Obama wants us to cut him some slack…we have..until now.

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Perhaps not as much as he would like, but I know that I have let a lot of things he hasn’t done or has done just slide right out of my mind. I could sit here and name them all for you folks..but you would probably change the channel and I really don’t want that.

I only have a few of you reading these bitchfests and frankly I want to keep you. It’s a pain in the ass to think I am only talking/writing to myself…and all those damn cats laying on my bed at this moment.

So, lets let Cornel West and Harry Belafonte say it for me. They are far wiser and more eloquent than moi, take my word for it. Plus, they don’t drop a dozen f-bombs in every paragraph like I do. That is always a plus.

Chris Hedges over at TruthDig tells us why Cornel West went ballistic. I like and trust Mr. West. I might not always agree w/him but I do more times than naught. From the writeup, which I start mid-paragraph:

West would warn Obama that the quality of a life is defined by its moral commitment, that his legacy will be determined by his willingness to defy the cruel assault by the corporate state and the financial elite against the poor and working men and women, and that justice must never be sacrificed on the altar of power.

Perhaps there was never much of a struggle in Obama’s heart. Perhaps West only provided a moral veneer. Perhaps the dark heart of Emanuel was always the dark heart of Obama. Only Obama knows. But we know how the play ends. West is banished like honest Kent in “King Lear.” Emanuel and immoral mediocrities from Lawrence Summers to Timothy Geithner to Robert Gates—think of Goneril and Regan in the Shakespearean tragedy—take power. We lose. And Obama becomes an obedient servant of the corporate elite in exchange for the hollow trappings of authority.

No one grasps this tragic descent better than West, who did 65 campaign events for Obama, believed in the potential for change and was encouraged by the populist rhetoric of the Obama campaign. He now nurses, like many others who placed their faith in Obama, the anguish of the deceived, manipulated and betrayed. He bitterly describes Obama as “a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs and a black puppet of corporate plutocrats. And now he has become head of the American killing machine and is proud of it.” (emphasis mine)

Head of the American killing machine. Jesus H. Christ…I wonder how he feels about that title. And he might like it or plain not give a shit, who the hell knows anymore? It’s not a positive statement unless you are The Shrub, aka George Bush or his BFF The Big Dick Cheney..or my personal favorite Donald Rumsfeld. I thought Obama wanted more than to kill people and continue Bush’s bullshit ‘War on Terror’…I thought he wanted to talk it out, to solve it w/words and good deeds not bullets, drones and bombs..to be better than the previous man who occupied the Oval Office, his staff of warmongers and his hired henchman aka federal contractors, who btw, Obama continues to employ many of the same War Profiteers.

Because I am friggin sick and tired of dead and/or maimed soldiers, or those that will eternally suffer the mental effects, like PTSD, for the rest of their lives. I am sick and tired of American, Pakistani and Afghanistan families coping with the carnage of our forever wars. Wars that will never ‘be won’ in the traditional sense, just in some happy horse shit that gets spewed during a presser in DC, or a high-ranking military mind grinning, like he just won the fucking lottery, for the embedded journalists. One war has lasted us just short of TEN-FUCKING-YEARS m’dear reader.The second one not far behind in time and soon…in soldiers deaths and permanent maiming and emotional scars that will also last them forever.

I hope that you will read Hedges writeup..its great and its also sad as hell at the same time. It’s about an intelligent, good, kind  man, Cornel West, that believed in the change Obama talked about in all his campaigning last time around and so far, Professor West has been let down like a kid whose dad forgets his birthday and comes home drunk to boot. Many of us have been let down by Obama and those he hired to surround himself with whilst he made the hard decisions.

Now, on to Harry Belafonte. A man who has been through the civil rights and equality wars here in the good ole US of A for decades, long before many of us were born, or became politically active. A man who knows his shit, who knows what is what is not and he also knows who is full of shit. From Bruce A. Dixon @ TheBlackAgendaReport, a small blurb of Belafonte’s DemocracyNow Interview, with the wonderful and talented Amy Goodman…. both pieces are well worth listening and/or reading:

Belafonte was asked by host Amy Goodman whether he’d used his occasional access to directly share his many critical and valuable public policy insights with the White House. Belafonte replied that his only access to the president has been for a few seconds at a time, not long enough for any substantive discussion. But, he said, at one such event President Obama approached him to inquire when Belafonte and Cornel West were going “to cut me some slack.”

