Now that what passed as a presidential election is over, it is time for African Americans to come out of our haze and pay attention. Indeed, we are about to lose the entirety of what's left of the social safety net, e.g., Social Security (SS) for retirees, Medicaid (what's left of it for the poor), Medicare (what's left of it for seniors), Child Care and pre-school funding, etc. In fact, nearly all of the programs implemented during the FDR "New Deal' era of the 1930s and the LBJ "Great Society" era of the 1960s are being destroyed by undercover Republicans who have infiltrated the Democratic Party, posing as "progressives" but governing in a way true to their right-wing allegiance. The LIHEAP program that provides help for the poor's utility bills was already cut 50% by President Obama in 2010-2011. Having a median wealth of about $5,000, with most having no wealth at all, African Americans are the most vunerable to these cuts. Yet, ironically, they are at the same time--the most silent. This situation is humanly unnatural. Something is wrong!!! The only logical answer is a condition I've called "zealotry delrium." In this condition, the aflicted (who are otherwise sane and lucid) lose all sense of reason and rationality when a "sore spot" is touched. In this case, the "sore spot" is personality-cult worshipping.
Ignorance also plays a role in this lack of attention to detail when it comes to matters of personal and group well-being. If one doesn't know details; hasn't taken time to learn facts, but has instead focused only on deceptive headlines (zealots are good for headlines analysis, or attempted analysis), then it is impossible for such folks to function in a competitive world where information is wealth in the decision making process.
Take for example the so-called "fiscal cliff." Some have argued that it is phony. While this is true, that is not the analysis. The analysis is that this phony crisis (which was not discussed during the campaign) is being used to destroy the Social Safety net. The president has stated that he supports the Simpson-Bowles Commission that he appointed as one of his first presidential acts. The purpose of the commission (AKA- Deficit Reduction Commission, some call it The "Cat Food Commission" because it will force seniors and the indigent to eat cat food) is to raise the age of SS to 69-70 years (longer than the average lifespan of Black men =67 years), and cut monthly benefit payments by about 3.4%. The committee called for other devastating cuts to social / domestic spending while protecting the rich from paying their fair share of taxes.
While the president has said that he wants the rich to pay more taxes, he said the same thing during his 2008 campaign. And then, in 2010, he cut a deal that angered Democrats (didn't even meet with them) that allowed the rich to keep their "Bush tax cuts" and called progressive Democrtas who protested this Republican-values behavior "sanctimonious puritans."
The idea that the so-called "deficit" is the most important economic variable in the current situation is sheer Republican nonsense. Yet the president has for some reason signed on to it as a primary policy of his administration. Many economists argue that, instead of austerity cuts, the policy focus should be massive government spending specific to job creation to jump-start the economy. This way, they contend, the public will have more money, spend more (consumer spending account for 70% of the economy) and pay more taxes and the deficit will disappear on its own as in times past.
That brings us to the so-called fiscal cliff. Rather than simply not sign for an extension of the Bush tax cuts in December 2010, the president signed for their extension. And then, a few months later, in the summer of 2011 (during the so-called "debt ceiling" debate) he demanded that $4 trillion be cut from domestic spending. This caused a big fight among Democrats who opposed these Republican policies of the president's. Congressman Cleaver of the CBC called the deal that was eventually struck, cutting $1.2 to $1.5 trillion over 10 years, a "Sugar Coated Satin sandwhich."
Many Blacks , led by common paid-hustlers like Al Sharpton, et. al., demanded that the president be "supported in his efforts to help us," and attacked all those who sanely asked. "Who are these cuts going to hurt, and why are they being made?" Subsequently, the president has demanded $4 trillion more in cuts. If $1.2 trillion in cuts will cause a "fiscal cliff," what in the world will $4 trillion cause? Those are the kind of questions sane people ask.
Moreover, the idea that austerity-rationing for the public (which is what this is all about) will jump-start the economy is pure loony-toony thinking. What about looking at what austerity has done to the Eurupean economic recovery?
The president's "Grand Bargain" proposal to cut Social Safety Net spending by $2.50 for every $1.00 in new revenue (taxes on those paid more than $250,000 yearly) is not a fair deal for the poor and middle income groups. It is a ruse to cut domestic spending in team-work cooperation with right-wingers who have always opposed these programs. If the Republicans agree to a "modest" tax increas on the rich, in exchange for the president's "Grand Bargain" to cut social spending, then off grandma and Lisa go to the cat food store.
