President Obama Declares His DLC Allegiance: Says "I Am A New Democrat"

by BAR Managing Editor Bruce Dixon

Despite the labels hung on him from all sides, Barack Obama has been, either determinedly reluctant, or notoriously slippery about defining himself.  But early this month, according to a story in Politico, in a relaxed meeting with right wing congressional Democrats, the president let slip his mask, if only for an unscripted moment.  “I am a New Democrat,” declared President Obama, firmly identifying himself with the brand and philosophy, though not necessarily with the organization of the Democratic Leadership Council.

President Obama Declares His DLC Allegiance: Says "I Am A New Democrat"

by BAR Managing Editor Bruce Dixon

"Jackson might well have been the nation's first black president.  But Rev. Jackson did something that the first black president did not do."

According to a well-sourced, but largely unnoticed story in story in Politico early this month, Barack Obama declared in a private meeting with a group of rightwing House Democrats that he was "a New Democrat," volunteraily assuming the discredited brand of the deeply corrupt Democratic Leadership Council

Back in 1984 and 1988 the Rev. Jesse Jackson's presidential campaigns scared the living daylights out of the white Democratic Party establishment.  What frightened the good old white boys in charge of the Democratic Party most wasn't Jackson's poetic oratory or the color of his face.  It was the middle and end of the Reagan era, and tens of millions of Americans, including white ones, were ready and eager for a deep and thoroughgoing change in the nation's politics.  Jackson might well have been the nation's first black president.  But Rev. Jackson did something that the first black president did not do.

Unlike the man who became the nation's first black presidentf a quarter century later, Jackson brought more to the table with him than the symbolic presence of the nation's poor and disenfranchised.  Jackson took the relentless media spotlight that follows presidential candidates to farms and factories and housing projects and directly articulated the concerns, the demands of millions of ordinary people people in the Democratic Party's base.  A bigger threat to party bosses than a Democratic base mobilized behind its own will, a base that believed it had the right to craft and pursue its own policy objectives and that holds the candidates they voted for responsible for, is hard to imagine.  The mostly white bosses of the Democratic party a quarter century ago and today, prefer a Democratic base that votes, and then goes away after the elections, one that allows them to do the talking instead of speaking and moving for itself, a Democratic base that will not and cannot hold its elected representatives to any standard of articulating and carrying out the people's will for peace abroad and economic justice at home.he said it

The threat to Democratic party leaders faded after the '84 and '88 elections, when Jackson demobilized his people into the existing structures of the Democratic party.  But the lesson was not lost on Democratic Party leaders.  In the wake of the small-d democratic upsurge of the 1980s they cemented their hold on the Democratic Pary by founding the Democratic Leadership Council.  The DLC assured them access to the same sources of corporate funding as Republicans, and on the same basis.  As long as Democrats carried the water of big insurance, big pharma, the airlines, the energy companies and Wall Street, as long as DLC-funded candidates could speak for the party's base rather than allowing that base to speak for itself, and as along as the Democratic base was sent home between elections, Democrats would be assured a steady stream of corporate funding.

"The so-called New Democrats with whom Barack Obama identifies are, next to the House Blue Dogs, the most rightwing of Democratic reps in Congress, with considerable overlap between the two groups."

In a generation, the nation's elite educational institutions along with think tanks from the Manhattan Institute to the Rand Institute,  and funding from corporate foundations, would incubate a new generation of “black leaders,” the Cory Bookers, the Artur Davises, and finally Barack Obama.  While paying expert lip service to the tradition of African American struggle for human rights and economic justice, the new-style leaders declare themselves “pragmatic, not dogmatic,” and actively oppose the interests of the constituents that make their careers possible.

The so-called New Democrats with whom Barack Obama identifies are, next to the House Blue Dogs, the most rightwing of Democratic reps in Congress, with considerable overlap between the two groups.  In fact, several House New Democrats are also Blue Dogs.  New Democrats supported the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, and continual increases in the military budget.  They all supported the bailout, and uphold No Child Left Behind and favor the gradual dismantling and privatization of public education in the US which NCLB set in motion.  New Democrats are tepid at best on the Employee Free Choice Act, which would give workers across the country the legal standing workers have in many other advanced industrial countries to fight for wage and benefit increases and respect and dignity on the job.

And despite the fact that single payer health care would create 2.6 million new jobs and cover all the uninsured while costing no more than the present and profoundly broken health care system, New Democrats prefer a healthy private insurance sector to a healthy population.  They know that families who do not fear losing their precious medical benefits will be less afraid to organize and strike and fight for better wages and conditions.  New Democrats favor throwing trillions at banks to “revive” the economy, but are willing to cut or gut Social Security.  All these policy positions, and the New Democrat label itself are the heritage of the Democratic Leadership Council, with which Obama was briefly affiliated early in his career, but forced to disavow.  Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, a leading New Democrat in the Congress, has always been a stalwart of the Democratic Leadership Council.  Emmanuel used corporate campaign cash to run pro-war Democrats against antiwar Democrats in 2006 and 2008.

As potent as the DLC-New Democrat brand is, it is also poisonous.  As a candidate for the Democratic nomination to the US Senate in 2003, Obama urgently needed to lock down the progressive, black and antiwar vote in his home state of Illinois, and was compelled to renounce the Democratic Leadership Council.  That was then.  This is now.  Perhaps the president feels himself  untouchable and unaccountable now that he is safely in the White Hose.  Maybe he was just relaxed.  Whatever the case, the truth of where his political allegiance lies is no longer a matter of conjecture.  

The Democratic Leadership Council has always been “Republicans-lite,” a pack of corporate funded Trojan Horses inside the Democratic Party responsible to their funders, and not to the Democratic Party's base.  Now President Obama has assumed his place, as the leader of that pack.

Bruce Dixon is managing editor at Black Agenda Report, and based in Atlanta.  Email him at bruce.dixon(at)


dlc, blew dog, etc. are just fronts for neolibralism.

It's quite clear that all contained in this post is true. I would only add that statusQUObama showed us his true colors by installing the neolib klinton klan hillbillies in his admin. It was the neolib dlc that lead to the first klinton infestation of the oval orafice. The blew dogs are neolib con artists too. Having walked away from the dirty dems over a decade ago, I can easily say that this is the real answer to our political problems. Walk away from both corpoRATe parties!
The scientifically impossible I do right away
The spiritually miraculous takes a bit longer


Obama could be worse.

I for one am really glad Obama turned out the way he did. I thought he was going to be much worse. I really believe he was a hard core socialist and would try and alter amercia radically but from all indications he is just another polititian. Thanks for the artlicle.
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It's early days....give the man a chance!

I think we're far to quick to judge in this fast, fast, fast modern world, where instant grafification is way of the world. He's only been in office a short time, and already people are starting to question whether he is the man for the job. Let's review again in a couple of years time, and see what progress he's made.
I actually think he has the potential to be a truly great president, but I can't see him every living up to the hype. You need to be superman to deliver to this extent. Many are saying he is by far the most intelligent president in the past 20 years. With his ability to orate, great advisors and the mandate to make a difference, I think Obama can really deliver, where many have failed.
Let's get behind him....what are our alternatives?
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Rev. Jesse Jackson

Once again Mr. Dixon, great article. Thank you. I have one question
(I don't know if you can give an answer). Why did not Rev. Jesse Jackson
utter his view about Obama during the campaign if these two men have
different standpoints in the Democratic party?

