My Thoughts on Obama

Damn, he's fine!
I normally avoid talking about our president because it's very difficult for me to explain myself.  But after reading a couple of blog posts from We are Respectable Negroes and A Black Man's View, I've learned a few things which help me now to say what I want to say.

Let's start with Dirty Red, on his blog A Black Man's View:
...I told him I ain't all that impressed with him. I think he concedes too damn much.

I think he tries so hard to not be the Angry Black man, that he bends over way too easy. He tries to get along with people that he should just tell to go fuck themselves. I think he needs to show the world whose nuts are swinging.

This is what I think.

But...Another But...

Has he been a bad President?

Ummmmmm. No.
And Michael Lind from the Salon, by way of the We are Respectable Negroes blog:
In light of this recent history, it is clear that the origins of the debt ceiling crisis are to be sought, not in generic American conservatism, but in idiosyncratic Southern conservatism. The goal, the methods and the passion of the Tea Party in the House are all characteristic of the radical Southern right.

From the earliest years of the American republic, white Southern conservatives when they have lost elections and found themselves in the political minority have sought to extort concession from national majorities by paralyzing or threatening to destroy the United States.

The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions of 1798 and 1799 asserted the alleged right of states to "nullify" any federal law that state lawmakers considered unconstitutional. This obstructionist mentality led to the Nullification Crisis of 1832, when South Carolina refused to enforce federal tariffs. Civil War was averted only when President Andrew Jackson, a Southerner himself, forced the nullifiers to back down.

In 1820 and 1850 the South used the threat of secession to force the rest of the United States to appease it on the slavery issue. In 1861, the South tried to destroy the United States, rather than accept a legitimately elected president, Abraham Lincoln, whom it did not control.

Following defeat in the Civil War, the former Confederate states regrouped as "the Solid South," a one-party region, first Democratic and now Republican, that has tended to vote as a bloc in national affairs. The South sought to block the federal civil rights revolution by a policy of "massive resistance" to court orders ordering racial integration. Some Southern states went so far as to try to abolish their public school systems rather than integrate them. It is hard to avoid seeing a link between this racist rationale for privatization and modern conservative plans to scale back Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, relied on disproportionately by black and brown Americans and low-income whites, while increasing taxpayer subsidies to private retirement and healthcare accounts enjoyed mostly by affluent whites.
Like Dirty Red, I don't think Obama is a bad president. You can't shackle a man's hands and then be mad that a job's not getting done. See, white Americans only see the part where they're not getting what they want. They don't see the part where the appointed giver has his hands tied...by white Americans, no less (always seem to conveniently miss that part, for some reason...).

I myself voted for the man simply out of curiosity.  I wanted to see if, in my life time, there would be a president of color in this country.  Not for one second did I believe he would actually change anything, because like many of you, I knew from the get-go hordes of aversely and overtly racist white Americans (i.e., the majority) wouldn't want him to change a goddamn thing, whether it was to their own detriment or not.

But...as comedian Paul Mooney says, this is a "wonderful new world" we're entering.  It really is.  I mean, for those of us living in these disunited states, things are going to get worse before they get better, but ohhhhhhhh they're about to get much better.  And on their way to getting better, the chickens are coming home to roost.

This is why I discourage shepherding the sheeple.  It's like being on a starship that's set to auto-destruct and all the escape pods and shuttles are on lockdown (nerds, stay with me on this one).  During a mutiny, the lemming crew of draptos executed the entire senior staff, so now there's no one left to turn off the auto-destruct.  So even if the crew suddenly regrets its decision, even they apologize to and honor the corpses of the senior staff, and even if the crew completely renounces its former mentality, the ship is still going to self-destruct.

Unhappy
White Americans weren't the first to kill off people, take their land, and enslave others to build it up.  They weren't the first to exclusively cater to the lighter-skinned, wealthier elite.  But as with every other civilization that came before and did the same, there's no happy ending.  Sooner or later, some very unhappy chickens will come home to roost.

