Black Folk and the Excuse for Obama Syndrome

This is a response to an email sent out by Robert P. Watson, Ph.D. Coordinator of American Studies at Lynn University on behalf of a group called “UNITE US,” which is supposedly an organization of black owned businesses. Dr. Watson’s email was titled “Hidden Secrets About Barack Obama and more” and starts out complaining that the media is “failing to report on (Obama’s) accomplishments.” Dr. Watson then goes on to list what he claims are 90 "accomplishments" of the Obama regime.What I have done is to quote them here verbatim and followed each with my own responses, for as a person person of Afrikan descent in Amerikkka, I am sick of black folk running around praising this top House Knee-grow and not being critical because “he is black.” Now, I consider this tendancy on our part to really be "reverse racism," all of a sudden slavery and the plantation are cool because a house knee-grow is at the Helm while massa recovers from sickness. Obama was selected for the very purpose of saving "da big house," which was set on fire when Amerikkka made its move on the world under Baby Doc Bush. Amerikkka needed a not simply a new face, but an entirely different look for the world, which is overwhelmingly a world of color. Amerikkkka's "War on Terrorism" has clearly been nothing more than White Manifest Destiny (WMD) on steroids, with the labeling of people as "terrorist" and "terror suspects" being no different from when they labeled the Native people "Murderous Red Savages on Our frontier," as they spoke from the shores of this continent,A black man as president is not what our ancestors desired, "civil rights" is not what was taken and has been kept from us, our ancestors did not escape the plantation out of some desire to "integrate" with our oppressor. I hear black folk talking about "we have a black president," when in fact it is Amerikkka that has a black as president, the only thing black folk in Amerikkka have is more empty hope for change. Dr. Watson sets forth a prime example of how we perpetuate our own enslavement, our own backwardness in addressing issues that concern us and the world, he gives what he contends are 90 "accomplishments" of the Obama regime, 90% of which are not "accomplishments" at all, but more slick talk from a smooth operator. Not a single one of the so-called "90 accomplishments" has anything with improving the lives of black folk, impoverished folk, working folk, or any other folk in America or around the world except for rich and powerful folk.At best, Obama is just another knee-grow first in a white system, knee-grow firsts are not accomplishments for the whole, they do serve the purpose of blunting charges of institutional racism, so they help the system to perpetuate lies and myths of justice and equality. And when you try to point this out to many black folk in this country, our first response is to make excuses, saying that we all know that Obama can't come out speak on our behalf or address our concerns because the white folk won't let then I ask, what good is he to us and why in the hell are we giving up so much to support him? I would pose this question to Dr. Watson, but I am not sure that he really isn't Dick Chaney or Clarence Thomass trying to pretend like they are black to deepen the chains of stupidity sunk into our heads. We are a people up shit creek with Obama buttons pinned to our heads thinking that they are paddles, while Amerikkka continues to shoot holes in what was already a ragged raft at best.Here is my response to Dr. Watson and all other knee-grows like him, my responses are in bold in order to make sure the reader can easily distinguish the two:“1. Ordered all federal agencies to undertake a study and make recommendations for ways to cut spending” – while bailing out the big banks, auto companies, and continuing huge expenditures on the military.“2. Ordered a review of all federal operations to identify and cut wasteful spending and practices” – so that he could engage in the same as set out in response to the first claim“3. Instituted enforcement for equal pay for women” – enforcement by who? Remember “civil rights”?“4. Beginning the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq” – so he can send them to Afghanistan.“5. Families of fallen soldiers have expenses covered to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB” – more wasteful spending since there should not be any troops fighting and dying, and he is sending thousands more.“6. Ended media blackout on war casualties; reporting full information” – very doubtful, as affirmed by the following claim:“7. Ended media blackout on covering the return of fallen soldiers to Dover AFB; the media is now permitted to do so pending adherence to respectful rules and approval of fallen soldier's family” – as if the reporting in the past was not.“8. The White House and federal government are respecting the Freedom of Information Act” – really, in what respect?“9. Instructed all federal agencies to promote openness and transparency as much as possible” – sounds like “with all deliberate speed” of Brown v. Brd of Ed, that really has meant “take your time, there is no rush.”“10. Limits on lobbyist's access to the White House” – but not to his administration and while allowing them to gorge themselves on Capital Hill even more so than before.“11. Limits on White House aides working for lobbyists after their tenure in the administration” – which explains way there are more lobbyist in Washington now than ever before.“12. Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date” – while pledging to send 45,000 more.“13. Phasing out the expensive F-22 war plane and other outdated weapons systems, which weren't even used or needed in Iraq/Afghanistan” – which is why he phased them out and now spends the money on predator drones.“14. Removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research” – Okay, the opposition to the research was never scientifically grounded, nor widespread any way, a straw man issue.“15. Federal support for stem-cell and new biomedical research” – same as above.“16. New federal funding for science and research labs” – coming from where?“17. States are permitted to enact federal fuel efficiency standards above federal standards” – something that California began doing during the Bush regime.“18. Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants) after years of neglect” – which had to be done any way and was supposed to have been done in light of numerous bridge collapses, New Orleans, and other instances.“19. Funds for high-speed, broadband Internet access to K-12 schools” – again, from where?“20. New funds for school construction” – from where?“21. The prison at Guantanamo Bay is being phased out” – only to be moved to the states, those people will still be illegally held indefinitely and subjected to racist kangaroo justice just like the nearly 3 million people already imprisoned in and by America.“22. US Auto industry rescue plan” – which has proven a complete failure and the further draining of resources at the taxpayer’s expense for generations to come.“23. Housing rescue plan” – it sucks and is no real plan, just another empty publicity gesture.“24. $789 billion economic stimulus plan” – for Wall Street and the ruling elite.“25. The public can meet with federal housing insurers to refinance (the new plan can be completed in one day) a mortgage if they are having trouble paying” – that remains to be seen with foreclosures still occurring in record numbers.“26. US financial and banking rescue plan” – as if the banks who were behind the “crisis” needed to be rescued, while their CEO are getting ready to pay themselves huge bonuses.“27. The secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere are being closed” –so, how would we know if they are still “secret”?“28. Ended the previous policy; the US now has a no torture policy and is in compliance with the Geneva Convention standards” – torture is a crime and the fact that the U.S. claimed to have a “policy” on it did not make it legal and again, since all of this is done in secret, how are we suppose to believe that they are no longer doing it when Obama continues with the indefinite detentions?“29. Better body armor is now being provided to our troops” – along with bigger guns, more bombs, and better bullets to kill people in “the War on Terror.”“30. The missile defense program is being cut by $1.4 billion in 2010” – only because not a single dime should have ever been spent on such stupidity, a missile defense against who?“31. Restarted the nuclear nonproliferation talks and building back up the nuclear inspection” – while continuing to arm Israel with nuclear weapons, but making an issue out of the fact that Iran has none and has a twinkle in its eye to develop the capacity in order to prevent the U.S. from invading it like North Korea did.“32. Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic” – from every other country except U.S. oil interests.“33. Reengaged in the agreements/talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions” – right, by pushing Carbon trading.“34. Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any president in his first six months in office” – in order to let them see the new black mask on the same old racist and imperialist system.“35. Successful release of US captain held by Somali pirates; authorized the SEALS to do their job” – which was to kill those black teen-agers for kidnapping a white American.“36. US Navy increasing patrols off Somali coast” – in order to make sure that white nations remain firmly in control the business of piracy.“37. Attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles” – again, something that benefits only those well off enough to buy one of those cars.“38. Cash for clunkers program offers vouchers to trade in fuel inefficient, polluting old cars for new cars; stimulated auto sales” – again, a program that benefitted very few people with money to buy new cars.“39. Announced plans to purchase fuel efficient American-made fleet for the federal government” – perhaps he should have gotten a fleet of inefficient cars.“40. Expanded the SCHIP program to cover health care for 4 million more children” – not in impoverished communities.“41. Signed national service legislation; expanded national youth service program” – a political move and one intended to accomplish the same thing as the fascist in Germany did with their youth.“42. Instituted a new policy on Cuba, allowing Cuban families to return home to visit loved ones” – while maintaining the embargo and spewing the same old hostile rhetoric of every administration before his.“43. Ended the previous policy of not regulating and labeling carbon dioxide emissions” – Okay, but we already knew what it was, putting a label on it does not necessarily help eliminate the problem.“44. Expanding vaccination programs” – so the government can better infect people with bacteria it is testing and place tracking implant chips under their skin, so everybody can be “chipped up” as one Rockefeller put it.“45. Immediate and efficient response to the floods in North Dakota and other natural disasters” – just don’t let it involve any large black populations, otherwise we will see a repeat of the continuing non-response like with New Orleans.“46. Closed offshore tax safe havens” – which the super rich did not need any more any way.“47. Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals” – but that depends on who is labeled as a “tax evader and criminal,” Obama has yet to admit that George Bush and Dick Chaney are tax evaders and criminals.“48. Ended the previous policy of offering tax benefits to corporations who outsource American jobs” – although such “offerings” will no longer be made, it does not mean that they no longer exist, for we do not see any jobs coming back and no slow down in corporations outsourcing jobs overseas.“49. Ended the previous practice of protecting credit card companies; in place of it are new consumer protections from credit card industry's predatory practices” - that remains to be seen since the credit card companies and the banks are really one in the same.“50. Energy producing plants must begin preparing to produce 15% of their energy from renewable sources” – again, a Jedi mind game since “renewable sources” is a matter of definition.“51. Lower drug costs for seniors” – which is why people are still having to go to Canada and Mexico to obtain affordable drugs.“52. Ended the previous practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug manufacturers for cheaper drugs; the federal government is now realizing hundreds of millions in savings” – really, so where are those hundreds of million of dollars going? To the banks, military, and into the pockets of politicians, CEOs, and lobbyists.