4.4.09 - NYC March: End Obama's War/Wall St. spending NOW!

4/4 SAT, 11 am - March: End Obama's Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan & Pakistan NOW! National mobilization on anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King's historic speech against the war in Vietnam at NYC's Riverside Church. Address the economic crisis by cutting military spending. Meet at Leonard, Franklin & White St, btw B'way & Lafayette St (6 to Canal St-Lafayette St, J to Canal St-Centre St, N/Q/R to Canal St-B'way); march to Stock Exchange on Wall St. Sponsor: United For Peace & Justice (UFPJ). Info:

No end in sight

I am not sure when this war is going end but it looks like no time soon!

State Sen. Obama was for single-payer univ. health care in 2003

I went back to to check the transcript for the
Wed.,March 11, 2009 interview with Dr. Quentin Young, 85, and Amy
Goodman.  It was a segment on single-payer health care, and Dr. Young
is with Physicians for a National Health Program.
Amy Goodman played a soundbite of then State Sen. Obama saying
"I happen to be a proponent of single-payer universal health care...".
Dr. Young, who not only was a friend of Obama's (and not invited to the
recent discussion about health care reform), but connected to Rev.ML
King Jr, was critical of Obama's change in re health care.
  I voted for Jesse Jackson in the Dem. primaries in 1984 and 1988.
  It's the foreign policy(policies) of Pres. Obama that have me deeply
concerned today:(and since Jan. 23, 2009)drones/missiles into Pakistan
and the suggestion of widening the illegal war in Pakistan.  The other 
policies will wait for other comments, (as I continue to learn this new

2003 Obama video:thanks Bruce A. Dixon

I actually found it!  Thanks.  It's good I also have a transcript/text of what
he said (old ears).  It also provides the sign on the podium for where he
was speaking, which was not in the transcript (if memory is right).

Obama & Mass Mind Control of the People

Bruce A. Dixon has written a fine article, but in my mind, I have already seen and analyzed Barack Obama as a fraud, liar, and deceiver. I keep telling the people here and at BAR to look into Obama's CIA connections which Wayne Madsen has uncovered. When people realize that Obama, like McCain, Bush, and the Clinton's are all part of the ruling classes and global elite, then this type of outrage will end. I do not look at Obama's candidacy or presidency as a race issue at all. It is too bad that Obama's entire candidacy has been in many respects compared to the struggles of Rev Martin Luther King. When has Obama ever been compared to those in the Black Power Movement?
I hope BAR does an expose on Obama's CIA connections from very early on in his "political career" as a "community organizer." Compared to other "sources" BAR has done a fine job exposing Obama. Mr. Dixon provides another fine article of many in trying to tell the truth of the DLC-Preosident Obama. The DLC economic policy is consistent with the thought pattern of the Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission as well as the Manhattan Institute, Hudson Institute, American Enterprise Institute, and the Heritage Foundation and all backed by the money of the corporate and global elites.
Check this article out by David Icke entitled: 'Barack Obama--The Naked Emperor.' at:
Here is an excerpt from Icke's article. Icke says that he-Icke:
"...studied the military/government mind-control programmes and techniques in great detail for many years during the late-1990s and across 2000, and the Obama 'phenomenon' is the most blatant mass-mind control operation you could wish to see....At its core the plan has been to make Obama the focus of everything you hope for, believe in and want to change. This is why it has been crucial for him not to specify and detail what is meant by his 'hope, 'change' and 'believe'....However, I can tell you what those words mean in the context of the Obama mind-game. They mean whatever you decide they mean or want them to mean. The idea is for you to project all that you stand for onto him and so he becomes the symbol of you and how you see the world. Specifics would destroy that 'I am whatever you want me to be' scenario and so you don't get any detail, just 'hope', 'change', and 'believe'."
Icke also says that:
"Double-glazing salesmen are trained to pick up in general conversation what their target likes and dislikes and to respond accordingly in the way the product is sold. The technique is simply to tell the potential buyer what you have gleaned they want to be told....Obama comes from the same stable, but on a massively bigger scale and with a whole network of advisors and controllers steeped in the art of manipulating minds, opinions and actions....Obama's written-for-him speeches are not from the heart, but from the autocue. The 'heart' bit comes from extensive training and his Bill Clintonesque ability to 'mean it when he says it', a state of delivery that goes beyond mere acting. Tony Blair was trained in the same way.....But if you take a step back and look at these people dispassionately you can clearly see the techniques they consciously employ. Blair is the most blatant fraud in the way he delivers a line, stops in mid-sentence for emphasis and looks down for fake emotional effect. Obama is a little more slick, but, from where I have been looking this past year, not much. And how have people not seen those cold eyes just above the painted smile?...You can watch his mind working, turning between autocue screens to his left and right, then straight down the camera for his key messages. From-the-heart orators don't do that; they are too immersed in what they are feeling and saying to give even a passing thought to where they are looking or how the line is delivered....I worked in television for more than a decade, often reading autocue while a director spoke in my ear telling me what cameras to look at. I have, since the early 1990s, spoken my truth on public stages across the world. I know, therefore, the difference between artificial autocue delivery and body language and talking from the heart without a script. Obama, I repeat, is coming from the autocue, not the heart."
On the method of Obama's "cool-Luke" speeches, Icke also brings out some very interesting analysis. Icke says that:
"Obama's speeches are a mass of mind-control techniques and Neuro-Linguistic-Programming, or NLP, and they are carefully constructed to implant beliefs and perceptions into the mind of the viewer. Click here for a description of his psycho-babble, headed An Examination of Obama's Use of Hidden Hypnosis Techniques in His Speeches....As I keep emphasising, the whole Obama circus is an exercise in mass mind control and it has been so successful because so many people live their lives in a permanent state of trance."
Icke makes some valid points, There are much deeper questions to be answered. I hope BAR looks into these even deeper issues of Obama and how he is just another elite or empty suit working for his paymasters. I would not expect the Obama circus travellers to criticize him any time soon or look into the real Obama--the one controlled by his handlers or his training by the CIA. Unfortunately, many people who are usually on to this type of stuff have already been drinking the Obama Kool-Aid and are no longer able to critically analyze Obama. The mind control experts/global-ruling elite have been able to swoop  up even the regular dissenters. The dissenters of the established order are becoming fewer and fewer in scope and number. Don't expect the mass mind control experts in the media or your favorite liberal channel, MSNBC or even Sirius Left with Mark Thompson to tell you the truth about Mr. Obama when they have been easily co-opted by the elite rulers who are experts at manipulating the minds of the sheeple. Yes, most Obama supporters regardless of race are now the good sheeple, dupes, and lackey's the global elite need to carry out their plans directed against you, not for you. And, yes, it is your fault for being ignorant about Obama and who he is and where he came from. And I am talking about his connections and being groomed for power by the global elite here. Do you really think the Bush administration will ever be prosected for war crimes [I yawn and smile at liberal absurdity on this one as well] by Obama? Don't bet your mortgage on it, no matter how devalued it has become.

I love these articles, I can

I love these articles, I can learn so much from just reading through pages and pages of them. Much more than I did at school anyway! - For information on kitesurfing and other water sports. I'm sure a lot of you out there who read these articles would find it really interested and maybe persuade you get out and give it a go wherever you are in the world!

