Dr. King’s Televised Challenge to Obama: Tavis Smiley's Anti-War MLK

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
Since the onset of the Obama phenomenon, Dr. Martin Luther King’s birth and death days have been “polluted” by false and ahistorical comparisons between Obama and MLK. The two men represent opposite political poles: one, a radical opponent of imperial war and concentrated economic power, the other, an ally of Wall Street and commander-in-chief of “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.” In focusing on King, the man of peace, Tavis Smiley’s PBS special corrects a history that has been distorted, sometimes beyond recognition – not the least by the revisionist and poseur in the White House.


Is there any surprise...

that Corporate, Right Wing Social/Religious interests, and military/police state interests set the propaganda table so effectively, so "prettily,"  when they are aided and abetted by our so-called "Black Leaders."  I'm getting increasingly sick of these boogie, do-nothing, say-nothing sellouts.  There is no Black Solidarity when you're hugging a snake, which is what too many Black politicians have become.  Dr. Cooper, an opponent of "rationed" "efficient" health care introduced by Obummer said this when he went to the Congressional Black Caucus to get them behind him:
A talk by health care critic Dr. Richard Cooper in Detroit
Poverty and health care in America: the unavoidable facts
"Dr. Cooper replied, “First of all, what I learned is that nobody wants to talk about it [poverty]. I went to Washington and met with the Black Congressional Caucus, and one member said, ‘Look, we’re being taught by a communications firm how to talk about poverty without talking about poverty, because nobody wants to hear us talk about poverty.’

“But I talk about it all the time. It’s in my blog all the time. It drives the Dartmouth group crazy. It isn’t for the lack of scholarship on this issue. It isn’t for the lack of perceptiveness. It’s for the lack of ears that are willing to listen and particularly politicians who are ready to respond.”

"Cooper noted that any discussion of poverty had essentially left the political arena since the time of Lyndon Johnson and the war on poverty. He told us in a conversation that during the last presidential election, he had done a word search in the speeches of both Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama for “poverty” and come up with virtually nothing. “It’s bipartisan,” he said, as a final word."
Does it need to be constantly spelled out why Obummer and the Democrats and their Rethug cousins always use the term "middle class?"   Is it not apparent to any discerning mind that "middle class" is what the "smart," "bright", status quo white boy media consultants came up with?  It's not rocket science people.
Check out Tom Burrell if you want to get insight on how the media spews anti-Black folk propaganda.  It's one thing to be constantly bombarded with this shit, it's another when our "leaders" promote this shit, just so they won't offend the sensibilities of selfish "middle class" pricks, the holy of holy "Independents," (read:  Reagan Democrats), as they fuck their own constituents in the process. 
When our so-called "Black Leaders" buy into historical revisionism and distortions, it only strengthens the propaganda perpetrating as MSM and "received wisdom."  Thanks to the CBC and the Texas School Board, don't be surprised if "Birth of Nation" get's a renewed screening at the White House.  LOL
The CBC can bring the popcorn and Obummer the beer, a good German lager methinks.  What a sorry state of affairs we're in.
Dosamuno:  (Most) Black elected officials can "kiss my ass too."

Barack H. Obama = Sarah Palin

"Drill, baby Drill"
Who needs Sarah, Dick Cheney or W. himself when you have Barack Obama as the latest Right-Wing Republican?
Yes, I remember Lynne Cheney stating in an interview that Martin Luther King was one of her most favorite American Historical figures. Unlike Obama who called King the "preacher," Mrs. Cheney had no problem saying Dr. King's name.
Hell, for good or ill, the Republicans talked more about inner city and issues related to black people than Obama does. Obama is scared to talk to African-Americans.
How about that? The "First" African-American president talks seemingly less about black people than say, even, his hero-Ronald Reagan did. 
I wonder had Obama been president when LBJ was, whether Obama would have been out fighting for the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act? Obama claimed these were the "excesses of the 1960s and 1970s. Obama makes me want to vomit. He now borrows the same war language of Bush and Cheney. Obama lacks any real moral conscience.
Who needs Sarah Palin, when you have "Drill, Baby, Drill," Barack Obama....Maybe Obama can turn his two books into a TV miniseries. I hope Obama loses, in 2012, and, defeated by  another fellow Republican.
 Obama is amoral at best.

