Barack Obama, our next President

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"The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep," Obama cautioned. Young and charismatic but with little experience on the national level, Obama smashed through racial barriers and easily defeated ...
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Don’t You Dare Conflate MLK and Obama
If Dr. King were alive today, there might be a Black president, but he or she would certainly not get MLK’s support if he behaved like Barack Obama. Dr. King would oppose Obama’s wars,“make Wall Street scream, and attempt to render the nation ungovernable under the dictatorship of the Lords of Capital.”



Don’t You Dare Conflate MLK and Obama

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

“Had King survived, his break with Obama would have come early.”

Back in 1964, under prodding from a BBC interviewer, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. predicted that a Black person might be elected president “in 25 years or less.” Four years later, shortly before his assassination, King confided to actor/activist Harry Belafonte that he had “come to believe we're integrating into a burning house." We now see that the two notions are not at all contradictory. At least some African Americans have achieved deep penetration of the very pinnacles of white power structures – integrating the White House, itself – while conditions of life for masses of Black folks deteriorate and the society as a whole falls into deep decay.

The fires lit by the “giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism” that Dr. King identified in his 1967 “Beyond Vietnam: Breaking the Silence” speech are consuming the world, now stoked by a Black arsonist-in-chief. Domestic poverty hovers only a fraction of a percentage below the levels of 1965, with “extreme poverty” the highest on record. Black household wealth has collapsed to one-twentieth that of whites. Today, more Black men are under the control of the criminal justice system than were slaves in the decade before the Civil War, according to Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow.

The intervening years have shown that Dr. King’s 1960s visions were not in conflict: the rooms at the top floors of the national house may have been integrated, but the building still burns.

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Al Gore says weather is like "a hike through the Book of Revelation".
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/21134540/vp=5062483...
Maybe he should be speaking out about freedom of religion then?
At least whats-his-face on the Today Show exposed his hypocrisy on the recent Al Jazeera business deal and put him on the hot seat.
What he was saying if you bothered to listen, places like Australia which had record breaking temps for a month or more with fires burning everywhere. 3 weeks on and half the country is flooded with record breaking downfalls. This is climate change in action EXACTLY what big Al predicted in his movie. The fact that you and the rest of the heads in the sand Republicans want to put it down to anything else BUT climate change because then you would have to admit being wrong. Keeping in mind these things are rated once in a 100 yr events by insurance companies yet they are every f...g year now. Which means very soon, insurance will just not be affordable. What's even sadder, it's probably too late to address it.
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The conversation was about the vanishing TP.
Once again, you attempt to change the subject, because you can't defend your contention that the TP is thriving!!
You could just admit to being wrong, rather than run away from your original post, which had absolutely nothing to do with Clinton!!
HAHAHAHAHAHA
You're as dumb as Dweeb. Didn't he mention El Paso?? You his retarded brother, or just a sockpuppet of his??
ROFLMAO
You're just upset because FAUX fired your heroine, Ms. Palin!!
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Hand over YOUR givverment EBT card too.

We the WORKED for it working class People are are here to stay-so DEAL with THAT.
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that number?
from 50 different sites on the net.
what have you got? a right wing blog/FOX/Rush?
Right, and that the bipartisan senate immigration committee, which includes everyone's favorite expert Mark Rubio has adopted that number which is down from 12.5 million which was the previously agreed upon number back in the Mel Martinez era.

I think it's lower, probably in the 8.5 million range due to the exodus which followed the residential and commercial construction collapse along with the Obama Admins increased deportations. If one takes the time to go state by state__the totals are even below my guess__although in fairness California is tough to call because there are just so many (Latinos and Asians) coming and going.

Illinois is preparing to issue drivers licenses to undocumented joining Washington State and New Mexico. Utah provides the undocumented with temporary permits. They gotta get to work eh?
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Who put a quarter in this azzhole ?
YOUR mother did the little you know what loves it she keeps droopping quarters
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The deepening crisis of capitalism, the triumph of Wall Street finance over industrial capital, the increasing imperial reversion to international lawlessness in a desperate bid to maintain global supremacy – all this was predictable under the laws of political economy. Had the assassin’s bullet not found him, Dr. King would have continued his implacable resistance to these unfolding evils, rejecting Barack Obama’s invasions, drones and Kill Lists with the same moral fervor and political courage that he broke with Lyndon Johnson over the Vietnam War. Absolutely nothing in King’s life and work indicates otherwise.

“The very notion of a grand austerity bargain with the Right would have been anathema to MLK.”

