Barack Obama, our next President

There are 20 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from Nov 5, 2008, titled Barack Obama, our next President. In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

"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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Truth is no SIN

Bronx, NY

#849870 Jan 29, 2013
Our black political class is utterly self-interested. It cannot begin to mobilize black communities to demand higher wages, a massive jobs program to relieve unemployment, a rollback of the prison state, a new paradigm of urban economic development that isn't just moving poor people out of neighborhoods and richer ones in. It can't begin to make these things happen because foisting itself and its own advancement off as “representing” the black oppressed masses is the beginning and the end of who they are and what they do.

For them, the election and and re-election of Barack Obama is the end of black history. Addressing black unemployment, pervasive economic injustice, cutting back the warfare and prison states, opposing the neoliberal agenda of privatization and austerity put forth not just by the black president, but by an entire layer of black officials are, in their language not pragmatic or “realistic.”

So if our black leaders have anything to say about it, four more years of Barack Obama mean four more years of black silence and irrelevance on the issues that matter most to our communities --- on jobs, economic injustice, the prison state. It means black leadership will wring its hands and do nothing as federal policies drive the militarization of Africa, more police and fewer experienced teachers in our schools, and continually falling wages.
new hammer time

Richmond, VA

#849871 Jan 29, 2013
Truth is no SIN wrote:
On January 24, Obama nominated Mary Jo White as SEC head.“You don’t want to mess with Mary Jo,” he said.
The Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 followed the Securities Act of 1933. Under the Constitution’s interstate commerce clause, it required offers and security sales to be registered. State “blue sky laws” previously governed them.
The 1934 law regulated secondary trading of financial securities. It established the SEC under Section 4 to enforce the new act.
Later came the 1939 Trust Indenture Act, the 1940 Investment Company Act, the same year Investment Advisors Act, Sarbanes-Oxley in 2002, the 2006 Credit Rating Agency Reform Act, and Dodd-Frank in 2010.
SEC regulators long ago abandoned their mandate. The agency was established to enforce federal securities laws, the security industry, the nation’s financial and options exchanges, and other electronic securities markets and instruments.
In the 1930s, they were unknown. They include derivatives and other forms of speculation. In principle, SEC is charged with uncovering wrongdoing, assuring investors aren’t swindled, and keeping the nation’s financial markets free from fraud and other abuses.
For decades, it’s been weak-kneed. Under George Bush, it was more facilitator than enforcer. It’s a paper tiger. It abandoned the public trust. It operates the same way under Obama. It
turns a blind eye to fraud and abuse;
protects Wall Street, not investors;
neutered its enforcement staff’s authority;
adopted voluntary regulation; and
lets investment banks hold less reserve capital, as well as freely use leverage speculatively.
Wall Street gets a free hand. Major banks take full advantage. At most, they get occasional wrist slaps. Fines imposed are pocket change. Prosecutions don’t follow. Mega-crooks are free to keep stealing. They take full advantage.
business as usual.......the Wall Street crash will come real soon.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#849872 Jan 29, 2013
Realtime wrote:
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In other news France is expelling/deporting radical Muslim Imams as we speak__a step in the right direction IMO. Looks like France is done fkn around with 7th century nonsense.
Perhaps the US should do the same.

“It's always darkest 'fore dawn”

Since: Jul 08

Who's dawn?

#849873 Jan 29, 2013
Truth is no SIN wrote:
<quoted text>Benjamin Jealous, expressed his views on Barack Obama and the “Black Struggle”….
Via Washington Post:
...blah, blah, blah...The coalition stated it will urge Mr. Obama to mention an urban jobs plan in his State of the Union speech on Feb. 12.
There is a valid point made here
You had no life before OBAMA so you can't be truthful also you still have no life RACIST KKK DWEMOCRAT DUMMY
Of course, the NAACP and others want there to be more done to improve employment numbers among African-Americans...as to the last, have you finally forgotten to log out before posting as the Laurel County Methmouth raggedy tube sock? LMAO@U
TheIndependentMa jority

London, KY

#849874 Jan 29, 2013
Jimmy wrote:
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Us "righties" are self-sufficient, leftard.
So who are you sponging off now? Kids? In-Laws?
Just to clarify-Being "self sufficient" does NOT include sponging or stealing off the Federal Reserve (or ANYONE else for that matter)
Truth is no SIN

Bronx, NY

#849875 Jan 29, 2013
As markers for the trajectory of liberal politics in the U.S. and among African Americans, Dr. King and Barack Obama as Nobel Peace Prize winners offers some important cultural and political insights.”

Last year, as part of the annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday, one of President Obama’s top advisors paid a visit to Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the church of Dr. Martin Luther King. The advisor, Valerie Jarrett, received a standing ovation from the assembled congregation when she shared the story of how President Obama was responsible for the killing of an unarmed Osama bin Laden as members of his family looked on. I share this strange and surreal scene from Ebenezer Church, where the largely African American congregation endorsed the killing of another human being – while in church – because I think it captures the vast historical and moral distance between two distinct periods: the period of the late 1950s and early 1960s, when Dr. King emerged as the symbolic leader of the civil rights wing of the ongoing Black liberation movement and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964; and the era of Barack Obama, launched with his ascendancy to the highest political office in the country and the winning of the Nobel Prize in 2008. Two periods and two awards that, when linked, serve as yet another confirmation of the moral decline of liberalism among white and black people over the last four decades.

