uncle tomobomberama, house nigger in charge

a week and a day have passed since you woke up to the news that your president has dark skin. for some reason, this little superficial fact made a lot of people happy, and some others pretty angry. i marvel at how this skin deep assessment of the election has been repeatedly touted about as indicative of something profound in the history of amerikkka. i used to spell the pronoun that way in my teens -- thirty plus years ago. i only do it now to evoke the specter of uncle tomobomberama's change vis a vis the brother who once called the president elect a member of his flock.

election night, i was in new york city. sure enough, all of the faces i saw, white and brown, looked at my brown face and grinned to share the happy news. surely, brown skin that i show to the world, i was also elated about "our victory."

a few doors down the block from where i spend my nights in the city, a handful of young white guys stood on the steps, cheering as people passed by. as i had just witnessed mccain's capitulation, i figured these guys called themselves democrats. they cheered with added exuberance as i neared, all facing my direction, making eye contact, grinning. i couldn't help myself: adopting my best black vernacular, i warned, "yeahhh, you goddamn right, motherfuckers! we got whitey on the run, now! so, y'all better git ready, 'cause yo' days is numbahed!" they kept grinning, clearly uncertain of where i was coming from. i offered no clues, but went on, headed east. 

deciding that my first salvo was too far from my real sentiments, i shortened my response to the cheering minions to a much simpler, "yay! the government wins again!" 

my slovenian pal couldn't vote, but nonetheless saw the democrat's victory as historic, important, and even "great!" he admonished me to be more positive, "c'mon, man. you gotta be happy about that, at least. i mean, he's not bush."

"no, he's bush lite."

"what do you mean? nobody could be worse than bush."

"wanna make a bet?"

how is it that people forget where they live so quickly and easily? the gullibility of the voting public has assured me -- once and for all -- that the greed and malevolence of america's ruling class is deserved and to their liking.  that we, the people, forget the actions of kennedy, johnson, and nixon during the 60s and 70s blows my mind. despite the imperialist agenda they perpetrated from indochina to cuba to brazil and the school of the americas, the phony oil crisis of 73, which merely planted the seed for today's rampant anti-arab prejudice, the murder of allende, nkrumah, sadat, and unnamed millions, the bogus palliative called affirmative action -- a divide and conquer tactic that ensured the failure of the war on poverty by turning a blind eye to the prevalence of white poverty (further source of persistent racism) -- the bailout of chrysler, the dirty laundry list of those three stooges is endless and leads right up to today, like a trail of corn to any cock-eyed hen. 

ford, reagan, bush and clinton finished up the business, with their union busting free trade plans, the exportation of manufacturing to poorer nations (poorer, because america is so painfully poor, you'd have to be an anesthetized terminal patient not to know as much), the continued imperial actions in central america, asia, africa, even europe, as well as the bombing of americans at home in philadelphia, waco, and elsewhere. the pathetic support for rogue zionist israel's strategic outpost in the fertile crescent.
     
change. last week -- friday night -- i sat at the local bar with my pal max, who made excuses for raam emmanuel and obama's first post-nomination speech to the zionist killing machine known as apac. he couldn't accept the fact that the democratic party is a vast and powerful corporation with holdings around the world, a well-funded and sleek engine of imperial ambition, from the colonization of our own inner cities and rural trailer parks to the stands of central asia. with no loyalty to anyone but the millionaires and billionaires who fund this highly profitable not-for-profit corporation, the democrats promise to be the friend of the worker, the minority, the underserved and even the middle class, but they are friends of the rich, plain and simple.

max begged me not to judge uncle tomobomberama so early, certainly not in the throes of the financial crisis. other democrats have pleaded with me since to do the same. i suppose that if bush could call opposition to his war unpatriotic, then the house negro in charge's house negroes can call criticism during the financial crisis unfair. unfortunately, uncle tomobomberama cast only one vote during his campaign, and that was for the procedurally manipulated passage of a 700 billion dollar bail-out to the guys who gave him a half a billion dollars to run for office. and after giving 700 billion to the billionaires (not their employees, as seen in citgroup's firing of 14% of its workforce -- no execs on that list, to be sure) who needed it most, the democrats in congress and their h.n.i.c. now "debate" a 50 billion dollar bailout for the rest of us. let's make sure we don't fight over the crumbs, suckers.

