Monday, November 10, 2008

Obama is the Rage

Ralph Nader in effect called Barack Obama an "Uncle Tom". Nader said that it was Obama's choice so far to be an Uncle Tom to the giant corporations. Ralph was a bad boy. He should apologize immediately.

But if he doesn't, so what? It's Ralph's thing to "rage against the machine." He's an activist gadfly for consumer protection. No one should expect Nader to give that up; though he should be more circumspect and respectful to President-Elect Obama. Obama has not even stepped into the oval office or sworn on the bible to uphold the constitution, unlike Bush, who should be the target of Nader's vitriol because of the full mess he's made of this country. Nader has lost control of his facial muscles and twitches and squints throughout the whole interview. I hope he gets it together. I want to still have some respect for him.

But the fact is, Barack Obama has suddenly become as establishment as you can get, and it stands to reason that many people will align against him. Who knows, if he continues to do the things that Nader outlined (he is a politician!), I might get in that long line.

I don't think Obama is going to be too offended--he will just brush off racial attacks by people like Nader, Berlusconi and that racist Austrian pundit or any others that have the balls to speak their bigoted, prejudicial or racist ideology--it's not acceptable to do so and it's progress that they will get plenty of criticism (even from unexpected quarters!)... IT'S THE PEOPLE THAT YOU DON'T HEAR FROM, THAT LET THEIR HATE SPEAK OUT THROUGH THE BARREL OF A GUN OR OTHER WEAPON WHO ARE DEADLY.

I don't know if this rumor is rooted in truth (see the links below; it's true), but I heard a caller to WBAI's Hugh Hamilton show voice the concern that many White people went out and brought guns after Obama won the Democratic nomination and even more armed themselves when Obama won the presidency. It is ironic that many of the guns purchased will most likely not protect or secure these folks, but may end up facilitating domestic violence, crime or a tragic accident.

Of course FOX "twilight zone" NEWS would jump on Ralph Nader for this – you know "Divisiveness R' US" is their unofficial motto. Surely, these propagandist, racist, ignorant buffoons have said much, much worst against Barack Obama in particular and Black people in general. I'm certainly not buying the bridge they are trying to sell with their feigned outrage over Ralph's misguided remarks.

On a positive note, the Obama administration is set to recognize science... first thing will be to reverse the Bush policy on prohibiting stem cell research. Yeah!

I can't find it, but I also wanted to put up a chart from the new website that was displayed on Keith Obermann that has all the branches of the government listed UNDER the constitution. Hey, that's CHANGE I CAN BELIEVE IN!

By the way; can Bush pardon himself?

Obama Countdown
created by James Miller

Further Reading:
On Concerns Over Gun Control, Gun Sales Are Up
"Sales of handguns, rifles and ammunition have surged in the last week, according to gun store owners around the nation..."

Gun sales up in N.C. after Obama win

Guns Sales are up ten billion percent

Gun Sales Up Before Election

Obama election prompts surge in US gun sales

Sarah Palin blamed by the US Secret Service over death threats against Barack Obama


Maggie Knowles said...

It might be that people purchased guns in anticipation of legislation to close loopholes in current laws, here's a quote from a recent interview of Obama on guns:
Q: You said recently, "I have no intention of taking away folks' guns." But you support the D.C. handgun ban, and you've said that it's constitutional. How do you reconcile those two positions?

Senator Obama: Because I think we have two conflicting traditions in this country. I think it's important for us to recognize that we've got a tradition of handgun ownership and gun ownership generally. And a lot of law-abiding citizens use it for hunting, for sportsmanship, and for protecting their families. We also have a violence on the streets that is the result of illegal handgun usage. And so I think there is nothing wrong with a community saying we are going to take those illegal handguns off the streets. And cracking down on the various loopholes that exist in terms of background checks for children, the mentally ill. We can have reasonable, thoughtful gun control measure that I think respect the Second Amendment and people's traditions.
It could be that many of the folks who purchased guns have misunderstood Obama's common sense gun policy and think they have to buy now before the Obama Administration changes the laws.
I heard about the collapse of the school, I am truly sorry for your loss.

thezenhaitian said...

I realize that some are buying guns under the false assumption of a change in the guns laws under an Obama administration, but still it occurs to me that many are also projecting a fear of the unknown at best and at worst are arming themselves because they anticipate that bad things will happen with this socialist, Marxist, terrorist, commie sympathizer in office.

At least those are now the preferred code words and talking points that are being used by the "opposition".

This gun frenzy is the latest and most dangerous manifestation of the divisive and angry tone that was introduced by the campaign of the Republican presidential candidate.

I am not alone in this assessment:
Sarah Palin Blamed by The US Secret Service Over Death Threats Against Barack Obama
Sarah Palin's attacks on Barack Obama's patriotism provoked a spike in death threats against the future president, Secret Service agents revealed during the final weeks of the campaign. more

Thank you for your condolences about the school collapse in Petion-Ville.

Maggie Knowles said...

I agree that Sarah Palin fanned the racist fires at her rallies (intentional or not), but there is talk herein the U.S. that the Republican Party has become a regional organization that represents the interests of those in the deep southern states, those who are white, low income, mostly uneducated.

There is allot of optimism here in the U.S. now that we have elected Barack Obama. And the demographics have changed, Obama was elected by young people, women, and minorities (and even white men!) I have read many articles stating that the Republican Party has to become more inclusive or they will keep shrinking and lose relevance.

Here's an article in the NY Times you might find interesting:
For South, Waning Hold On National Politics

I guess what I'm trying to say is that America is changing for the better, but it takes time to shed the old skin of racism. It's not to say that your concerns aren't valid, just that I think there's reason to be optimistic that racism is declining in America.

thezenhaitian said...

I don't disagree with you. There has been a major paradigm shift.

Personally, I will have to do some reprogramming in order to adjust. I admit I have some hard-wiring that leans toward pessimism and skepticism.

It must be said that a major part of our reality is perception.

When you listen to what President-Elect Obama says in his speeches about bridging divides...etc, there are definite positive reactions for anyone with a higher functioning brain.

I agree with those like PBS journalist Gwen Ifill who say; historically, there will be a before Obama and an after Obama.

Mikey said...

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