[News] Why Barack Obama is the More Effective Evil
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Why Barack Obama is the More Effective Evil
Wed, 03/21/2012 - 11:06 Glen Ford
BAR executive editor Glen Ford made the following
presentation at the Left Forum, Pace University,
New York City, March 17. On the panel were Gloria
Mattera, Margaret Kimberley (BAR), Suren
Moodliar, John Nichols, and Victor Wallis. The
discussion was titled, The 2012 Elections: Lesser Evil or Left Alternative?
Power to the people!
Let me say from the very beginning that we at
Black Agenda Report do not think that Barack
Obama is the Lesser Evil. He is the more Effective Evil.
He has been more effective in Evil-Doing than
Bush in terms of protecting the citadels of
corporate power, and advancing the imperial
agenda. He has put both Wall Street and U.S.
imperial power on new and more aggressive tracks
just as he hired himself out to do.
That was always Wall Streets expectation of
Obama, and his promise to them. Thats why they
gave him far more money in 2008 than they gave
John McCain. They were buying Obama futures on
the electoral political market and they made out like bandits.
They invested in Obama to protect them from harm,
as a hedge against the risk of systemic disaster
caused by their own predations. And, it was a
good bet, a good deal. It paid out in the tens of trillions of dollars.
If you believe that what Wall Street does is
Evil, then Obamas service to Wall Street is
Evil, and there is nothing lesser about it.
They had vetted Obama, thoroughly, before he even
set foot in the U.S. Senate in 2004.
He protected their interests, there, helping
shield corporations from class action suits, and
voting against caps on credit card Interest. He
was their guy back then and some of us were saying so, back then.
He was the bankers guy in the Democratic
presidential primary race. Among the last three
standing in 2008, it was Obama who opposed any
moratorium on home foreclosures. John Edwards
supported a mandatory moratorium and Hillary
Clinton said she wanted a voluntary halt to
foreclosures. But Barack Obama opposed any
moratorium. Let it run its course, said candidate
Obama. And, true to his word, he has let the
foreclosures run their catastrophic course.
Only a few months later, when the crunch came and
Finance Capital was in meltdown, who rescued Wall
Street? Not George Bush. Bush tried, but he was
spent, discredited, ineffective. Not John McCain.
He was in a coma, coming unglued, totally ineffective.
Bushs bailout failed on a Monday. By Friday,
Obama had convinced enough Democrats in
opposition to roll over and the bailout passed,
setting the stage for a new dispensation between
the American State and Wall Street, in which a
permanent pipeline of tens of trillions of
dollars would flow directly into Wall Street accounts, via the Federal Reserve.
And Obama had not even been elected yet.
Obama put Social Security and Medicaid and all
Entitlements on the table, in mid-January. The
Republicans had suffered resounding defeat.
Nobody was pressuring Obama from the Right.
When the Right was on its ass, Obama stood up and
spoke in their stead. There was no Evil Devil
forcing him to put Entitlements on the chopping
block. It was HIM. He was the Evil One and it
was not a Lesser Evil. It was a very Effective
Evil, because the current Age of Austerity began on that day, in January, 2009.
And Obama had not even been sworn in as president, yet.
Who is the Effective Evil? I havent even gotten
into his actual term as president, much less his
expansion of the theaters of war, his unique
assaults on International Law, and his massacre
of Due Process of Law in the United States. But I
want to pause right here, because piling up facts
on Obamas Most Effective Evils doesnt seem to
do any good if the prevailing conversation isnt
really about facts but about intentions.
The prevailing assumption on the Left is that
Obama has good intentions. He intends to the
Right Thing or, at least, he intends to do
better than the Republicans intend to do. Its
all supposed to be about intentions. Lets be
clear: There is absolutely no factual basis to
believe he intends to do anything other than the
same thing he has already done, whether Democrats
control Congress or not, which is to serve Wall
Streets most fundamental interests.
But, the whole idea of debating Obamas
intentions is ridiculous. Its psycho-babble, not
analysis. No real Left would engage in it.
I have no doubt that New Gingrich and Republicans
in general have worse intentions for the future
of my people of Black people than Michelle
Obamas husband does. But, that doesnt matter.
