Friday, December 12, 2008

On the President-Elect After the Dust Has Settled: by Peter S. Lopez aka: Peta


Friday, December 12, 2008

~ Barback Obama: the First African-American President ~

We now have one Barack Hussein Obama as the President-elect who is the first African-American to be elected the 44th President of the United States of America. Brother Obama was born on August 4, 1961 in Hawaii, now lives in Chicago, Illinois until January 20th of next year and his Zodiac Sign is Leo.


For the record, on Election Day of Tuesday, November 4, 2008, the Electoral Vote was 365 for Obama to McCain’s 173; the Popular vote was Obama with 66,882,230 (53%) to McCain’s 58,343,671 (46%).

Obviously Obama won by a decisive victory, not a landslide, but a sure win that will catapult him into the White House. Certainly there has been no clownish chad counting such as occurred during the inglorious Bush-Gore Election of 2000. Obama actually won fair and square.

~ Flashback to 2000 ~

Recall: Fuhrer Bush stole the 2000 election with a political coup-d-etat. If you still need to be convinced obviously you were just not paying attention and not mindful that the devil is in the details. The plague of fascism relies on its capacity to foster mass distraction about critical issues that threatens its iron hold over the mass psychology of the masses with its fascist propaganda and mass marketing efforts at mass mind control. However, even worse than the 2000 Bush political coup right before our eyes was the meek passive acceptance by the American public of Bush falsely winning the election. We should have done all out mass mobilization and stormed the White House by the millions and thrown the bastard out!

Ultimately, it is a basic truism that we get the President and the government we deserve because of our action, counter-action or non-action by quiet acceptance of sheer evil. Good passive sheep busy biting each other and just waiting to be sheared are ideal for a fascist takeover, especially by quasi-legal maneuvers.

In 2000 I for one switched my party affiliation to the Green Party after decades of being a registered Democrat. I voted for the Green Party candidate Ralph Nader as a symbolic gesture knowing he would not win but because he was the most progressive and qualified candidate running. Nonetheless, I thought that Al Gore would win by a huge landslide. However, Gore failed to actively recruit former President Clinton to support his campaign mainly because of the Monica Lewinsky scandal and this injured his popular support. It is very strange how semen on a dress can have historical repercussions. The failure of Gore to run an all-out aggressive political campaign was also a key factor in his lost and it being such a narrow race in the end, despite the bag of Bush tricks. It should not of been that close in the first place. Once again, the schizophrenic splintered so-called Left-wing movement was divided within itself.

So we all suffered from the fascist designs of the Bush Rogue Regime from 2000 to 2008, especially after the 911 tragedy fell like manna from heaven for the Bush cabal, the subsequent enacting of the Patriot Act and other fascist-inspired maneuvers. I will be glad when that Evil One gets the hell out of the White House!

~ Racial and Sexual Dynamics ~

There was a lot of racial and sexual dynamics during this last Presidential Election with surprising results. When Hilary was running a lot of women identified with her because of her female gender, her popular political stature and the real chance of her winning, but there was also an adversity to voting for Barack Obama as a Black man running for the Presidency. Most people figured out that after the whole fiasco of the Bush Regime that the Democrats would get the White House, unless the Democrats screwed up major. Thus, for many registered Democrats during the Democratic nomination campaign it was a choice between supporting a White woman or a Black African-American man. The Republicans did not face such a choice or moral dilemma.

To different degrees many of us are still subject to the social disease of racism or at least harbor racist thoughts towards those considered to be of a different race. It may not be thinking of one’s self as superior on a genetic basis, but there can be a strong fear and social discomfort among non-Blacks towards Black people in particular.

Keep in mind that racism is alive and well inside the minds of many U.S. citizens. Note: We use the term ‘U.S. citizen’ because we do not want to be narrow-minded nationalist and equate being ‘an American’ with people who only live inside the continental United States. There is a Central America and a North America with millions of people who could lay claim to also being American because of their homeland being in the Americas.

