Barack Obama is on fire. He’s hit the campaign trail in the final stretch of the 2022 Midterms and it is clear that he is unrestrained. In fact, Keegan-Michael Key‘s “Luther” character no longer needs to translate for Obama, he’s good all by himself. From social security to women’s reproductive rights, the former President has sharply and rightly attacked the GOP while exposing just how unhinged and crazy the GOP has become. It’s time to take the gloves off, so-to-speak, and in an ever-increasing toxic political environment, speaking truth is apparently a dangerous thing to do. The recent attack on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, is case in point. Whatever it takes, get out and vote, then VOTE BLUE up and down the ballot. Don’t cede the U.S. democracy to a fascist GOP.
In 2015 I wrote a piece entitled Dangerous Donald. Who would have known that this piece would become so prescient. I alluded to the toxicity of Trump’s rhetoric, and his blatant hostlity and bigotry against specific groups. Although I got the outcome of the election totally wrong, as most of us did, I saw something back then that has only been made manifest in the era of the trump regime.
The time is now for the people to stand up against the fascism of the Trump regime. Whether it be attacks against the Press, Muslims or an attempt to secure a national registry of voters to substantiate the LIE about voter fraud, fascism has come to America. Its face is Donald Trump, but its body is white nationalism also known as the Alt Right. That moniker is just another obfuscation of hatred against anything not white in the USA, and it is as old as slavery and the KKK.
There is enough evidence on the table already from public record that Trump likely colluded with the Russians to steal the 2016 presidential election. Recent reports have revealed that Russians not only successfully deployed a propaganda campaign against Hillary Clinton via WikiLeaks and hacked into the DNC, but they more than likely tampered with voter rolls in up to as many as 20 states.
Now we have the latest offense from the GOP, a most inhumane, draconian so-called healthcare bill in an attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act). This GOP bill in its present form will do tremendous damage against many Americans, and the CBO estimates approximately 23 million Americans will lose HealthCare coverage as a result. Is this trump making Anerica great again, or just sicker? Are Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell practicing Ayn Rand inspired eugenics on Americans?
My current prediction, and I hope I’m wrong, is that trump, and his cult following, will spread and foment propaganda that projects violent intent upon the Left, Progressives and Democrats. The fact of the matter is that terrorism is being perpetrated by white nationalists upon black people, Muslims and those who stand up for targeted groups. Cases in point, the murder of Richard Collins, a Bowie State University student on the campus of the University of Maryland. He was stabbed to death by a white nationalist for refusing to step aside. Then there is the murder of two men who defended Muslim women on an Oregon train.
Like it or not this is the reality of the trump era. The perfect storm of events has yielded trump in the White House, a second rate reality TV personality, con artist, misogynist, and grifter. His primary goal is not to create jobs for the American people, but rather try to destroy all that Barack Obama attempted to do to truly make America great. If true democracy looks like resistance to tyranny, then we had better immediately and relentlessly reflect that image. #RESIST!
I voted for Hillary! I hate the fact that Donald Trump is president-elect. What America said to me on November 8th is, “we hate you if you’re not white”. This vote was the final dagger in the back of Barack Obama. In 2008, many in the country cheered when Obama was elected. He brought the promise of hope and change. With the election of Donald Trump, the country has gone into a low-level rage. The majority of voters who voted for Hillary have feelings of anger, anguish and mourning.
America has failed its racial test! This is a personal affront to me. This is a blow to the soul for me. I have watched for the last eight years America progressively manifest it’s racism overtly. The Republicans attacked Obama relentlessly, yelled at him in the House chamber, nullified him, ridiculed him and worked to degrade the first black president of the United States. So I’m not quite sure why this election was such a surprise to me. I just knew Hilary was going to win. Boy, was I totally wrong! I failed to realize the depth and the breadth of racism in this country.