"New Democrat" = "Old" Republican

With the concerted efforts of the mainstream media, Right Wing radio and the like, Rightist Elements/Corporate Elites in America have successfully waged one of the most successful propaganda efforts in the history of the United States if not the world.  It is a virtual "blood libel" nowadays to be called a "liberal."  All of the establishment White and Black "libruls" bend over backwards to assure the Right Wing Elements that are not "AS" liberal as the "rest of the liberals."  Not to mention, some of the so-called "progressive" elements are, as Beverly outlines, institutional pimps for one or the other party in power.  Think James Carville and Mary Matalin, unless she's a freak in the sheets, how could he even live with this mealy-mouthed, bile spitting bitch?  It's because he only believes in himself and his bank account, it's because deep down he shares many of the Right Wing's beliefs. And it's because the differences between Democrats and Republicas are MARGINAL. The media perpetuates this false dichotomy.  And what one discovers with some discernment is that what is considered "right wing" years ago is more and more acceptable to the "left" and what was "liberal or progressive" years ago is now considered downright socialist or communist.  Witness the stupid m***ther f****ers debating "nationalizing" the banks.  If the gov. owns 80 or 80 or 100% of something WTF is that if not nationalization.  But to use that term is a "blood libel."  The brainwashing continues and there is no end in sight. 
When will the dumbass public wake up to this absence of distinction?  When will someone articulate how and why the Democrats allowed the most hated President with the lowest approval ratings in history do what the f***k he wanted?   
As Beverly outlines, you now have Negroes breaking their backs to demonstrate their acceptability to racist, backward thinking, non-progressive power structures in America.  If the "libruls" and Black progressives had a single bone in their spine, there would have been mass protests or a March on Washington the first couple of years into Bush's Criminal Enterprise.  But no, we had to wait until he retired to Crawford to even get a glimpse of the scope and depravity of his crimes.  It even took the venerable Red Cross 8 years to "leak" it's documentation of the Bush Torture Regime.  Now we have "New Negroes" like Corey Booker and Denise Maggette and Sandford Bishop in Georgia who don't even try to hide their "centrism" who unabashedly try to sound as Republican as the white boys who grew up as caddies at Daddy's exclusionary golf haven. 
Take a look at this video of a Job Fair at Cobo Hall in Detroit.  Obama can go to lily white Phoenix and decry the mortage/foreclosure crisis, but I bet you my right arm he will NEVER go to Detroit, or Lansing, or Gary, Ind. or Flint. Obama will never be seen standing in solidarity with more than 10 black persons unless it's a church or a sports arena.  And the lying, worthless ass media won't interview the people interviewed by the World Socialist Website.  I'm so goddamn sick of this posturing over AIG bonues, seeing lying ass Cramer and Erin Burnett of CNBC this morning lying about the media "being ahead of the curve."  Yet not one news report mentioned the BILLIONS AIG paid to their counter-parties many of whom received their own bailout $$ from the government.  The Corporate media machine, no doubt through their focus groups and marketing studies know that the dumbass American public will foam at the mouth as long as we "personalize" the AIG mess.  $165 M in bonues is f*****king drop in the bucket when compared to the BILLIONS paid to the counter parties.  The ponzi schemers who are taking their shit off the top leaving the taxpayer with nothing.
Go sober up, piss on the machinations of the DOW, that's shit's all high tech/computer driven anyway,  check out some real people, dealing with real crisis, this is depressing:

Lou, what do you think of Scheer on DemocracyNow today?

I have yet to read Robert Scheer's article on about AIG;
I heard him on DemocracyNow this morning (WBAI), transcript/video up
now or soon. 
About your comment:I never heard the word "elites" used until the one
Republican I know started using it awhile ago (before I banned hearing
another talking point).   Does this indicate how successful the propaganda
is, in the "liberal" bashing?   Phil Ochs did a good job on "liberals" via his
song, "Love me I'm a Liberal".  (I read your comments regularly in recent

here's the scoop on AIG

first read this one, along with the essays it links to:
and then read these essays:
it's not about the bonuses, not at all.  it's about changing the ownership of the primary engines of the American so-called economy.

The "Smart Power" of the Dems Foreign Policy at work

Meanwhile, on the Eastern Front, while we are are scrambling to stay afloat, look forward to fireworks this summer, not the celebratory kind.  The Elites are doubling down their bets, they've already dispensed with a flip of the wrist any notions of socialism and nationalization of private sector enterprises, despite Newsweek magazine's cover story on Feb. 16, 2009 that :"We Are All Socialists Now."  Get your hands on the edition if you can, you won't read a more masterful piece of corporate propaganda.  The liberal "centrists" writing at Newsweek claim in their by-line "In many ways our economy already resembles a European one. As boomers age and spending grows, we will become even more French."  How do you like that one, Boys and Girls?  We've gone from "Freedom Frees" to becoming "even more like the French."  Somebody please tell the French we are more like them, I'm sure the French could use a good laugh too during these hard times.   What better example of Right Wing ursurption of the media is there than NPR?  Why isn't Fox News experiencing financial bankruptcy to go along with their moral and intellectual bankruptcy. Why, in an intelligent universe, would we give a shit about a fat, sex-depraved, drug abusing White Guy like Limbaugh has to say?  It's because our political discourse is a cesspool of lies and infotainment.
Is the "Old" Republican Party now content with this bloviating clown being "the voice of the Party."  I actually apologize for comparing the "New" Democrats with the "Old" Republicans.  The "Old" Republicans are also on their last leg, not even poor Ron Paul had the cajones to buck them and start a third party.  The "Old" Republican Party, once upon a time, had a Libertarian streak.  Not all bad when you consider they were anti-interventionist in military matters,  though a tad bit "Aynn Randiish" in economic ones.  But they damn sure didn't care about what went on in your bedroom, or how much bud you toked. I read the other day that Kansas or Mo (one of those "Breadbasket" states) actually placed Paul and some other Libertarian entities on the State terrorist watch list.  How do you say, borrowing from JustinRaimondo, "Bizzaro World?"
While the elites are stealing us blind, the War Machine is set to kick into high gear. Now, how do you like THAT for a great teee veee diversion?  Israel is gone straight rabid, the Hitlerian Lieberman set to run foreign policy and the criminally insane Netanyahu itching for a war with Irran.  The heartless Israelis are set to seize upon the weakness and ineptitude of the Obama Administration, as demonstrated by his, Clinton, and Ross, incesssant pandering to the Israeli Right/AIPAC, and their acceding to the dumping of Amb. Freeman.  No doubt the Israelis are thinking, "Well shit, sounds like a green light to me?"
For a preview of the "fireworks" this Summer, other than the usual foolishness we expect from Israel, here are two great articles on what the "Smart Power" Gang is up to while the economy implodes:  Enjoy the reading teee veee fans:
 Pepe Escobar, "Burn, Balochistan, Burn."
The "strategic reviewers" of United States President Barack Obama's "good war" in Afghanistan are almost finished. Even before the new policy is set in stone - in Badakshan's famed lapis lazuli, maybe? - by Obama himself within the next few days (with sensitive covert aspects of course withheld from public opinion), its contours are raising many an eyebrow.

The new mix will likely feature an ongoing wild goose chase for "good Taliban"; an expanded Central Intelligence Agency-operated drone war (a George W Bush policy decision); assorted CIA and special forces cross-border attacks (also a Bush policy decision); more carrots for the Pentagon-friendly Pakistani army (and Inter-Services Intelligence); more US troops in Afghanistan (starting with the announced 17,000 who will hit Helmand province before summer); and more training for the Afghan army."

