“One of the most relevant conventions in a long time. Actually stuff getting decided. Alignments are being made. Shifts are being observed. This is not one of those ho-hum ‘we know who the candidate is let’s move on.’ This is about negotiation which ultimately is what politics is about at its best…How are you gonna say that a guy who reaches the masses is elite… [when he has] form[ed] a coalition of interests that transcend race and gender…which has been stunning. There is always a legitimate critique to be made from the Left and progressives. Barack Obama understands that. That’s the nature of what we do on the left… If Blacks and Latinos vote, then it’s over…You’d have a huge say-so in this.”
-Michael Eric Dyson speaking to Davey D on Breakout FM on the 2008 Democratic National Convention and Barack Obama, the Democratic Nominee for President of the United States
“…Watching all of that frustration steered back into a more traditional political process. The problems stem far deeper than anything that Brother Obama can address, and eventually people are going to have to respond. I think maybe like a conduit for that expression. I have those same feelings too. I’m a Mexicano growing up in that colonized Southwest. I’m an artist, but I didn’t grow up wealthy…I would hate to see the flames of discontent be watered down by rhetorical visions of hope and change.”
Zach De La Rocha, the legendary MC of Rage Against the Machine & One Day As A Lion
Our Black, Brown and Yellow people were fed up. They were tired, as always, but the white people are fed up too. So we’re allowed to realize that we had to do something to stop the infiltration of our comforts. How dare a President overtly circumvent the laws of the land in the name of Patriot Acts? What gall he has to win our hearts and minds for war with a lie? What hypocrisy to condemn others as terrorist that have only engaged in activities alike the United States, albeit in weaker concentration? So George W. Bush must be impeached.
Countless research was done epitomized by the work of Vincent Bugliosi, the successful prosecutor of over 100 jury trials including Charles Manson. His book, The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder and others (i.e. The Impeachment of George W. Bush: A Practical Guide for Concerned Citizens; What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception) and other authors (i.e. Naomi Klein, Ron Suskind, Jane Mayer) chronicled this emerging police state and the need for agitation and rebellion, all filled with legitimate resources and essential truths.
All of this impeachment talk began to quickly die down after Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) of the House of Representatives said it wasn’t a good idea. Everyone expected the Democrats to get our troops out of the war. Clearly the troops, young adults they are, are still too brainwashed to not acknowledge and actualize the truth that all wars are destructive and fought for the establishment’s power, control and longevity. So this definitive gesture hinted at the Democrats blatant uselessness in promoting any desire of the people let alone their own promises. It also furthered the demand for us to wait out all of the 4 years left.
In comes Barack Obama, the face we need to see with the mind that will concede. As Amanda Ripley’s Time Magazine piece notes from the outset, a white woman made Obama what he is (Raising Obama, How His Mother Made Him Who He Is, Time Magazine, April 21, 2008). It is evermore clear when we are to be in awe that his ability to hustle many with nothing is an actual inherited gift and not just a handed down trick. “But Obama is his mother's son. In his wide-open rhetoric about what can be instead of what was, you see a hint of his mother's credulity. When Obama gets donations from people who have never believed in politics before, they're responding to his ability—passed down from his mother—to make a powerful argument (that happens to be very liberal) without using a trace of ideology,” notes Ripley. Believe it or not.
Generally, Obama is accepted as a Black man but his own momma kept him from being that. While Obama’s biological didn’t bother, it was the acceptance or rejection of her ignorant, condescendingly quasi-humanitarian ideals that shape him. Ripley tells the tale where “Years later Obama saw the film with his mother and thought about walking out. But looking at her in the theater, he glimpsed her 16-year-old self. ‘I suddenly realized,’ he wrote in his memoir, Dreams from My Father, ‘that the depiction of childlike blacks I was now seeing on the screen ... was what my mother had carried with her to Hawaii all those years before, a reflection of the simple fantasies that had been forbidden to a white middle-class girl from Kansas, the promise of another life, warm, sensual, exotic, different.’” The film in question was 1959’s Black Orpheus, one of the most stereotypical movies ever produced depicting Brazilian samba in its most pathetic stereotypical exotification with a sensationalizing of poverty. So maybe we should wear ruffled shirts and conga drums over our shoulder and pound away as old white women dance around in a conga line with bananas on their head. This is the making of a leader who understands the people? Silly revolutionary I am.
