“The pretense in disputed elections is that the great conflict is between the two major parties. The reality is that there is a much bigger conflict that the two parties jointly wage against large numbers of Americans who are represented by neither party and against powerless millions around the world.”—Howard Zinn
“The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.”—Steve Biko
Apparently the current hypocritical and utterly absurd rallying cry from two so-called ‘leftists’ and/or ‘progressives,’ including Carl Davidson (an author and Co-Chair of Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism), et al, is that “The 2012 elections have little to do with Obama’s record . . .” which is, further in their words, “why” they “are voting for him.” What unmitigated horse manure! Taking such a position is precisely the sort of nonsensical gibberish that can be expected from systemic gatekeepers and de facto regressives. It is insulting and insane.
As politically conscious, everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow conscious people well know, the United States, particularly on the federal level, does not have genuine “elections.” It has corporate controlled selections, embodied by the systemically and symbiotically-joined Democrat and Republican parties, which corporate-controlled parties have irreconcilably subverted any kind of authentic democracy in this nation.
Obama’s domestic & foreign policy actions
The fact is that the disastrous domestic and foreign policies, and concomitant track record thereto, of Barack Obama, as the chief executive and head of the U.S. Empire, very much matter! To deny this is the height of dishonesty and absurdity.
Barack Obama’s over trillion dollar criminal ‘bailout’ of the Wall Street banks, robber barons, and other blood-sucking corporate elites very much matter! His obliteration of the single- payer universal health care option very much matters! His betrayal in his refusal to close the U.S. gulag at Guantanamo very much matters! His signing into law of the draconian NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) very much matters! His bloody ongoing killer predator drone missile attacks in Pakistan and elsewhere very much matter! His bombing (along with his NATO puppets) of Libya, north Africa, etc., very much matters! His self-proclaimed ‘Kill List’ mandate very much matters! His highly secretive, corporate-driven, TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) negotiations very much matter! His constant subterfuge, double-speak, and non-transparency in government very much matter! All of these things very much matter—corporate controlled (s)election or no corporate controlled (s)election!
When Barack Obama, without prior congressional debate or approval, and in violation of both the U.S. Constitution and international law, militarily attacked the sovereign nation of Libya in north Africa, he committed an egregious impeachable offense, and in so doing fanned the flames of ‘terrorism’ and hatred against the everyday people of the United States throughout the so-called ‘Middle East’ and north Africa, etc. The ‘blowback’ from Obama’s reprehensible actions have made this nation and this planet a much more dangerous place. Notwithstanding the fact that what this nation actually has is a corporate subversion of democracy, misleadingly described as an ‘election’ process; to claim (as does Carl Davidson, et al) that the “2012 elections have little to do with Obama’s record” is inaccurate, pathetic, and patently ridiculous. Such absurd Davidson rhetorical nonsense makes it obvious that what Davidson and company clearly intend, is to divert everyday people’s attention away from the atrocious and disastrous track record of Obama, and keep everyday people perpetually in the clutches of the Democratic Party [(.e., kept politically enslaved).
Who is the real Barack Obama?
Barack Obama is a double-talking, trojan horse, corporate brand. He was installed to surreptitiously pursue the agenda of the U.S. corporate elite, while simultaneously dumbing-down the U.S. populace as a whole, and also provide 'ghetto uprising insurance' by keeping much of Black America (and other economically disenfranchised people of all colors) in an awed, confused, and manipulated political stupor. This must be clearly understood for what it is: Cynical Systemic Chicanery.
It should be noted that it is enormously inaccurate to describe Barack Obama as a 'socialist' and/or a 'progressive.' He is neither. To be blunt, Obama is a well-honed and developed, 21st century neo-liberal fascist whose actual mission is to facilitate and intensify the psychological dumbing-down, and systemic social, political, and economic enslavement of, everyday people in this nation and throughout Mother Earth. He is a systemic creation that was developed to do precisely what he is doing (i.e., to confuse, manipulate, and control the people). He insidiously uses subterfuge, his oratory skills, and his pigmentation as potent weapons against everyday people of all colors in this nation and throughout the world.
The 20th century Italian fascist dictator, Benito Mussolini, succinctly described fascism when he said, "Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." In the very name of "hope and change," Barack Obama has (within four years) surreptitiously done more to "merge" the U.S. body politic and "corporate power" than any of his predecessors combined; and it is no mere coincidence that Obama, on December 31, 2011, (New Years Eve), signed into law the draconian NDAA. It is no coincidence that Obama has overseen the largest transfer (in the history of this nation) of the people's 'public sector' wealth into the hands of the super-rich corporate elite, while simultaneously masquerading as the "Yes We Can" supposed champion of struggling everyday people. It is no mere coincidence that Obama has launched and/or intensified U.S. military attacks in Libya (north Africa), Somalia (east Africa), Yemen, Syria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, etc. None of these actions by Obama are mere coincidences, and they all point to who and what he really is, if only people would pay close attention! Barack Obama is the 'Kill List' war president who is engaging in war on the U.S. Constitution, and economic and social war against the people of the United States. He is waging bloody Predator-drone missile and other forms of military war against peoples of the world—including most especially the 'Middle East' and Africa. To reiterate: Barack Obama is a well-honed and developed, 21st century neo-liberal fascist. He is the unabashed 'Kill List' assassin. Make no mistake about it.
Staying focused on bringing about systemic change
We must stay focused on creatively and collectively changing this corrupt and hypocritical system. The corporate-stream 'news' media (and much of the so-called 'alternative' media) continues to act as the great distractor, prevaricator, and manipulator on behalf of this unacceptable corporate-owned U.S. political system. The salvation of everyday people is, outside of and apart from, this system—not within it.
It must remembered that it is genuine systemic change (outside of the Democrat and Republican party plantations/reservations) that is sorely needed and much deserved by everyday people in this nation. Carl Davidson, and other such de facto systemic gatekeepers are, under the fallacious guise of being so-called 'progressives' and/or 'leftists,' demonstrating that they are, in fact, the fifth column of collaborators of and for this irretrievably corrupt, unjust, hypocritical, corporate-controlled political system. Be not deceived by their disingenuous and utterly ridiculous nonsense. It is meant to keep you entrapped and enslaved.
We the everyday people are the only ones who can and will change this system, not the enslaving Democrat or Republican parties. There are no short cuts in this serious struggle. And systemic change, sure as hell, will not be brought about through the Democrat or Republican parties. The new path ahead is, and will be, both difficult and protracted, but it must be collectively and creatively blazed—for the sake of this nation, all of humanity and Mother Earth herself.
Remember: Each one, reach one. Each one, teach one. Onward, then, my sisters and brothers! Onward!
Intrepid Report Associate Editor 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, Pinkney was interviewed in 1988 on the nationally televised PBS News Hour, formerly known as The MacNeil / Lehrer News Hour. Pinkney is a former university instructor of political science and international relations, and his writings have been published in various places, including The Boston Globe, the San Francisco BayView newspaper, the Black Commentator, Global Research (Canada), LINKE ZEITUNG (Germany), and Mayihlome News (Azania/South Africa). 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.)