“53. Increasing pay and benefits for military personnel” – for a better paid imperial mercenary force.“54. Improved housing for military personnel” – for a better housed imperial mercenary force.“55. Initiating a new policy to promote federal hiring of military spouses” – in order to co-opt the families of mercenaries into the imperial military force.“56. Improved conditions at Walter Reed Military Hospital and other military hospitals” – which actually began under Bush only after the shameful conditions were publicly exposed.“57. Increasing student loans” – Remains to be seen.“58. Increasing opportunities in AmeriCorps program” – more fascist Brown-shirt development.“59. Sent envoys to Middle East and other parts of the world that had been neglected for years” – but not to Gaza, Somalia, Yemen. “…reengaging in multilateral and bilateral talks and diplomacy” - with Israel, Hamid Karzi, and various “War Lords (or other Lords of War).“60. Established a new cyber security office” – to benefit who?“61. Beginning the process of reforming and restructuring the military 20 years after the Cold War to a more modern fighting force; this includes new procurement policies, increasing size of military, new technology and cyber units and operations, etc” - my point exactly.“62. Ended previous policy of awarding no-bid defense contracts” – but not reducing the need for the contracts and the military.“63. Ordered a review of hurricane and natural disaster preparedness” – Okay, but we will not know what that means until the levees break again.“64. Established a National Performance Officer charged with saving the federal government money and making federal operations more efficient” – this is a real Casper the Friendly Ghost statement.“65. Students struggling to make college loan payments can have their loans refinanced” – at higher rates by the bailed out banks, when it was the students who needed to be bailed out.“66. Improving benefits for veterans” – again, improving on the imperial mercenary force.“67. Many more press conferences and town halls and much more media access than previous administration” - because the Obama machination is good at playing the Jedi mind games.“68. Instituted a new focus on mortgage fraud” – hmmm, that is like closing the barn door after the horses are all gone.“69. The FDA is now regulating tobacco” – you mean drug dealing allowed by the government.“70. Ended previous policy of cutting the FDA and circumventing FDA rules” – to accomplish what?“71. Ended previous practice of having White House aides rewrite scientific and environmental rules, regulations, and reports” – and so?“72. Authorized discussions with North Korea and private mission by Pres. Bill Clinton to secure the release of two Americans held in prisons” – two Americans who admittedly violated the law, and what about the nearly 3 million people this country holds in prison, many of whom are there simply because they are not white and impoverished?“73. Authorized discussions with Myanmar and mission by Sen. Jim Web to secure the release of an American held captive” – by a military junta that employs terrorism against the people and holds thousands in prison. America did not concern itself with those details though since the junta is an ally in “the War on Terror.”“74. Making more loans available to small businesses” – not black ones.“75. Established independent commission to make recommendations on slowing the costs of Medicare” – How is this an “accomplishment’?“76. Appointment of first Latina to the Supreme Court” – it is called tokenism.“77. Authorized construction/opening of additional health centers to care for veterans” – again, benefits for being a mercenary.“78. Limited salaries of senior White House aides; cut to $100,000” – so?“79. Renewed loan guarantees for Israel” – of course, so it can continue expanding settlements and killing Palestinians.“80. Changed the failing/status quo military command in Afghanistan” – so it can better prop up a puppet and corrupt government.“81. Deployed additional troops to Afghanistan” – my point.“82. New Afghan War policy that limits aerial bombing and prioritizes aid, development of infrastructure, diplomacy, and good government practices by Afghans” – all crap.“83. Announced the long-term development of a national energy grid with renewable sources and cleaner, efficient energy production.” - yet, another empty promise and not an accomplishment.“84. Returned money authorized for refurbishment of White House offices and private living quarters” – not an “accomplishment,” he did not need the money with all of his rich friends.“85. Paid for redecoration of White House living quarters out of his own pocket” – another redundant claim, see number “84,” which is not an “accomplishment”.“86. Held first Seder in White House” – what the hell is that and how is it an accomplishment?“87. Attempting to reform the nation's healthcare system which is the most expensive in the world yet leaves almost 50 million without health insurance and millions more under insured” - no he isn’t.“88. Has put the ball in play for comprehensive immigration reform” – no he hasn’t.“89. Has announced his intention to push for energy reform” – and so did Bush, Clinton, Bush, Reagan, Carter, Ford, and Nixon?“90. Has announced his intention to push for education reform” – more empty promises, which is why he placed his children in private school.Not one of Dr. Watson’s claims amounts to, or even comes close to qualifying as an “accomplishment,” more less as anything benefiting black and impoverished people in this country. To me, this is the type of knee-grow selling out that has got black people in America up shit creek with Obama buttons pinned to their brains. And keep in mind, Dr. Watson supposedly has a Doctorate, proving that being educated does not necessarily equate with being intelligent. The only degree I have is one of caring, of not being afraid to stand up and speak truth to power and the ignorant. Black people need to get out of this stupor over Obama, realize that a black face on a white system does not amount to an “accomplishment” for black people, understand that this is still Mr. Bobo’s plantation and we are still slaves on it. And we must start exposing and roundly rejecting all of those blacks who serve and aspire to be porch monkeys, lawn jockeys, house knee-grows, and garden-variety niggas.

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