M.K. Bhadrakumar, "U.S. Spills Afghan War into Pakistan"
Therefore, the latest reports emanating from Washington regarding the possibility of the US administration contemplating moving military operations in the tribal areas of Pakistan to its province of Balochistan will certainly inflame Pakistani opinion. The reports also speculated that the US might resort to ground operations in addition to the Predator drone attacks on the tribal areas. Sharif is highly unlikely to endorse any such escalation of the war by the US and he is riding a high wave of popular support. Nor is the faction of the Pakistani civilian government headed by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani - that is, even assuming that President Asif Ali Zardari might opt to remain a silent spectator.
In sum, any expansion of the Afghan war into Pakistani territory will virtually derail whatever track the US administration might be contemplating on opening a political dialogue. Indeed, it seems more and more the case that the President Barack Obama administration lacks any clear-headed strategy in the war. This is also the growing regional perception, though only the Iranians may have openly articulated such a perspective at governmental level
Lastly, please tell your dumbass neighbors, family members, and co-workers to stop jerking off about the AIG bonues, please explain to their ignorant asses:
$135 million in AIG bonuses: This sum is only less than 0.1% – one thousandth – of the $183 BILLION that the U.S. Treasury gave to AIG as a "pass-through" to its counterparties.
F***king NPR is talking now about the AIG bonuses being "retention" bonuses.  Where's my f***king retention bonus?

Evan Bayh's "Moderate Dem Working Group"

Is Exhibit "A" why the Democrats are worthless pieces of shit. First, he appears on Joe Scarborough's show to announce his Right Wing Democratic Party Group and goes on to explain: "This is the beginning of a new group of conservative Democrats that could work to block Obama's budget priorities."  If Obama is a "Centrist" than WTF is Bayh, but a Right Wing Republican pretending to be a "Moderate" Democratic? Such is the life and discourse of Amerikkan politics.
Here are the stated goals and objectives of "The Moderate Democrat Working Group" some Orwellian bullshit if I ever heard it.  The Right Wing media has sliced and diced the words, conservative, liberal and moderate to the point that next year a f***king liberal will be touting mandatory min prison sentences and the death penalty for smoking pot.
"Bayh and his colleagues have joined with Republicans to insist that the president gain a super-majority of 60 votes to pass any of his major reforms. Others warned the president not to use existing budget rules that require only a simple majority of 51 votes to pass either his clean energy or his health care reforms. Now, if the Moderate Dems Working Group votes alongside Republicans against Senate Democrats, they will be able to block Obama's major reforms, which need at least 60 votes to pass.

On Morning Joe, Lawrence O' Donnell emphasized the potential voting power that this new group will have. "This is the group that will control the outcome politically about what can pass on the senate floor."

Senator Bayh implied that he and his 14 moderate democrats were disgruntled with the way bills were being forced down their throats. "Our strong preference would be to work with our committee leaders, to work with leadership, to make sure that our considerations are taken into account in the bills that are formed in the committees before they get to the floor so that it would be a cooperative relationship. We would much prefer that. The difficulty comes when things are just handed down without taking into account the point of view of some of us," Bayh explained.

Joe Scarborough didn't hide his approval of Bayh's announcement. "This is very exciting to me," Scarborough said. "This is great."
Where was this measly-mouth bitch, Evan Bayh and his co-horts when Bush was ramping up his criminality??? Where were the efforts to block his legislation?  Oh, I forget, the Democrats were just "powerless" to do anything, they "lacked majorities" the lying sacks of shit.  Now all of a sudden these pussies and blowhearts got balls.  What more do you people need to know about the state of affairs in this country?  Not that I'm defending Obama's own rightwing bullshit, it's just laughable that these bastards want the Democratics to be mirror images of Right Wing GOPers. Furthermore, now that these assholes couldn't unseat Burris what are they doing to seat Al Franken?  Oh, I see,  f****k Franken we too busy cozing up to the REThugs.
If I hear one more time about Green Party supporters or McKinney supporters "wasting" their vote, I'm going to slap the shit out of you silly ass supporters of the Democratic Party who waste your own damn vote year in and year out as you watch the so-called "libruls" and "progressives" of the Democratic Party lurch further and further to the Right.

We want the land, not the people

Uzi Arad: “It is territory we want to preserve,
but populations we want to rid ourselves of”
By Paul Woodward, War in Context, March 18, 2009
When Hillary Clinton met Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem during
her recent visit to Israel, her party was dismayed to see Uzi Arad at
the next Israeli prime minister’s side. Arad’s involvement in the
“AIPAC case” has resulted in him being barred from entry into the US.
Joseph Fitsanakis continues the story:
As soon as Secretary Clinton and her advisers realized Arad
was standing next to Netanyahu in the meeting room, they
tried to discreetly avoid diplomatic complications by
requesting that “only three participants from each side stay
in the meeting”. It was an indirect way of requesting that Mr
Arad leave the room. But the US delegation was stunned
when Israel’s Prime Minister-Designate kept the former
Mosad agent present, choosing instead to kick out Israel’s
Ambassador to the United States, Sallai Meridor. Clinton’s
delegation did not say a word about the Netanyahu’s
diplomatic slap-in-the-face, hoping the incident would not
make headlines. Ambassador Meridor was not so sensitive
about the affair. He was so put off that he announced his
resignation soon afterwards.
Arad also recently made the following remarks about the Palestinians.
During an interview on
Israel National News TV (Arutz Sheva is a media network based in
the West Bank and is seen
as the voice of the Jewish settler movement), Arad was asked
whether the time has come to
abandon the two-state solution. This is how he responded:
I don’t think that one has to go that far because at the end of the
day, I don’t think the majority of Israelis want to see themselves
responsible for the Palestinians. We do not want to control the
Palestinian population. It’s unnecessary. What we do want is to
care for our borders, for the Jewish settlements and for areas which
are unpopulated and to have our security interests served well. But also
to take under our responsibility these populations which, believe me, are

not the most productive on earth, would become a burden. We want to

relieve ourselves of the burden of the Palestinian populations - not territories. It is territory we want to preserve, but populations we want to rid ourselves of.

I am also satisfied with the

I am also satisfied with the same that it is a terriotary not the population.Every country would prefer extra terriotary than extra population.
Acai Berry
Acai Berry


But you can be sure that the "old America" would not give up

that easily on the case of Charles Freeman. They lost the first round under
Obama's administration, but don't count them out yet.
John Mearsheimer on latest LRB where he concludes:

  • Freeman’s remarkable statement has shot all around the world and been read by countless individuals. This isn’t good for the lobby, which would have preferred to kill Freeman’s appointment without leaving any fingerprints. But Freeman will continue to speak out about Israel and the lobby, and maybe some of his natural allies inside the Beltway will eventually join him. Slowly but steadily, space is being opened up in the United States to talk honestly about Israel.


You Ain’t No American

Greetings to all Afurakanu, Afurakaitnit, meaning Afrikan, Black people, your brother Shangowande here for O.U.R. meaning Original people United & Restored, with another installment of O.U.R. series to aid you on your journey back to the greatness of who you are by eliminating what you ain’t and brothers and sisters

You Ain’t No American

Not African American, black American, afro Negro American or any other nonsense they invent to make you think you have ties to this country. Being born here doesn’t make you an American any more then sitting at the table with no food would make you a diner. Not when hundreds of years of preparation for your assassination are awaiting you at birth. Not when the wealth amassed from the labor of your bloodline is devoted to your death instead of your benefit could those words have any meaning to any but those collaborating house nigger few.

