Or Get The Hell Out!. Contact Mr. Cortez and BC.

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