The only thing to prevent this outcome is for African Americans (especially) to wake up. A modest tax increase on people who have received 93% of all income for the past 4 years in a "Grand Bargain" exchange for programs that give life to the middle and poor income groups is not a good bargain. For those still asleep, who think that it is, wait until you taste it. It will be too late by then to digest the "Sugar Coated Satin Sanwhich."
In fact, all the president has to do is not sign the extension of the Bush-Obama tax cuts for the rich, crisis over!! He will sign them of course, the rationale will be to prevent raising taxes on the middle class. But the middle class has not benfitted from the tax cuts. Only the rich have (look it up).
In closing, while the fiscal cliff is not real in terms of neccessity, it is real in terms of utility. It will allow for the greatest betrayal in political history, and probably will not increase taxes on the rich but misery on the poor and middle income groups. Will this wake up sleeping Blacks? Or will they continue to stumble through history, supporting their own demise, while believing they are supporting "civil rights" advancements? Seeming to have forgotten that, like everythging else in this world, civil rights have a definition and a set of criteria..
These and other issues will be explored in detail in my upcoming discussion: "Will the Re-Election of President Obama End The Crisis of Sanity in Much of Today's Black America?"
I agree with the above. We are like little babies in this game of smoke and mirrors. When wilI we stop begging for HELP. We are not seen as any other group of people are. We are ex-slaves freed by the Masters will. The laws only apply to US when the Master wants. The Master has trained his Overseer's well and they look and talk like US at will. This maybe be the end of the illusion of freedom 13th Amendment and Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1965. Many have lost their pride in being BLACK as it relates to the MORAL HIGH GROUND. Those who ride the fence of racial discrimination and indifference just fool themselves. This society is just what it started as a SLAVE STATE OF MIND. THE ONLY CHANGE IS THE OVERSEERS WHO ARE NOW BLACK, MIXED BLACK OR LOOK BLACK! THE OVERSEERS WILL CHANGE AGAIN TO BROWN/HISPANIC SOON! WILL THE STATE BE ANY DIFFERENT?
WE HAVE NO BLACK SENATORS. THERE IS A REASON FOR THAT. LOOK AT THE ROMAN STATE SEE THE MIRROR PICTURE OF US.
THE PRESIDENT IS NO JOHN KENNEDY OR FDR AND NOT TRUMAN EITHER!
Nice poster UMOJA. However, the premise is wrong. It is based on the "wish" notion that the president is standing on the ground (principles) of his rhetoric of fighting for the poor and "middle class" and the only thing to worry about is his "caving" to the Republicans.
The reality, however, is that he is in fact a team-mate of the Republicans and it is him who is trying to cut social safety net programs and avoid ending the Bush-Obama tax cuts for the rich. While this fact is difficult for many "progressives" to accept, it is time to get pass the cognitive dissonance (conflicting beliefs about his political agenda) and accept the truth no matter how much it hurts psycho-emotionally. That truth is ---progressives who believed the rhetoric, and Blacks who believed the racial-uplift hype, have been swindled.
So far, the so-called "fiscal-Cliff" con game is playing out just as I predicted it would in the above post, i.e., the president's excuse to continue the Bush-Obama tax cuts for the rich would be sold as not wanting to raise taxes on the middle class. That is exactly what a just released white house report claims.
Indeed, these outcomes are not difficult to predict at all when one is paying attention, and remembering the old folks' wisdom imparted to us as children that "action speaks louder than words."
Read Robert Reich's latest article on the subject in Truthdig, after first listening to this report by the super astute Glen Ford: http:// www.blackagendareport.com/content/obama-and-gop-play-tag-team-entit....