“What makes you think we haven’t?” Belafonte replied to the president? At this point the brief encounter was over.

Let’s pause to think about that. When President Obama cusses out Cornel West and personally demands that historic stalwarts of the movement for peace and justice “cut him some slack” on black unemployment, on foreclosures and the prison state, on torture and the military budget, on unjust wars and corporate welfare, on fulfilling the just demands of those who elected him, our first black president is revealing his real self. Far from saying “make me do it,” President Obama is saying how dare you pressure me to do what you elected me to do.

What say you m’dear reader? Do you think we expect too much from our President? Do you think that all politicians say most anything to get elected and therefore we should take it has standard procedure that ‘not everything they promise to do, will be done’? Do you think we haven’t cut Obama enough slack? Tell me..tell me if I am the only one that thinks the time to cut him slack is way the hell over.

President Obama still has a lot of time left. But my pov is that most of that time will be spent squeezing money out of supporters at fancy, expensive dinners and speaking engagements for his next campaign to be our President after the 2012 elections. He will have little precious time left to do the things he promised us during his last campaign for the 2008 Presidency.

To understand the phrase “make me do it”, you have to read Dixon’s entire but short article. But the following paragraph really grabbed the hell out of me:

Harry Belafonte has done a great public service in helping us distinguish the imaginary Barack Obama of “make me do it” from the real Barack Obama, who demands our support, but expects us to “cut him some slack.” Rather than agitating and organizing in our communities to “make him do it” all the real President Obama wants of movement activists is for us to sit down and shut up, until it’s time to help chase everybody out to vote for him in 2012.

I don’t know about you all, but I have been getting daily emails about ‘organizing for Obama’ and how important it will be to get out the vote for him, from our President himself or his campaign people. It’s almost at spam level if you want my personal opinion.  I actually unsubscribed last week, but I am still getting them.

Because I won’t be doing any organizing or getting out the vote for President Obama this time around. I don’t feel the man has earned my vote much less my shoe leather and hours and hours of phone calls like I did for him last time, the week before the election. Calling voters sucks…but I did it, and I did it for a man who I did not really believe in but figured the team the Republicans were running were worse. You know that drill right?

When he took office and AG Holder continued to support and defend in court, many of the legal cases that were started against President Bush for spying, lying and all sorts of shit..I really went batshit crazy. Then, not only did Gitmo not close, but they seem to be keeping everyone there that was there before Obama took office, not to mention starting up those kangaroo courts known as Military Tribunals again.

Also, if you will notice, on my personal blog on my right sidebar, I keep track,via a graphic from Just Foreign Policy of how many of our soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan under Bush and under Obama. The numbers are staggering but what really chaps my ass is that the number of dead soldiers under Obama have almost doubled, to 924..and he has only been in office a couple of years. Bush had eight years to kill 575 soldiers. Now, I know that Bush pretty much put Afghanistan on the back burner…but still..a dead soldier is a dead soldier to me. It’s someone’s brother, father, son, nephew or husband (or the female equivalents). My niece was there, so I can talk to this subject, I don’t give a shit who it pisses off. I am just happy as hell that she got out before it got real bad over there, although I worried daily about her safety..both on the battlefield and when she was alone in her tent..but that latter one is for another day and time. She was never raped or physically attacked thank goodness, and far too many of our female soldiers were..but..I digress.

So now I will let Mr. Belafonte, say for me, why I believe we must now speak out about the shortcomings of the Obama Presidency. It’s not to undermine him or his second run for the Office of the President..its to speak truth to power in the hope that he hears us and changes his course which looks more and more like he represents the powerful, or as I call it, The Corporatocracy:

    AMY GOODMAN: And to those who say, “If you want President Obama re-elected, you will undermine him if you criticize him; and consider the alternative”?

HARRY BELAFONTE: I think we will not only undermine him, but undermine the hopes of this nation, if we don’t criticize him. Absence of protest in the times of this kind of national crisis—Theodore Roosevelt once says, “When tyranny takes over the national agenda, it is that time that the voices of protest must be awakened. And if you don’t raise your voice in protest, you are a patriotic traitor.” And I believe that patriotism is betrayed by those voices that are not heard. Those who would detract you from that fact are those who have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. Nothing will happen but good for Barack Obama and the United States of America, and indeed the world, if everybody stepped to the table and said, “This is the course we must be on.”