Some of you POC wake up some days, stare at the ceiling, and wonder why the hell the gods would make you live through such a time.  Simple.  [White] America is in steadily increasing debt, its military no longer commands fear, and it has finally, completely lost the respect of this world.  In a few decades, its vast vaunted corporations (you remember, the ones that were too good to hire POC or make us partners) will all mostly likely be under complete and permanent foreign control.  And since their overall treatment of POC ain't exactly been kosher, they will have to deal with the worst of the consequences on their own. In short, kids, the day white Americans have worried about for centuries is rapidly dawning.

And all of us bitter, disillusioned black, brown, yellow, and red folks will have the distinct pleasure of living to see it.

So today, our Pres needs to chill out and celebrate his fiftieth with his family and his real friends.  He needs to pop some pink champagne, eat some chocolate mousse cake, sit down with the kids for a Star Trek marathon, and plan to not be president come 2013.  White America doesn't deserve him; its House is a sinking ship he needs to gladly abandon.

And we should remember how strong we were, how we survived the unimaginable, and be strong like that again just for a little bit longer.  Our ancestors, who were voiceless and powerless for centuries, survived so that we might see such a "wonderful new world."

'Cause, kids...the chickens are most assuredly coming home to roost, and we need to make sure an all-American white boy with a shit-eating grin is waiting in the Oval Office when they arrive.

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  1. Tashabilities8/4/11, 2:57 PM

    Girl, I was over on microaggressions pulling my hair out, but now I'm in here PRAISE DANCING!

    I absolutely love you! Another great post.

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  2. [passes the collection plate]

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  3. You damn right. I'm tired of these idiot Negrophophic conservatives sh*tting all over my president and unjustly blaming him for the mess he's inherited. Obama's too good for this. LET a white man take office again, if only so that his name is the one being dragged through the dust. Maybe that's what it'll take for white America to see that they done effed it up.

    My popcorn's in the microwave, and I'm just waiting for the ish to go down.

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  4. Since the founding of this great republic whites have not changed one iota. Whites are still the racist- domineering, uncompromising, headstrong people they’ve always been. Should it surprise anyone that when the first black man is elected leader of the free world their first instinct is to put him in his place??

    Historically whites have benefited by controlling the narrative; they aren’t used to being controlled by anyone. “Only God is higher” they reason. Slogans like, “Give me liberty or give me death!” and the Gadsden flag’s, “Don’t tread on me!” tell me whites have no intention of being taken captive by the constraints of law or morality when their interests are threatened. Ideologies such as these apply to the lessor races not them.

    It’s about putting Obama’s face on the debt fallout just as Bush’s face is associated with the TARP bailout. If this country defaults on Obama’s watch he bears full accountability not Bush. This would almost guarantee a new face in the White House. The goal of the republicans is to make Obama a One-Term-President; even if it means bankrupting this nation to do it. Subsequently, most whites would be desperate to vote for anyone; as long as its not Obama. Is Obama a bad president? No… weak maybe; and definitely naïve, as to how badly his white peers want to destroy him.

    See, the good ole boy network has served powerful white men for years. Powerful leaders like Kennedy, Nixon… LBJ and the two Bush’s had a network of powerful contacts to fall back on. These men sprung from powerful families; ergo, they could call in political favors- twist arms, fix elections and even bribe fellow politicians to win their compliance. We have a few black governors yes and black CEO’s of fortune 500 companies; but never in this country’s history have we had a black president. Therefore, historically/racially, Obama’s bench is simply not that deep.

    Additionally, whites prize Aggressiveness. It’s been a defining characteristic of whites well before this nation’s founding. A white man takes what he wants- he doesn’t ask. They’re ruthless in the cooperate-political world and they don’t take prisoners. Seeking the middle ground with men such as these usually means deferring. These white men have the uncanny ability of separating morality from their dealings. Hence, a black man is not the individual a white man’s bound to hold in equal standing. No matter how bright and competent that black man might be.