Obama Betrays King's Philosophy of Nonviolence

Read the article by Jeff Nall:
"When President Barack Obama received the Nobel Peace prize some in the peace movement noted the irony of awarding such a prize to a man overseeing multiple wars and hundreds of military bases around the world. What was most horrifying about Obama being awarded the peace prize was the content of his acceptance speech in which he defended the utility and morality of violence and war. Rather than merely ignoring the legacy of peacemakers before him, Obama used the speech as a full-frontal assault on the very philosophical tenets of nonviolence advocated by Gandhi and Rev. King."
Also read Arthur Silber's take, powerful stuff, here's an excerpt but you must read the entire essay, read ALL of Arthur's essays:
"Barack Obama was inevitable. It was dangerous enough when truth was the enemy; truth was to be destroyed, but there remained a barely discernible acknowledgment that the truth still existed. With the ascension of Obama the Marketer, Obama the Fulfiller of Dreams, Obama the Commander of Illusion, the lie occupies the most prominent national space. Once installed, the lie grows daily and hourly. The smallest remaining tatters of truth are pushed always farther to the edges, until they vanish into the growing swamp of pain, suffering and death. To search for the truth in these circumstances is to sentence oneself to ridicule and hatred. To speak the truth is to render oneself irrelevant and invisible.

But, the liars insist, after our disgusting and vile history of slavery and discrimination, we miraculously have a Black president. Surely, this must be regarded as a wonderful development. In the unlikely event that you missed the intended intimidation, an additional phrase is often included: "Surely, this must be regarded as a wonderful development by all decent people." Now you understand, and now you will shut up.

Honest to Christ, talk about the lie ascendant. I suppose it is "uniquely American" that the first Black American president could only have been elected by molding himself entirely in the image of the white, male ruling class, and by adopting a white racist perspective. But still he has Black skin! O, glorious symbolism! O, wondrous marketing!"


Obama Supports Violence By the Second & Hour!

President Obama supports violence and wars by the second, minute and hour. Mr. Obama is VIOLENT and SUPPORTS VIOLENCE on Behalf of the American Corporate-Military State. The American Government should NEVER LECTURE anybody when it comes to issues of "Non-Violence." Obama supports the violent machinations of the American Government every step of the way, including torturing innocent men, women and children and holding people in secret detentions without trial. Under the United States Patriot Act of which Obama supports and defends, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. would be considered, today, a "terrorist" against the United States government. Obama, yes, would support that notion too and King would be imprisoned by Obama for being a "terrorist" in speaking out against the violence/war crimes of the U.S. government.

Obama's Upcoming War on Iran & the Black Community

I wonder what rationalizations the black community will have when Barack Obama goes to war on Iran or finally gives Israel the Green Light to do so. I am sure what has become the very hollow echoes out of the African-American community will continue when Obama allows Israel and the USA to bomb innocent brown- skinned people in Iran. Obama continues to threaten Iran on a daily basis and I hear nobody of significance in the African-American community criticizing the precious Obama for it. I hear excuse after excuse out of the African-American community for anything and everything Obama does, including as of yesterday----drilling for oil which was a no-no during the Bush years. I am so glad that the African-American community has made its peace with the likes of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush because that is exactly who Obama takes after and emulates. I am glad that the African-American community supports the latest war criminal president of the United States who is in charge of this Corporate-Military Imperial State and falling Empire named Barack Hussein Obama. It's too bad that sellouts in the Congressional Black Caucus so outspoken against Bush's war crimes now support Obama's war crimes and unjust social and economic policies here in the United States. Obama is already a BIG failure and then some. The overall silence and excuse-making for Obama in the African-American community is appalling! I am so tired of the excuse making in the African-American community based on the sillly and amoral logic that one must "support the brother," as if this is some kind of sporting event. Obama is the leader of the very white establishment for God's sake and not the coach of some major league sports team. His decisions regarding war and peace means the possible death of thousands upon thousands of people. This supporting Obama based on "race" is no longer applicable and is as silly as any white person who would give blind loyalty to white politicians based on the same ridiculous idea and immature reasoning.