You weren’t brought here as no American and you weren’t brought here to become no American so you tell me at what point did you become one? Not your so called emancipation that launched waves of lynching, murder and unbridled terrorism against thousands of black men women and children at a time and still only considers you 3 fifths of a human being and not your so called civil rights movement where you got beat stupid enough to claim victory when they let you sit next to white folks and spend all your money with their businesses as yours closed. If there was any such thing as an African American you wouldn’t need any 14th or civil rights amendment supposing to grant you human status here or be begging to keep a voting rights act so you can pretend like you count. You would have the same rights as everybody else. You wouldn’t have to settle for affirmative action to get a few of your children into institutions of higher learning while the rest are railroaded into institutions of mass incarceration. Face it. You will never be an American and you shouldn’t want to be, because America has done nothing but try to kill you and everything that looks like you?

From the moment those diseased, deranged, puss filled white vampires landed here, up to this very second they have waged a steady deliberate, genocidal war of oppression, and exploitation against the indigenous and kidnapped populations here in the so called Americas. We have been raped, massacred, mutilated, butchered, brutalized and subjugated. We’ve been lynched, tortured, traumatized, hypnotized, ostracized and stigmatized as the racism ingrained into the fabric of American society perfected over centuries, it’s institutions for our legalized annihilation but now because they only call us niggers behind closed doors we are supposed to believe they consider us free and equal and let bygones be bygones.

They tell you; that was all in the past, get over it, you’re free now so stop whining and go make something of yourself like that nice Colin Powell fellow, or just be like Mike, Stop drinking the malt liquor our ads push on you from the day you are born and stop shooting each other with the cheap guns we make just for you over the drugs we flood your communities with. Work hard for us in our slave wage retail chains, like Wal-marts that don’t pay enough to take you off the public assistance that’s already been eliminated for everybody but big business and pull yourself up by your bootstraps, so what if they happen to be around your neck and maybe you’ll be one of the lucky ones that doesn’t have to work two jobs to be broke like your parents did.

I don’t know about you but I don’t see any improvement in our relationship with America. Malcolm told us over thirty years ago and its’ just as true today. You are not an American; you are a victim of America.

If the wholesale massacres, brutal slavery and deliberate extermination of our ancestors were a holocaust and you better believe they were, then the devastation caused by the inhuman conditions the majority of us live under today must be considered a continuation of that holocaust. A holocaust that has never ended, it continues on, maturing, improving its methods and efficiency, masking its attacks in societal structures and legislative weapons of mass destruction so that profit is made as they bleed income from every aspect of our life’s suffering and expedited deaths.

Slavery is now achieved through a business serving economy that forces people to accept employment that won’t sustain basic human necessities, mass incarceration fueled by the intentional mis-education of our children, the orchestrated unemployment of our fathers, after criminalizing their inability to support their families and the resulting chaos generated in the unnatural ghetto environments produced by their carefully cultivated destruction of the family unit in our communities.

That’s right their carefully cultivated destruction of the family unit in our communities, or did you think the exact same suffering duplicated in all of our communities across the country was a coincidence? Or maybe you believed them when they told you that the people that built the pyramids and built America did this to themselves because they could do no better? The conditions we live under are unnatural but they are not unintentional. Those statistics on crime, broken homes and single female head of household are no accident. The permanent destruction of the black family was designed into the blueprint for America and all of her laws, policies, programs and budgets are written to enforce and maintain it because the continuation of our exploitation as a resource depends on it.

No matter how hard they try to convince us that our condition is our fault. That we should stop blaming the man for our suffering, that we are the cause of the crime, drug addiction, poverty and despair plaguing our communities. We must never forget that the full weight of this society’s resources built on our exploitation have always been devoted to keeping our families dysfunctional and our communities weak. That’s right they’ve got us paying for the war being waged against us. People don’t choose to be poor, they are kept poor. Criminals aren’t born they are manufactured, manufactured through policies written by a corporate government collage of millionaire mercenaries with interests at odds with humanity. We allow ourselves to get caught up in the fraud of citizenship thinking we have the same options as white people just because they tell us we do. We buy into the publicity that we are the ones committing all the crimes when the real crimes are still being committed against us by the children of the same white people who kidnapped and enslaved us thru the government and business instruments they built with the blood soaked wealth they inherited, and you go for it because they’ve convinced you that their war against you is over and we are all on the same American team. Wake up fool

Since it is clear that we are victims and not citizens of America it should be equally clear that it is time to drop this delusional illusion of inclusion that keeps us dreaming that because we built this country, we are a part of it, dreaming that because we have struggled and suffered so much for it we must love and protect it like a child we hope will one day grow up and take care of us. We must stop dreaming that if we somehow prove ourselves good as white folks to white folks they gonna accept us with open arms and we all live happily ever after. For us to expect this country to one day turn over a new leaf and start treating us fairly is like expecting the gunman who shot you to work on your wounds. No wonder you still believe in Santa Christ and Jesus Clause.

We are not them and they are not us. Our suffering sustains their luxury and they will never share with anyone. You must realize that the privileges you seek to enjoy with them are paid for in our blood and if you want to survive you better get it through your head right now that you are an enemy to America, always have been and always will be. America is at war with you as you try to save America and integrate yourself into it. We have the capacity to do for ourselves and uplift our own communities not with government assistance but without government interference. Imagine what we can accomplish for ourselves by ourselves once we devote our resources to our own benefit building our own nation better then the ones we built for them. The only choice we have is to unify as one Afrikan people engaged in the business of race first group economics and independent political organization supported by independent military organization guided by our own African traditional values and spiritual systems because the bottom line is this; if you are not building Black Power Systems, you’re building white power systems.

Wake up Black Man and Woman of Africa your only chance for survival is the rejection of white foods, white culture, white religions and white people, and the return to the culture and religions of your ancestors who built great civilizations before and after the white cancer infected mother earth. The remains of these great civilizations that the whites to this day have been unable to duplicate, serve to remind us that when we rejected the whites their culture and religions we held onto our land and freedom and when we allowed the whites in accepting their perverse culture and fake religions we lost our land and freedom.

Naw you ain’t no American, You Afurakanu, Afurakaitnit, meaning Afrikan, black people now take the OATH , set up an ancestral shrine and go set your land and people free.


He is right

Yes he spoke the truth..he is a real "Democrat"!

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I wish I was surprised by Obama's announcement

...but I'm not.  As soon as I heard his 2004 speech at the Donkey Convention, I knew he was just another Colin Powell, Condi Rice, Clarence Thomas.  Another man who would trade on his "black" status to gull African-American voters into thinking he was really going to make Federal politics bi-racial now.  I'm sorry for those who put their faith, trust, hope, and vote into Barack Obama's career.  Sorry because he'll never deliver anything but obedience to corporate power, and because he won't ever work to help people still struggling to retain some decent sense of civil rights in America.
Barack Obama is a fraud who happens to have come from a biracial marriage between a black and a white.  That he can claim some black blood is no indicator of his politics.  He's not interested in helping anyone but himself and the rich & powerful people who fund BOTH the Donkeys and the Elephants equally, to ensure that the outcome always works to their advantage.
Look at his wife -- she's a corporate lackey too.  They're a "Buppie" couple who are interested in power, prestige and possession of expensive trinkets.  They don't care about anyone -- white OR black -- who doesn't share their grasping yuppie perspective.
That's the truth of Barack Obama.  Let us now sit back and watch as he helps advance the Bush/Cheney agenda.  Let us now watch him order the slaughter of more Islamic people, to protect America's access to oil and to protect Israel's thuggish presence in the Middle East.
Let us now watch him dance like Stepin Fetchit.


