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Rep. Clyburn: Putting Obama First – Civil Liberties, Peace, Justice, and Reality Last

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    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    Black Congressman James Clyburn’s “gut” tells him that whistleblower Edward Snowden is conspiring with others to “embarrass” President Obama. “Clyburn’s gut isn’t a bit queasy about the dramatic expansion of the National Security State, as long as Big Brother is Black.” In the narrow worldview of the Black Misleadership Class, it’s Obama uber alles.


    Rep. Clyburn: Putting Obama First – and Civil Liberties, Peace and Justice, Last

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    Congressman Clyburn has but one priority: to protect the image and legacy of Barack Obama.”

    If one good thing has come out of Barack Obama’s ascension to the White House, it is that his rise has exposed the appalling backwardness of the Black Misleadership Class – a petty and puny-minded cohort whose worldview is so narrow, it can accommodate only one issue: the political fortunes of the First Black President. Nothing else matters to these incredibly parochial political midgets – not issues of war and peace, nor the precarious state of planetary ecology, not even the economic well-being of the masses of Black Americans. Certainly, not civil liberties. Only Obama.

    Congressman James Clyburn is supposed to represent the interests of more than half a million South Carolinians, the majority of them Black. One might expect a Black congressman to have more than a passing interest in the Bill of Rights and protection of civil liberties. The revelation that Uncle Sam is building up a dossier on everyone with a telephone and a computer connection should be at least mildly upsetting to anyone that calls himself a Black leader. But Congressman Clyburn has but one priority: to protect the image and legacy of Barack Obama.

    Rather than thank whistleblower Edward Snowden for revealing the massive scope of government spying under Obama, Congressman Clyburn sees a conspiracy against the president. Otherwise, how could a 30-year-old white boy who dropped out of high school get in a position to blow the whistle on the Obama administration. “I haven’t gotten to where I am in politics without relying on my gut,” said Clyburn. “And my gut tells me this is an effort to embarrass the president.”

    No doubt, white privilege did play a role.”

    Clyburn’s gut isn’t a bit queasy about the dramatic expansion of the National Security State, as long as Big Brother is Black. What gives Clyburn angry bowels is the idea that a white guy with a GED had a secret security clearance. “Where did he get the intellectual capacity to be allowed access to all this data?” fumed Clyburn. The better question is, Where did Snowden get the moral courage to go up against rapidly growing fascism with a Black face?

    Julianne Malveaux is considered quite gifted, intellectually. She’s an economist, author, political commentator and former president of historically Black Bennett College, in North Carolina. But she, too, seems more upset about young Snowden’s fat salary at a law firm in Hawaii, than about threats to everyone’s civil liberties. Malveaux sounded like Congressman Clyburn’s echo. “I am still trying to figure out,” she said, “how a young white man with a GED was able to infiltrate both the respected firm Booz Allen and also the CIA, to earn a wage of more than $200,000 a year, and to know enough to whistle-blow.”

    Snowden learned computers at a community college and got his security clearance while training to be a Green Beret. He left the military after breaking both legs, but kept his clearance – and the rest is history, right up there with Wikileaks and the Pentagon Papers. No doubt, white privilege did play a role in Snowden’s gaining access to Big Brother’s secrets. There have also been lots of times when white privilege was put to good use for the Black Liberation Movement, and in the cause of peace. What makes certain Black folks mad at Edward Snowden, is that he embarrassed their president – which, for the Black Misleadership Class, is the greatest crime imaginable.

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    Clyburn is a pathetic sycophant.

    What a greasy piece of crap.  Typical.

    your comment

    Between Clyburn and Obama I'm not sure which is the greasier :-)!

    What would be "bad enough" for Pres.O to do to lose the faithful

    support?  What presidential action would be "bad enough" to have the faithful be really critical of President Obama?    My reaction to Edward Snowden's decision of conscience was to make art as soon as I could.  The art is up on my Flickr public photostream page; put "Sanda Aronson" into your search engine and the link direct to the art on Flickr Public Photostream will be near the top of the list.  The two newest pieces are titled "Liberte:July 4, 2013 2.0" and "Liberte:July 4, 2013" in support of Edward Snowden and a few others.  (Total of 18 pieces available to anyone to view and/or download.)  And, it's great that a soldier learned something other than how to kill and get a GED, get a job with a GED diploma, all of which are getting harder to do.   The media support of power sounds like echoes of the condemnation of Bradley Manning's act of conscience, likewise the politicians falling "into step" behind the Administration.   Opinion polls that may appear to be critical of Snowden are based on media manipulation to "manufacture consent". 

    can't find your flickr page or photostream....

    For some reason, when I search there for it using your name all I get is a pic of nursing grads from Johns Hopkins, class of 1969....