Pastor Deedee Coleman Supports War on Iran!

The African-American Community has a fine represenative in the name of Pastor Deedee Coleman who is calling for more American wars and this time on brown-skinned people in Iran.  I thought the African-American community did not like such Wars of Empire as this same kind of Imperial rule has not only made the continent of Africa poor and neglected by such colonial rulers but also was the same system which brought the world slavery, and made Nelson Mandela a "war criminal" and "terrorist," all in the eyes of most Western governments. Thus, some preacher this Deedee Coleman is on calling for the United States and Israel to make war on Iran!!!!! Coleman claims that it is now in the interest of the African-American community to stand with Israel to commence war on the Iranian people. What a crock of crap if I ever heard of any before. This so-called Pastor Coleman may as well stand with other war criminals like Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, and also Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush and now Obama. Pastor Coleman ought to be ashamed to even utter the name of  "God" after calling for a war on Iran, upon giving this AIPAC Speech on March 23, 2010. Pastor Coleman boasts proudly of being on AIPAC's National Policy Board and how the African-American community must because its in their interests to do so---standing with Israel always and not relenting on this point at all. I wonder how much money Coleman receives for saying this junk: 
“…….It is a must, a necessity, an urgency, an obligation of trust, a stipulation, a need that Israel must be secure and some things are nonnegotiable. Jerusalem, the capital of Israel — nonnegotiable. (Applause.)….Iran must be stopped — nonnegotiable. (Applause.)….Israel must have the right to defend itself — nonnegotiable. (Applause.)……The United States must protect, support, pray for and act on our commitment of support to Israel and its people. We must continue to build a strong bipartisan consensus that has been a part of America's history with Israel to assure that the threats to Israel shall never come to pass. Israel's need for peace and security is not a party issue. It is not an issue of whose side you are on, but it is an issue of the right thing to do……Together — (applause) — together our job is to ensure domestic political support in the United States for a secure and peaceful Israel. As President Barack Obama said from this very podium, and I quote, "Those who threaten Israel threaten us. Israel has always faced these threats on the frontlines and I will bring to the White House an unshakable commitment to Israel's security." As a proud member of the pro-Israel community it is my privilege and duty to work with our president and our Congress to ensure the vitality of the Jewish state. We must enhance American-Israelite defense cooperation and ensure that Israel has the ability to defend itself always and Iran must not make nuclear weapons for Israel's sake, for America's sake and for the world's sake. (Applause.)…..It is incumbent upon us, each of us to work with an administration committed to these goals to ensure that no weapons threaten the existence of our ally Israel. I also believe and know in my heart that the bond between Israel and the United States is well planted with deep roots based on our shared values and faith. It is a relationship that cannot be shaken by a sudden gust of wind. We are too strong for that. We are too deep for that. We are too powerful for that. We are too loving for that. It is a relationship. (Applause.)…..It is a relationship that cannot be shaken. Those of us from the African-American community who are here today have come to stand with Israel and to work with AIPAC to strengthen the ties that bind America and Israel together. We have come, because we understand that while Israel needs America it is America that also needs Israel. (Applause.)…..We are on a journey together and nothing should shake us from that purpose. Don't get it twisted, don't get confused, don't get perplexed; don't allow the wind to cloud your judgment. At the end of the day, Iran must not make nuclear weapons. (Applause.)…..While I know the importance of our political work and that we are blessed in this land of America to have the freedom to act on our beliefs I am thankful for more, but my sisters and brothers of AIPAC, don't ever forget that there is a God factor that we cannot overlook, the God who stood in eternity and declared, "Let there be," and it was. There is a God who sits high and looks down low. There is a God that has never failed his people, the God that took you from the grips of Pharaoh and cross you over into the Promised Land, the same God who was a cloud by day and fire by night, the same God who provided manna from heaven and parted the Red Sea, the God who said, "I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt." I don't believe that God has brought Israel and the United States this far to leave us behind. God has a purpose for us. (Applause.)……Each of us are predestined to sit in the seats where we are sitting today, in the very place. You did not wake yourself up this morning. It was the grace and mercy of an almighty God. We are sitting in this place believing that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. Make no mistake, my AIPAC sisters and brothers I am but one voice of many from the African-American community who want to let you know that you are not alone. You are not alone for we have history together. Our struggles have been your struggles and your struggles are our struggles. Your victory of peace will be our victory for all humanity. We understand all too well discrimination, separation, death and fear and we shall never forget it……We, the African-American community feel your urgency…..We cannot afford to be led astray, but we must stand together believing that all things are possible through the God who loves us. We must stand together, stand as adversity knocks at your door, stand as you seek peace and hold on to your faith, stand onto God's unchanging hand, stand as you walk by faith and not by sight — (applause) — stand and support Israel, stand and tell the story, stand on today as we march on Washington to make our voices heard together that our desire for peace is unmistakable, our support for Israel is unshakable and our bond for freedom and friendship is unbreakable. Thanks be to God. Thank you so very much……”-------Pastor Deedee Coleman Speech @ AIPAC from March 23, 2010

