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Obama: A Titanic Disaster for Everyday People
Monday, 27 December 2010 11:42
by Larry Pinkney
"Part of being a revolutionary is creating a vision that is more humane."
- Assata Shakur

"I must, however, respect tradition by addressing a few words to you at a time when all sane human beings — those who want peace, freedom, and happiness for all men [and women] — renew their hopes and belief in a better life for mankind, in dignity, independence, and genuine progress for all peoples."

- Amilcar Cabral

The only way to ameliorate an unacceptable reality is to first acknowledge its existence. In other words, one cannot change a condition that one fails (or refuses) to recognize.

After approximately two years of continued shenanigans, double speak, and betrayal by the Obama / Biden regime (and its ever-willing accomplices from both major U.S. corporate-parties) the metaphorical "chickens" are beginning to come "home to roost;" and no amount of economic smoke and mirror politics or high sounding rhetoric can any longer sufficiently mask this growing unacceptable reality.

Everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people are being mercilessly kicked in the posterior by the cold, hard, unforgiving reality of political and economic betrayal — combined with avaricious corporate hegemony. And the peoples of this planet — Mother Earth — are being ravaged & savaged by a relatively small corporate / military elite bent on the absolute domination over the lives and livelihoods of all of humanity. Gone is even a semi-believable veneer of economic and political justice at home or abroad. 'America's' 21st century 'winter of discontent' has begun, and it will continue well into the foreseeable future irrespective of mother nature's varying seasons.

Barack Obama has shown who he really is and it's not a pretty sight for just plain everyday people to behold. Indeed, only the filthy rich (with their insatiable appetites for the accumulation of wealth) are enjoying the blood-drenched fruits of their legalized-thievery, thanks to their de facto ally — Barack Obama. It was apparently not enough for Obama to extend and expand his predecessor's program of illegal international kidnapping and torture — euphemistically known as 'extraordinary rendition.' Nor has it been enough for Obama to continue and expand upon the gutting of the U.S. Constitution and its rights thereto. Nor has it been enough for this Nobel "peace" prize laureate to continue the U.S. empire's military occupation in Iraq — even as he expanded the bloody, amoral, and unwinnable war in Afghanistan, and has simultaneously and consciously increased the human carnage, suffering, and rage in Pakistan with intensified U.S. drone-missile attacks raining down terror from the sky. No! None of these outrages have been enough! Even as an ever-increasing amount of U.S. men and women troops (i.e. the empire's cannon fodder) return home in body bags, or physically and/or psychologically maimed. Amazingly, as joblessness, home foreclosures, and homelessness spiral upward, Obama has most recently extended the utterly criminal tax cuts for the rich! The demonstrated arrogance and hypocrisy of Barack Obama are surpassed only by his callousness and actual disdain of and contempt for everyday people. Extending his predecessor's tax cuts for the rich is a slap in the face to everyday people, particularly in these times of pain, home foreclosures, wars abroad, joblessness, and growing despair. It is another in a long list of utterly inexcusable betrayals of everyday people, dating back to when Obama, and the corporate — U.S. Congress, bailed out the vampiric banksters and barons of Wall Street.

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Moreover, instead of vigorously supporting the building of a strong, dynamic, and inclusive system of public education for everyday people in this nation, Barack Obama and his cabinet members are about the business of ferociously attacking and destroying public education — in the name of privitization — which is but another form of corporate blood-sucking and domination of everyday people in this nation.

Last, but by nomeans least, Obama and many of his fellow Democrat and Republican [i.e. Republicrat] vultures are doing their utmost to quickly (and relatively quietly)annihilate internet neutrality in favor of a two-tiered system that would limit the timely flow of information to everyday people, while vastly increasing the presence of corporations and/or corporate control and domination of the internet. Once again it is everyday people who are being sacrificed, and it matters not one iota that this attack upon 'net neutrality' by Obama and his corporate drones in Congress demonstrates yet another reneging by him of his campaign promises of two years ago. But what does it really matter to Obama? After all is said and done, the fact is that he has demonstrated time and time again that his loyalties are to, and bound tightly with, the interests and well-being of the corporate elite — the filthy rich. His own actions have repeatedly demonstrated that he really has not, and certainly does not, give a damn about the legitimate economic needs or political and human rights of just plain everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people. Mr. "hope and change"- Obama has for two years now, been doing precisely what he intended to do, as reflected by the lavish praise he heaped upon the virulently anti working people / "let them eat ketchup" — former U.S. President Ronald Reagan. The sad fact is that no one should really be surprised by Obama's betrayals of the last two years.

Barack Obama, relies upon his slippery tongue [i.e. double speak], subterfuge, and outright lies to cower, control, and manipulate everyday people in this nation. He and his ilk know full well that they can depend upon the corporate-stream mis-media to continually disseminate disinformation and/or to remain silent and servile — in service to them. They drink from the same corporate trough. Yes, Obama and his ilk depend upon the very real terrorism of lies, misinformation, and subterfuge; and thanks to the daily complicity of the corporate-stream mis-media, the Obama / Biden regime has been allowed to surround itself and its inner-workings in a cloak of secrecy; and any who dare to remove that cloak are moved against by a White House and U.S. government who in fact fear and despise everyday people. Transparency in the Obama White House is but a sick joke. Nevertheless, all of the people cannot continue to be fooled or cowered all of the time.

These are the utterly unacceptable and titanic realities pertaining to Barack Obama. They are not pleasant — but they must be recognized for what they are so that they can be addressed.

It is worth reiterating that the only way to ameliorate an unacceptable reality is to first acknowledge its existence. The reality of everyday people in this nation today is similar to that of the third class steerage passengers on the ill-fated RMS Titanic, many of whom were callously locked-in — below deck by ship's officers — as the mighty ocean liner descended into the cold unforgiving depths of the Atlantic. However, unlike those passengers, many of whom did not initially actually know that the big ship had struck an ice berg and was in serious trouble; we everyday people do now know about our plight and we can and must take the appropriate action. We must refuse to be engulfed and drowned by Barack Obama and his corporate / military masters. We must assume command of our own destinies and turn the ship around! We must assume command by collectively organizing around an actualized vision and unabashedly speaking truth to power! We must cease holding on for dear life to an illusion; for this illusion is deadly. The sooner we face reality and do this, the more lives and livelihoods of we everyday people can be positively affected. This will not be easy — but it must be done!

Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people in this nation and around the world deserve economic, social and political justice, NOW! And the way to attain this justice is to first recognize that it is we everyday people to whom power belongs, and act accordingly. All Power Truly Does Belong To The People!

The year 2010 is rapidly coming to a close. Let us regird ourselves and look forward to making the year 2011 — the year of everyday people! Onward, my sisters and brothers! 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 News Hour, formerly known as The MacNeil / Lehrer News Hour. 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). Clickhere to contact Mr. Pinkney.

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