Freedom Rider: Biden Blurts Awful Truth

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret KimberleyFRbiden

It's true that Sen. Joe Biden "isn't very bright and he can't stop talking." But Biden's uncontrollable mouth may have alerted us to the Obama-Biden administration's post-election surprise - something so scary, Obama is "gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him...." Whatever's on Biden's agitated little mind, it must be big, real big. "If Big Mouth Joe is already pleading for patience from the faithful we are looking at Bush/Cheney the Sequel." Be afraid. Be very afraid. Apparently, Joe is scared out of his limited supply of wits.

Freedom Rider: Biden Blurts Awful Truth

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

"It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. . . .  Watch, we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy. And he's gonna have to make some really tough - I don't know what the decision's gonna be, but I promise you it will occur. As a student of history and having served with seven presidents, I guarantee you it's gonna happen. I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate. And he's gonna need help. And the kind of help he's gonna need is, he's gonna need you, not financially to help him, we're gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it's not gonna be apparent initially, it's not gonna be apparent that we're right." [Italics mine} - Senator Joseph Biden

What was Joseph Biden talking about? While Barack Obama's choice of Biden as his running mate made sense politically, the decision must have given him some moments of pause. Biden is an avowed hawk who voted to authorize the invasion of Iraq. In fact he advocated an occupation even before Bush became president. Those views made sense politically in this pro-war nation, but Biden is also known as being "gaffe prone." In other words, he isn't very bright and he can't stop talking.

Obama has been running for president for a very long time and is as much a hawk as his running mate. In January of 2001 he declared that Bush's nominee for defense secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, was not ". . . in any way out of the mainstream of American political life."

"Biden isn't very bright and he can't stop talking."

It is not surprising that he went with Biden. That choice sealed the deal with the powerful, wealthy people who run the country while administrations come and go. They want an iron clad assurance that America's empire and its inevitable wars of terror will continue without interruption.

There is likely some truth behind Biden's seemingly bizarre words. Bush has authorized the establishment of the Presidential Transition Coordinating Council at an earlier date than in any other election year. High level staffers from the Obama and McCain campaigns have been engaged in security briefings with the Bush administration and are also in the process of obtaining FBI security clearances, the first time that has happened prior to election day. Bush doesn't want to head back to Texas without insuring that his doctrine remains firmly in place after January 21st.

The plans for continued American military aggression are already underway and Biden can't keep quiet about it. Biden made his statements during a Seattle fundraising trip that took in a cool million dollars. Yet he wasn't just making a plea for cash, he made a plea for support of whatever action the Obama administration may take.

"Because I promise you, you all are gonna be sitting here a year from now going 'oh my God, why are they there in the polls, why is the polling so down, why is this thing so tough?' We're gonna have to make some incredibly tough decisions in the first two years. So I'm asking you now, I'm asking you now, be prepared to stick with us." The Obama/Biden doctrine must be truly awful. If Big Mouth Joe is already pleading for patience from the faithful we are looking at Bush/Cheney the Sequel. 

"The Obama/Biden doctrine must be truly awful if Big Mouth Joe is already pleading for patience."

We should all be very afraid. Three years ago Biden declared that most Americans would give up any and all government assistance in favor of more money for guns and bombs. "The Lord Almighty, or Allah, whoever, if he came to every kitchen table in America and said, 'Look, I have a Faustian bargain for you, you choose. I will guarantee to you that I will end all terror threats against the United States within the year, but in return for that there will be no help for education, no help for Social Security, no help for health care. What do you do?' My answer is that seventy-five per cent of the American people would buy that bargain." [Italics mine.]

The media conveniently ignore Biden's pronouncements while reporting on Sarah Palin's family dramas and clothing costs. Her claim that Alaska's proximity to Russia gives her foreign policy experience is no worse than Biden's ravings. Yet his obvious shortcomings don't make it onto the radar screen. Biden has run for president twice, but he can't seem to remember that the media are always in the house. "I probably shouldn't have said all this because it dawned on me that the press is here."

The only difference between Obama and Biden is that one man is smart and the other is not. Biden's words, if they are heeded, throw the frog into boiling water. We, the frogs, will know we are endangered immediately. Obama will put us in a cold pot and turn up the heat slowly. By the time we realize we are in peril, the bombs will have fallen or the last of our civil liberties will be gone.