Real News

Stop beating around the bush, it's time we all speak the real truth about what's really happening here. The Obama Administration is Fascist.

"Fascist" Argument can be Made

Yes, that "the Obama Administration is Fascist," is certainly an argument which is more than plausible considering its Militarist and Corporatist Policies which have nothing to do with helping the average man or woman on the street or working people in general. I am sooooo tired of Obama's phony and superficial gestures towards this phantom "Middle Class" which has been essentially hollowed out by Obama's pals and allies in the corporate world. Obama is fixing for war on Iran and his sycophantic followers will support him in this military move as well. Obama is certainly not a man of peace or credible civil libertarian. Obama is very hard to listen to any longer as well. I cannot stand to listen to his double talking any longer.

"The Devil Made me do it" yaaawwnnn

Obama is all of the things you all mention and then some, he's effectively gutted Leftist movements and aspirations, but at least he's exposed the bankruptcy and hollowness of "Liberalism."  Liberalism is not the same as being "Leftist."  Liberalism is rooted in individual primacy and American Exceptionalism, and status quo institutional power, it's elitist also.  Leftists are capitalists but view the world as more collective, more of a community.  Liberal's pursue community when it's convenient to acquire power. Hence, the "magic negro" the former community organizer (lol) who stands pat while a hoax destroys the most preimminent grassroots movement--ACORN-- existing for the last decade.  "Change you can believe in," if you're a complete dumbass.
What's amazing is that the sheeple refuse to see an old Hollywood Classic slowly unwinding, the "Good, the Bad, and the Ugly."  Obama is the classic American Cowboy, albeit a Buffalo(chip) Soldier who's going to ride into the sunset fighting the bad guys.  If Obama wasn't a CIA asset before he ran for prez, he damn sure one now.  Any President, works lock step with the National Security State.   They cower in the presence of the National Security State.
Do people not see that the fraudulent "anointing" of the Nobel Peace Prize and Obama's infamous "Just War" speech, the "for show" arms pact with Russia, the phony "spat" with Israel, and other machinations are all designed to give the Anointed One cover for a war with Iran.  Is it not clear that Obama intends to finish what Bush started?   But of course, unlike Bush who was "evil" the Devil made Obama do it.
The brutal facts are that most African Americans, even ones with Masters and Ph.Ds let alone BAs believe Iran is an evil empire, (my f in-law who is more informed than his peers even believes it.  No doubt he believes them White folks in Israel are "chosen" too).  When Iran is attacked, and even when the economic bottom fallouts, they'll be standing in soup lines saying, "The Devil Made him do it."  "He had good intentions Lord, but the Devil made him do it."  LOL
I guarantee you if he did he did the shit Easter Sunday, Negroes will be singing praises in the pews.  "Oh Lordy be, he saved the Jews from the Devil."  "He is risen, he is risen indeed!"  Pathetic.

Enlightened Cynic - Very Insightful Post!!!

Enlightened Cynic----------Great points you made there. It is quite "pathetic" as you put it and, so well, too.