Nowadays, an openly rabid White racist with a KKK mentality is unusual as it is now seen a ‘politically incorrect’ if not morally wrong. Thus, there are a lot of subconscious racists who may not think of themselves as racist on a conscious level yet still harbor remnants of racism in their psyche, especially among White people, though any one from any racial-ethnic group can be a racist.

It all came down to one secret question: Would U.S. voters overcome their racism and vote for a man of African-American descent as opposed to a White man?

~ A Marathon Campaign ~

The Presidential Campaign for 2008 was a marathon campaign. It was the longest Presidential campaign in history with candidates announcing their running in December of 2006. To be truthful, at first I wanted John Edwards to win over the leading candidate at the time, Hilary Clinton, since he seemed to be the best positive candidate with the best chance of actually winning. Hilary was and is a player from the old Clinton guard and voted for funding for the Iraq War. At the time Obama seemed like a long shot in a country dominated by White racist voters, though he came out early against American involvement in the Iraq War. Then I read Obama’s book, The Audacity of Hope and was convinced that, win or lose, he was most progressive best qualified candidate running with a tangible chance of actually winning, though at the time I was doubtful that America would actually come out and vote a Black man into the White House.

As time went on I realized that Obama was primarily running as an American, not a Black-American. Plus, he was actually building up a popular movement among the youth, the liberals and other progressive social elements based upon the core concept of change, the ideal of Main Street versus Wall Street and the certitude of YES WE CAN! Or SI SE PUEDE in Spanish. Barack Obama is a genius in the sense that with his personal background, diverse experience and political know-how he is the right man for these times to be a world leader. Plus, he has great presence, is extremely intelligent and has good natural instincts in relation to mass appeal.

In the end, Barack Obama collected more than $745 million during his marathon campaign, more than twice the amount obtained by his Republican rival John McCain and won the Presidential election!

~ The Third Party Factor ~

Unlike the 2000 Election, there was no major impact from any Third Party, such as the Green Party, upon the outcome of the 2008 Presidential Elections. The so-called Leftwing Movement in Amerika is now without a core vanguard political organization, has no local community presence in many regions and is scattered out into thousands of splintered groups. Many of its analyses come from European Marxist-Leninist influences, including the Left-Wing vs. Right-Wing mentality, a form of political schizophrenia, along with rigid economic class analyses that fail to take into consideration core ethnic-cultural factors among non-White Third World peoples: mainly the African-American and Latino/Chicano populations.

Historically, the role of a Third Party has been to place an added emphasis on certain causes and issues on the general social agenda, not necessarily to win in general nationwide elections. In general, Amerikan electoral politics is still governed by the duo-monopoly of the Democratic Party and the Republican Party.

There has really been no aggressive vanguard party inside the U.S.A. since the days of the now defunct Black Panther Party (BPP) of the 1960s. However, the BPP underwent a lot of changes in its ideological growth and had many internal contradictions that helped to bring about its eventual demise, plus, it suffered external attacks in the form of police raids targeted on its branch offices, along with being sabotaged by the FBI’s covert counter-intelligence program called COINTELPRO.

Nevertheless, in its prime the BPP was a strong revolutionary organization that openly advocated armed self-defense, supported the basic principles of scientific socialism and created basic community survival programs that helped to raise community consciousness in the Black community by relating to the basic survival needs of the Black community.

Later on, the BPP attempted to make allies with other revolutionary groups in a United Front Against Fascism, but at the time the various domestic liberation movements were still in a stage of infancy and not mature enough to come together in a United Liberation Front on a regional, national and global level.

~ Is Obama A Progressive Corporate President? ~

A lot of progressive-minded people supported the candidacy of Barack Obama and that was at it should be, especially after eight years of Fuhrer Bush. However, none of us should be under any false illusions. He is a direct product of corporate capitalism. You do not gather nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in the run for the Presidency and not be a politician beholden to mega-corporate interests.

“It’s really interesting. As long as liberals and progressives gave Obama a pass during the election and didn’t demand anything in return, he knew that he had their votes and he had their support regardless and moved right, moved to the corporate. And that’s reflected in the appointments that he has been putting in place.” ~ Ralph Nader (12-05-08)

Obama knows that he has the liberal-to-left of center voters and he can now take it for granted; in fact, take it to the White House. He came off as a great agent of progressive social change, but political realities often subdue idealistic dreams.