So thank you Senator Joseph Biden for giving us the heads up. Probably very few people will pay attention, but we have to thank the Lord Almighty, or Allah or whoever, for small favors.

Margaret Kimberley's Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR. Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via e-Mail at Margaret.Kimberley(at)BlackAgandaReport.Com. Ms. Kimberley maintains an edifying and frequently updated blog at


It's All Relative

"The only difference between Obama and Biden is that one man is smart and the other is not."


I don't see it your way Margaret.

The big difference between Obama and Biden seems to be that one is a skillful liar and the other is unusually honest (for a politician). I don't see where Obama's talent for deception makes him so smart and Biden's tendency to state the truth makes him so dumb. I would think that there are many others who will read your column that will agree with me.

What matters is what Margaret has pointed out here, which is that Biden's little "gaffe" here in Seattle two weeks ago is fair warning of what lies ahead. Most people think this is just "Bomber Joe" talking, but the reality is that the DLC is firmly in the saddle, with or without Obama. There's no "taking over" the "democratic" party by progressives. It belongs to the ruling class, and Biden, loose cannon that he is, is going to be more a blessing for our side then he is a hindrance- at least so far as developing an opposition to the the Obama war program is concerned. He's going to be the foul mouthed mynah bird at the church picnic. We need him to "out" these jerks in his own arrogant way.

The Dogs Of War Are Not Sleeping. Are We?

Ms. Kimberly's assessment is all too true. Whereas many people are immediately suspicious of the John McCain, et al, and rightfully so; they have nevertheless been put soundly to sleep by this Wall Street backed, de facto war mongering, double talking Barack Obama. Ms Kimberly's points are well made especially when she states, "By the time we realize we are in peril, the bombs will have fallen, or the last of our civil liberties will be gone." This inconvenient reality must be addressed NOW!

This is such an important piece

Ms. Kimberly is right on point. Will Obama go after Iran, after he finishes "talking" with them? Will he move on the Syria, where the Bushies have already started? Will he formally invade Pakistan, moving on from the "surgical strikes" he has already promoted and supported? Or will he move to the Southern Hemisphere and go after that "political vacuum" (Obama words) in South America, finally finishing the job in Venezuela and/or Colombia as recommended by Madeleine Albright? So many choices...

It will be extremely difficult to confront the First Black President when he is on the march, backed by Wall Street, the merchants of death, and the entire political establishment, but we have to do it. We need to start re-organizing against war immediately -- on November 5 and beyond.

If Mr. Obama really is the "peace candidate" his supporters claim he is (yet no one else agrees), then we should be able to mobilize his people on that issue. No more wars! No draft! Withdrawal and reparations for Iraq and Afghanistan (and Somalia)! Let's just mobilize for peace and see who follows.

Slumberers of the world unite

Yup, Ol' Joe damn near blurted out the plan to move agressively against "enemies" foreign and domestic (read A-rabs and Po' people). How long will the honeymoon of fake progressives last? When will we learn to move into the vacuum created by capital's economic disintegration? After they finish congratulating themselves on the election of saint obama, there will be a war, a recession and millions without work, health care, or security of housing.

Glen Ford writes about this above.



Obama's Middle East advisor, Dennis Ross, has recently signed on to a policy of a "roadmap to war with Iran". Through the bipartisan policy center," Meeting the Challenge: U.S. policy Toward Iranian Nuclear Development". The main authors are from AIE (American Enterprise Institute) ass. with WINEP, the think tank for the Israeli lobby AIPAC. The authors Michael Rubin and Michael Makovsky (his brother is a former head of WINEP). Michael Makovsky emigrated to Israel in 1989,he worked under Doug Feith at the Pentagon when the information was manipulated for the path to war on Iraq. Michael Rubin at the time was working in Rumsfeld's office. Another of the task force members wife worked under John Bolton in the state dept. All the same neocons. Dennis Ross is not only signed on , he signed on as a task force member. He is one of Obama's possible choices for the position of Secretary of State. He gave an interview with Haaretz where he stated that dialogue would be used with Iran, while getting other nations to put pressure on them but if they feel that it is ineffective, there would be further action taken.
This along with Biden's predicting a international crisis, a "generated crisis", is unsettling

Much of the public engages in a voluntary hypnosis with regard to Obama; a suspension of scrutiny that is based on media hype, smooth talking and ivy league education. The ship of state does not permit revolution. Wars, poverty, highly concentrated wealth, ecological assault and depletion of the nation's treasury will continue. Obama's choice of advisors, rather the advisors who have been assigned to Obama, will make certain of all of the above.