By using the Nobel Peace Prize as book ends to link these two eras, I am not suggesting that the Nobel Peace Prize represents an objective, universal moral standard. I see the Nobel Prize as just another desperate and delusional need on the part of international liberalism to believe that its worldview, affirmations of legitimacy and moral proclamations still carry the same weight and importance that the power of hegemony allowed them to for many years. For those of us who have been “othered” by the colonial project that is Western modernity and experienced its dark side of murder, dispossession, slavery and genocide, Western ethical and moral hypocrisy has long since been revealed to us as a deadly reality.

“We have watched over the years with bemused outrage the narcissistic morality-play that is the Nobel Peace Prize.”

With a lens shaped by decades and centuries of oppression, rationalized and normalized by Western liberal philosophy, we have watched over the years with bemused outrage the narcissistic morality-play that is the Nobel Peace Prize – from the awarding of the prize to Jan Smits, the racist leader of apartheid South Africa, to the cynical joke of awarding a peace prize to the European Union last year. But as markers for the trajectory of liberal politics in the U.S. and among African Americans, Dr. King and Barack Obama as Nobel Peace Prize winners offers some important cultural and political insights.

Dr. King was the product of the black struggle for democratic and human rights in the U.S. and became the standard-bearer for an oppositional moral stance and hope for the future globally. His relative silence on the U.S. imperialist war in Vietnam was a source of great moral tension for him and elements of his organization, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. However, on April 4, 1967 in the Riverside Church, exactly one year to the day before he would be murdered by a “lone assassin,” he addressed those critics who felt that he had no business opposing any aspect of U.S. foreign policy and took an unambiguous stance on the Vietnam War. In that speech, he shared the political and moral dilemma he grappled with:
new hammer time

Richmond, VA

#849876 Jan 29, 2013
DBWriter wrote:
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Enlighten us. Tell us about Obama's work history.
As I recall, Obama had two stints as a summer intern and some work on something called "Project Vote" and had never passed the bar and had never even seen the inside of a courtroom as a lawyer when he was somehow given a position on the faculty at the University of Chicago Law School.
Tell us more about Obama's (lack of a) work history.
doesn't even matter now.......he WORKED hard to become the POTUS.
thats more of an accomplishment than you'll ever have/with your country azz self
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#849877 Jan 29, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
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Good news on Kerry, yes, he invited President Obama to speak at the convention nominating him for President; I'll never forget that speech. It put him on the map.
65 Syrians found shot in the head, hands bound. Spoke to some friends who are originally from there; they think that President Assad will prevail and not step down. Interesting.
Why would Assad step down when others who are deposed are murdered or imprisoned? When you give a dictator no choice, expect the worst.

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RUSH10ME

Gloucester, VA

#849878 Jan 29, 2013
leosnana wrote:
<quoted text>How's it hangin', Jane? That was the Breitbart blogs that used the "Lick Wall Street's Boots" nonsense you plagiarized. The "Wall Street Journal" actually included that "Ms. White's former clients include the independent directors of News Corp NWSA +0.50%., who hired her in 2011 during the company's U.K. phone-hacking scandal. News Corp. owns Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal."
No joke like an old joke like an illiterate fool of a Tea Bagger...
Hangin' as in Jessie Washington or hangin' as in your boobs??

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Truth is no SIN

Bronx, NY

#849879 Jan 29, 2013
“War and the fixation on violence, the ideological justifications and rationalizations for racism, economic inequality and all forms of oppression – they were all interrelated for Dr. King.”
For Dr. King, the war in Vietnam and the support given to it by the majority of the American people was a “symptom of a far deeper malady within the American spirit.”[2] War and the fixation on violence, the ideological justifications and rationalizations for racism, economic inequality and all forms of oppression – they were all interrelated for Dr. King.
And while that stance earned him the wrath of liberals in the Johnson Administration, the philanthropic community and even among the clergy, both black and white, he said he did not have a choice but to speak out, because he believed that those who understood what was at stake had a responsibility to do so. For Dr. King, receiving the Nobel Peace Prize gave him an even greater responsibility:
“I cannot forget that the Nobel Prize for Peace was also a commission — a commission to work harder than I had ever worked before for ‘the brotherhood of man’. This is a calling that takes me beyond national allegiances…”[3]
Dr. King’s commitment to non-violence, peace and love for humanity was complete and unshakable, despite the enormous personal and political costs he endured, including threats to his life, which intensified once he opposed the war.
In the 2009 Nobel Prize acceptance speech given by the newly-elected Barack Obama, he presented an argument for the concept of a “just war.” Startling many in the Oslo audience, President Obama forcefully asserted in what many would begin to refer to as the “Obama doctrine” that:“We will not eradicate violent conflict in our lifetimes. There will be times when nations — acting individually or in concert — will find the use of force not only necessary but morally justified.”[4]
While Dr. King condemned the violence, warmongering and colonialism of the U.S. historically and in Vietnam specifically, Obama’s position is that:

Since: May 11

Loysville, PA

#849880 Jan 29, 2013
John Galt wrote:
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Obama is firing 20,000 U.S. Marines, hiring Obamacare Gestapo instead.
Better call up Bush & see if he can make up some more lies to start another war so he can kill off some more.