Doctor tells Obama supporters: Go elsewhere for health care

A Mount Dora doctor posted a sign telling Obama health care supporters to go elsewhere.


By Stephen Hudak, Orlando Sentinel
4:50 p.m. EDT, April 2, 2010
MOUNT DORA — A doctor who considers the national health-care overhaul to be bad medicine for the country posted a sign on his office door telling patients who voted for President Barack Obama to seek care "elsewhere."

"I'm not turning anybody away — that would be unethical," Dr. Jack Cassell, 56, a Mount Dora urologist and a registered Republican opposed to the health plan, told the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday. "But if they read the sign and turn the other way, so be it."

The sign reads: "If you voted for Obama … seek urologic care elsewhere. Changes to your healthcare begin right now, not in four years."

Estella Chatman, 67, of Eustis, whose daughter snapped a photo of the typewritten sign, sent the picture to U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, the Orlando Democrat who riled Republicans last year when he characterized the GOP's idea of health care as, "If you get sick, America … Die quickly."

Chatman said she heard about the sign from a friend referred to Cassell after his physician recently died. She said her friend did not want to speak to a reporter but was dismayed by Cassell's sign.

"He's going to find another doctor," she said.

Cassell may be walking a thin line between his right to free speech and his professional obligation, said William Allen, professor of bioethics, law and medical professionalism at the University of Florida's College of Medicine.

Allen said doctors cannot refuse patients on the basis of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or disability, but political preference is not one of the legally protected categories specified in civil-rights law. By insisting he does not quiz his patients about their politics and has not turned away patients based on their vote, the doctor is "trying to hold onto the nub of his ethical obligation," Allen said.

"But this is pushing the limit," he said.

Cassell, who has practiced medicine in GOP-dominated Lake County since 1988, said he doesn't quiz his patients about their politics, but he also won't hide his disdain for the bill Obama signed and the lawmakers who passed it.
In his waiting room, Cassell also has provided his patients with photocopies of a health-care timeline produced by Republican leaders that outlines "major provisions" in the health-care package. The doctor put a sign above the stack of copies that reads: "This is what the morons in Washington have done to your health care. Take one, read it and vote out anyone who voted for it."

Cassell, whose lawyer wife, Leslie Campione, has declared herself a Republican candidate for Lake County commissioner, said three patients have complained, but most have been "overwhelmingly supportive" of his position.

"They know it's not good for them," he said.

Cassell, who previously served as chief of surgery at Florida Hospital Waterman in Tavares, said a patient's politics would not affect his care for them, although he said he would prefer not to treat people who support the president.

"I can at least make a point," he said.

The notice on Cassell's office door could cause some patients to question his judgment or fret about the care they might receive if they don't share his political views, Allen said. He said doctors are wise to avoid public expressions that can affect the physician-patient relationship.

Erin VanSickle, spokeswoman for the Florida Medical Association, would not comment specifically.

But she noted in an e-mail to the Sentinel that "physicians are extended the same rights to free speech as every other citizen in the United States."

The outspoken Grayson described Cassell's sign as"ridiculous."

"I'm disgusted," he said. "Maybe he thinks the Hippocratic Oath says, ‘Do no good.' If this is the face of the right wing in America, it's the face of cruelty. … Why don't they change the name of the Republican Party to the Sore Loser Party?"

Congress working on crack/powder cocaine disparity bills

Has BAR published any articles on the bills that are being negotiated in Congress "right now" to address the sentencing disparity between powder cocaine and crack cocaine? The Senate bill proposes ONLY to reduce the disparity from 100-1 to 18-1. The House bill eliminates it, making it 1-1. We - Black folks - need to make sure that the disparity is eliminated, not reduced.
[I wanted to email this question/msg directly to the editors of BAR, but couldn't find link to do so. So instead I am posting it here with the hope that the BAR editors read it and respond.]

Arthur Silber deconstructs the Obama mythology


August 31, 2008

Silenced: Barack Obama and the End of Struggle toward Truth and Freedom
..."But, if Obama is the realization of King’s dream, then the price of the dream is silence. And, as the slogan goes, “Silence = Death.” If Obama is the realization of King’s dream, then the price is silence about the oppression of Black people - and the abandonment of the millions locked away under the conditions of mass incarceration that have replaced Jim Crow. If Obama is the realization of King’s dream, then being Black means being white – then Black is white, or at least it’s Black on white terms. It’s a Blackness that dare not speak its name.