I wrote a piece about Donald last August. In that piece I indicated just how dangerous I thought Donald Trump to be. My opinion has not changed. In fact, I am now more convinced that he is one of the most Insidious people on the planet. White America has elected this crazy man to be the chief executive officer of the United States of America. They have elected this narcissistic liar to be the commander-in-chief. Why? Fear of losing white privilege? Tired of 8 years of that n***** in office?
Hillary Clinton ran a solid campaign. Again, I hate that she lost the election, but things happen for a reason. This country isn’t worthy of Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. On the Republican side, Donald Trump rose to the top of the heap. Out of 17 or more candidates in the primaries, he became the GOP nominee. Hillary, on the other hand, had far less competition, but Bernie was her rival so he pulled her toward his progressive agenda. Regardless of what people say in hindsight post-election, Bernie would not have won the White House. This election was a perfect storm of events — voting irregularities, Russian hacking, misogyny and white supremacist hatred.
How did Trump rise above all of his competitors? He was one of the most uncouth, vile presidential candidates that has ever run for this high and lofty office, and his supporters loved every minute of it. In each passing day, with his demonstrated behavior, Trump revealed the heart and soul of white America. The United States of America is a nation of bigots, racists and misogynists. Given this fact, Hillary didn’t stand a chance. All I hear now is the Democrats didn’t speak enough to the white working-class voter. That’s racial code for, “you spent too much time talking to those n*****s and sp**s”. On Tuesday November 8, 2016, a faction of white America said we’ve had enough of that n***** and that n***** lover.
So now YOU have Trump because HE’S NOT MY PRESIDENT! America is in deep trouble. Because you say we don’t want the thing that is decent, honorable and good; so now you have trouble! This guy is going to bring heartache and misery to you. He lied to you all throughout his campaign. Already, he is backing away from empty promises. Since the election, hate crimes have spiked against Jews, Muslims and other groups targeted by his hateful rhetoric. All groups that Donald Trump maligned are now living with anxiety and fear. Children are afraid of Donald Trump and crying because they fear that their undocumented loved ones will be deported. It is deplorable, and it is disgusting!
Okay Deplorables, this is your time, let’s see what you’ve got. The world is looking at the heart and soul of America and we see that it is vapid, vacuous and violent, Donald Trump.
Thank you Hillary Clinton for the speech you delivered at your really in Reno, Nevada! It takes a lot of courage for someone to make a speech that exposes the racist underbelly of the United States of America. During Hillary’s presidential campaign and throughout most of her public life, she has reached out to, worked with and supported black Americans. In her early career, she went door-to-door in my hometown in Massachusetts while working with the Children’s Defense Fund. Her methodical indictment of Donald Trump’s rhetoric and marriage to the white supremacist hate movement in America was powerful and effective.
Last August, I wrote a piece called Dangerous Donald, and my assertions could not have been more prescient. Many in the press, and in politics did not take Donald’s run for the presidency very serious. But, here we are a year later, and he’s the Republican nominee. He’s destroying the GOP with every racist word and misdeed, and it is well-deserved.
I applaud Hillary Clinton for making this speech at this particular moment in her campaign for the presidency especially since ‘thedonald’ has made his so-called “pivot” in an effort to soften his image while disingenuously courting the black vote, and picture this, to all-white audiences using every stereotypical, dog-whistle talking point that he can muster. I repeat, Trump is dangerous, and not just to black Americans, but all Americans, and to the world at large.
Now the media and scared GOP politicians want to sanitize the white supremacist mob that has taken over their Party with the ascendancy of their nominee. In doing so, they use the term Alt-Right. The Southern Poverty Law Center defines the alternative right.
The Alternative Right, commonly known as the Alt-Right, is a set of far-right ideologies, groups and individuals whose core belief is that “white identity” is under attack by multicultural forces using “political correctness” and “social justice” to undermine white people and “their” civilization.
