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Monday, August 25, 2014

Prof. Cornel West on the Obama Presidency

By now anyone who has followed A&G with any consistency knows we absolutely can not stand Obama as President

We think he's nothing more than a professional speech giver who possesses little to no leadership ability or governing experience and absolutely did not deserve to be this nation's chief Executive, if not for the utter garbage that ran against him both elections..

Obama is essentially 'Black Bush'

The 5th President going back to Reagan to be so openly Wall Street's boy

We read a very good interview over the weekend in Salon magazine with Union Theological Seminary professor and black leader Cornel West who goes where very few 'thinkers-of-color' have had the courage and guts to go
He used to be a very big supporter of Obama (as you can see from the photos we chose to accompany this posting) and openly campaigned for his election in 2008..

And then by 2011, West started looking deeper at things and changed his overall perspective based on how the President was leading the nation

In summary, Professor West sees Obama as "a brown faced Clinton"

Before we continue, West is not Republican or a Neo-Con or Caucasian.  And we will not pretend that we've agreed with 100% of all the comments and ideologies he has expressed over the years on economic and social issues he's tackled.

But on this matter.. this Obama Presidency.. For the most part we agree
And thus we share some key exchanges from the article expressed by West

Salon: How do you feel things have worked out since then, both with the economy and with this president? That was a huge turning point, that moment in 2008, and my own feeling is that we didn’t turn.

West:  "(In 2008) he{Obama} posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency, a national security presidency. The torturers go free. The Wall Street executives go free..."

And we ended up with a brown-faced Clinton. Another opportunist. Another neoliberal opportunist... It’s a sad thing. It’s like you’re looking for John Coltrane and you get Kenny G in brown skin"
Salon:  There’s a lot of disillusionment now... The phrase that I have heard from more than one person in the last year is they feel like they got played.

West: "That’s true. That’s exactly right. What I hear is that, “He pimped us.” I heard that a zillion times. “He pimped us, brother West.” That’s another way of saying “we got played.”"

I think Obama, his modus operandi goes all the way back to when he was head of the [Harvard] Law Review... He was chosen because he always occupied the middle ground. 

He doesn’t realize that a great leader, a statesperson, doesn’t just occupy middle ground. They occupy higher ground or the moral ground or even sometimes the holy ground. But the middle ground is not the place to go if you’re going to show courage and vision... 

We needed a high-ground statesperson and it’s clear now he’s not the one."
On Wall Street:

Salon:  (It seems like) there’s one law for us and another law if you work on Wall Street.

West:  That’s exactly right. Even with [Attorney General] Eric Holder. Eric Holder won’t touch the Wall Street executives; they’re his friends. He might charge them some money. They want to celebrate. This money is just a tax write-off for these people. 

There’s no accountability. No answerability. No responsibility that these people have to take at all. 

The same is true with the Robert Rubin crowd. Obama comes in, he’s got all this populist rhetoric which is wonderful, progressive populist rhetoric which we needed badly. 
What does he do, goes straight to the Robert Rubin crowd and here comes Larry Summers, here comes Tim Geithner, we can go on and on and on, and he allows them to run things..  

These guys are running things, and these are neoliberal, deregulating free marketeers—and poverty is not even an afterthought for them."

Salon:  They’re the same ones who screwed it up before.

West:  "Absolutely."
Salon:  Where are we going from here?  What comes next?

West:  "I think a post-Obama America is an America in post-traumatic depression because the levels of disillusionment are so deep...

Look who’s around the presidential corner. Oh my God, here comes another neo-liberal opportunist par excellence. Hillary herself is coming around the corner. It’s much worse. And you say, “My God, we are an empire in decline.” 

A culture in decay with a political system that’s dysfunctional, youth who are yearning for something better but our system doesn’t provide them democratic venues, and so all we have are just voices in the wilderness and certain truth-tellers just trying to keep alive some memories of when we had some serious, serious movements and leaders."
Salon:  One last thought, I was talking to a friend recently and we were saying, if things go the way they look like they’re going to go and Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee and then wins a second term, the next time there’ll be a chance for a liberal, progressive president is 2024.

West:  "It’d be about over then, brother...  Hillary Clinton is an extension of Obama’s Wall Street presidency, drone presidency, national surveillance, national security presidency. 

She’d be more hawkish than he is, and yet she’s got that strange smile that somehow titillates liberals and neo-liberals and scares Republicans. But at that point it’s even too hard to contemplate."
We've no idea what absolute Pro-1% Pro-Corporate crap the Republicans will ultimately nominate in 2016 but we agree fully with West's assessment on Hillary and overall the Obama Presidency..

More importantly, what do You think?

Don't chirp something in a comment section here and elsewhere that few to none will ever read...

Sincerely take the time to assess where we are as a nation, whether you're happy or not with things as they are and just be confident think for yourself..