    "Sanda Aronson" via google search or name plus Flickr gets it

    Hmmm, Mr. Dixon,    Curiouser and curiouser, as someone said.  I put "Sanda Aronson" in quotation marks, name by itself, or with Flickr added after quotation marked name, going via google search and it comes right up on my machine. I think my name on Flickr itself is "Sanda Aronson the artist". (I was even more tech newbie when I joined than I am now.)  About what you wrote: In 1969, I was in Manhattan.  Will email you the newest image so you'll have the link itself :"Liberte:July4,2013 2.0".  My copy/paste skills are not yet good enough to do the Flickr url for my page of Public Photostream,  on BAR.

    Mr Ford is missing a very important part of the puzzle.

    The unexplainable emotional ties the Black community in general have for President Obama makes it impossible for any Black politician who depends on the Black vote for reelection to criticize Obama.It would be political suicide. I do not understand why Black people think it's a good thing that we all think alike. There is nothing that your enemy likes better than to be able to control your mind and your thoughts . We are all walking around believing in the same bushit religion.we go see the same focked up movies.Now,we are all worshiping a man we basically know nothing about and again, the Black woman is in charge.She leads and the Black man follows.At least the Black man will allow you to get in a few words about Obama before he starts to defend him while doing his best to stay cool.The Black woman on the other hand , will put up the other hand and start waiving it like someone who is about to have a seizure while saying"DON'T TALK ABOUT MY PRESIDENT...I DON'T WANT TO HEAR NOTHING ABOUT MY PRESIDENT".And, when I mention to them that he does not address issues pertaining to policies that are hurting Black people, she'll come back with" WELL,,,,WHAT DO YOU WANT HIM TO BE, THE PRESIDENT FOR JUST BLACK PEOPLE?......HE IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE WHOLE COUNTRY".....Just a few seconds ago,she was calling the man her president and now he is the president of the whole country.Black men,it's time to wake up and start thinking like men and stop allowing the Black woman to lead a whole race over a cliff following Obama .  I was 18 years old when I finally worked up the courage to tell my mother I did not believe in the stupidities of the bible.About two weeks ago, a friend told me that her 7 year old son who at the time was attending Catholic school , came and told her that he didn't believe in God. That is something unheard of in the Black community.If a 7 year old can do it , why can't a man who is 40 years old do it?....Because he is a coward , that's why. A stupid and emotionally unstable woman is going to dictate to me,a man,how to think......?.I do not give a damn if she is my mother,I won't do it unless the shit makes sense.......Mr Ford , the people are forcing the politicians into a corner they can't get out of ....;Even if they wanted to..;All because the big tough Black man is scared of his Mommy and his wife.

    some people just do not understand..

    You read my post and basically got nothing from it.The reason being that you probably saw yourself in the scared negro that I wrote about.There is no one sane on earth who is going to stand up on behalf of a people who are going to turn against him or her.You won't do it and you have no business asking anybody else to do it.Black people are stupid and dumb and they will pay for their stupidity one day; Plain and simple.Explain to me how a proud black man can look himself in the mirror knowing that he supports a nasty disgusting book which was used to justify the enslavement of his ancestors ? Only a man with no pride,no self esteem and no sense of connection to Africa would do such a thing.Then, I look over in Africa and I see the African who should know better supporting the same crap.I know Black people who truly believe that the slave merchants did Black people a favor by taking them out of Africa...Many Blacks believe that the African chiefs sent a telegram to the white man one day announcing the sale of Africans and this is how the slave trade started.The white man can say anything to the black man and the latter will believe it.Tell the Black man that the sky is green and he will believe it as long as a white person said it....Many Black Americans hate Haitians who hate Jamaicans who hate everybody who is not Jamaican.Jamaicans believe in a shortened version of Jehovah who they call Jah.Black Americans are always talking about the greatness of Africa past but never express any concern for the pain and misery of Africans living today. I can go on and on about how stupid we are as a people but,what's the sense? A stupid person will always be the last person to admit that he or she is stupid.That is why he or she is still stupid.


    Well said. Only when the situation gets dire enough will the masses finally wake up.

    He seems like a very bright

    He seems like a very bright young man. That video is so heartbreaking....

    There is no black leadership..

    The evil corporate police state murdered all of our true black leaders. Rest in peace Medger Evers. Now, file that in your database BO.

    Julianne Malveaux Quote

    The article quotes Julianne Malveaux:  “I am still trying to figure out... how a young white man with a GED was able to infiltrate both the respected firm Booz Allen and also the CIA, to earn a wage of more than $200,000 a year, and to know enough to whistle-blow.”

    Please cite exactly when and where Malveaux said that. I have not been able to find it on the Internet and it is a textbook example of the kinds of things certain progressive voices have said in defense of the indefensible policies of not only Barack Obama, but of some of the worst lesser Democratic Party hack politicians.

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