Obama AIN'T Spock !
by Saab Lofton
"I served with Jack Kennedy, I knew Jack Kennedy, Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy."
--Lloyd Bentsen, from the 1988 vice presidential debate
For years, motherfuckers have gotten on my case about pop cultural metaphors -- particularly if they concern Star Trek, because out of all the franchises in fictional history, it's the most threatening to the rich (since Gene Roddenberry envisioned a future Earth devoid of poverty) and the powerful (since Starfleet/The Federation follows Amnesty International's rule book while America burns it) ...
Further more, one must know what the fuck one is talking about if a half-way decent pop cultural metaphor is to be made. Case in point: White folks "think" (note the quotes) they're being clever by comparing Obama to Mr. Spock. MSNBC has done it, The New York Times has done it and all you have to do is cross reference the words "Obama" and "Spock" during a Google search to see over a hundred thousand image results and over a million mentions online. The claim is that Obama hasn't taxed the wealthy, ended those oil-stealing wars and created eco-friendly jobs because he's being too cautious and methodical (as Mr. Spock presumably would).
This is 100% pure, uncut bullshit. The REAL reason Obama hasn't done a damn thing since he's been in office is because, like his predecessors, the elite has him by the balls; either Obama plays ball or the ghosts of J.F.K. and Dr. King will have someone to join them in the C.I.A.'s Hall of Martyrs. That's why heads of state, or activists for that matter, have to first conquer the fear of death like the samurai of ancient Japan did in order to be effective.
Take it from someone who's actually an expert in Star Trek -- the ONLY character Obama is even remotely similar to is Senator Pardek of the Romulan Empire. In the two-parter episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation entitled Unification, Pardek is assumed to be "a man of the people," according to the android Data, but he betrays Spock and this traitorous character hasn't been depicted on screen since. Now, how retarded would Starfleet officers have to be if they continued to trust Senator Pardek; if they hyped his ass up to be The Chosen One, no less? Yeah, that's what I thought ...
According to The Socialist Worker (Hey, we've heard more than enough from the dominant capitalist press): "Barack Obama was never the crusader for change he claimed to be on the campaign trail, but a much more conventional politician -- as committed to the priorities of protecting the status quo as any other member of the two-party political establishment that runs Washington."
And then there's this from Maya Schenwar of Truthout.org: "The Senate approved $91 billion in funding for the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan yesterday [May 21st, 2009] ... The no-strings-attached legislation comes as a deep disappointment to progressive members of Congress, as well as to anti-war voters, many of whom hoped the Obama administration would mark a significant break with Bush-style war funding."
Vulcans are known for suppressing their emotions, but I'm sure even Mr. Spock felt "a deep disappointment" after Senator Pardek's betrayal ... I'm also sure Spock would say that funding an invasion/occupation laden with atrocities -- which was based on a lie to begin with -- is highly illogical, so to compare him to Obama is absolutely imbecilic, but hey! Ain't that America?
Mr. Spock's is famous for saying, "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few," in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, which means Spock would acknowledge "the many" are homeless or unemployed, "the few" are spoiled by MTV Cribs lifestyles and act accordingly. Obama on the other hand ...
"The U.S. has become a banana republic, ruled by a small, ultra-rich oligarchy who look after themselves, with everybody else living entirely at the mercy of their wealthy masters. Despite Obama's cheesy rhetoric and faux-liberalism, his economic program is, in fact, little different than that of George W. Bush."
... the aforementioned was written by an economist named Robert Freeman, but if Freeman's too obscure for your tastes, walk through any major metropolitan area and count how many people ask you for spare change.
It can't even be said that Obama and Spock are both "bi-racial." Mr. Spock is, because his mother's from the Human race and his father's from the Vulcan race, but both of Obama's parents are Human (despite what the Ku Klux Klan, the minutemen or those damn Tea Baggers will claim).
The only thing they have in common are those big-ass ears, but if that's the case, rapper/actor Will Smith is a Vulcan too. In all seriousness, I'm currently in negotiations to see whether I'll be able to interview none other than Leonard Nimoy himself when he comes to this year's Emerald City ComiCon here in Seattle. Stay tuned.