What's Important About This Forum

For some 45 years of cogent awareness of what is going on in the world, I have watched the game of politics in the United States! There is not one person in this country who doesn't live the reality that this country we live in belongs to the Natives who were here when we came whether we came in chains or not. Black people do not have a monopoly on those chains or being locked like sardines in the holds of ships headed for this land we now call America. Those ships first carried British and other 'criminals' who were call transports because for a truth they were being transported into permanent exile, often on pain of death if they returned to their home countries. The brutality of outright slavery has often obscured this fact of history.

That said, I think it is important for us to move beyond the scare tactics employed by some for the sake of a readership and get down to effective solutions for arriving at real security, real justice, real parity and real dialogue about our problems.

Of course Joe Biden is right. He and Senator Obama exist in a paradigm that has not changed for millenia. An Obama Presidency will be tested. But while everybody is looking at Iran as the likely scenario, my bet is on China and N. Korea. That is where the jobs went, that is where the money went.

At the root of it all is what I call the cncept of humanity in a politician. Given the choice of a McCain presidency or an Obama presidency, I'll take Obama every time, because I see his very human, very real demeanor with people. In every interaction I have witnessed I perceive a man who, at least, will attempt to stem the tide of mindless warfare and create global dialogue about our global problems. I perceive a thoughtful man, who loves his family. A man who has lived on food stamps, a man who knows that the only difference between him and the next mulatto black man is the education, the effort and the determination to succeed that marks the character of all great men.

It is easy to pooh-pooh or harshly criticize somebody and extrapolate about their future moves. It is highly unwise to do but it is easy.
It is even easier to drum up worse case prognostications based on a fearful mind. I promise you all this: If we allow fear to be our mentor in these coming years, instead of courage and cooperation, things will only get worse.

At the core of what will make a difference in our security, our individual and family prosperity is our ability to stand up to whatever we confront with focus, with dignity, with determination and with well thought out plans of action.

So how do we stop the wars?
Don't participate!

How do we stop highly concentrated wealth?
Stop spending our money with folks who's agendas threaten our families.

How do we stop ecological assault?
Don't work for a company you know damages the planet.

As for the national treasury-what good is it, has it been doing the poor and the marginal anyway?

If the game is against you, change the game or walk away from it. Black, white, Asian, hispanic. We all know the game and the game is played with marked cards. What else is new?

Thoughts to Readers...

You write, "As for the national treasury-what good is it" ?!!

This from someone who said, "It is easy to pooh-pooh or harshly criticize somebody and extrapolate about their future moves. It is highly unwise to do but it is easy." ?!!

If the civil rights struggle is one simply of human rights ... and if the U.S. Constitution (however compromising) and its empowerment of a national treasury is a call to the same, then how can you say such a thing as "what good is it." ?!!

Thank you for the finest demonstration of pissing in the wind I ever have seen! (You must be having a field day at the Democracy Now! site.)

Whether I entirely agree or not, you are all a joy to read. It is a rare community here, indeed...

Biden Meant to Say What He Said

It seems to me, inarticulate as he is at times, that Sen. Biden was warning voters that circumstances, not secret plans of Obama's, will require tough choices - not only military, but economic as well - that will bring criticism from across the aisle in Congress. Remember the "vast right-wing conspiracy" against Pres. Clinton? Biden is warning, "You ain't seen nothin' yet." And I agree.
However angry Pres. Obama may make us, we must pressure him to do the right thing without becoming tools of the fascists who failed to prevent his election.

Background from the Backchannels

World economics is not figured with post-relativistic particle physics math. It is MUCH simpler than that, yes it is.

At the floating-capstone heart of it all, one finds a Few Genuine Human Beings - and a whole lotta' human(oid) hearts and quasi-competent minds of the sort that would be chillin' with the White Pipe and eatin' from the Domino's® dumpster except for being so high-born as to enjoy seeming impunity from all of Life's "Little Trials and Surprises" with which we survivor-grade po' folk are so adroitly familiar.

