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Backwards Logic: Obama’s “We Got Your Back” Black Campaign Ad

The Obama 2012 campaign’s radio ad, in which a chorus of Black voices assures the president that “We got your back,” implies a “reciprocal relationship” between Blacks and Obama – “that we’re all in this together,” said Dr. Johnny Williams, professor of sociology at Trinity College, in Hartford, Connecticut. However, “there’s been very little that he’s done directly for Black people to show us that he’s got our back.”

Why Wisconsin mobilization and Occupy movement “Faltered”

The “biggest ongoing labor rally since the 1930s got shunted into electoral politics…because there wasn’t also the pursuit of independent movement building,” said Arun Gupta, co-founder of the Occupy Wall Street Journal. The problem, said Gupta, was not simply that Democratic Party and labor union “honchos” steered the movement into an unsuccessful bid to unseat Republican Scott Walker. Rather, the Wisconsin mobilization and the Occupy movement, “despite their potential, have been faltering because of…a lack of organization, a lack of discipline, and a lack of strategy.”

Medicaid for All Would Have Passed Constitutional Muster

President Obama could have avoided constitutional problems if he had chosen a health care plan that “most people have long supported” and which is “constitutionally safe”: Medicare for All, said political analyst and author Paul Street. “All you have to do” to create a single-payer system ”is to go into the Medicare bill and take out the clause that says its for people over 65 – and just say its for everybody.” Instead, Obama pushed a bill that guaranteed price-setting power to the drug and insurance “mafias.” The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule on Obama’s health care legislation, which requires people to purchase private insurance.

Obama Violates His Own Law on Congo Killings

Friends of Congo is circulating a petition demanding that Washington cut off funds to nations that “destabilize” their neighbor, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Executive director Maurice Carney notes that the law was authored by Sen. Barack Obama and co-sponsored by Sen. Hillary Clinton, now U.S. Secretary of State. Rwanda and Uganda are both guilty of destabilizing the DRC, “resulting in the death of millions of Congolese,” said Carney. Both Rwanda and Uganda are close allies of the U.S.

No Compromise with Capitalism

You have to have, as an objective, overturning the system of capitalism, itself. And to do that, you’ve got to be organized,” said Omali Yeshitela, chairman of the African People’s Socialist Party, founded in 1972. Yeshitela was speaking at the national convention of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, in Philadelphia.


Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network is hosted by Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey. A new edition of the program airs every Tuesday at 4:00pm ET on PRN. Length: One hour.


the gag order has been lifted on all liberals

Defeated by who? Mittens?

Wall street/London, NATO, and the Crowned heads of Europe may have anointed Mittens Romney as the new president of USA inc. at the Bilderberg meeting.

We might have a Mormon/Neo-con dictatorship on the way. The ruling class thinks Obama's left cover with love bombs & slow austerity have outlived its usefulness. They big wars & genocidal austerity NOW!

nazi propaganda rag endorses charles barron's opponent

Not just because of Israel, but because they think Barron will provide a strong defense against the fascist assault on public unions & public schools by Obama Wall st. Dems and Nazi Republicans:

NY Post: Jeffries for Congress

June 17, 2012

Democrats in the 8th congressional district can spare New York from becoming a national laughingstock.

They can do this by selecting Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries in the June 26 primary as their candidate for the seat being vacated by the retiring Rep. Ed Towns.

We don’t often agree with Jeffries — but his opponent in this Brooklyn-Queens district is the odious City Councilman Charles Barron, a shameless racial demagogue.

On one level, it would be refreshing to have Barron sowing hatred elsewhere.

He is the fellow, after all, who once fantasized about slapping whites “for my mental health” — and who termed Israel “the biggest terrorist nation on Earth.”

But New York needs all the influence it can find in Congress, and sending Charles Barron to Washington can only hurt the city’s best interests.

Yet even if his rhetoric were more restrained, Barron would still be the wrong choice, given his role as a tool of the public-sector unions — who, to their disgrace, are now backing his candidacy.

That’s not surprising: Those unions have always operated by the rule that “all we care about is what benefits us, and the hell with everyone else.”

Again, Jeffries shares few of our opinions.

But he’s better suited for office by reason of his background — top-notch litigator with private-sector experience — and his temperament, which has brought about solid legislative achievements in Albany.

More important, he has shown an ability to move beyond liberal orthodoxy — particularly regarding education reform.

He’s a passionate and vocal advocate for school choice and lifting the cap on charters — which is why the public unions are dead set on defeating him.

As for Barron — well, Towns described it best back when Barron was running against him in 2006, calling him “a bomb-thrower.”

Unfortunately, Towns is backing Barron this time — a pretty sad legacy.

By every conceivable measure, Hakeem Jeffries is the far better choice. Indeed, he’s the only choice for voters who truly care about New York.