forgive me if i'm skeptical, but the ny time's photo of clinton signing the gramm-leach-bliley act 9 years ago should let everyone know that -- as jeremy scahill, author of the book on blackwater put it -- "clinton turned out to be one of the greatest republican presidents in history, really setting -- co-opting the republican agenda at times, and making possible many of the policies bush implemented."

of course, all the dirt on these thugs is out there for anyone who is willing to take the blinders off and stand for real change, bottom up change, not great white or great half-white father in washington change. that kind of waiting for the man hope may be okay for junkies, but it nearly got the native americans wiped off of the planet, and has got everyone thinking that they have some kind of vested interested in the hierarchy that is the caste system in these untidy states. if we want health care and free schools like the western europeans enjoy (having lived there for ten years, i know it's better -- my son would never have died of appendicitis aged 20 anywhere in western europe, nor most of eastern europe, for that matter).

why did i come back here? good question. maybe i have the notion that change can be carried out by americans. maybe i think that by using tactics like the general strike -- so effective in the european citizens' victory for human dignity and rights, not some top-down benevolent leaders -- we can realize a really free, human nation and planet. not just the hotbed of rampant capital run amok. friedman economics require a 5% unemployment rate, that's why unemployment insurance should be without limits. these non-workers are aiding the trickle down theory and its 2% who hold 98% of the (electronic, non-backed) cash. of course, i doubt that 2% does much work, other than checking p on whoever is doing the work for them.

as i consider the increasing right wing nuts' cry for race war, as well as the yoga-powered do-gooders quest for the post 2012 nirvana, i realize that the likely scenario is more of the same. there will be no change, no revelation leading to hell or heaven. when uncle tomobomberama and the other politicos talk about the cuts coming in education, transportation, housing, etc., not one of them has called for scaling back the military aka defense budget, nor even cutting back the cops and prison industry (whereby gonzales and cheney -- among a host of other republicrats -- profit handsomely). we'll always have these armed dupes showing up to quash dissent. witness the preemptive arrests of protestors at the rnc this year. isn't minnesota a democrat or blue state? why did the democrats say nothing about non-violent activists arrests under the anti-terrorist laws they helped bush push?

if we are to have a general strike, we need to consider what we'll be striking for -- not against.

i have some ideas on that, too. do you?

peace love and souuuuuul train!!!!!!!!

Comments

  1. I can understand your skepticism. You are no fool, just jaded and naturally rebellious. No doubt Barack will not be able to live up to everyone's magical expectations.

    I have been working on his campaign for the past year, and I attended the same school he did in Hawaii. That school was a life-changing experience for me, so when I found that this was the same "Barry" I had seen on the playground, I "got" what he was trying to do and I understood his approach. I have seen how he manages people and I have never been so impressed by anyone before.

    But, after all, he is just a man. A lot of people seem to believe he is the Messiah. He is inheriting a mess, but I wish him well. And I am profoundly concerned about his personal safety and the safety of his family.

    I think the problem is the media's insistence on labeling him as "The First Black President over and over again. That shows their obsession with race as a mark of identity. He's just another President, that's all. But I think he will do the best job he can.I am pleased with the positive worldwide reaction to his ideas.

    And I support him. For better or for worse, I've got his back. You are free to call him a nigger, if that's your desire, but he's MY Nigger, so give him his props for making it this far---and still free from the rope and the lash.

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  2. Another way of looking at this... once again cleaning up the cracker's mess.
    The true test will come when we see how the country responds when he fails, and he will fail on at least one front. Will he be humbled from the level of messiah to human or demonized and lynched as an imposter or an apostate who only got hold of the reins in a moment of mass hysteria?

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