In fact, the very term ‘progressive’ has grown popular in the last several years during the Bush Reign when some of us elders in the Movimiento use to use the natural terms ‘radical’ or ‘revolutionary’ in comparative relation to reactionary authoritarian thinkers. Many progressives are mentally trapped in the whole left-wing versus right-wing bi-polar mind-set as if ‘left-wing’ is automatically politically correct, right and good and ‘right-wing’ is naturally bad, wrong or backwards. The great eagle needs both wings to fly high and cannot fly high crippled.

As humane beings, we need to have the courage to think outside the box, connect the dots and not blindly absorb other people’s analyses without engaging in our own cognitive thought processes. We need creative imaginative bold thinkers in these troubled times of mass confusion and social disorientation.

“The left-to-right scale that political pundits love is an an inaccurate metaphor---and a dangerous one, for two reasons. First, it posits a political “mainstream”, a population with a unified political worldwide, which does not exist now nor has it ever. Because radical conservatives have so dominated political discourse in Americas over the past thirty years, conservative ideas are being passed off as “mainstream” ideas, which they are not, while progressive ideas are being characterized as “leftist” and “extremist,” which they are not.”
Source: The Political Mind ~ Pg. 45 by George Lakoff.

Naturally, the election of Barack Obama is a big leap forward in humane consciousness throughout the world, especially inside the United States as it affects race relations and Ameika’s image abroad.

The whole idea of a Black African-American man being elected President of the United States impacts on all of us in varying degrees on different levels in distinct dimensions. Surprisingly, the majority of Amerikan voters, including non-White citizens, were able to overcome their anti-Black racism and vote Obama into the Presidency. The entire world will never be the same. His winning this last election naturally stimulates the hope for a truly United States of America, at least, one not as divided by false artificial categories of racial, regional and gender differences as before. Plus, there is a renewed hope for a more united world in general without borders.

On a grand cosmic level, we are all one, no matter what race, nationality or ethnic group we identify with on a personal individual level. Life life goes on within us and without us. Each sunrise shines out a new beginning for all of us upon Mother Earth. As human beings ~ generally two-legged creatures ~ we should all strive to be humane beings who have care, concern and compassion for all living creatures beyond racial, nationalist or ethnic self-identifications.

On the local regional level, the Third Party concept is still relevant and independent voters can sway election results. The people’s liberation struggle goes on. A mature form of corporate fascism is still ‘in power and secure’. Nothing substantial has changed in connected reality, except there has been a dramatic shift in global consciousness because of the President-elect Barack Obama. We must utilize this paradigm shift in order to raise consciousness, bring people together and mobilize the masses in the direction of total liberation by any means mandatory!

Peter S. Lopez aka: Peta-de-Aztlan
Sacramento, California. Amerika
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Echo: Editorial: Change We Can Believe In? ~ By Anjali Kamat

Editorial: Change We Can Believe In?

Obama's landslide victory marks the beginning of a new era, a moment of enormous possibility and for those of us fed up from the past eight years, long overdue prospect of change. But the change needs our continued efforts and work, unless we are willing to settle for another version of the Clinton years.

By Anjali Kamat

This piece originally appeared in Samar 30, published online November 10th, 2008.

It has been less than a week since Barack Hussein Obama's remarkable victory at the polls. Despite a vicious Republican campaign built on hate, ignorance, McCarthyite fear-mongering, and voter disenfranchisement efforts, the junior senator from Illinois won the election by more than 7.5 million votes. He overturned months of speculation about the "Bradley effect" and the projected disapproval of white working-class voters by winning swing states and turning even reliably red states like Indiana, Virginia, Colorado, and North Carolina blue for the first time in decades.

