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Obama is No Sell Out: Just the Empire’s Latest Puppet - Keeping It Real - By Larry Pinkney - Editorial Board
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“I’d watch the dangerous wolf closer than I would the smooth, sly fox. The wolf’s very growling would keep me alert and fighting to survive, whereas I might be lulled and fooled by the tricky fox.”
-Malcolm X

The politicos of the Republican party wolves and the Democratic party foxes [i.e. the Republicrats] are in actuality continuing business as usual, invariably at the expense of the masses of everyday people, with the willing, able, and invaluable assistance of their current puppet Barack Obama - “the smooth…tricky fox.”

The American Heritage College dictionary defines the term sell out, in relevant part, as “One who has betrayed one’s principles or an espoused cause.” Thus, it is technically incorrect to refer to Barack Obama as a “sell out,” in that he has consistently demonstrated that he, like most of his Republican and Democratic party colleagues, have no “principles” whatsoever when it comes to steadfastly protecting and promoting the fundamental political and economic interests of the everyday, common people of this nation. To refer to Barack Obama as a “sell out” is to bestow upon him far too much credit.

Politicians of the Democratic and Republican parties are busily engaged in rallying around their political parties instead of actively, in both word and deed, rallying around the needs of ordinary, everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow peoples. The farce continues, only now the stakes are much, much higher for all us all, nationally and internationally.

Labor and political activist Carl Finamore in his recent article, Would You Rather Be Eaten By A Wolf Or A Fox?, was right on the mark when he wrote, “Maybe the much ballyhooed hope in President Obama has in fact stunned into silence the American reform majority that elected him. Maybe getting snubbed by Obama in the front is more disorienting and confusing than getting stabbed directly in the back by Republicans?...Do you want to be lunch?” Indeed, whose meal do you want to be?

Think about this: Despite overwhelming and resounding opposition (from persons of virtually all political spectrums in this nation) to the monstrous, criminal, Wall Street, corporate “bailout;” the Obama/Biden regime ignored the will of the people. Barack Obama, and the rest of his Republicrat colleagues are beholden to what former president Dwight D. Eisenhower described as the corporate “military / industrial complex.” They are not beholden to the people.

“We recognize then that the greed of bureaucratic capitalism in America, the effectiveness of the police force of the ruling circle, and the swiftness with which their ‘message’ to these territories [nationally and internationally], has transformed the previous situation. We recognize this when we admit that the United States is no longer a nation but an empire.
-Huey P. Newton

The bloody military incursions and expanding wars of the U.S. Empire in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere under Barack Obama, go on unabated, with everyday common folks in this nation and throughout the world paying the ultimate price. Many U.S. troops continue to have their time in the military coercively extended under the

Obama / Biden regime with no definitive end in sight, while being “redeployed” between and from Iraq and Afghanistan. The corporate / military blood bath in fact goes on, and on, and on as the people pay, and pay, and pay some more with their livelihoods and lives.

As president, Obama has not dismantled the unscrupulous excesses in executive privilege and power that his predecessor shamelessly and wrongfully instituted, including the right to lock up U.S. citizens forever without a trial. Nor is there any viable indication that he intends to disinherit himself of these dangerous, undemocratic powers. (Reference: Naomi Wolf). As chief executive, Obama could and should have swiftly disinherited himself and his administration of these undemocratic, dictatorial powers months ago, but he did not. Ask yourselves: Why?

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True to form, Obama, under his never ending rhetorical cloak of double-speak, is in fact amorally catering to the private sector, vis-á-vis corporate insurance companies, drug manufacturers, and hospital financial administrators, to whom he is affording an “inside track,” at the expense of vigorous and open public debate and the majority of people. This is, yet again, a de facto continuation of secrecy and corporate domination over the needs of the people. (Reference: July 22, 2009 article by Sharon Theimer in Capitol Hill Blue). This is hypocrisy, not democracy. The people should not have had to file suit in order to get records of the Health industry executives that met with Obama regarding what is supposedly the people’s health care. To reiterate: This is not transparency or democracy; it is hypocrisy in its slickest form. (Reference)

Of course, overwhelmingly the U.S. corporate media plays its shameful role of distraction, gossip, deflection, and omission with regards to all of the foregoing; doing its damnest to keep the U.S. citizenry substantively ignorant and woefully uninformed of the life and death, bread and butter issues affecting the majority of Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow peoples. Indeed, while the corporate media busies itself in spreading the nonsense that, thanks to the election of Obama, racism is dead, men, women, and children of all colors are being hoodwinked and continually emaciated by corporate greed.

Racism is far from dead, and equally important, so is corporate greed and control. (Reference: February 28, 2009 article by Janine Jackson) The peoples of this nation continue to be held hostage to corporate hegemony, apartheid Zionism, and militarism, as made crystal clear by Mark Hurwitt’s “Obama Puppet political cartoon.

