Obama, Where Art Thou?
by Saab Lofton
"Obama will not fulfill that potential for change unless he is enveloped by a social movement, which is angry enough, powerful enough, insistent enough, that he fills his abstract phrases about change with some real content."
--Professor Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States
"Politicians are like weather vanes; our job is to make the wind blow."
--David Brower, three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee
There's something extremely dangerous that needs to be nipped in the bud right here and now: This nonsensical notion that Dubya has made such a mess over the past eight years that it'll presumably take a century just to get things back to the way they were during the Clinton era. Bottom line? This is a weak-ass excuse specifically designed to keep the poor and/or oppressed (the left-wing) from ever demanding anything of Obama. What's next? Obama supposedly can't tax the rich/end the war in order to afford a Greenpeace version of F.D.R.'s New Deal because ..?
The sun was in his eyes?
His dog ate his homework?
He was struck by lightning?
He was abducted by aliens?
... even now, the rich and/or powerful (the right-wing) are absolutely petrified that their MTV Cribs/MC Hammer mansions will be taxed out of existence (in order to pay for some NIGGER's education/job creation, no less) -- which is exactly why the aforementioned jedi mind trick (that every spare moment Obama has must be spent correcting Dubya's collateral damage) is being spread amongst the masses like a virilant plague. Again, that's an utter crock. An actual liberal/radical such as Ralph Nader, Dennis Kucinich, Cynthia McKinney or myself could easily set things right within the first hundred days. How? Courage. You see, ending up like J.F.K. or Dr. King wouldn't faze real activists like us; the dream of every samurai is to die a hero's/heroine's death. If I was President of the United States (something I've always wanted to be), I'd DARE the military-industrial complex to come after my black ass!
Alas, I'm not the head nigger in charge, Obama is, and since the man is a corporate centrist to the core, the biggest tug-of-war match of all time is about to begin: Obama is the proverbial rope and pulling at one end are all those elitists who paid for his commercials (we don't have free speech, we have expensive speech) ...
... while pulling at the other end will be you, me and everyone else who've done all we can without the necessary means (it's time to bail out MAIN street for a change). I don't care how redundant I've been: We the people need a Greenpeace version of F.D.R.'s New Deal. Poverty is the number one cause of crime, the environment's in dire straits (to say the least), so let's kill two birds with one stone. Pay the poor a living (NOT minimum) wage to build windmills, install solar power panels and turn industrial hemp into fuel, fabric, paper and plastic.
Not to mention shutting down Gitmo/Abu Ghraib, dismantling Amerikkka's 10,000 nuclear weapons of mass destruction (which annually cost over seventeen billion dollars to maintain) and all the other things-to-do on the left's laundry list. And if you "think" for half a millisecond I'm being unrealistic, you're falling right into THEIR trap. To demonstrate what we're up against, check out this highly suspicious headline from the November 6th, 2008 issue of The Seattle Times:
Obama Aides Address Expectations Vs. Reality
Dismiss me as paranoid at your own peril, but the message is abundantly clear: Obama works for us at the top, not you lowlifes on the bottom. This reminds me of something I heard Ralph Nader say in a speech when I first met him in 1995: "People have been controlled all throughout history by having their expectations lowered." Well, I refuse to allow THEM to get away with lowering OUR expectations of Obama.
I don't want to hear about post-election fatigue. What I want to hear is what you're prepared to do to get Obama's attention and keep it. Ideally, there should be a Battle of Seattle in every major city on Inauguration Day. Short of that, have every musician you know hold weekly benefit concerts for the peace movement. Have beautiful women dress like superheroines in order to raise funds and draw attention to censored issues. Heckle military recruiters (while simultaneously recruiting for the movement). There's a LOT of work that needs to be done and less-than-zero room for coy, snide cynicism -- or chicken rat bastard excuses ...