Still, it is a worthless battle to wail against Fox News, CNN or any mainstream media exclusively(i.e. that “Sly Fox” off that nigga Nas’ new LP, Untitled) when they completely achieve their goals with our counterattacks. For those that seek to protect their demonic interests, they have fortifying supplementation (neo-conservative media masquerading as All American interests coverage) while those whom disagree have aimed all their resources in this direction. In doing this, we accept anything and/or anyone that has ideas that appear to be slightly different. In this case, the suggestion of slightly humane ideals and the acknowledgement of the need to end our frustration are lauded as revolutionary. Words as mundane as “Hope,” “Yes, we can,” “Change We Can Believe In” will do. It is because the standards that Obama adheres to are those of a white woman. Upon a Philadelphia speech on race months he noted that he was “consciously channeling his mother.” Obama says, “When it came to race, I don’t think she was entirely comfortable with the more aggressive or militant approaches to African American politics.” (Time Magazine, 4.21.08)
“Politics is the art of making people believe that they are in power when, in fact, they have none. It is a measure of how dire is the hour that they’ve passed the keys to the kingdom to a Black man”
-Mumia Abu Jamal, http://www.iacenter.org/, June 19, 2008
But most are embracing Obama just because he is Black. He really is only African American, a striving citizen with the blood of the oppressed in him and the aspirations of his conquerors driving him. Still, examples abound in the reluctance of anything critical of him. When Tavis Smiley quit a 11 year run as a commentator for the Tom Joyner show it was Joyner who noted that, “The real reason is that he can't take the hate he's been getting regarding the Barack issue -- hate from the black people that he loves so much.” The criticisms stemmed from logical notes of the simplest kind. For instance, after Obama won the Iowa Caucus, Smiley noted, "Don't fall so madly in love [with Obama] that you surrender your power to hold people accountable. . . . I'm not saying overlook Senator Obama, but you now better be ready to look him over." (Washington Post, 4.12.08) Commentators disregarded the truth in all of Smiley’s proper journalistic inquiries by attacking him personally noting “he couldn’t take the heat.” A more valid observation would be, What’s the point when no one will even listen to the questions of inquiry?
Essentially, the successful pacification of a people depends on the desensitizing of the people’s morals, ethics and their resultant threshold of acceptance. This is done with a sick balance of extreme savagery and corruption that lowers the standard significantly. Eventually a once-rejected, incomplete solution is embraced. This is the true reality of the American political system in relation to the only thing that matters—the people.
Politics is the mere battle for these forums of presentation of our packaged demise. This presentation may come in an aggressive appeal to those few who benefit and those whom hope to someday benefit, yet only relate. These are the Republicans. As the masses are not directly included in this aforementioned group, there is the necessary presentation of the diluted solution. The leader that will actually have compassion for the people. They are allowed to fail and are martyred merely in their failure, not just their death. These are the Democrats.
There are levels to each and only reveals the pitiable nature of the system. Michael Eric Dyson, the Georgetown University Sociology professor and “100 percent Barack Obama supporter” summarily includes the protests outside of the Democratic National Convention as the proof of politics working in an upwardly progressive nature. These peaceful protests have led to hundreds of arrests, inhibitions of civil rights and dilutions of free speech as they exposed the corruption of the entire Presidential process. To include this in his justification of the political process is to make these horrendous events acceptable, diluting the standards we must have to judge freedom, justice and equality. Obama’s record and direction has and continues to be Clintonesque in its pro-big business stance, pro-Israel by any means necessary in their oppression of Palestine and disregards any particular reality the people desire addressed. According to Diop Olugbala of International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement, when Obama was confronted he replied that he cannot speak out on behalf of those who have been historically oppressed for fear of offending other people. (http://www.blackagendareport.com/) Even if he was consistent with this approach (and he is clearly not), this alone is the presenting of the ethos of a useless and spineless leader.
With this said, the end all argument appears to be against voting. Hardly just that yet we must begin with letting go of these wasted energies. It is too simplistically thought out that “Obama is the lesser of two evils.” If the evil John McCain (this is obvious yet please note that his hatred of humanity is not one of irrationality. McCain knows that this war has been one of the most successful triumphs they could have imagined. They have raised countless monies for themselves through government contracting, eroded cumbersome civil liberties and gotten better at killing. Killing has never been done with such a better proportion of civilian enemy deaths compared to soldier casualties. The efficiency of war has clearly bettered itself for the worse of us and the best of them.) is elected, it is not beneficial to the ruling class as one may think. For four more years, the enemy of the people will be vibrantly identifiable and thus focusing the peoples’ rage.
With Obama, the opposite occurs. People will absolutely be beside themselves. They will cry in Harlem. Ghostface Killah’s “We Made It” (“Fainted when the book mentioned me/Keep ballin’, new systems, high science) will bring warmth to the hearts of the blind just as the corny sugar sap of Will I Am and John Legend’s “Yes We Can.” While political pundits, analysts and observers will prophesize the peoples’ frustration with the rookie’s forthcoming failures, mishaps and missteps, a wonderful false unity will brew. The one that Obama shared where we let whites enjoy our arts and trials for their enjoyment and fascination. The one where we cause change through pioneering but will never revolutionize through actualization of ideals. The presidency of the United States of America is a controlled pulpit and the electoral process is a waste of immense energy. We waste time and energy in legitimizing a forum that is deliberately designed to secure it’s accumulation of capital (the mind and bodies of the Original Black, Brown and Yellow people and every resource that comes out of that) and it’s ensuing direction and manipulation of. If all that a President directs is controlled by others in power, how is he under our control? Why would the Presidency be allowed to be under our control? Quick exploratory research on the electoral process reveals that we only vote for promises to be kept. For the descendants of the enslaved and slaughtered, fighting for a promise to be kept by the ruling class can only be done in vain. America needs pacification so it will receive such. It says much that the level of pacification offered is a Black man yet it says so much more that it is already working…Let us not open our arms for another present from massa.
“Their [Democratic and Republican] political objectives are limited…We’re looking at a government that’s a paper tiger and wants to participate in a paper democracy…Hell no! I’m voting for Mumia Abu Jamal.”
M-1 of Dead Prez when asked of the Presidential campaign and his intention to vote