Barack Obama: “America’s First Jewish President”
by James Petras / December 12th, 2008
Obama asks Shimon Peres: “What can I do for Israel?”– Haaretz, November 17, 2008
"According to a nationally prominent Zionist spokesperson, former Congressman, Federal Judge, White House Counsel to President Bill Clinton and early backer of Obama, Abner Mikvner, “Barack Obama is the first Jewish President”. Mikvner’s affirmation reflects both Obama’s one-sided and longstanding commitment to the State of Israel and loyalty to the Zionist Power Configuration (ZPC) in the United States, as well as the long-term and successful effort of a network of financially and politically powerful Jewish Zionists to ‘embed’ Obama to their ‘Israel First’ political apparatus. What is striking about the latter is the demeaning and arrogant claims made by some leading Jewish Zionist about their ‘central roles’ in the making of Obama’s professional and political careers – in effect denying the President-Elect any credit for his own academic or professional success. (Historically this has been mirrored in the continuous claims of some American Jews to have fought and won the battle of Civil Rights in the 60’s on behalf of African Americans – essentially denying black Americans any independent political role in their own struggle.) Even their personal flattery about his ‘wisdom’, ‘brilliance’ and ‘intellectual acuity’ is always linked with his unconditional support of the State of Israel. One can envision how quickly his Zionist colleagues would replace their plaudits with crude insults regarding his intelligence if he suggested Israel end its starvation blockade of Gaza… Needless to say the Zionists know their man, as they confidently proclaim, he is a cautious and prudent politician, who measures power before he speaks, especially as he has filled the White House, economic councils and security apparatus with Zionist zealots."
"The Chicago Jewish News, a nationally prominent Israel-First propaganda organ, published a lengthy article on ‘Obama and the Jews’ by Pauline Dubkin (October 24, 2008), which quotes approvingly a ‘long-time Jewish observer of the political scene’, who declared that, “Jews made him (Obama). Wherever you look there is a Jewish presence.”...This is not merely the usual arrogant self-aggrandizing boasts of a Zionist power broker, with which we are constantly bombarded on so many political topics, this reflects an important part of what Obama has become, especially in advancing his latter day political ambitions. The Zionist self-promoters (ZSP), ever ready to take credit for any success (no matter how notorious and immoral) – Wall Street speculators, Ivy League professors, Pentagon militarists, cultural gurus and even the key patrons of art forms like jazz and constantly rewrite history (or biography in the case of Obama) to maximize their self-importance in all aspects of American life. The ZSP conveniently fail to mention in their articles that Obama’s white Gentile grandmother gave him the intellectual nurturing and encouragement and diligently petitioned for scholarships for him to attend elite private schools, which formed the basis for his intellectual skills to write, speak and reason as an educated man. The ZSP exclude from their ‘revisionist and Judaized’ biography of Obama, the central importance of Reverend Jeremiah Wright who transformed Obama from an elite Ivy university graduate into an effective social activist. Obama was able to participate and get involved in community organizing in Chicago’s African-American neighborhoods because of Wright’s endorsement and broad credibility. If it were not for Rev. Wright, Obama would never have had a social base or organizational experience to engage in Chicago politics. It is only after Obama had gained these skills and popular appeal that the Zionist politicos noticed him and went to work on his ego and ambitions, recruiting him to their pro-Israel agenda and financing his political career....The Zionist re-write of his biography has gone curiously unchallenged by Obama. To suit his new mentors, the Israel-First ideologues and financial backers, he has willfully discarded and insulted his former mentors, as well as any current policy advisers and political colleagues who doesn’t adhere to the Zionist line of unconditional support for Israel. Two cases come immediately to mind. When leading Zionist ideologues objected to the presence of Zbigniew Brzezinski and Robert Malley, among Obama’s foreign policy advisors, the Zionists in Obama’s inner circle immediately marginalized them with his approval. When the notorious torture-promoting Zionofascist Harvard Law Professor, Alan Dershowitz raised a howl about former US President Jimmy Carter (a principled critic of Israel’s apartheid policies) speaking at the Democratic Party Convention (following a century-long political tradition of honoring former presidents) the Zionist operatives blatantly humiliated the elderly Carter by denying him even a five-minute speech – with Obama’s approval. ‘Professor’ Dershowitz publicly crowed about his success and power over the Democratic nominee Obama in censoring the former President."
"Fully embedded in the Zionist Power Configuration of Chicago, Obama was advised by the Axelrods, Klutznicks and other key strategists to make the obligatory ritual pilgrimage to Israel and pay obeisance to its leaders in the course of his Senate campaign. During his trip to Israel, two years later in 2006, Obama was accompanied and guided by the executive vice-president of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. Under Zionist guidance, Obama ‘connected’ with the Israeli state, totally ignoring the plight of the Palestinians who were being savagely repressed by the Israel Army and assaulted on a daily basis by Zion-Fascist settlers. Obama returned a thoroughly committed Zionist African-American politician....With the Israeli-ZPC certificate of approval, Obama’s financial base of support widened to include some of the wealthiest pro-Israel Jewish Americans in the Midwest including Lester Crown, whose son, James Crown headed Obama’s financial campaign in Illinois. According to Crown (pater), “From the time I met him, the times we talked about Israel and we talked about it several times, he has been an ardent backer of Israel’s defense position (sic), Israel’s security position.”...To those Zionfascists who demand that Israel annex all of Palestine and expel ‘the Arabs’ and were disturbed by Obama’s passing reference to a two-state solution, Crown assured them that Obama’s proposal was couched in such outrageously impossible demands for concessions from the Palestinians that it was a dead letter...."
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President Obama--New World Order Patsy!!!

Obama's refusal to allow Carter to speak at the 2008 Democratic National Convention is one of the reasons I am in the Green Party now.
The other reason was Obama's decision to welcome back with open arms, that traitor--Joe Lieberman.
Another reason was Cynthia McKinney's being sold out by the Democratic Party and her being defeated by Zionist Patsy Hank Johnson down in Georgia. AIPAC is now able to intimidate and effectively so, the Congressional Black Caucus. Congressman John Lewis is one of the biggest AIPAC patsies as well. He was courageous in the civil rights era, but, Lewis has since become a patsy for the Jewish lobby. Other black politicians also follow this path. Hank Johnson was put up to defeat Cynthia McKinney in Georgia.
Obama is now faced with that 14 member Conservative Democratic Caucus in the Senate of which Lieberman is a member, in which they will seek power to derail Obama's policies. Too bad for the naive Obama, who welcomed back Lieberman.
Well, Obama, when your presidency is finished your popularity rating will be lower than Bush's.
Obama is clear on one thing and should be evident to the morons out there. He has no problem throwing people like Carter and Rev Wright under the bus because they both dare stand up for the rights of the Palestinian Arabs.
It is too bad and tragic that the black community was so silent when Obama disowned Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Obama is a self-centered narcissist just like George W. Bush was. Obama may be the "smarter" ot the two, but Obama will throw anyone under the bus like any other politician for the sake of POWER! 
Obama is a new world order patsy too.