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TheIndependentMa jority

London, KY

#849881 Jan 29, 2013
Grey Ghost wrote:
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I love the pain and envy that you righties display daily. My life is a very good one that I earned, I can go and do as I please and mostly you tax payers pay me for that. Yahoo.
Give back, NOW. The hoosegow has a stupid seat reserved for you.

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Truth is no SIN

Bronx, NY

#849882 Jan 29, 2013
OBAMA IS an opportunist politician who is in the service of global white supremacy. What cannot be easily explained, however, is how the vast majority of African Americans have been taken along this ride to neo-conservatism. And not just African Americans – the whole liberal establishment, from human rights activists who give political cover for the arrogant and racist assumptions contained in the doctrines of “humanitarian intervention” and the “right to protect,” to the business labor unions, anti-war activists, women’s organizations, civil rights groups, media – most pathetically personified by MSNBC – all of these groups have suffered a moral and political collapse that has allowed “normal” politics in the U.S. to be moved to the border of right-wing fascism.
Truth is no SIN

Bronx, NY

#849884 Jan 29, 2013
Obama’s defenders argue that the difference in tone and substance between Dr. King’s speech and positions and those of President Obama is due to the fact that Dr. King was a public figure and not tasked with the heavy responsibilities of governing, with all the complexities that entails. And they would be right. His position as “Commander-in-Chief” can easily explain why he was silent on the Israeli invasion of Gaza in 2008-09; boycotted the Durban follow-up process; continued and expanded the repressive domestic policies of the Bush era with the National Defense Authorization Act; signed-off on drone kills, including the killing of U.S. citizen Anwar Al-Awlaki and his sixteen-year-old son; supported the NATO war of opportunity on Libya and the current funding, arming and political legitimacy to Islamic fascists in Syria. For these are the positions one takes when one is the head of a desperate and declining hegemon committed to using subversion, deception, repression and direct military violence to maintain its global empire and, by extension, the collective colonialist interests of the white West.
TheIndependentMa jority

London, KY

#849886 Jan 29, 2013
new hammer time wrote:
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business as usual.......the Wall Street crash will come real soon.
It's kinda looking that way, for real.

Geez.

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sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#849887 Jan 29, 2013
DBWriter wrote:
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You forgot to answer the post. I'll help you correct that oversight. Here's the post you danced around like a New Orleans street tap dancer:
You're the one throwing that ludicrously low 11 million illegal aliens living here number around.
Where did you get that number?
that number?

from 50 different sites on the net.

what have you got? a right wing blog/FOX/Rush?

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new hammer time

Richmond, VA

#849889 Jan 29, 2013
Gunner wrote:
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Facebook has a new hotline to report death threats aimed at politicians.
I was just there reporting you to the FBI.
did i say i'd do the shooting? the story was about Assad of Syria. read read read you stupid a..hole.

Since: Nov 09

Pharr, TX

#849890 Jan 29, 2013
TSM wrote:
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OldRaider you’re just another Obama apologist but here’s a simple question on Benghazi!! Obama said: I told them to do whatever it takes! Raider name the individual he gave those Orders to?
You pick someone, I'll agree.
Now what?

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#849891 Jan 29, 2013
Eman wrote:
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Like I said, it's still a free country.
"Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose,
nothin' ain't worth nothin', but it's free."

So what's free about it??

Can you jaywalk legally??

Can you avoid paying taxes legally??

Can you drive a car without a license legally??

Can you ignore traffic laws legally??

Can you yell "FIRE" in a crowded theater legally??

There are laws that make illegal many common behaviors. They are there to control those who step out of line.

You can't even gather and protest where you want to. The Gov't has rules to control people.

You need a permit to protest, or risk arrest!!

Disobey them you get arrested.

I think CA has more of these laws than most other states.

So being able to post propaganda on Topix leads you to believe you're free??

You've got a funny notion of freedom.
new hammer time

Richmond, VA

#849892 Jan 29, 2013
Truth is no SIN wrote:
OBAMA IS an opportunist politician who is in the service of global white supremacy. What cannot be easily explained, however, is how the vast majority of African Americans have been taken along this ride to neo-conservatism. And not just African Americans – the whole liberal establishment, from human rights activists who give political cover for the arrogant and racist assumptions contained in the doctrines of “humanitarian intervention” and the “right to protect,” to the business labor unions, anti-war activists, women’s organizations, civil rights groups, media – most pathetically personified by MSNBC – all of these groups have suffered a moral and political collapse that has allowed “normal” politics in the U.S. to be moved to the border of right-wing fascism.
suffering is what the "Illuminati" inflicts on the masses.

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