I agree with much of the above (james wilson) statements. Obama really benefits alot of the Republican party. Obama wants to keep poor whites and white working class happy by playing to the republican base! Many Dem's are really Republicans by another name. The Republicans used issues like slavery to their advantage (Lincoln). Many Dem's are using Black People for their gain. Many Black (Dem's) so-called leaders are selling-out their people "Black Poor and Working Class". Many Black's are blinded by Racism and lack knowledge of how corrupt the process is and/or among Black's in office and what deals they made to get there. The Dem's have been involved the stealing of and/or courruption in government also. Black People has more to fear from Obama and the Dem's then the Republicans (Romney). The fear mongers (Dem's) race baiters (Dem's) used Black fear to win Obama's re-election. Remember "Fear is stronger than Love" Tupac a Strong Young Black Man from the Hood to Hollywood said that. What Hood does Obama come from? Who are the Obama's loyal to "LaSalle Street Business Men" and the Daley Gang of Chicago. Let's not forget the Harvard Posse either. I also agree with GLEN FORD AND HIS BLACK AGENDA REPORT. Many of us can see the games of the Obama's smoke and mirrors.
I see you're still pushing hard. Good to hear from you.
As you know, I've been for some time now fighting "situational insanity" which I call zealotry delirium. As you further know, in the context of the subject under discussion, it is a psychological state that results from personality-cult worship. I oppose it because it is maladaptive, and, as such, has rendered too many African Americans impotent specific to our socio/economic/political interest.
For example, too many African Americans now stand at the cross-roads of history, dazed and confused, while our situation grows more critical by the hour. Many have no idea to what extent they have been betrayed by slick talking "agents of the rich."
Zealotry delirium has prevented the afflicted ones from even doing basic common-sense thinking, let alone political analysis. Instead, the more vociferous of the zealots engage in petty ad hominem attacks against sane Blacks who dare speak out in defense of right over wrong and the best interest of African Americans--the group in which we hold God-given (biological) membership.
Rather than paying attention to the "fine print" of public policy and how it destroys African Americans by the millions on a daily basis, unemployment, wealth loss, socio/economically engineered unsafe communities, mass incarceration, etc., they pretend to care by raising specfic headline incidents of "racism." Sometimes these incidents are the mere words of deluded hate mongering racists. In fact, in the case of the common-hustler, Al Sharpton, this behavior has been for the past four years a deliberate ploy to distract Blacks' attention away from public policy destruction of our communities (whether the public policy was a direct aggression such as cutting vital safety net programs, or benign neglect, such as refusal to address the plight of Blacks and then telling them to "shut up!!" when they complained, etc.). No wonder the last election saw a decrease in the number of Blacks turning out to vote as well as the percentage of Black votes received (only the spending of $1 billion +, the demonizing of an incompetent opponent, and the employing / deploying of behavioral scientists and their behavioral modification techniques saved the day). Given this, the decrease in Black and white turnout and selection percentages was compensated by an increase in illegal (noncitizen) voters who were recruited to do so. (This fact will be fully discussed in my upcoming post referenced in the narrative of this post, as well as the role Black "misleaders" played in the illegal voting swindle by claiming the so-called ID laws -- implemented in both Republican and Democratic controlled states -- were designed to prevent Blacks from voting.) One cannot blame the illegals for looking out for themselves. Afterall, they have already received reciprocity for their votes and have been promised more. What have Blacks received? What have Blacks been promised?
The media were quick to give credit to these people for providing the "margin of victory," thusly angering many Blacks, who declared: " this is not fair, we did this." But what these Blacks failed to grasp was the media's outright telling Blacks (in that declaration) that they are irrelevant and politically obsolete. And it all happened while Blacks were playing "worship the leader." Those given credit were not during that, but asking, "what's in it for me, if I vote for you?" Blacks can't blame these people for looking out for their group interst. That's what the process of politics is all about. (See "Latinos deliver for Obama; now they want something." Charlotte Observer, Nov. 12, 2012.)
Note: When I refer to "illegal-noncitizen" voters, I'm not referring to a whole cultural / linguistic group of people who are in fact citizens. When making such reference, I am engaging in deductive analysis based on observations inferred by the New York Times in a recent article that discussed how the Obama campaign expertly used "social scientists" to develop demographic specific models of "finding" voters. (See"How a Race in the Balance Went to Obama," New York Times, Nov. 7, 2012.) I conclude that if the voters had to be found, then they must not have had a record of citizenship, otherwise their existence would have already been known outside of safehavens for noncitizens.
These people have leadership and a long term strategy. Blacks have self-serving con artists and easily "snookered" folks leading them.
Again, it was good to hear from you. While you stated your support for Romney in the past presidential election (and so did Umoja, albeit his position was strategic and feasibly argued), my position remains unchanged: I could / would never vote for Romney or anyone else in the Republican Party given its present ideological construction.