"Outside, In": Sy Hersh and the "Insiders"

Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque, does a masterful job describing "outsiders", "agents of change" like Sy Hersh, who, like Obama are really insiders blunting change, insiders perpetuating the status quo as so-called "dissidents."  Floyd breaks down the US "Death Squads" led by America's "Best and Brighest" as described by Hersh, who kill indiscriminatly in Iraq, Afghanistan, African and other parts of the world.  The title of the essay says it all: Bright Shining Lies: "America's Death Squads and "Dissident Self-Delusion."
"And so, here we are, in never-never land. Even Seymour Hersh, famed investigative reporter, can't help slinging it, one shovel-full at a time.

They're not murderers, even though what they're doing is murder. But how do we define a "murderer"? Is it not someone who murders? Hersh can't even bring himself to call it that, but he will go so far as to say that they're "committing what we would normally call murder".

I'm not a writer. I'm just doing what we would normally call writing. And you're not a reader. You're just doing what we would normally call reading. Really. No exaggerations. It's all highly specialized.

Apparently it's "very complicated", at least in Hersh's imagination. And it might not be murder, even though it's what we would normally call murder, because the murderers are not actually murderers but instead "young men that went into the Special Forces".

Special Forces, of course, are those on the front lines of Special Operations. What we would normally call our own terrorists, if it weren't so very complicated.

So: They're not murderers because they're hired to kill people, or more properly they're not murderers because they've volunteered -- and qualified -- to be cogs in their country's elite force of hired killers."
I love his summation of the Dem Party:
  The sad fact -- which Hersh won't touch -- is that party politics is nothing more than an intersquad scrimmage, an exhibition game intended to convey the impression that the two "competing teams" are adversaries.

They're not. They're partners. They're working together to put on the big show every four years. And we know this is true because of what happens to prospective players who are not interested in furthering the big show, but would try to change the game. Most of them don't even get onto the field. And those who do never last very long.

We've seen what the Democrats and the media did to Mike Gravel, which was exactly what the Republicans and the media did to Ron Paul. We've seen the cold silence -- or jeering derision -- which has greeted every serious attempt to uphold the rule of law, to stop the war in Iraq, to stop the war in Afghanistan, to investigate the crimes of 9/11, to reform a clearly broken electoral system, to rein in a clearly complicit national media, or even to bring just a little bit of accountability to our government. These were all efforts to change the game in one way or another, and no such efforts will be tolerated.

This is the system. This is what it does. The time for amazement is past."
The "time for amazement is past."  Sounds redundant, but even the "esteemed" mainstrain rag, the "Politico," headlines an article where the "Libruls" are starting to aim their pitchfork at Obama,-- Dowd, Krugman, and Tom Friedman (who they laughinly describe as a "Librul").  It's actually insightful reading and speaks to the heart of Obama's bland, inarticulate, sophomoric, timid efforts, his lack of substance.  Krugman sounds a lot like "Lou" in the last several months in saying the Bankster Welfare/Bailout plan WON'T WORK and when it fails what's next?  As the "Librul" Elites turn on Obama for his centrist, pablum, bullshit, his inconsitency and incoherence, his kowtowing to the Zionists, it's gonna get real interesting.

Heard Hersh say that.

I heard Sy Hersh say that about the murder squad being "the best of
the best" on DemocracyNow, I think.  I read the article that was about the
talk he gave, which he let "slip" the murder squads of the CIA.  It was a
weird idea, that the guys were "not murderers" when they are.  I think
Hersh can defend himself.  His other points about the death squads are
good.  As Chalmers Johnson has put it, the Pres. has a secret army,
unaccountable to anyone, the CIA. He's said it in his "Sorrows of
Empire" and also in "Nemesis".  Hersh may be on the "inside" in that
he has pals, he often says, or sources, in the military.  I do think his
reporting is good and accurate.  Do you fault his writing on torture?

Hersh is still an "Insider." Go read John Pilger

That was the accurate thrust of what Chris Floyd wrote.  The people feeding Hersh information are key cogs in the Cong./Military/Industrial/Security Complex.  Hersh is a more "hip" version of Thomas Ricks.  My "Librul" friend thinks Ricks's "Fiasco" is the shit, how he got it all right.  Ricks has moved on to continue to write "part-time" for NY Times but is now a "fellow" at one of our beloved Think Tanks.   If you want to read a good dissection of Thomas Ricks, check out Jeff Huber at  I love Huber's bone, dry wit and his dismissal of the bright and shining lights at the Pentagon, and how one day Ricks wrote Odierno was a putz and the next year a genius.  Ricks will "critique" the Iraq War with a style that makes him a NY Times best seller. But you will never hear the words "War Crime" or worst strategic disaster in US History roll of his lips.  Just like Hersh will never call the CIA hotshots, the "best and brightest" killers in the employ of the "complex" MURDERERS.
Now, as journalism (HA) in the US of A goes, they both deserve some applause.  But don't believe for more than a couple minutes  they will truly bite the hand that feds them.  Hersh is feed info. as part of either disinformation or internecine bureaucratic struggles, ya think?  Yes, I applaud him for My Lai, especially when, there were several hundred journalists in Nam when it went down, most had witnessed atrocities daily,  but only 1 or 2 reported it.
Check out this quote from Australian journalist and film maker John Pilger and read the entire piece.  Pilger famously talked about the dichtomy of journalism in the "East" vs. the "West."  He explained that the people living in the "East" behind the "Iron Curtain" never had a problem with propaganda, they distrusted everything they read, not so, and a huge failing with those living in the "West."
Edward Bernays, the so-called father of public relations, wrote about an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. He was referring to journalism, the media. That was almost 80 years ago, not long after corporate journalism was invented. It is a history few journalist talk about or know about, and it began with the arrival of corporate advertising. As the new corporations began taking over the press, something called “professional journalism” was invented. To attract big advertisers, the new corporate press had to appear respectable, pillars of the establishment—objective, impartial, balanced. The first schools of journalism were set up, and a mythology of liberal neutrality was spun around the professional journalist. The right to freedom of expression was associated with the new media and with the great corporations, and the whole thing was, as Robert McChesney put it so well, “entirely bogus”.
For what the public did not know was that in order to be professional, journalists had to ensure that news and opinion were dominated by official sources, and that has not changed. Go through the New York Times on any day, and check the sources of the main political stories—domestic and foreign—you’ll find they’re dominated by government and other established interests. That is the essence of professional journalism. I am not suggesting that independent journalism was or is excluded, but it is more likely to be an honorable exception.
Harold Pinter’s subversive truth, I believe, was that he made the connection between imperialism and fascism, and described a battle for history that’s almost never reported. This is the great silence of the media age. And this is the secret heart of propaganda today. A propaganda so vast in scope that I’m always astonished that so many Americans know and understand as much as they do. We are talking about a system, of course, not personalities. And yet, a great many people today think that the problem is George W. Bush and his gang. And yes, the Bush gang are extreme. But my experience is that they are no more than an extreme version of what has gone on before. In my lifetime, more wars have been started by liberal Democrats than by Republicans. Ignoring this truth is a guarantee that the propaganda system and the war-making system will continue.

