July 11, 2012
The Sad Truth…

…from We Are Respectable Negroes:

For all of the talk in 2008 about post racial America, and the promise of a President who happened to be black, many in the public forgot that whoever is elected to the country’s highest office is a cog in a bigger machine. To believe that you could have radical transformational change through institutional politics was a chimera and a joke. The system is designed to be sedentary, slow, and constrained by inertia.

As such, the Age of Obama vs. the Age of Malcolm is a false comparison. The latter was a figure who worked outside of the system (and in fact created little actionable political change); the former is a product of a multicultural, elite class which is deeply invested in maintaining the status quo of the American as a passive consumer-citizen in a market democracy, and of protecting America as an empire.

Many first time, as well as young voters, did not understand this basic fact of American political life. Now, they are disenchanted and less likely to support Obama in the 2012 election. He is not a radical. He is not a “black” president. Obama is quite simply the President of the United States, and a figure who is part of a system which is beholden to certain interests above and beyond all others.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at July 11, 2012 11:01 AM
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Thanks, again, Jerry, for re-focusing all---on the mandatory character of sycophant for those who are assigned every four years to perform the role of POTUS. POTUS knows ---or soon learns---that any significant deviation from the dictated performance parameters results in removal, or worse.

Posted by: Hoffmann on July 11, 2012 3:00 PM

Been reading Joseph Roth, *The Radetzky March*, on the aging Emperor Franz Josef in early 1914: how he lets people explain things to him that he understood, and lets people find him foolish because it is not an emperor's place to correct people. How he gets up at 0400 hours every morning because he owes obedience to God and a junior officer always gets up before his superior...

But Obama's not an emperor swaddled in feudal tradition and constraints, is he? He's our first citizen, right? Sometimes he should break protocol and speak as a citizen, shouldn't he?

Posted by: Martha Bridegam on July 12, 2012 2:51 PM

A weekly dose of Jeremiah Wright would help.

Posted by: JoyfulA on July 14, 2012 2:15 PM

Only a spineless president is a good president ... as a rule, in a democracy more people get the government they deserve than not.

Posted by: Peter on July 17, 2012 10:38 AM
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