While I did not vote for the current Republican head of the Democratic Party either, I am glad the election turned out the way it did. That outcome will do more to end zealotry delirium than anyone else ever could. The ploy to keep Blacks distracted with side issues will not work this time. Those hired (like Sharpton) to play those roles will have to find another line of work. Maybe they can go back to getting rich by criticizing use of the "N word." But first, they should talk to their own right-hand supporters like "Professor" Sanders, who uses the word often on this site in his zealous tirades against Blacks, upset with them because they are sane.
I hope to hear more from you.
Its good to hear from you james wilson. Your analysis always hit the target. Some day in the future people will look back and say james wilson and Ricardo were right. Why can't more of US work together for our people!
Power of the People!
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The above show was on Susan Rice. I Ricardo Jones called-in about accountability of this adminstration (Obama) hear the interreaction between Dr. Johnson and I. Start at the hour break in the show to skip ahead.
SENATOR OBAMA TURNED YOUNG BLACK MAN FROM CHICAGO AWAY AND CALLED CAPITAL POLICE ON HIM BECAUSE OF CIVIL RIGHTS!!!! http://youtu.be/80IsvXx7iG8
RUSH MEDICAL COLLEGE AND THIS U.S. GOVERNMENT HAS AND IS CAUSING THIS BLACK MAN TERRIBLE SUFFERING!
BARACK OBAMA WAS A JUNIOR PARTNER IN THE LAW FIRM-DAVIS, BARNHILL, MINER & GALLAND THAT REPRESENTED RUSH MEDICAL COLLEGE IN COURT "AGAINST" MARTIN LEWIS.
UNDAUNTED, MARTIN APPROACHED SEN. OBAMA ONE YEAR AFTER HE BECAME ILLINOIS' U.S. SENATOR FOR HELP AND HIS CHICAGO SENATE OFFICE REBUKED MARTIN & CALLED THE CAPITOL POLICE ON HIM. THEY SAID,"IF THIS GOT OUT IT WOULD RUIN OBAMA'S CHANCE TO BECOME PRESIDENT".
A Chicago black medical student--Martin E. Lewis--was intentionally racially discriminated against by the inequitable application of the make-up exam policy between black and white students at Rush Medical College in Chicago. All of Martin's white classmates were permitted to take more make-up exams to graduate but in his case he was not allowed to take extra make-ups and was later dismissed from the school. These white students was in Martin's same exact class. This occurred in 1983 thru 1985.
This disparate treatment allowed the white students to graduate AND ARE "NOW" practicing as doctors but Martin is forever barred from ever becoming a doctor.
Rush will not reinstate him to transfer but is hiding behind the June 5th & 12th, 1989 U.S. Supreme Court Decisions making "proving" racial discrimination cases "unwinnable" at that time but they have been overturned by the 102nd Congress with the passage of the 1991 Civil Rights Act.
Martin desires to return to his right to be a doctor!
Rush changed all of Martin's grades from pass to fail in 1983-84. After forcing him to repeat his freshman year, Rush in 1985 dismissed him.
Martin is Left Out of the 1991 Civil Rights Act as a Remedy by the 102nd Congress who capitulated to compromise to then President Bush 41 to be Left Behind
RACIAL DISCRIMINATORS IN BLACK ROBES:
On April 26, 1994, the "so-called" conservative U.S. Supreme Court ruled the 1991 Civil Rights Act was NOT retroactive to PENDING CASES such as Martin's. His case is simply Left to Rot, Die & Disappear.
FOR MARTIN, A NEW FEDERAL LAW THAT CONTAINS RETROACTIVE LANGUANGE TO ALLOW MARTIN TO USE THE 1991 CIVIL RIGHTS ACT. CONGRESS HAS THE POWER TO DO THIS AT ANY TIME! THIS IS A CASE MARTIN WOULD WIN EASILY!
THEN THE REPUBLICANS TOOK OVER CONGRESS FROM 1994 TO 2006--12 YEARS IN THE WILDERNESS---NO BILL WAS FILED IN CONGRESS TO FILL THE LOOPHOLE MARTIN NEEDED TO HAVE THE 1991 CIVIL RIGHTS ACT APPLIED TO HIS CASE.
Moreover, Rush Medical College continues to this present day to prohibit Martin's transfer to any other U.S. Medical School for 22 years and counting!