    The white man snatched this land from the original owners and built this nation on a foundation of genocide and deceit. It only stands to reason it will be the white man who brings it down. This notion of a one-term-president is rooted in a racist ideology to not only bring this black man down, but ensure no other black man is ever elected to that office again. The greatest experiment of our times will be chronicled as a failure.

    So yes I agree. Enjoy your 50th Mr. President and forget about this reelection nonsense. You’ve done a man’s job and that’s all that can be expected of you.

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  5. It only stands to reason it will be the white man who brings it down.

    Exactly, and POC who have this misguided notion of "we need to help fix the nation" are overdue for a serious reality check. Do we need to help one another? Oh, yes. Because when the dust settles, all we're going to have left is one another.

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  6. Oh Obama. This is why i didn't want to vote for him. Because I knew that his 4 years in office would be nothing but pure hell. No matter what he does, he's wrong. When he tries to use his own good judgment, he's wrong. When he bends and does what they tell him they want him to do, he's wrong. When he listens to his cabinet, he's wrong. When joe blow from west bubblef*ck does something wrong, its Obama's fault. The man can't win for losing.

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  7. Obama repealed DADT. For that alone, I'll always be in his debt. Funny how the negro did more for gay rights in his presidency than any other president.

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  8. Ankhesen Mié said...
    Exactly, and POC who have this misguided notion of "we need to help fix the nation" are overdue for a serious reality check. Do we need to help one another? Oh, yes. Because when the dust settles, all we're going to have left is one another.

    I agree.
    The white man almost did it in 1929. Amazing how so few of them actually controlled this nation’s wealth. Moreover, if history is any indicator he's going to do it again. The massive bank bailout was all about greedy white men abusing power & privilege at the expense of a nation. As a matter of fact, the more I think about it, Hell no! I wouldn’t let these vipers step one foot on Mars.

    Politics has always been a white man’s game. When it comes to lying and cheating no one does it better. In this regard Obama is out of his league. He's just not devious enough.

    A quote:
    "Under democracy- one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule; and both commonly succeed, and are right." H.L. Mencken

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  9. *takes the collection plate from Neo and drops a yard*

    For the most part, I don't participate in political discussions. Per the whole "Where You Stand" post, once I state my position, I have no desire to elaborate or elucidate, or have someone try to convince me that I'm wrong. But I must chime in on this.

    Pres Obama [should]...plan to not be president come 2013.

    I've been ambivalent about O's whole presidency. I am glad that I got to see something my parents did not, but I knew that he wouldn't be able to get anything accomplished. Not with the hot fire mess that is Congress. I, too, would rather him not run for reelection and save some of his black hair, and I certainly don't want him sitting in the Oval Office when the shit hits the fan, because it's about to go down.

    ...we need to make sure an all-American white boy with a shit-eating grin is waiting in the Oval Office when they arrive.

    Girl, you said this shit right here. *adds another yard to the collection plate*

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  10. For the most part, I don't participate in political discussions. Per the whole "Where You Stand" post, once I state my position, I have no desire to elaborate or elucidate, or have someone try to convince me that I'm wrong. But I must chime in on this.

    Moi as well. Personally, I loath detesting politics in particular because it really is just a soap opera for [mostly] ugly boring people. It's a paid popularity contest; Capitol Hill High School is nothing but cliques, rumors, slander, cat fights, and sabotaging whoever gets to go to the prom. Whenever I meet people who avidly debate and lose friends over fucking politics, all I think is, "OMG...get a life."

    And all these so-called political talk shows are no different from celebrity gossip. American politics is bullshit; it's a tacky reality TV show about wealthy, privileged teens and they're gaping lack of personal problems.

    In a country where supposedly anyone who's born in America and is over the age of 35 can run for President, we've had 44 male presidents and we've seen, what, two sons carry their father's former mantle? What are the fucking odds?

    At that rate, why not just establish a monarchy and have done with it?

    I get what the Democrats thought they were trying to do, but let's be real...POC tend to view that party as simply the lesser of two evils. It's chocked full of clueless, myopic white liberals in deep denial about this fucking country.

