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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Obama, Black America, Black Bloggers, Betrayals and Failures

I have always enjoyed reading articles written by Bruce Dixon and the folks at Black Agenda Report. They always tell it like it is regarding black folks and the foolish excuses we give to support President Obama and his administation, even when the facts don't show any great support by Obama for Black America.  Candidly I understand African-Americans' euphoria over Obama winning the White House, but I don't understand  Black America's euphoria over Obama generally ignoring black America. More on this later.

It get's under my black skin, that so-called black bloggers at white controlled corporate black blogs like The Root, owned by the Washington Post, and the Grio, owned by MSNBC, are nothing more than Obama loyalist who seem to never report on how Obama has all but ignored the plight of black America.  

There was a time when a group of black bloggers called the afrospear/afrosphere began to organize and became a force in the black America.

Unfortunately, the Afrospear/Afrosphere has semed to step aside as a group, and allow corporate black blogs like the Washington Post's The Root and MSNBC's The Grio, to jump in feet first, and act as though they are the voice of on-line Black America. 

Infact, these corporate black blogs, with big bucks from The Washington Post and MSNBC, (The Root and The Grio) have just about become campaign organizations for President Obama's 2012 Campaign. 

Yes, I said it, this blogger truly has to wonder if The Root and The Grio are nothing more than under-cover Operatives for Obama 2012?

Well, Bruce Dixon and the folks at the Black Agenda Report are having none of this. As I said earlier, Bruce Dixon and the Black Agenda Repirt team always tell it like it is regarding black folks and our foolish excuses we give to President Obama and his administation. 

Take for example Bruce Dixon's recent artcle on the Top Ten Answers To Excuses For Obama's Betrayals and Failures. This article is a must read.  It's a blog post that corporate black blogs like the Washington Post's,  The Root and MSNBC's The Grio probably won't link to or quote, but you can be sure, it you will see it here on this African American Pundit's blog.

As Bruce Dixon stated, "Looking for answers to the flood of excuses offered for the betrayals and failures of the Obama presidency. We offer our gentle readers this handy list of ten of the most frequently encountered excuses for the misfeasance, malfeasance, non-feasance and disappointments of the Obama presidency." 

Below are some of the key points made by Bruce Dixon. It's a must read article. 