Thank You Mr. Belafonte. Thank You Mr. West. Thanks to both of you for speaking the truth to the most powerful man in this hemisphere, if not the world.  Lets hope for change…this time…real change. Change on immigration, the forever wars, financial changes aka accountability of the greedy Wall Streeters as to how they do ‘business’, jobs and not bailouts for the corporations shipping their jobs outside our borders and finally… education opportunities for everyone regardless of race or station in life without the fear of being in debt for decades or even worse, not getting the loans or grants needed to better themselves and contribute to our nation and make us once again number one in all areas and issues.

Crossposted from LeftwingNutjob.


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20 Responses to Obama wants us to cut him some slack…we have..until now.

  1. scaredstiff says:

    I bet this will piss some people off. I say good! To criticize the chosen one is almost blasphemous. I made the mistake in thinking Obama wanted us to make him do things.
    No, he wants us to get in line and shut up. The thing is we’re screwed. Who the hell are we going to get to primary him? He just about has it locked up as he’ll hand pick the Republican he’ll run against. His embrace of corporations and banks helps him earn the title of Mr.Wall Street. Holder is laughable. He is no Bobby Kennedy. I’m going on to long here but you got me all fired up. Nice work as always Dusty. As with true problem solvers, you look for the root cause. That’s how it should be.

    • To criticize the chosen one is almost blasphemous. Dude..it sure was today over at Crooks and Liars. I was appauled at all the folks freaking the fuck out over Professor West’s interview. Over 300 comments..the vast majority negative of the Professor.

      And I love your work too..you are much too hard on yourself and your abilities Tim.

  2. Norman says:

    Good Morning Dusty, Today, being the first day of the rest of my life, I discovered your blog. How tardy of this old man to have taken this long to find it. Goodness, I don’t quite know what to say! Today’s post here, is timely, if I may say so, as well as my being in agreement with what is written. The two gentlemen are of course, beyond reproach in my view. Considering all the years I’ve been on this earth, I’m aware of Mr Belafonte & also Mr West, who really startled my neurons the first time I heard him. That said, I’m not sure about reelecting “O”, but as the “KABUKI” continues playing, the fools on the right will make it easy for the reelection of the “O”, perhaps the best republicon democrap ever. None the less, there is something called constructive criticism, which is needed in massive doses if for no other reason, to jar the peoples from their Walmart slumber, if that’s possible. Thanks again for this post, as well as allowing me to follow in the footprints of the other Giants here at roundtree7.

    • LOL…I cuss way more over there Norman..I hope you didn’t stroke out kind sir! 😉

      I kept bringing up Belafonte’s Democracy Now interview at the nasty post at Crooks and Liars and only one person responded..they said Belafonte didn’t use negative words to describe Obama as a black man. Jesus…if a black can not diss someone of his own color..wtf? As a hispanic we do it all the time..No one gets out the baseball bat…I swear!

  3. Gwendolyn H. Barry says:

    Thank you, most vocal! Got to ditto Tim … it all breaks down without any critique.

    Yet; when you suggest that another candidate would be the option… the majority seem to think it’s heresy. The Democrats are upset because I’m not getting the vote out, either. Like there is no alternative….
    but there is. There always is. And if we don’t work for the smaller candidates, they don’t grow.

  4. Morgalla says:

    Why would the corporations want to spend more money to elect someone different when they already have a president willing to do their bidding? They will keep pouring money into his campaign and he will win easily. All we can hope for is that if he gains another term (and with the effluvious garbage the Reich keeps trotting out, that is a given) he gets a conscience and remembers why he was elected the first time, and maybe rams some bills through after more Dems win offices. This is if he even remembers the small people who campaigned for change, and their interests.

    • Why would the corporations want to spend more money to elect someone different when they already have a president willing to do their bidding?

      I tried to make that point today at C&L as I defended West’s interview. It went over everyone’s head I used it on.

  5. Krell says:

    There is a very strange political atmosphere going on these days. It seems that political opinion and debate is equated to hatred and disloyalty, to question is to bring out the insults and put-downs.

    Is it possible to voice a opinion that doesn’t agree with the Obama administration and get some responsible answers back?

    Just what does the Democratic party stand for anymore? Not pursuing Wall-Street crooks, pro offshore drilling, stepped up attacks by drones, active prosecution of whistle blowers, secret prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan, the list just goes on. It’s time to make Obama responsible for his actions, put on the political pressure. I refuse to bow to the pressure of “Don’t say anything because that’s a vote for the other side” or “look at the alternative. Do you want those people in office”

    Surely the political process can be more than a slogan that says… “Vote for me. Because the other side is batshit crazy!”