Martin has documented proof from Rush's files of the white students' allowed more make-up exams with full knowledge of then Rush Dean, Henry P. Russe (deceased-1995) and the current CEO & President Dr. Larry J. Goodman.
Goodman was there at Rush in 1983-1985 & present at the meetings that involved Martin's vulgar treatment and white students getting more makeups to pass.
Now...Goodman continues this racist tradition as CEO and President at Rush.
On May 1st, 2007, there was a March On Rush Medical College by concerned Chicago ministers and left the documented proof at Dr. Goodman's office.
On May 2nd, 2007, one (1) day after the march, Rush updated its Alumni Website "Making" Martin a "doctor" and NOW, listing him as "Graduating In "1988" as an "M.D."---knowing they dismissed him in 1985!!!
AND WE HAVE A COPY OF THIS FROM THEIR WEBSITE!
I firmly believe the march was the catalyst to expose Rush's intent to cover up their evil deed!
This was not the case a week before our march on Rush Medical College!!!
On May 7th, 2007 we marched again and Dr. Goodman met with us in his office as we petitioned him to allow Martin to continue his education.
Dr. Goodman said to us and I quote,"I know that you all are very saddened."
A minister spoke up and anwsered him, "Saddened?...THIS IS AN INJUSTICE!"
I reiterated to Dr. Goodman and told him, "Stevie Wonder can see this blatant racial injustice!!!!"
After 45 minutes, Dr. Goodman refused to face the truth that the internal documents from Rush's files clearly show Rush permitted these white students to get more make-up exams than was allowed and refused to free Martin to be reinstated to transfer and continue his long, overdue pursuit to become a "REAL" doctor!
There will be continual public protests against this INSANE INJUSTICE at Rush!
SADLY, MARTIN IS LEFT TO FEND FOR JUSTICE...ALONE.
Martin needs your help TODAY! PLEASE, CALL your U.S. Senators & Congressman & House Judiciary Ranking Member John Conyers at (202) 225-5126 to immediately file a bill in Congress to have the 1991 Civil Rights Act applied to Martin's case and to hold hearings. To contact Martin, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Rev. Marcus E. Lewis at 708-287-7531.
OBAMA RECIEVED HIS FIRST ATTORNEY JOB BY A REFERRAL FROM HENRY KISSENGER (REPUBLICIAN)! NOW WE UNDERSTAND WHY OBAMA RELATES TO THE REPUBLICIANS!
TODAY WE'RE IN DOVER DE TO STAND-BY A WARRIOR IN THE CAUSE FOR BLACK PEOPLE " DR. JAHI ISSA" WHO'S HEARING IS ON 1ST AMENDMENT ISSUE AND LYNCHING OF BLACK YOUNG MEN IN DOVER DE BY THE VICE PRESIDENT'S SON "BO BIDEN" ATTORNEY GENERAL OF DE.
TELL THE WORLD THEIR LYNCHING YOUNG BLACK MEN IN DOVER DE!!!
As I understand the matter, Dr. Issa is being prosecuted because he dared warn that Black colleges are becoming all white in their student populations and faculties. Thusly, replacing African Americans in this last bastion of Black institutions. If I'm incorrect, please correct me.
At least you try to research your topics and make them relevant to African American issues..
The same cannot be said about some people.
Take for example, the two crazed zealots who are writing nonsense such as "Dr. West Harbors Racists Attitudes Towards Blacks," (because he criticized Jay-Z, or whatever) and the other zealot accusing Tavis of poverty, or some such nonsense. What confused minds! Wasting time on that nonsense, when they'd better be concerned with the president's efforts to "Grand Bargain" their Social Sercurity and other safety nets away to the Super Rich.
Such "sock puppets / personae" are not worth a direct response, which is the attention they are seeking. If they want attention, then they should research and write about theings that are useful and sensible.
In reference to your statement about the state of Delaware and Black men, that state has always had one of the highest disproportionate incarceration rates of African Americans in this country, even worst than some southern states. While African Americans make up about 19% of Delaware's population, they are 63% of its prison population. Compare that to Mississippi, where Blacks comprise 36% of that state's pop., but 75% of its prisoners. Or, South Carolina, where Blacks are 30% of the poipulation, but 69% of those imprisoned. (source: Mother Jones and U.S. Census Bureau.)