Obama’s shot at the presidency doesn’t signal the end of racism in the U.S. It is made possible, rather, by the new form racism itself has taken, a form that offers a prison cell to poor people of color, and, for the middle class, on the other hand, an Apartheid-style pass card stamped “SILENCED.”
..."Attaining authentic freedom requires, as its barest starting point, the naming of what keeps us subjugated. What keeps us subjugated is the very system Obama wants to rule. The system, even with Barack Obama as its first Black emperor, is not our hope. It’s our enemy, the enemy of the world, and, because this system is rapidly undermining the ability of the planet to foster and sustain life, it is the enemy of all Life on Earth. This is exactly the understanding that the Christian fascists like Weyrich and Heubeck wanted to crush out of our awareness, and the lack of such awareness is exactly what Barack Obama depends on if he is to remain a symbol of the impossible dream that the system can be something other than what it is."


No MLKs coming out of current "Black Church" either

I see that Obummer has scheduled a photo op with leaders of major Black Churches, who have already written the Prez a letter praising him and encouraging him to "stay the course."  lol.  Imagine MLK sending Kennedy a letter telling him to "stay the course."  The institutional Black Church is by and large an abject failure.  It has only it's cowardice and lack of vision to blame.
Of course those puppy-love sick poseurs won't be making any demands for a "Black Agenda", in fact, according to their stooge media mouthpiece:
"This meeting is not about politics," spokesman Corey Ealons said. "It is about connecting with key faith leaders on the challenges impacting our nation. President Obama appreciates the acute challenges facing African Americans across the country and respects the work these pastors are doing to support the communities they serve."  (if the meeting is not about "politics" then wtf are they doing there?  Is it a Prayer Breakfast, a lovefest, or a photo op, or perhaps proof of their "access" to high-powered Negro sellouts???)
"The public show of support and its welcome by the White House is a shift from Obama's seeming detachment from the question of whether he should have a "black agenda." In the past, he has responded by saying that "a rising tide lifts all boats" and that his job "is to be president of the whole country." This time, he is letting the ministers sing his praises."
"He is the president of the United States, not just the president of black people, the president of Latino people," said Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, a leader of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. "We expect him to put together policies and an agenda that will impact all of America and not just one special interest."
Get that one???  The Negro Church Leaders are calling themselves and their congregations, "special interests."  Sounds like they've been reading and adopting Rethuglican Talking Points, huh?  Exhibit "A" as to why I don't attend church today, or at least a primary reason among others.  As a vehicle for protest, agitation, justice, and social uplift, the Black Church is M.I.A.  "Praise be to the anointed one, King (Herod) Obummer."  (These Negroes dare not even bring up prison ministries and crack/powder sentencing disparities. )
The Black (so-called) Church Leaders will be big pimping in the White House, kissing the Prez's ass, and providing cover for his anti-poor, working class policies.  I've posed the question for years, and I'll pose it again to illustrate my point:  "Where was the Black Church when Falwell, Robinson and the other White Supremacists parading as Christians pursued their Right Wing Moral Majority objectives and distorted the teachings of Jesus?"

Well now we know.  They've been busy kissing Right Wing Christian Authoritarian ass, probably because they are pro-authoritarian, control freaks themselves. (Do as I say and not as I do)   And if you jingle a dollar or a "high profile Negro," or an awards show appearance in their presence  they are "Happy, Happy, Happy."  You pukes don't speak for me, and neither do you speak for millions of your suffering congregants.  Can't you empty suits offer something more than prayer cloth and "pie in the sky"?  "Change you can believe in."  lol
These are the same Religous Leaders who believe Abe Saperstein of the Globe Trotters is one of the Chosen Persons.  They'll posit that Jesus had more melanin in his skin than Mel Gibson when hell freezes over. lol  But that's okay, because Obummer is more transformatinal than Christ himself in their worldview.