One school of thought holds that corporate servants like Obama could not have taken root in Black America if Dr. King, Malcolm X and a whole cadre of slain and imprisoned leaders of the Sixties had not been replaced by opportunistic representatives of a grasping Black acquisitive class. In any event, had King survived, his break with Obama would have come early. Surely, the Dr. King who, in his 1967 “Where Do We Go from Here” speech called for a guaranteed annual income would never have abided Obama’s targeting of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid in the weeks before his 2009 inauguration. Forty-five years ago, King’s position was clear:“Our emphasis must be twofold: We must create full employment, or we must create incomes.” The very notion of a grand austerity bargain with the Right would have been anathema to MLK.

Were Martin alive, he would skewer the putative leftists and their “lesser evil” rationales for backing the corporatist, warmongering Obama. As both a theologian and a “revolutionary democrat,” as Temple University’s Prof. Anthony Monteiro has described him, MLK had no problem calling evil by its name – and in explicate triplicate. His militant approach to non-violent direct action required him to confront the underlying contradictions of society through the methodical application of creative tension. He would make Wall Street scream, and attempt to render the nation ungovernable under the dictatorship of the Lords of Capital. And he would deliver a withering condemnation of the base corruption and self-serving that saturates the Black Misleadership Class.

He would spend his birthday preparing a massive, disruptive action at the Inauguration.
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I'm waiting till 3:00pm to drink.
But go ahead and help yourself to one.
:-)

Never did acquire the bad habit of.

Not that I wasn't accused by parasiTIC type psyho's of such though.

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But your Republiclowns have approved a framework for immigration reform.

Y'know, McCain, Graham, Rubio??

The newly converted??

Your own Party has declared your views 'irrelevant'.

Here on Topix, we've known that for a year.

So how long will it be before you become a reform supporter??

Your party has given you the order.
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Then he shouldn't have any problem deporting all the illegal aliens not working, right?
How many illegal aliens are here?
What source are you using to get that number?
How about we put that number into any bill that comes through to cap any conditions given to illegal aliens?
Better yet, how about we give every illegal alien working a H1b work visa.
And, we deport every illegal alien not working.
Then, we stop paying people to not do the work these illegal aliens are here doing. Get a job or starve. If you can't find a job, there are 30 million illegal aliens doing the work we're paying you to not do. Take one of those jobs.
... problem solved, and no new law was required to do it that way.
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You're a domestic terrorist and will be shot on sight.
And you could blow your brains out with a blank gun.

“God bless you, Mr. President”

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There are two types of alcoholics as I see it. The first type is the obnoxious drunk which GW Bush readily admits he was. The second type are people trying to erase memories that are just too painful. My dad's type. After he was liberated from the Japanese, he reenlisted and went to work every day on the base but would stay gone for days on fishing trips and drinking to try and forget. It just finally caught up with him. He was treated on a military base and eventually retired from the military.
Both Bush and my dad found peace through the grace of God and in serving others.
You have no problem lumping both types together.
However, just as I can attest my dad never drank again, I can say with 100% confidence that neither has Bush.
God often speaks to us in a still small voice. Unless you've heard it yourself, you wouldn't understand. Even so, He's longing for you to hear it too. You only have to be willing to listen.
Look, dumb carol, nobody really wants to know about your personal life--pathetic or otherwise--but you can't "attest" for anyone but yourself, let alone George Dumbya Bush or your father...you keep tying that millstone around your neck minute by minute.
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One school of thought holds that corporate servants like Obama could not have taken root in Black America if Dr. King, Malcolm X and a whole cadre of slain and imprisoned leaders of the Sixties had not been replaced by opportunistic representatives of a grasping Black acquisitive class. In any event, had King survived, his break with Obama would have come early. Surely, the Dr. King who, in his 1967 “Where Do We Go from Here” speech called for a guaranteed annual income would never have abided Obama’s targeting of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid in the weeks before his 2009 inauguration. Forty-five years ago, King’s position was clear:“Our emphasis must be twofold: We must create full employment, or we must create incomes.” The very notion of a grand austerity bargain with the Right would have been anathema to MLK.

SHARPTON, JACKSON , OBAMA HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE PROGRESS OF BLACK WORKING CLASS PEOPLE OR IT WOULD HAVE BEEN DONE BY THEM so SAMBO CAN SAY WHAT EVER SAMBO WANTS
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There are two types of alcoholics as I see it. The first type is the obnoxious drunk which GW Bush readily admits he was. The second type are people trying to erase memories that are just too painful. My dad's type. After he was liberated from the Japanese, he reenlisted and went to work every day on the base but would stay gone for days on fishing trips and drinking to try and forget. It just finally caught up with him. He was treated on a military base and eventually retired from the military.
Both Bush and my dad found peace through the grace of God and in serving others.
You have no problem lumping both types together.
However, just as I can attest my dad never drank again, I can say with 100% confidence that neither has Bush.
God often speaks to us in a still small voice. Unless you've heard it yourself, you wouldn't understand. Even so, He's longing for you to hear it too. You only have to be willing to listen.
You'll wish you hadn't posted that babe__I don't know about your dad__or even you because you've become such a liar since arriving on this racist troll ridden thread.