Same as always and everywhere that Money and Power have been consigned to the marginally competent and professionally corrupted quasi-humanoid ones whom we all apparently have the persistent ill-wit to keep on calling "Leaders" while caring not what the touch-screen said we said when we touched it to say what we *would* have said but LOOKOVERTHERE! and it all goes by in a glitter of Spandex-clad crotchy-ness - again.

A Huge Crime has been perp'd against us all; we all know that. An accounting is called for on the part of the perps and their criminally complicit associates. To understand a Huge Crime, a non-faultily intelligent "troubleshooting" accountant must merely follow the Huge Money with care.

Finding: just might fill that Empty Place that cries out to actually understand the "World Credit Freeze" (on the USDC Jurisdiction and Enterprise; everyone else in the sandbox is still playing OK with each other as of today) and all that this portends for the Rest of Us, McCain or Obama no different at all; essentially samesame.

Also it would not hurt any of us who are not too clear on this matter of First Cause (and do NOT throw tinfoil in my face, laddie-buck!) to Google and get a handle on the "Hegelian Dialectic". Knowing how these chaps operate is key to resisting their criminal-style creep-up-quick smash-and-grab "Disaster capitalism" tactics straight-up, even from the first blow struck.

Hint: While everyone else is bleating, "SOMEONE must DO SOMETHING!", see to your own and your loved ones' immediate safety first. The "Something" that is reliably bleated-for has to date included Patriot 1, 2 and retroactive telecom terrorspying legalization, extraordinary rendition and torture past the breaking point of foreign nationals and US citizens alike with apparent (to date) impunity, stray nukes "accidentally" (yah sure) flying "live" across the continent with a whole trail of corpses to account for in its own right (many Black as I recall), and deep-probing border searches of all wearing melanin-rich epidermis in particular. The security corporations and manufacturers are rubbing their greedy hands with glee as they dream up much more and even worse to be "tested" when the "time is right" - on YOU and ME alike.

Thus far, the razor wire is already set (as are the guards in their towers) atop the fences of the FEMA camps in all 50 states; cattle cars are said to be the Executive-favored mass transpo mode by some who may have seen and/or said Too Much Already.

Meanwhile, we who are left standing are still called "Useless Eaters" on the AM hate-show radio while their masters dispossess us further every day. I smell mass takedown and internment (also massive Cold Corporate/State-sponsored Civilian Death) in the wind, Young Playful Innocent Bunnies. Anyone else got their noses on, yet?

This mounting array of emerging conditions within our national borders is not acceptable under our Constitution,let alone any sense of national community. It must be countered with firm, lawful effectiveness. (Mr. Mccain? Mr. Obama? Mr. Nader, now please?)

Um, The Declaration of Independence is still the Supreme Law of the Land, you know. Acting according to its' imperatives in time of criminal takeover of Just Everything is LAWFUL, kindly do understand.

Because this planet really is is OUR sandbox TOO, is why, ding-dang it! That is why neither "major" candidate gets MY vote. Both are evil; I shall NOT vote for evil (yet again; I do confess) at all. Local elections and known-decent candidates across the spectrum is another matter entirely, in my humble opinion.

No more need be said but for this Friendly Dictum from Down Low to the Ground:

Increase the Peace.
Reverse the Curse.
Reject ALL terror.
(You KNOW you WANT to.)
"John 8:32 is Just All Right by ME!"

Peace. I'm out.


Already used in a McCain Campaign ad. I know they need all the help they can get, but... "Black Agenda Report?"


Silly and fearmongering.

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A little late

Nice article. Interesting, unfortunately very few people in America actually participate in the political process at all other than voting. Also, most people don't fully grasp America's slide in the world. China, Russia, India, Japan and all the petro states have options that don't need to include America. The game has changed. Much of the conversation seems void of that understanding. Obama, McCain does it really matter. The air is coming out of America. If 71% of the econonmy is based on consumer consumption, 18% on business spending and only 11% goverment spending, how then can the financial slide be halted? It can't. So prepare yourself. Biden is right, he is going to need our help, but don't count on me as one who will pitch in. They wanted it, they got it. Deal with it. As prince Charles said, "The wanting is more enjoyable than the having"