It’s a daily, even hourly, cascade, this waterfall of Obama-fraud revelations. The Cabinet from Wall Street and War Crimes ‘R Us, the continued and new war crimes, the corporate-insider Health Czar, even the half-assed retreat on stem-cell research: Obama voters, you got bought and sold, straight up, big time, no doubt.
Today’s backstab(s)? [Post update — I told you this was hourly…see below…]
The Obama administration said on Monday that it had no plans to reopen negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement to revise its labor and environmental provisions, as then-Senator Barack Obama promised to do during his presidential campaign.
Post update, later the same day:
Chalmers Johnson says the CIA is outdated and rotten to the core, and ought to be closed down.
What does Mr. Change say? That the CIA “is more important than ever,” and also this:
“I want to be very clear and very blunt,” Mr. Obama said. “I’ve done so for a simple reason, because I believe that our nation is stronger and more secure when we deploy both the full measure of our power and the power of our values including the rule of law.”
Yes, let’s give a big cheer for the great reformer who pledges to keep the rule of law on our list of potential tactics! After all, it sure can be a mighty convenient argument, when conditions are right for its deployment, of course.
Over at Candide’s Notebooks, the sage Frere Loup recently posted this excellent, pithy debunking of the psychotic, criminal-itself reality of criminal punishment in the USA:
“Every time people talk prisons in the US, I do the numbers.
“80% of crime is White 80% of drug use is White 80% of the poverty in the US is White
“2/3 of the 2.3 million humans incarcerated in the penal system (jail, prison, parole) are Black and Brown. Didn’t used to be that way. Until we passed the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, 1964-65 which we instantly regretted, we had Jim Crow to ‘keep them in their place’ and America felt naked in the absence. So…being the innovative and creative people we are in matters of critical importance, we improvised.
“In 1965 there were 640000 humans in the penal system, e.g. jail, prison, and parole (count’em same way now). Whites were 87% of the population, Blacks 12%, Hispanic were part of the remaining 1%. Same 80% of Crime, Drugs, and Poverty for Whites back then. 2/3 of those ‘in the system’ in ’65 were White. What accounts for the difference:
“Selective Enforcement of the Law Targeted Incarceration Disproportionate Sentencing
“In 2008 Whites are 70% (2000 Census) and Blacks are still 12% of the population with 18% for everybody else. As a direct result of these ‘policies’, 1/3 of the ENTIRE Black male population in the US are ‘in the system’, they work for Fortune 500 corps for $0.77-$1.44/hr in jobs that used to be done by people getting living wages. But of course living wages DO NOT produce maximum short term profits, in fact nothing produces profits like slave labor, prison labor, child labor, and sweat shop labor. Prison is as close to “slave labor” as they can get outside the Marianna’s. Ask Trent Lott.
“And of course those Black & Brown people can’t vote. Ever. In most states.
“Not at all surprising for A nation that got away with genocide AND human slavery AND wants to pretend it is not a squalid, debased, AND degraded tribe of cannibals.
“Who’s face is Poverty? Who’s face is Drugs? Who’s face is Crime?
“And what is the REALITY on the ground? Don’t ask MSM, they’re selling the Kool-Aid and they want you terrified of EVERYBODY.
“We always make others pay for our sins. More economical.”
Now, personally speaking, like Harry Belafonte, I am a Kingian — an American democratic socialist who is convinced that, as MLK said, “the entire structure of American life must be changed” and that we can and should and will only be able do so by finally acknowledging the centrality of racism in our society, and by rescuing and expanding the much-mentioned, but little-used good side of American principle, history, and culture.
So I wonder:
Frere Loup mentions the numbers from the mid-1960s, when Dr. King was already fretting about “integrating into a burning house,” and that the United States was a deeply “sick society.”
Read the newspaper; watch American behavior for a few hours (especially among the comfortable segments); contemplate Frere Loup’s words; then ask yourself: How sick are we now?