    • C&L had one of their writers on the Karoli post I talk about at the bottom of this thread, Nicole. I like her and respect her and most times agree w/her. We went at each other, respectfully of course, all morning..until my back gave out. She and the majority of the commenter’s couldn’t see past several quotes like:

      “a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs and a black puppet of corporate plutocrats.’ or ‘he is afraid of a free black man’.

      The apologists also went batshit over West giving several personal instances of Obama disrespecting him..they all called it whining. Hell, if you campaign for someone 65 times at their request and they can’t return a fucking phone call or provide you with a couple of tickets to the inauguration, I think that says volumes about Obama. But no…the C&L folks all call it whining. Harris Perry says West has an personal agenda..which to me is her personal pov unless West has told her that himself.

      It did get ugly over there..I was amazed at how lefties can get nasty w/each other when they disagree. Reminds me of the batshit righties that come by my blog a couple of times a week.

  6. Jess says:

    I’m not going to be wasting much of my shoe leather either this time or my coin, he can get that from the bankers or wherever. I thought he would be different and he was the guy bringing in people like me because we wanted change. Nope, he has strayed way too far from the dem platform for my liking and I am fortunate being in CA I can lodge a conscience vote if he doesn’t start getting some things done between now and next yr to stop wars and such. I mean he did say we would be winding those down during the campaign or was I imagining that. Same way with the houses of congress, vote for us and we’ll stop the wars, ok we gave you a majority in 06 you did nothing, asked for a bigger one and hell we gave you in 08 but still we got hit with the war on women and all kinds of shit we shouldn’t have been hit with. I’m not too pleased with any of them right now and am concentrating my efforts in my local community.

    • I am in Cali too and have been registered as Decline to State for over 20 years. usually we vote for one of two felines: Scooter Lee or George T if we don’t like the Dem’s on the ballot or think they can’t find their ass w/both hands and a GPS. 😉

  7. Jess says:

    Totally forgot my manners, excellent writing Dusty and no I won’t be cutting him any slack, till he starts cutting some of the less unfortunate slack they way he has the upper incomes. As far as not letting things go, here a just a couple for me that are just sickening, tax cuts for those of us that don’t need them at the expense of people losing jobs left right and middle and can’t find jobs here. War on women being done by democrats, DEMOCRATS, REALLY you want to go there, unending oil subsidies and big ag subsidies but no money for green and renewable energy. Having the former mucky mucks from Goldman Sucks, et al in your admin, REALLY the guys that got us in this mess and you what, hope they will say oh my bad, I messed up, I’ll go ahead and fix that. I’ll wear my lefty leftist, PO hater because I disagree, sanctimonious not forgetting young angry liberal, purist badge like I wear my DFH badge, as a mark of honor thank you very much.

  8. osori says:

    Excellent and timely post, Dusty. Too bad there aren’t enough people like yourself and the other commenters here with principles, if there were the Democratic party might offer a counterweight to the Party of No.

    Instead there are the partisans whose cognitive dissonance allows them to view the president as simultaneously a chess master and a babe in the woods, a man with a master plan who like Charlie Brown always seems to get his football yanked away at the last moment by the evil Republicans.

    The idea that he may be doing exactly what his campaign contributors paid for never seems to occur to them.

  9. osori says:

    President Obama — who has presided over lethal civilian-killing attacks in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Pakistan and Somalia — announced: “we will not tolerate aggression across borders.”

    From an update in Glen Greenwald’s column today. Almost as pathetic are those whose contempt for honest dialog would prevent their acknowledging the irony.

  10. Today at CrooksandLiars Karoli did a post from the opposite position on Cornel West’s interview. It got over 300 comments. I stuck my .02 cents in a few places and all people got out of Professor West’s interview was that he called Obama names..black nasty names…gee, a black man calling out a black man..how horrible.

    For me, the Obama apologists missed the entire point of the interview. Yes, Professor West has a love of the dramatic prose..no doubt about it. Did it detract from his message? Apparently, but as an Hispanic I didn’t think twice about what he called Obama or the negative phrases he used to describe him..as a black man he can do that in my humble yet vocal pov. Melissa Harris Perry and other well known black talking heads all went off on Professor West for the same reasons too. Kinda pissed me off, but I could at least see their points. No one could see mine apparently at C&L.

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