Wednesday, July 3, 2013

"We're not falling for either side's bullshit -- do the right thing or get the hell out of office!"

Oh, would that oppressed/repressed Americans believed enough in the "will of the people" that they'd take that tact!  There are just not enough people in this country who have the moral or political will to echo what Egyptians have demanded, yet again, in Tahir Square.



Instead, we continue to fall for the well-worn, divide-and-conquer propaganda that only serves the one percenters in this country.{smdh}  I'm sitting here watching the breaking news on CNN's, "The Lead" with Jake Tapper and I just have to say -- Jake Tapper really needs to shut the hell up with his, "I just don't understand how this can be considered 'democratic.'  Why don't the people just go back to the polls as democracies do, and re-elect who they want?"  Because, Silly Rabbit -- they'd keep getting the same two sides of one repressive coin like we do here!!

Get a clue Jake!  Agitating, and standing for something other than the kind of rhetoric that we continue to wash, rinse and repeat here in America is precisely democracy -- "of the people, by the people and for the people" in my book!

Pardon my schadenfreude -- but have the string-pullers set the Changeling up to take the fall for e'erything that's been going on all along or what??!!  GITMO; ATF; HHS; GSA; VA; IRS; NSA; Murder-by-drone; Libya; Benghazi; Mubarak's our "friend"; now, Morsi's our friend -- Whew!  Guess that's what you get when you don't stand for any-damned-thing except that, for which they tell you to stand.

Related:
- No tears for Morsi: some thoughts on Egypt
- Western Duplicity on Egypt Astounding
- America’s Plan B in Egypt: Bring Back the Old Regime
- Fearless Egyptians and Tunisians set the bar for - "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!"

11 comments:

Carolyn Moon said...

Sis Deb, I've featured this on my ROUND TABLE ISSUES/OPINIONS sidebar. We need to think more critically about what's going on in Egypt and other countries struggling with two sides of the same coin. In this country we've blurred the lines between rogue capitalism and what a democracy should stand for.

nomad said...

'have the string-pullers set the Changeling up to take the fall for e'erything that's been going on all along or what??!! GITMO; ATF; HHS; GSA; VA; IRS; NSA; Murder-by-drone; Libya; Benghazi; Mubarak's our "friend"; now, Morsi's our friend'

I think so. I think this might have been the plan from the beginning, in anticipating the precipitous decline of Empire. They won't Obama to take the blame, and, with him, black Americans, as his primary supporters. They want us to be the scapegoats.

nomad said...

I must be politically naive. I was surprised (though after 5 years I'm not any more) that black people (SMART EDUCATED AND SOPHISTICATED BLACK PEOPLE) would fall for this. For the first time in my life, I think, I am ashamed of black America.

Deb said...

Hey, Sis Carlolyn...No problem! I agree with you that we need to think critically about what's going on, rather than just accepting what the MSM or our government says is right -- both are too invested in, and benefit most from, our believing the shit they're shoveling. I think that as we critically think AND dialogue about it, we'll get a clearer perspective on whom and what we support and why.

The Egyptian people are living that reality! They certainly know better than we, what they want and need -- and have the courage to demand it, unlike us, who refuse to ask for anything but symbolism. One can neither eat, nor live in symbolism!

Hey nomad...I see you're writing more -- hope that's a sign of your increasingly better health! :-D

"I think this might have been the plan from the beginning, in anticipating the precipitous decline of Empire."

Me too, and it's not like he didn't know what was coming down the pike, he was a willing participant, for what he could get out of the deal personally and that's just sad. There must truly be some deep-seated issues that would allow yourself to be used like that. Is the pay-off the grand? I just don't see it.

"I was surprised that black people (SMART EDUCATED AND SOPHISTICATED BLACK PEOPLE) would fall for this."

I wasn't, because many of them have been, and continue to be, engaged in both The Politics of Respectability AND The Politics of Redemption (I reposted the Pascal Robert/Yvette Carnell video in the sidebar because it explains both terms beautifully. Take a listen when you have time) -- as if who we've been wasn't good enough.

I'm not ashamed of Black America, I'm mad as HAYELL at Black America, because, unlike the Egyptians -- we're not paying attention, nor are we critically thinking, nor are we dialoguing to create action -- and we're sure not acting! But some folk are, and they're getting results. Can we say that?

Peace Family...

Deb said...

Sis Carolyn/Nomad...While I stand by my belief that the people were right in demanding change, the Pan-African News Wire's piece, "America's Plan B In Egypt: Bring Back the Old Regime"breaks down all the players in Egypt, giving us much more to look at.

nomad said...

"I wasn't, because many of them have been, and continue to be, engaged in both The Politics of Respectability AND The Politics of Redemption."