Top Ten Answers To Excuses For Obama's Betrayals and Failures
by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon
Early this month, panelists on MSNBC's corporate “Black Agenda” show agreed that black dissatisfaction, disappointment and disaffection with the Obama administration was growing. The brick and mortar of the Black Wall Around Barack Obama are the plentiful and often contradictory excuses which black misleaders and ordinary people offer and accept for his administration's many failures and betrayals. These excuses are important because the illusion of nearly unanimous black support, no matter what he does or does not do remains President Obama's most vital political asset.
It's high time for black America to stop making and to stop accepting excuses for the presidency of Barack Obama.
So as a public service, we offer this list of the top ten such excuses, followed by a quick and effective answer for each. We invite our gentle readers to try these out on the Obamaphiles you meet on a daily basis, your family, friends, co-workers, classmates and others. Be respectful, not derisive, and remember that not many adults will change their minds in real time in front of you and tell you so. Be mindful of opportunities to conduct your discussions with Obamaphiles in front of one or more bystanders. You're more likely to convert them. Let us know how it works out, and use the comments section if you run into new and noteworthy excuses.
EXCUSE NUMBER 10: “You can't expect him to address issues like black unemployment, which has been double the white rate forever. He's not the president of Black America, and you can't expect him to act like it. He's the president of the United States of America...”
QUICK ANSWER: Obama wasn't drafted, he volunteered for the job, he campaigned for it, said he was “Joshua” to Dr. King's Moses, and lectured us on the Fierce Urgency of Now. He campaigned like a “civil rights leader.” His web site said “Join the Movement!” If the black president can't or won't address black mass incarceration, black unemployment, HIV-AIDS, the foreclosure crisis and other matters that disproportionately affect our communities, then why do we have any kind of collective racial obligation to support him?
EXCUSE NUMBER 9: “President Obama is doing the best he can. It took Bush and Cheney eight whole years to screw things up this thoroughly. Obama's only been in office (fill in the blank) years...”
QUICK ANSWER: This excuse supposes Barack Obama really is dedicated to undoing the horrible damage of the Bush-Cheney crime wave. There is no evidence of this. You have to look mighty long and hard to find any Bush era crime that Obama has reversed. But you can find plenty of Bush era crimes and atrocities President Obama has doubled down on.
Here are a few --- sold to Democrats early on as a “peace candidate,” by August 2008 Obama had endorsed Bush's Iraq war “surge” and promised to escalate the war in Afghanistan, which he did by expanding it into Pakistan. Obama refused to prosecute Bush and Cheney out of office, or any of their torturers, and has declined to go after telecom companies which intercepted the personal traffic of millions, or the banks which are going through with fraudulent foreclosures. The original Bush bailout was only passed when candidate Obama came to Washington to personally herd the Black Caucus and reluctant Democrats into passing it. Once in office, Obama increased the bailout from Bush's $3 trillion to more than $20 trillion. The Obama White House proposed not one new law, not one single regulatory change that would mitigate or prevent another catastrophe like last year's Deepwater Horizon oil blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.
Whatever “doing the best he can means, it does not include undoing the Bush-Cheney crime wave.
EXCUSE NUMBER 8: “President Obama can't do all the things he wants to do because he's being blocked by Democratic blue dogs. (b) racist tea party Republicans (c.) Fox News...”
QUICK ANSWER: This was a widely heard excuse during the time Democrats controlled Congress. It's really not just an excuse for the Obama administration, but for Democrats in general. But it was Obama's own chief of staff Rahm Emanuel who, in 2006 funneled vast amounts of campaign cash to right wing Democrats whenever they were challenged in primary elections by Democrats opposed to the war. Obama even declared himself a “blue dog” New Democrat once in the White House.
EXCUSE NUMBER 7: “President Obama's agenda is being obstructed by Fox News and racist tea party Republicans...”
QUICK ANSWER: In 2009 and 2010 Republicans were in the minority in both houses of Congress. They could pass nothing, subpoena nobody, investigate nothing. They only gained control of Congress at the beginning of 2011. But even without the blessing of Congress, the president and the executive branch possess vast powers to change the nation's direction. Obama could direct the US Post Office and federal agencies to purchase electric cars, trucks and buses, for example, creating countless green jobs and market incentives for improving those technologies. The vast research and manufacturing capacity of General Motors, which the White House controlled without any congressional oversight, could have been directed to manufacture high speed rail, electric vehicles or improved home building and retrofit materials that radically reduce carbon emissions and provide jobs for millions.
EXCUSE NUMBER 6: “The president doesn't have 60 votes in the Senate. Filibuster rules mean that without a super-majority he and his party can't get anything through the Senate...”
QUICK ANSWER: Like excuses 7 and 8, this one is designed to deflect blame not just from the president, but from Democrats in Congress. The president and his party passed their 2009 health care bill, which was really a bailout of health insurance companies through the Senate with a simple majority. Congressional Democrats can sweep aside the super majority rule any time they choose. They choose not to. But the excuse is too valuable to lose.

AAP says: Andra Gillespie, an assistant professor at Emory University's political science department, was sure right when she said back in 2008, even before President Obama was elected, that "Obama's success doesn't mean America has become a post-racial society.

AAP says: I'm so tired of this Obama speak that "A rising tide lift all boats." That is a bunch of bull! Candidly Gillespie was on point back in 2008, when she said. "Just because [Obama] gets elected doesn't mean the lives of poor black people are automatically going to improve."

She was more on point, when she said, It could actually get worse for poor African-Americans... It's too bad so many black bloggers and those corporate black bloggers just don't get it. There are, however, a number of black bloggers who are educating others...

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