While the continuing enormous loss of jobs and other forms of economic disenfranchisement of everyday people of all colors increases in this land by leaps and bounds, so does racism, hypocrisy, and corporate greed under this Obama presidency. These intolerable realities did not come about by mere coincidence or happenstance, and President Barack Obama himself is very much complicitous in this. The bamboozling by Obama of the people of this nation cannot and will not stand indefinitely. Certain avaricious corporations, including Goldman, have recently shown billions of dollars in “profits” (albeit with the ill-gotten financial loot from the so-called bailout at the expense of everyday people), but decent jobs just keep right on dwindling. (Reference: Matt Taibbi’s superb article titled, The Scandal Continues: The Billions In Government Cash Behind Goldman’s “Profits”) In 2008, the elite of the corporate / military apparatus chose Barack Obama as their smooth talking standard bearer with the added benefit of providing “urban uprising insurance” against the inevitable and legitimate disappointment and anger of the masses of poor, unemployed, and underemployed in this country. But the Obama luster has begun to wear thin.

On a daily basis, most of the corporate media, in collusion with the Obama / Biden regime, engage in never ending “bait and switch” tactics to distract, confuse, obfuscate, and disinform the people - all the people. These are old tricks - old tactics - but they are old precisely because they have worked so well for so long to the detriment of the majority of people; regardless of which Republicrats [i.e. Republicans and Democrats] are in the White House and Congress.

While it is inescapable that racism permeates this nation and is ever so horribly real, it is nevertheless perpetuated by class contradictions. These contradictions are prevalent even among people of the same ethnicity, color, and / or “race.” For example, the reported relatively recent reprehensible and utterly unacceptable treatment by police accorded to the noted and esteemed Black scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., who received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University, is a former professor at Yale, and heads the prestigious W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research at Harvard, is a case in point. Indeed, Gates is said to be “one of the most powerful academic voices in America.” The obvious mishandling, arrest, and disrespect by police of Gates became national and indeed international news - with Gates as the “cause celeb.” Alas, even Barack Obama, from the proverbial political pulpit of the White Houses apparently made remarks on behalf of the world-renowned professor Gates. But what of the lives and wellbeing of all the everyday common folk - the Black, Brown, Red, White, and Yellow peoples in this land (and world) who are neither “noted” nor “esteemed?” What of Eleanor Bumpers, murdered by police? What of Sean Bell, murdered by police? What of the horrendously murdered and dismembered James Byrd, Jr.? What of the hideously tortured Megan Williams? What of the cold blooded police murder of Oscar Grant? What of the countless other ongoing victims of societal racism, frame ups, and police brutality and murder? Where is the outcry on their behalf? The people who have no Ph.D.’s from Harvard, Cambridge, Yale, or any other so-called Ivy League institution are as deserving of their lives, livelihoods, and liberty as any member of the academic or corporate elite. Yes, these are just plain, ordinary, struggling, everyday folk! And no, this is not merely a matter of race. It is also, and quite pivotally, a matter of class and privilege, with the ordinary, economically poor, and disenfranchised people of all colors relegated to the unwanted and undeserved role of cyclical victims in the United States. The insult and subsequent arrest of the well-known professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was absolutely wrong, but represents a very miniscule and relatively mild version of the daily horrors faced by the overwhelming majority of common, everyday people in “America” at the hands of the police and the “military / industrial complex.” Moreover, these realities will assuredly continue for as long as the cynical opportunists of the elite U.S. corporate - Wall Street / military apparatus are permitted to continually bamboozle and dominate the affairs of we the people. Undoubtedly, the corporate-backed, opportunistic, smooth, double talking, pro-apartheid Zionist, Barack Obama, knows full well that he is beholden to that from which he actually comes, i.e. Goldman Sachs and his other elite corporate handlers, and no amount of pretty rhetoric changes this fact. It is time for real systemic change and nothing less will do.

As states all across this nation endure soaring deficits, it is the poor, the disabled, and the unemployed who are facing the brutal brunt of cut backs in badly needed services. A reader of, in relevant part, put it this way when he wrote me: “I live in California. Recently, the governor and legislators of California, solicited the Obama administration for financial assistance (a loan) to address the state’s 24 billion dollar deficit. Obama’s answer: ‘not one red cent.’ That very same day the Congress passed an aid package (supported by Obama) of $2.77 billion in support of the racist, apartheid, terrorist, occupying force of Israel.” Clearly, Barack Obama is beholden to the elite of the corporate, apartheid Zionist, military apparatus, not the everyday people of this nation. Zionism is a racist political ideology. It must not be confused with Judaism or, for that matter, with being Jewish. Just as all Germans were by no means Nazis; all Jews are by no means Zionist. However, Barack Obama is a pro-apartheid Zionist, along with his White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel. His loyalty is to the powerful apartheid Zionist lobby known as AIPAC, not to the people of this nation collectively and unbiasedly. This too, makes a complete mockery of so-called democracy and transparency in the United States.

The time has come to reject and challenge the Obama administration’s rhetoric for being precisely what it is: manipulative rhetoric and nothing else. Indeed Obama is not a sell out. He’s just more of the same - the Empire’s latest puppet.

The people of this nation and world deserve so much better. But in order to obtain true people-power, by, for, and of the people, we must agitate, educate, and most of all organize.

From the neglected family farmers and farmlands, to the downtrodden Indigenous so-called “reservations” of “Indian Country,” to the towns and sprawling cities of this land, we must have real systemic change, not more of the same in slicker rhetorical clothing.

Onward my beautiful Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow sisters and brothers. Onward….!!! 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/Lehrer NewsHour. 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.


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