    The Native Americans need to just take over and start running things already.

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  11. @Tashabilities

    Hi It's Aiyo from Microagressions and I have enjoyed reading your comments over there.

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  12. I'm careful to criticize the shit-hole that is Congress if only because I've seen what communism will do to a country.

    That democracy quote was beautiful (from M.Gibson), but I have to stand next to the Dalai Lama and Aung San Suu Kyi and what they dream of. There's worse out there. Maybe I'm fatalist. My parents survived the fall of a nation, it hits pretty close to home to hope that I can too. lol?

    I wish we just didn't have to play these stupid games with (ugly) boring (+malicious) people, lol. Love the Star Trek references...I just started watching Voyager.

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  13. @ Julie

    LOL - I've actually been watching a lot of Voyager lately. I was thinking of it when I typed this.

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  14. "They’re ruthless in the cooperate-political world..."

    Excuse me...
    "They’re ruthless in the 'corporate-political' world..."

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  15. I don't know what to add to this. It's just that amazing!

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  16. I don't know what to add to this. It's just that amazing!

    Oh, I'm sure you could think of something.

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  17. This post is so excellent.

    Obama was the president I voted for because I wanted to see an intelligent and reasoned diplomat in office for a change and yes, he damn sure got extra points from me because he was black.

    But I have always felt that the white supremacist structure that is America's government, educational, financial and social system allows no room, willingly, for the manufactured history of this country to include favoring a non-white or favoring a non-white doing ANYTHING substantial to right a system that is rotted!

    It is unfortunate that we all have to prepare for them to tank the country again.

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  18. I agree mostly with everything said here. But I personally feel Obama has ignored his constituency. I don't think that is all his fault though. At least not completely. But hear me out on this as my aren't that cut and dry.

    I remember him saying during his campaign that he was trying to get elected on an eight year platform and that "for the first two years, you're going to hate me." So as far as the idiots who complain that he hasn't magically fixed the economy/created jobs, they obviously weren't paying any actual attention to what he said during his campaign and were just using him as a vehicle for their own personal wish fulfillment. To their dismay, they now find.

    This was the first Presidential election in which I was old enough to vote, so MANY things stick out in my memory. I was enthusiastic about voting for Obama because he was black but that was not the only reason I did. The Obama I voted for was, if I recall correctly, one of the few Democrat Senators who objected outright to the Iraq War. That was the deciding factor for me during the Primaries. Hillary's cowardly, power hungry ass offered the weak justification that " I was a Senator for New York at the time, so of course I voted in favor of it." Now as smart as Hillary is she obviously knew how dumb a move that was, but she also didn't want to anger her blood thirsty constituents so she chose the the politically correct maneuver. Also her exaggeration of her presidential experience/involvement in current affairs made me wince in embarrassment for her. Being married to/fucking someone with executive power does not an executive make. I knew that Hillary would be a president who only cared about HILLARY's best interests. Not necessarily what was best for the country.

    I voted for Obama because he DOES care about what is best for this country, and ALL of the people in it and it's future.

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  19. I've been voting for the last ten years and I'm not remotely impressed so far. I think Obama simply tried and met excessive opposition.

    Being married to/fucking someone with executive power does not an executive make.

    Why not? *shrug* Being able to see Russia from your house makes you a foreign affairs expert.

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  20. But... I tend to agree with George Carlin/Noam Chomsky. We have a democracy in name only. The people with the most power and influence are people with money. Hence the continuation of this imperialistic war. The military industrial complex is too vital to US economic interests. The only way many people have employment/education/benefits is through the military. And fraud exists, badly, in all levels of government. Most is so commonplace it just goes unnoticed.

    I used to wonder why people didn't vote. But to be honest now I see. Voter fraud happens in both parties, in many elections local/state/federal. Obama's Senate former senate seat being sold is pretty common place. I think the US is too corrupt, period. Barack Obama makes a difference but whether he makes a significant difference remains to be seen. I don't think it's all up to him though.