What I know, racism and hate under any name is still racism and hate. We need to call out this evil, divisive hate whenever it rears is ugly head. I’m glad that we have at least one responsible, qualified presidential candidate in Hillary Clinton to speak out against white supremacists as they attempt to stage their coup against the American people.
On January 12, 2016, President Barack Obama delivered his eighth and final State of Union address. In my opinion, it was one of Obama’s best crafted speeches for the State of the Union. It has certainly been a long arduous road for our first black President, but I couldn’t be more proud of Mr. Obama’s accomplishments. His poise in the face of such racism and hatred is remarkable. This speech was reminiscent of candidate Obama in its style and tone. The President, once again, touched on themes of hope. He urged Americans not to listen to voices of division and ignorance that seek to pit Americans one against the other. It was appropriate that he concluded the speech with a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King. Cheers to you Mr. Obama! You continue to inspire many Americans and people around the world.
The United States of America does not deserve President Barack Hussein Obama. Other nations have said as much, and I am here to lend my amen. President Barack Obama ran on an idealistic platform of hope and change. Those disillusioned by the current reality should take a look in the mirror. We the people have failed this president . We have not been the change that this country needed. We have allowed old racist mentalities to prevail. A mentality that essentially fears any black person that does not cower or any black person that demonstrates above average intelligence. The racist code words of today are “uppity” and “professorial” each attributed to Mr. Obama. The latter just means that he is smarter than most and that his intelligence is resented by the privileged and the ignorant alike.
In 2009, Barack Obama came into office with a vision of hope and change for America, but Americans have persisted with racist attitudes that summarily have dashed hopes, and limited the first black president’s ability to bring about the change that is so desperately needed in our country. We are not post-racial, we are racist, sexist, violent and greedy! In 2010 and now in 2014, those who did vote made sure that they checked the power of the first black man in the White House. Democrats didn’t turn out the vote in 2010, and they ran away from the President in 2014. Democrats lost big in both mid-term elections, but even more so in 2014 relinquishing power to the Republicans in both houses of Congress. Losing the Senate presents a major challenge to governing in the last two years of the Obama Administration.
Mr. Obama came to power at one of the worst points in US history and he had to hit the ground running. Indeed, Cush has been running hard and well since 2009. Under the eight years of Bush, we were subjected to terrorist attacks, two wars, mounting deficits and an economic crash. Isn’t it curious that the United States of America was willing to elect the first black president when it seemed that the country was going off the cliff. Now that Mr. Obama has accomplished so much and brought the country back from the brink — passed Obamacare, brought soldiers home from two wars, saved the US economy that has now created jobs for 52 consecutive months, reduced the deficit, bailed out the auto industry, brought down the unemployment rate and, yes, I’ll give him credit for low gas prices too, it seems Democrats and definitely Republicans are all too eager to move on to 2016. It is perplexing that Democrats could not find one thing to run on as it pertains to Mr. Obama’s record during the 2014 mid-terms. Eric Holder is right, Americans are cowards when it comes down to confronting issues of race. The 2014 red state, mid-term elections brought out the profound cowardice and liberal race bias in Democrats. They would not dare run on the black president’s record in red America because these red Americans digest Fox news like a meth addict. These southern and plains states Americans, also known as the “real America” by the likes of Sarah Palin, have wholeheartedly embraced Lee Atwater’s Southern Strategy.
Then there’s the Cromnibus bill, also known as the continuing resolution omnibus spending bill which was vigorously debated in Congress prior to its passage in both the House and the Senate. Democrats were up in arms, and rightly so, because of the proposed repeal of Dodd-Frank that was drafted by Citigroup and snuck into the bill at the last minute. But, don’t be mad at Obama or blame the president when he lobbies for the bill to pass. You did not vote. When you don’t vote, the wrong Party gets in power. Elections matter. So now, it’s pass this undesirable bill to keep the government open, or wait six months for the Republicans, when they control both houses of Congress, to draft and even uglier, more draconian bill. Vote next time so you can repeal the repeal of Dodd-Frank. There are some good things in the bill like funding for Obamacare and early childhood education.