People across the country took to the streets in droves to celebrate President-elect Obama's victory on November 4th. The thousands of volunteers who devoted time and energy to promote his campaign and the millions who donated, many less than $200, are ecstatic. To all those for whom America has represented generations of racial injustice—slavery, lynching, the Ku Klux Klan, Jim Crow, Emmett Till, Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, and the Jena Six—the election of America's first Black president marks the beginning of a new era. It's a moment of enormous possibility and the realization of a long-awaited dream that seemed unimaginable just a few years ago. And everyone fed up with the past eight years of the Bush-Cheney nightmare (and two elections stolen from under the noses of Gore and Kerry) is overjoyed at the long-overdue prospect of change.

But is this really "change we can believe in?" That depends on whether we're willing to settle for another version of the Clinton years or demand something more. Obama won the election primarily on economic issues but unless his millions-strong grassroots constituency holds his feet to the fire, the banks and the corporations will be the only remaining believers in this brand of change. Obama's support of the Treasury's bailout plan, his failure to call for a complete moratorium on foreclosures until just last month, and the fact that Clinton-era champions of deregulation (like Lawrence Summers and Robert Rubin) are among those getting the President-elect's ear on economic issues are not encouraging signs. Nor are Vice-President elect Joe Biden's close ties to the credit card industry.

Obama secured the support many progressives because he was the only Democratic Presidential candidate (besides Dennis Kucinich) who did not vote for the war in Iraq. But his ideas on how to end this trillion-dollar war remain ambiguous at best and his stated commitment to pursuing the "war on terror" in Afghanistan and extending it into Pakistan should be alarming to many. He has repeatedly called for increasing US troops inside Afghanistan and said he supports unilateral attacks on "Al Qaeda targets" inside Pakistan—with or without Pakistan's permission. On Iran, to his credit, he has said he would talk to the leadership but has also argued for increased pressure and tightened sanctions to halt Iran's nuclear program, "before Israel feels like its back is to the wall."

Israel may well be the Achilles heel of Obama's progressive pretensions. It's particularly disheartening given the respect he once held for reputed Palestinian intellectuals like Edward Said and Rashid Khalidi. A day after winning the Democratic nomination, Obama told AIPAC that Jerusalem should be Israel's undivided capital. Now, just two days after being elected President, he named the hawkish pro-Israeli Rahm Emmanuel as his chief of staff, crushing any hopes that the coming administration might have a fairer policy on the Palestinian question. In another questionable appointment, Obama just named Sonal Shah to his transition team. A co-founder of Indicorps, Shah was also, until 2001, the National Coordinator of the deeply sectarian Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America, tied to the Sangh Parivar in India.

On domestic issues of criminal justice and civil liberties, the Obama-Biden record is not very inspiring either. They both support the death penalty and Joe Biden is infamous for sponsoring some of the most punitive legislation in the war on drugs. Biden voted for the PATRIOT Act and Obama voted to reauthorize it. Equally shameful is the fact that Obama voted this July to cover up the Bush administration's illegal surveillance program. He supported Bush's expansion of warrantless wiretapping as well as retroactive immunity for telecom companies involved in the eavesdropping.

For eight years, people in the U.S. have endured an administration that has blatantly undermined the Constitution, rejected multilateralism and international law, launched illegal and inhumane wars, refused to believe in global warming, and engaged in unmatched lying, scheming, and corporate thieving. An Obama presidency will indeed be an improvement in many respects. But unless the inspired millions who brought him to power continue to believe their demands matter and insist on holding him accountable each step of the way, it will be Obama's corporate and hawkish friends who determine the domestic and foreign policies of the coming administration and our collective future.

"We will not be silent" became a popular slogan during the Bush years, signaling opposition to everything the Bush administration stood for. It is perhaps tempting to remain silent now, during this immediate after-glow of Obama's victory, to allow ourselves a moment of relief. While on the campaign trail Obama often quoted Dr. Martin Luther King to explain why he was running for President: because, he said, of the "fierce urgency of now," because "there is such a thing as being too late." Those words are from MLK's 1967 "Beyond Vietnam" speech, where Dr. King, unlike Obama, called for an unequivocal end to all American war-making and solidarity with people's struggles against injustice around the world. If we're serious about realizing the kind of change we actually do believe in, then it's worthwhile to remember the letter and spirit of MLK's words and speak up before its too late.

Anjali Kamat is a producer at Democracy Now!
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