Black people are not going to roll over for
whatever nightmarish Apocalypse the sick mind of
Newt Gingrich would like to bring about. But,
they have already rolled over for Obamas
economic Apocalypse in Black America. There was
been very little resistance. Which is just
another way of saying that Obama has successfully
blunted any retribution by organized African
America against the corporate powers that have
devastated and destabilized Black America in ways
that have little precedence in modern times.
Obama has protected these Wall Streeters from
what should be the most righteous wrath of Black
folks. To take a riff from Shakespeares Othello,
Obama has done Wall Street a great service, and
they know it. He has proven to be fantastically
effective at serving the Supremely Evil. Dont you dare call him the Lesser.
He is the More Effective Evil because Black Folks
historically, the most progressive cohort in
the United States and Liberals, and even lots
of folks that call themselves Marxists, let him
get away murder! Yet, people still insist on
calling him a Lesser Evil, while he drives a stake through Due Process of Law.
I have not spoken much about the second half of
Obamas first term in office. That is the period
when the Left generally becomes disgusted with
what they call his excessive compromises and
cave-ins to Republicans. But that is a
profoundly wrong reading of reality. Obama was
simply continuing down his own Road to Austerity
the one he, himself, had initiated before even
taking office. The only person caving in and
compromising to the Republicans, was the Obama
that many of YOU made up in your heads.
The real Obama was the initiator of this
Austerity nightmare a nightmare scripted on
Wall Street, which provided the core of Obamas
policy team from the very beginning. Thats why
Obamas so-called Financial Reform was so
diligent in making sure that Derivatives were virtually untouched.
The real Obama retained Bushs Secretary of War,
because he was determined to re-package the
imperial enterprise and expand the scope and theaters of war.
He would dress up the war machine head-to-foot in
a Chador of Humanitarianism, and march deep and deeper into Africa.
He would make merciless and totally unprovoked
war against Libya and then tell Congress there
had been no war at all, and it was none of their business, anyway.
And he got away with it.
Now, that is the Most Effective Evil war
mongering imaginable. Dont you dare call him a
Lesser Evil. Obama is Awesomely Evil.
Obama has advanced the corporatization of the
public schools beyond Bushs wildest dreams,
methodically constructing a national, parallel
system of charter schools that, in practice,
undermine and subvert the traditional public
schools. In some places, they have replaced, or
soon will replace, the public schools. The hedge
funds and billionaires are ecstatic! The teachers
unions then endorse their undertaker, foolishly
believing he is the Lesser Evil.
So, what does the Left do in this election? The
Left should do what it is supposed to do here in
the Belly of the Beast at all times: disarm the
Beast. This is their singular duty not to
advise the Beast, but to disarm it. At this time
on the world historical clock, that means ripping
the farcical humanitarian veil from the face of
U.S. wars and that face is Obamas face.
No genuine anti-war activist can endorse the
war-maker, Obama. If you want to resist actual
imperial wars, you must fight Obama. Period.
Anything else is to endorse or acquiesce in his wars.
You can attend the United National Anti-War
Coalition conference in Stamford, Connecticut,
next weekend, where you can meet with an array of
organizations to begin a calendar of activities
that will stretch past Election Day. You can join
with UNAC in working to stop Obama from doing a
repeat of Libya in Syria and Iran. If you cant
bring yourself to do that, then I have no advice
for you, because the alternative is acquiescence
to Obamas cynical duplicities.
If the Green Party or any other party firmly
opposes Obamas humanitarian, Orwellian farce,
then support them. If they dont, then dont lift a finger for them.
If you are going to fight for anything, youve
got to fight for the right to fight. That means
fighting for the rule of law. So, if you dont
plan to go underground or into exile anytime
soon, you must fight the president who claims the
right to imprison or kill any person, of any
nationality, any place on Earth, for reasons
known only to him. The man who excelled George
Bush by shepherding preventive detention through
Congress Barack Obama, the More Effective Evil.
Fight him this election year. Fight him every year that hes here.
Power to the People!
BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted
at Glen.Ford at BlackAgendaReport.com.
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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