What I do know, as the result of our four plus year relationship on this and the TeaParty thread, is that there are gaping holes in your life's story and that your previously stated ages and experiences don't line up__don't even come close to lining up.

Did you ever go back and read through the crap you shared on that TeaParty thread Carol__it's all still there babe__you can dial it up in less than ten seconds.

Whoo, you really had the hots for Glenda Beck, bigtime.
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What Would Dr. King Do?

Were he alive today, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would “highlight Wall Street criminality,”“war crimes coming out of the White House, the Pentagon, and the State Department” and “the social crimes of the New Jim Crow, the criminal justice system, which is itself criminal,” said Dr. Cornel West, of the Union Theological Seminary, in New York.“Martin would be very, very sad when he looked at the fraudulent character of Black leadership, the massive capitulation to the White House.”

The slain civil rights leader “would be in righteous opposition to the American regime of austerity and war, and to a president and his administration that is in the vanguard of it,” according to Dr. Anthony Monteiro, professor of African American Studies at Temple University, in Philadelphia.“King was, at the end of the day, a democratic revolutionary. He was calling for an uprising to the forces of injustice and war,” said Monteiro. In contrast, today’s “Black petit bourgeoisie are more interested in their own comfort than they are in social justice.”
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Obama’s War Mongers

“Virtually everybody on the top echelon of the Obama foreign policy team, they all backed the Iraq War,” points out Sam Husseini, communications director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, tapped for Secretary of Defense, fits the bill. John Brennan, the White House intelligence advisor who got the president’s nod to head the CIA, meets every week with Obama “to decide who they are going to kill,” said Husseini.“He at one point claimed that there were no civilian deaths from the drone program, though we know there are civilian deaths.”

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Fracking worse on climate than coal!

Can't you friggin' libtards make up your minds!!!
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This is very informative. And my change your view on having Obama as president. The book is called the New Black Agenda The Obama Aftershock. its a kindle e book.its a short read but it gets to the point.
http://www.amazon.com/The-New-Black-Agenda-eb...
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Obama's Race To The Top Drives Nationwide Wave of School Closings, Teacher Firings
Among Obama supporters, the gap between popular perceptions of the president's policies and the actual content of those policies is nowhere wider than in public education. While the president pays lip service to the centrality of public education, teachers and parent input, his Race To The Top is paving the road to privatization, closing more public schools and firing more teachers than any president in US history.

Obama's Race To The Top Drives Nationwide Wave of School Closings, Teacher Firings

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

A nationwide epidemic of school closings and teacher firings has been underway for some time. It's concentrated chiefly in poor and minority communities, and the teachers let go are often experienced and committed classroom instructors, and likely to live in and near the communities they serve, and disproportionately black.

It's not an accident, or a reflection of changing demographics, or more educational choices suddenly becoming available to families in those areas. It's not due to greedy unionized teachers or the invisible hand of the marketplace or well-intentioned educational policies somehow gone awry.

The current wave of school closings is latest result of bipartisan educational policies which began with No Child Left Behind in 2001, and have kicked into overdrive under the Obama administration's Race To The Top. In Chicago, the home town of the president and his Secretary of Education, the percentage of black teachers has dropped from 45% in 1995 to 19% today. After winning a couple skirmishes in federal court over discriminatory firings in a few schools, teachers have now filed a citywide class action lawsuit alleging that the city's policy of school “turnarounds” and “transformations” is racially discriminatory because it's carried out mainly in black neighborhoods and the fired teachers are disproportionately black.

How did this happen? Where did those policies come from, and exactly what are they?
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If you & DBWRiter would quite blowing each other long enough you would know that Obama was in a meeting at 11 PM with Leon Panetta & the Head of the Joint Chiefs.
But that would take both of you being informed. Ad we know you both are uninformed jackasses.
RealDave are saying Panetta was given those Orders but fail to act? The meeting at 11pm was with Biden/Panetta Benghazi was not mention!! Again Dave According to the official White House transcript of the press gaggle that began at 10:47 a.m. and ended at 11:19 a.m., the subject of Benghazi never came up!!
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president Obama sided with the charter school sugar daddies instead of black teachers, black parents and their children.