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  21. Student of the World said...
    “I used to wonder why people didn't vote. But to be honest now I see. Voter fraud happens in both parties, in many elections local/state/federal. Obama's Senate former senate seat being sold is pretty common place. I think the US is too corrupt, period. Barack Obama makes a difference but whether he makes a significant difference remains to be seen. I don't think it's all up to him though.”

    Turns out he's not the magical Negro whites thought he was; hence the backlash. To their shock whites are finally coming to terms with the fact that Obama is merely flesh and blood. Moreover, when voter fraud does occur you can bet white men are usually at the helm. The recall efforts in Wisconsin are a prime example.

    Student of the World said...
    “We have a democracy in name only. The people with the most power and influence are people with money. Hence the continuation of this imperialistic war.”

    From Wikipedia:
    “While there is no specific, universally accepted definition of 'democracy', equality and freedom have both been identified as important characteristics of democracy since ancient times. These principles are reflected in all citizens being equal before the law and having equal access to legislative processes. For example, in a representative democracy, every vote has equal weight, no unreasonable restrictions can apply to anyone seeking to become a representative, and the freedom of its citizens is secured by legitimized rights and liberties which are generally protected by a constitution.”

    To accord the promises of freedom and equally to one race, while utterly denying it to another is to equate this nation’s boasts of egalitarianism to exercises in hypocrisy. We’ve always been a Democracy in name only.

    From a speech of Frederick Douglass delivered on July 5, 1852:
    “What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelly to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciations of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade, and solemnity, are, to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy—a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices, more shocking and bloody, than are the people of these United States, at this very hour. Go where you may, search where you will, roam through all the monarchies and despotisms of the old world, travel through South America, search out every abuse, and when you have found the last, lay your facts by the side of the everyday practices of this nation, and you will say with me, that, for revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival.”

    Whites have yet to live up to this country’s creed, that all men are created equal. The ease by which white men can call The President of The United States ‘Tar Baby' and 'Boy' says we still have a long way to go. The presidency of a black man is a first step yes; but we’ve still a way to journey before such solecisms cease to be common place.

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  22. U.S. Credit Downgraded: S&P Reduces Rating To AA+

    And so it begins...
    Right-wing conservatives have foolishly reasoned, we've got to destroy this country, in order to save it. This downgrade will be on Obama's watch. It will define his presidency for years to come.

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  23. Presidential elections stress me out so much ugh. Anyway, I am cosigning this post.

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  24. @ Ankh
    Why not? *shrug* Being able to see Russia from your house makes you a foreign affairs expert.

    *sigh* Yes. Apparently it does*rolls eyes*. She tried to say Obama had too little experience but... fucking Bill Clinton exclusively is not the same as professional experience.

    If that's the case, then every other jump off of his in the oval office could run for the democratic ticket too. I mean... could you imagine?!

    LMAO I'm sorry but if Men could transfer professional experience through their penis then there wouldn't be a glass ceiling.( White women are quick to complain about sexism but they'd be all over that shit in an instant if it became common practice.)

    That bullshit she tried to pull was just...too ridiculous*SMH*.

    She was quick to pander to racists by relying on white privilege when it suited her too. Giving selfish, unscrupulous individuals with low cunning power is ALWAYS a bad idea.

    Obama definitely passed the character test to me. It still has to count for something.

    I've been voting for the last ten years and I'm not remotely impressed so far. I think Obama simply tried and met excessive opposition.

    I felt the same but... I wasn't sure if it was because I wasn't used to participating in the "democratic process". I found it to be a little ridiculous and underwhelming.

    As to Obama's presidency I think that the big opportunities he missed was creating a single payer healthcare system. But the Democratic Congress didn't back him up. Way to squander your majority democrats! One of the reasons I can't stand the two party system. Democrats and Republicans are different sides of the same coin. I was annoyed that Obama bailed out the auto industry especially when they slashed 50% of their domestic workforce immediately afterwards.

    That's a little bit like helping up someone off the ground and getting them back on their feet, only to have them immediately kick you square in the groin and run away laughing at you.

