|Damn, he's fine!|
Let's start with Dirty Red, on his blog A Black Man's View:
And Michael Lind from the Salon, by way of the We are Respectable Negroes blog:...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.
Has he been a bad President?
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.
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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