President Obama appointed Chicago Schools CEO Arne Duncan Secretary of Education. A champion of privatization, Duncan had closed dozens of Chicago schools, many on short notice, some at the apparent behest of gentrifying real estate developers. Duncan fired so many veteran black Chicago teachers to , fill their slots with mostly white rookies, that teachers sued him for racial discrimination in federal court and won. Duncan even introduced military charter schools in Chicago, in one case handing a west side middle school to the US Marine Corps.

No Child Left Behind had been passed by a Democratic congress in the first days of the Bush administration. Opposition to its policies was widespread, and much of that opposition was among Democratic constituencies. So President Obama's signature education policy initiative, would bypass Congress and the opportunity for public debate on the disastrous effects of existing pro-privatization policies.

Secretary Duncan at his side, President Obama introduced Race To The Top, drawn up by the Bill & Melinda Gates, the Eli Broad, Boeing, Walton Family and other foundations. Under Race To The Top states and school districts are forced to bid against each other for many of the same education dollars they used to receive as a matter of course. The winning districts are those who apply Race To The Top's four official solutions to their so-called “failing schools.”

Race To The Top's four federally mandated “solutions,” which are never spelled out by corporate media news outlets, are “school transformations,”“school turnarounds,”“school restarts,” and “school closures.”

Race to the Top defines a “school transformation,” its first remedy, as firing the principal and up to 50% of teachers, replacing them with temps and newbies, hiring expensive consultants, often the same folks who drafted Race To The Top guidelines or their cronies, to redesign curriculum and personnel policies.“Transformed” schools tie teachers jobs to test scores (that’s what caused the national epidemic of cheating scandals) lengthening school days with no extra pay, cutting wages & benefits and of course lots more costly and useless tests.

Race To The Top calls its second remedy “school turnaround.” Turnarounds are exactly the same as school transformations, with high priced “run the school like a business” consultants, increased reliance on standardized tests, sanctions for teachers and all new hires sourced from Teach For America type agencies, except that transformations fire up to 50% of school staff, but to be called a turnaround schools must fire at least 50% of school staff.

“School restarts,” are the third Race To The Top solution. In a “restart” you close the public school and reopen a new school with new staff and the same connected consultants used for transformations and turnarounds, but all under the management of a private corporation. In other words, you close the public school and open a charter school in the same building. Charters of course can use public money to hire even less qualified teachers, pick and choose the students it serves, and often to generate handsome private profits.

Race To The Top's fourth remedy is “school closure.” You fire the staff, padlock the school doors and let families take their chances on the free market, or find another public school if they can.

The states and school districts quickest to carry out the most transformations, turnarounds, restarts and school closings are the ones who get to keep or increase their levels of federal funding. Those who drag their feet lose federal education dollars. That's why it's a race, but not exactly to the top.
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The fact is, Race To The Top is consciously designed to punish school districts that try to protect their educational assets, and rewards those who eviscerate and sell them off.

President Obama's Race To The Top then, is the direct cause of our national wave of school closings and mass teacher firings from Philly to Atlanta and Los Angeles to Rhode Island. It was local implementation of Obama's Race To The Top mandates that forced Chicago teachers out on strike last fall, and it's reluctance to carry out these measures that now imperils education funding in cities as large as Las Vegas.

The Chicago teachers class action lawsuit is a good thing. But the courts have been captive to the far right wing for a long time now, and are not likely to issue quick and sweeping rulings that upset things as they are. In the end, the only thing that will begin to save public education, that will halt the wave of school closings and teacher firings is mass mobilization on a scale not seen in fifty years. Right now, that seems almost as unlikely as corporate school reform being reversed or halted by the federal court.

What passes for black leadership these days, the descendants of the old line “civil rights” organizations are firmly on the corporate education reform bandwagon. Bill Gates, for example, delivered the 2011 keynote at the National Urban League's annual meeting. The NAACP and similar outfits are no better, all preferring to do the bidding of their funders and their president, over the interests of ordinary black families and their children. Even teachers unions are handicapped. Unlike the Chicago Teachers Union most haven't spent the last few years forging deep ties with organized forces in their school communities, and lack even a tradition of standing up for their own members they way labor unions ought to.

In human history, the notion that everybody is entitled to a quality public education is still relatively new, and has powerful enemies. President Obama is one of these. It was the insistence of newly freed slaves that led to the first universal public education laws in the South. African American leaders till now have always been stalwart champions of public education. Until we raise up a new crop of leaders and movements not beholden to corporate funding, not disposed to uncritical worship of corporate power wielded by a black face, public education will continue to wither and die.

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