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  25. "There are but two ways of paying debt: Increase of industry in raising income, increase of thrift in laying out." Thomas Carlyle

    "The creditor hath a better memory than the debtor." James Howell

    "A creditor is worse than a slave-owner; for the master owns only your person, but a creditor owns your dignity, and can command it." Victor Hugo

    "A small debt makes a man your debtor, a large one your enemy." Irish Proverb

    "The government who robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul." George Bernard Shaw

    The hypocrisy concerning our nation's debt shines like the brightest beacon atop the tallest peak. Centuries of privilege have blinded whites to such a degree they have the audacity to malign the lender for this our misfortune. If ever there were a time for blacks to build a spaceship to Mars, this would be our most opportune moment.

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  26. Read both articles. This shit is about to get real ugly. Did y'all read the comments?

    *sits back to watch*

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  27. @ Amaya

    Those comments are typical; they are rife with denial. Shit has hit the fan, ladies and gents. China is not playin' around and Americans would be wise to not take this lightly.

    Nor impotently lash out in the press or on the blogosphere to hide their own fear. I saw an article saying America's allies (who the hell are they? This country doesn't have "allies") are saying this country's economy is "fine", which is the biggest crock of shit since Dubya became president the first time.

    Mm-hm...the economy is fine for "allies", as in people who aren't living here, dealing with our job situation, and who don't owe China trillions of dollars. Americans need to not reject this sugarcoated bullshit and read between the lines. If China decides to start blowing up parts of the US tomorrow - with North Korea's missiles in tow - not a single damn "ally" is going to lift a finger to stop them.

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  28. White Americans are acting like folks who know they're going to die soon. They're gonna whoop it up while they still can and go out with a bang, having dissipated both themselves and all their resources and money.

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  29. And try to stick POC with the bill.

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  30. Do I think it is the right thing for Obama to try and avoid re-relection? I don't know if either way is right or wrong. But I can say this for sure, as a white man...

    White people are going to make excuses until the very end. If a blue eyed, blonde haired image of utopian Whiteness from rural Kansas takes the Presidency and the country falls in the shitter, they will fail to recognize race anymore. They will likely keep pointing fingers to Obama's policies. White people, overwhelmingly in this country, are so susceptible to such asinine thinking, it's hard for me to envision a situation where most White people would not wonder if it were truly all Obama's fault, forgetting the scores of White men before him, during his presidency, all that contributed wholesale to the fucking wreck this country has become.

    No, White people as a group are generally too psychologically invested in who they are to look past their melanin-deficient noses and see that sadly White supremacy is still the order of the day deep down in this nation, as far as a latent psychological and ideological approach. The attitudes that govern the wars we're involved in, the lack of empathy for the poor, all steeped in false notions of racial supremacy. It pervades the thinking of White people and transcends all layers of their everyday life. Even when some lucky ones sneak through the layers of shit and White "normalized" lenses, there is every incentive EVERY DAY of our LIVES trying to suck you back in to the thinking that has been on a constant shuffle since day one. White people may not be entirely hopeless, but they are truly lost and insanely stubborn about their collective paths.

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  31. I'm a add my $1.50...

    President Obama has been a phenomenal president. he has what no other presidential has done... He kept his promises. He said he'd work out a plan for Universal healthcare, keep the country from falling in the crapper, end the war, and get Bin Laden. He has done all of that. He also said that he'd need 2 terms to fix the economy. He didn't lie about that either. ALL the problems and challenges he has faced in office we put there by the same Republicans that demonize him.

    Our own people are no better. Most of our people don't understand politics and will vote for whoever their minister told them to vote for. These people all of a sudden have a political IQ? Really? And they call my president a punk because he won't be overly aggressive like they think he should. Like aggression has gotten them so far.

    Obama is the perfect 1st Black president. He understands non-POC's in a way that most of us don't. He was raised white, by white people. I trust him to navigate their cipher way better than the average negro.

    LEAVE MY PRESIDENT ALONE!!!!!


    Peace

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