These days, I have had to repeatedly curb my enthusiasm online out of concern that I may cross that invisible, but oh-so-real line into vitriolic speech. But I’ll tell you emphatically what I hate, the hypocrisy of the United States to impose it’s version of democracy on other nations while denying it here at home. Voting rights under attack — stripped, obstructed or manipulated to ensure that black and brown people are further marginalized and deterred from voting. News of black lives taken by Klan-like police officers and vigilante citizenry who shoot first. You know who I’m talking about — Mike Brown, Eric Garner and Trayvon Martin. I am at a place where I prefer to not self-identify as the politically correct term, African American, but rather as a “black” person, and a member of the black nation worldwide. Lest we forget, there are more people of color in this world than not. Besides, my true identity was stripped with that of my ancestors upon import to the United States.
I am equally disgusted with a political system that has pimped Barack Obama while it was lucrative to advance political careers, That’s you Democrats! By the way DCCC and DSCC, don’t call me any more for donations until you grow a spine and acknowledge the accomplishments of the black man, namely Barack Obama. Once Obama’s approval ratings took a downward turn after six years of governing, which is what Presidents must do, Democrats forgot the black guy’s name. As for Republicans, Barack Obama has been good business for you hatemongers too — you’ve sold plenty of “I hate Obama” books and beefed up ratings on TV and radio with your racist, vitriolic hate speech that stokes irrational fear of black people in most of rural America. GOP propaganda and hate speech has a strong and enduring market in the United States.
Today’s reality of the first black president of the United States is a wake up call for black people to the persistent racism of America. Some black people had been lulled into a false sense of equality, but now in the era of Obama, the stark reality of race bias has hit some squarely between the eyes and permeated their consciousness. Black America has experienced a cautionary tale — stay alert because civil rights gains of the past are not necessarily guaranteed today or tomorrow. Those who thought that it was enough to only vote in the general election were sadly mistaken. Black turnout in both 2010 and 2014 mid-term elections has been disappointing. What’s more concerning is many have yet to understand the impact of not participating in our democracy. Silence translates to consent.
As we approach these last two years of the Obama presidency, pundits like Michael Eric Dyson are now showing their true selves with strong indictments against the president regarding his response to the killings of Mike Brown and Eric Garner. As a point of fact, Mr. Obama’s Department of Justice is investigating both killings. Mr. Obama has already convened a task force to address the issue of black young men being killed by police departments in alarming numbers. So, I have a particular bone to pick with Mr. Dyson. As a black intellectual Mr. Dyson is now firmly in the Tavis Smiley-Cornell West camp. Jealousy is unattractive, and if he is so intelligent, why cannot he, of all people, understand that a black leader must govern with shrewdness and wisdom in this country. Besides, Mr. Obama represents all Americans and not just black Americans. For context, read my piece under Salient Points entitled, “Governing While Black”.
Then there is New York Senator Chuck Schumer, who confessed recently that Democrats made a mistake by passing healthcare reform. This career Democrat Senator is less interested in the healthcare of Americans than he is in re-election. Mr. Obama’s care and willingness to do hard things while in office has scared Democrats. Democracy for America Communications Director, T. Neil Sroka commented that anyone who thought health care reform “was the wrong way to earn the support of middle-class, working families needs to have their head examined.” Yes, many are jumping ship now; weary of six years of a black president in a racist country. I wouldn’t count the President out just yet though. He can still frustrate Republicans by Executive Order, and he has the power to veto their legislation.
Read my latest blog post under Salient Points entitled Great Expecations
It’s understandable that there is a demand upon the President from the various constituencies that re-elected him. Will everyone be satisfied? In my opinion, I don’t think so. That does not negate the fact that Mr. Obama’s presidency, thus far, has been the most diverse in history. I sincerely think that he will do his best to continue that legacy.