I'm definitely late to that game. Part of the political naivete I mentioned. I'm learning fast though. That's part of what my engagement on Respectable Negroes was about last year. Excuse my French, but I wanted to find out what was up wit these niggas. We used to be the voice of dissent in this nation. Now we are the advocates of Empire. I am angry about a lot of things black people as a group do. The crime. The intrafraternal racism. But this, advocacy of Empire, I am beyond brotherly anger. Through Obama we have become the oppressors of brown and poor people around the world. Of this, I am ashamed.I have seen the enemy; and he is us.

Deb said...

nomad..."That's part of what my engagement on Respectable Negroes was about last year. Excuse my French, but I wanted to find out what was up wit these niggas."

Though I've kept his link on the blog, I've not engaged on WARN in a very long time, mainly because of the constant manifestations of the Politics of Respectability and Redemption always in full effect there. I believe deeply in my people, despite where we are right now. Dr. John Henrik Clarke explains how I feel, way better than I can: http://youtu.be/gJvsi1AEd7U Please do listen to this wonderful man!

"We used to be the voice of dissent in this nation. Now we are the advocates of Empire...But this, advocacy of Empire, I am beyond brotherly anger. Through Obama we have become the oppressors of brown and poor people around the world."

You are dead-on the money there, Bruh!! But good luck in convincing them over at WARN of that fact.

"Of this, I am ashamed.I have seen the enemy; and he is us."

I know I said I'm not ashamed of my people, but in this instance, I must concur. Europeans have so twisted shit and gotten to plenty of us, but I have to believe that we will wake the hell up -- and soon! Obama's presidency may well be worth SOMETHING if more of us, as is happening slowly, realize the trick being played out right before their eyes. I can only hope, and be a means to effect that very necessary change through my actions and my words.

Peace...

nomad said...

'But good luck in convincing them over at WARN of that fact.'

LOL!!! I've given up on that. I've learned something about the Politics of Respectability and Redemption these past 2 years. Intractable it seems. It's no wonder they support Obama. He is a reflection of their politics. As I said, my sojourn there was to find out what black people like this think. How they think. I've got to write up my conclusions in a future post. I'm thinking of calling this class of people "Neogroes"; meaning neo-liberal blacks. Anyway, I've been effectively banned from the site.

Oh, yeah, the blacks I am ashamed of are not what Chauncey calls the "ghetto underclass". It's these educated neo-liberal Obama cheerleading creeps. The underclass is being manipulated by them and by mainstream propaganda. They don't have the critical skills that people like you and I and the Neogroes have. So I am definitely not ashamed of them. I am ashamed of the dereliction of the black misleadership class.

Deb said...

"Anyway, I've been effectively banned from the site. "

More time for you to write -- and paint!

"Oh, yeah, the blacks I am ashamed of are not what Chauncey calls the "ghetto underclass". It's these educated neo-liberal Obama cheerleading creeps."

I know, right?? That's what I meant when I said, "I concur." I read that post yesterday and cringed at how easily "ghetto underclass" rolled off his tongue. {smdh} I hate that shit. Another blogger whom I once thought actually got it used it in a post not too long ago and I've not commented there since. It irks me to no end when Black folk keep pretending that they're better than what we've been, or that there isn't a definite interconnectivity of white supremacy and capitalism and patriarchy that produces ghetto conditions, not merely the people herded into them.

"Dereliction" is the perfect word. And like the misleadership class, folk who denigrate their own need to realize that, in the grand scheme of things where racism is concerned -- they too, are just niggers to those folk who need a nigger to make themselves feel superior.

Peace...

nomad said...

You said it. And, knowing a little bit of history, these folks should know better. Don't they understand the role this intermediate class of blacks have always played? The ones who were better than the others? The massa's light skinned illegitimate son? So to speak. When I heard that the president to be was a mulatto I saw a mountain of Afro-American irony. Were he to play the role the mulatto has traditionally played we were in deep dodo. And he did! He did! And we are.

Deb said...

nomad...Full disclosure: I've got two grown "mulatto" sons (Dad's Italian, IOW, a society-identified white guy). That said though, as their dark-skinned, Black mother, my charge and constant mantra to them (as a part of the "Black Man training" we always have to do), has always been, "When you step outside this door, you will be viewed and treated as Black men, so you better understand what that entails!" I always hated that I had to give those dos and don'ts speeches, but I knew I had to based on my own growing up Black in America.

They certainly weren't raised to think they were better because they were lighter though. They had to learn that ALL that BS is just another damned divide-and-conquer trap.

But I get what you're saying about "the role the mulatto has traditionally played" though, and yes, these folk should know better. I lived through that shit all my growing-up life. My parents worked three jobs between them to send us to the segregated, Black Catholic school in our town (it no longer exists), teeming with predominantly light, bright, damned near white folk, many of whom were considered the Black Elite in town. For the most part, they acted just like the Changeling whom you quite correctly pegged as playing that "traditional" role. After following his Senate record, I knew we weren't getting anything but the "bootstraps" treatment. And we did! And far as I can tell, there's worse coming down the pike once Obamacare kicks in. {smdh}

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