will go read more John Pilger;heard him on Dem.Now

  I've heard Pilger on Dem.Now.  Heard every show except during WBAI's
"Christmas coup" period, since show started.
You usually don't divide Dems and Repubs but you are in "In my lifetime,
more wars have been started by liberal Democrats than by Republicans.".
Reminds me of something Chomsky said, in a long article a couple of
years ago on empire.  When do you "start the clock"? (smiling)

Dem and Rep

There is a clear line drawn between the two parties as of this election. This will continue to negative effect the american poltical landscape and its people for the foreseeable future.
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New Democrat, Same as the Old New Democrat

As a queer Latino, I feel compelled to point out two examples of how Obama is essentially Clinton 2.0, except perhaps more conservative.
First, the Daily Telegraph reported today that Obama is still promoting the "ex-gay myth".  His current inner circle of spiritual advisors include pastors who are well-known virulent homophobes, some of whom support "ex-gay" ministries.  Anti-choice zealots are among the ranks of the clergy to whom Obama turns for guidance as well.  This is eerily remniscient of Clinton making all sorts of promises to the LGBTQ community and then giving us DOMA.
Secondly, his recent saber rattling about militarizing the US-Mexico border (supposedly as an expansion of the "war on drugs") strikes me as a cowardly capitulation to  racist nationalism of the type espoused by Lou Dobbs.  Or maybe Obama shares Dobbs' prejudices against undocumented immigrants.  After all, the man targeted the LGBTQ community  with a massive ad campaign containing platitudes about his belief in "equality for all", etc.  He does so w/ a straight face despite his history of associating with so-called "ex-gay" ministries and his subsequent veneration of Rick Warren, a man with personal and financial ties to Christian Jihadists who terrorize and murder LGBT people (in addition to equating us to pedophiles and comparing our relationships to bestiality and incest).  So he may very well hate spics like me for all I know.  His policy towards Latin America certainly is not indicative of any "change" from the last 8 years whatsoever.
This behavior reminds me of how Clinton signed NAFTA into law (something the ruling class had wanted for quite some time), thereby opening the door to "free trade" policies that essentially raped the Mexican people and have spread to other parts of Latin America.
Obama is a New Democrat alright, assuming "New Democrat" is the equivalent of a moderate Republican.  Or a sociopathic liar.
Thanks again for the amazing reporting you folks do here at the BAR!

What is a "queer Latino"?  I

What is a "queer Latino"?  I would hope that you would have enough respect for yourself
so that you do not call yourself disparaging names.  And I'm quite Conservative, too.  However,
I believe that we should respect other people and and recognize them for the ways they are different
from us as well as the ways they are the same.

agree with Angela

Yes - let's try not to do any namecalling - even to ourselves.  
 I consider myself a consevative - I used to call myself a republican until it became a bad word.

Follow him

We just need to believe him and we will have a good future.

Faith helps...

Most of us believe that Obama can change it, faith helps us forward, I think Obama is no miracle-man who can save any situation and cure every disease - but I know the man has the power and the skill to get crowds moving and thats important right now. He maybe cant get US out of the recession or the mega-depth in super fast time like some believe, but he can do much more, he can push people to change the situation for better themselves, because after all a country is lead by people not goverment.
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Blind belief just doesn't cut

Blind belief just doesn't cut it, but what other option do we have? Its great though now that we have a black president, equalities are really being looked at - we are in a new age...
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Very True...

Angela I totally agree with you!
Every person should be treated with the same amount of respect. But you know what the problem is.... The moment any issue involves politics or religion the rules of the game change! People become too personal and forget that the person who they’re speaking about is not just a public figure but is also a human being.
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Get behind your leader

All world leaders, Obama included, have inherited massive global economic issues from from previous administrations. In these difficult times it makes sense to be oblivious to colour even political persuasion left or right and get behind our leaders to sort out the global problems. People get behind your leader!  Heather from home cholesterol test

Whats the problem??!!

I agree with Angela, there must be respect, I do not know why is there a problem with different people, why does the color of the skin matter so much, I just cannot understand it. I have nothing against people that are different from me by the skin color, if I find the person interesting I will talk to him etc.





Good post Angela

Angela great sentences. I as a younger generation don´t understand how people used to hate so blindly. Maybe it is true that the world is progressing and people are getting better now. Skin color should be a stupid thing to argue anyway as even white people are not really white. A lot of color between the specter you know. :p
Some centuries forward we will be all so mixed noone can tell us apart.
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The Obama Mystique

This is what is truly disturbing. The evidence is clear, yet so many are unwilling to acknowledge it. Obama's supporters are content to embrace half-truths and outright misinformation about Barack Obama assuming to know the whole of the truth. What's more is their unwillingness to be critical of Obama, examine the facts before them, or to even grant said facts so much as a cursory glance. Worse is their eagerness to attack anyone who disagrees with their position, or who sees Barack Obama for what he truly is. A woman on a social network launched into an assault on my character, told me I knew nothing of Marcus Garvey, and branded me a race-traitor; all because I dared speak on her unfair and unsubstantiated tirade against Hip Hop artist KRS-1's perspective on Barack Obama. Not once did she offer an analysis of what I had posted, not once did she address any of my points (she insists that I and KRS-1 are jealous of Obama). This sort of behavior seems to be common to those who are entranced by the "phenomenon" that is President Barack Obama. Rhetorical outburts are also common to this crowd. Obama has become a cult unto himself, and his fans (which we all know is short for fanatic) behave as such. When I see the manner in which the Obama-philes react to any suggestion that Obama is anything other than what he appears to be, I am reminded of the movie "Invasion of the Body Snatchers". But it is minds that have been snatched, and this is no movie.

Could it be that Afrikan Americans have suffered so much, waited so long for a savior/messiah/deliverer, that we have lost all reason?

I wish that I couldn't say "I told you so"...

...but, I guess that my basic instinsts about Obama being just a neoliberal with a deeper tan (or worse, the son George H. W. Bush could only wish to have) have been proven right.
I still believe that Obama is worlds beyond what America had with Bush (both 41 and 43) as well as Reagan (and even Clinton), and that even a moderate neoliberal Democrat is far better than the Far Right regimes we have suffered with for the past 10 years.
However, I do think that the Left can do so much better than to just blindly boost Obama and the Democrats and moan about the Republicans.  They need to establish themselves as an independent force of resistance against BOTH Obama neoliberalism AND the extremism of the Right, and hold both Obama and the Democrats' feet to the fire in promoting genuinely progressive outcomes and legislation.
I do find it quite amiusing that some have pontificated about the "death" of the DLC (even that organization's founder, Al From, has hinted that he may dissolve that organization soon due to lack of support); even as they have a President (and they would have had the same if Hillary Clinton had won the Dem nomination and thusly the Presidency) which essentially follows their exact blueprint for public policy (if just slightly bending a fraction to the left). Certainly the appointment of prominent Clintonites and neolibs and Wall Street policy wonks to Obama's key policymaking positions tell a great deal about his true foundational leanings.
In any sole concern is that an independent and grass roots-oriented Left gets organized ASAP to offer genuine radical alternatives to the existing status quo, because if such does not happen, it will be the populist RIght who will be the chief beneficiary when the Obama bubble finally bursts. And then, we will ALL -- and not just Black folk, either -- be royally screwed.