Cornell West can't explain anything about Obama, he doesn't even know him, and has never tried. He and Travis Smalley are very jealous men, and haven't done one great thing in their lives. Obama didn't get there alone. These two didn’t run for office. They didn’t fight for votes. They just sit on their butts and whine and moan about how the world isn’t the way they want it to be. If they are so fired up, DO SOMETHING OTHER THAN WHINE LIKE PETULANT CHILDREN. Just the complaining and whining they do makes me wonder how they got to be “so relevant”. He doesn't speak for Martin Luther King
So let me ask you. Are you Okay with Obama breaking his promise on the following: Patriot act, FISA, NDAA, Universal mandate, closing gitmo, entering in foreign conflicts without congressional approval in violation of the war powers act, prosecuting whistle blowers, Transparency in government, extrajudicial killings of U.S. citizens, raising taxes on those making less than 250k/year, attempting to extend the Bush draw down date in Iraq,executive orders, extending the Bush tax cuts, and the public option? Mind you all of the above are broken campaign promises by Obama.
I applaud AmericanStandard for pointing out that more needs to be done by the government to balance out the inequality in our society. Since Congress is the biggest obstacle to these reforms, perhaps we all need to step up the fight in the midterm elections.
As far as his criticism of the president, I think he is overly naive about the power of the executive office, and little too self righteous on what Dr. King would say today.
I don't expect Obama to come in and change things overnight. I just wish he would have tried to stick to his campaign promises in 2008. If you try your damnedest to get things done but you are unable, I understand. That is not what happened in my opinion. I feel like Obama backpedaled on many of his promises as I noted above. He ran as a progressive and he is a moderate republican at best. When he passed the universal mandate people were criticizing the "Stupid GOP, they are objecting to policies that they wrote those stupid neckbeards!" Why was no one asking why our progressive president was passing Republican policy. No one asked why the deal was made behind closed doors with big Pharma and the insurance companies. No one asks why Obama didn't even mention the public option which polls nationally at 70+%. He had a supermajority in the house and a majority in the Senate. You are telling me that the public option wouldn't have had plenty of support when compared to the universal mandate? If you answered yes you are out of your mind.
I heard that the King family asked the President and Chief Justice to sign the bible...If that's true that's all that matters, if the family felt this way, they wouldn't have allowed the President to use it.....
President Obama never made himself out to be the next MLK, other people put that on him...The president doesn't pay Mr. West or Tavis Smiley any mind and i think that bothers them more than anything....
I'm no blind Obama supporter...Mr West has every right to disagree with the President just like anyone does
Yeah they did. I am not a fan of Obama but I would do the same thing if given the chance, or if MLK was my pops. It is a pretty high honor even if you don't agree with Obama's politics. I mean if the president asks you to do something like that 9.9/10 people are going to say "Hell yeah."
I have always admired/respected Dr Cornell West who I think is a brilliant man, however, he has a severe case of the Obama derangement syndrome, brought on by envy and an over bloated ego. His resentment of him dates back to 07 long before, then Senator Obama won his first term as president.
West does himself a disservice, by appearing to be obsessed with his over the top critiques of President Obama.
The unnecessary name calling by West, in reference to the president puts him in the category of an ordinary HATER!
He has lost the respect of many of his peers and fellow Americans.
Please don't get it twisted. Although I disagree with the way that Dr West chooses to critique President Obama, I identify with his philosophy. I feel like it is undignified of him to stoop to this level of name calling. It is very unbecoming for a man of his statue. On the other hand. I don't buy into the rhetoric of a Libertarian hater.
Dr.West made my blood boil. Pres. Obama has been fighting for the rights of ALL Americans during his Presidency.He cannot change the laws by himself becaus he is NOT Empreror or King. He has no control over the Jim Crow type laws passed by some states but his DOJ has stopped many of them.
Dr.West, leave him alone and let him do his job!
With all due respect to Dr. West, whom I've read and enjoyed for some time, President Obama has as much right to put his hand on that Bible, given Dr. King's family's permission, as does Dr. West to criticize him for it. I think it most appropriate that both Lincoln's and King's Bibles were used for the swearing in, if for no other reason than as inspiration/aspiration to President Obama and showing honor to those two great denizens of history.
I am genuinely not attempting to "bash Obama". I do not think he was the best choice for president, but I think Romney was by far a worse choice. That said I do not think it is fair that no one calls Obama on his Shit like we did with bush. If you cant criticize your own party than perhaps you need to consider free thinking. In any case I am simply saying that, If it were your dad, and the president wanted to get inaugurated on his bible, do you not think you may have a bit of conflict of interest?
I heard this yesterday too, and am glad you mentioned it here.
While I respect and sometimes agree with Dr. West, he and other critics expected Obama to "be" MLK - to act out the well of anger, embraced in "Black Liberation Theology" as practised by the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. That "brand" speaks out very strongly against racism, it's full of anger, very anti-white-establishment - which Obama simply cannot "do." He wouldn't have lasted one day if he'd come across as an "angry black man."
However, I do respect that there is room for this side to be heard too. There is room for criticism, lots of room. And there's a time for healing, and coming together.
I was happy to hear that the King family asked that President Obama and Chief Justice Roberts sign the Family Bible. That act of 'permission' represents a warm embrace within a larger "family."
No he is not expecting Obama to "Be" MLK as those are huge shoes for any man, let alone a politician to fill. What West is saying is that if you are gonna swear on MLKs bible as a photo Op it cheapens MLK's legacy when you do not confront the issues which MLK championed. The issues West is bringing up are not "Black Liberation Theology" they are issues with bipartisan support which could pass such as a Public option, non interventionism, non imperialism, reduced military spending, improved social services, civil liberties, social equality, ect.
coolplanet, i am in complete agreement...mlk's family asked bo to use the bible... bo did not ask mlk's family...and, while dr. west is a valid voice, i think us lefties should stop giving the right ammunition...they got enough on their own, you know? for god's sake, what would make dr. west happy?
I love Cornel West, he speaks the truth. What about the war crimes??? What about the new Jim Crow??? What about the execs getting off scot free all the time, while the middle class and poor getted stepped on???? All of it truth. he is NOT a hypocrite like most. We should hold Obama to the SAME EXACT STANDARD as Bush.
Folks need to pull back on the reins hard, when we have a politician (Howard Dean) boasting that no one would believe that democrats would do such things, it shows how bold they are in their dismissal of the populace.
Another way we agree dear husband! I love listening to Dr. West talk, and in this speech he showed his RIGHTEOUS indignation -- more of us need to follow both MLK and Dr. Cornel West! I would even go so far as to say Dr. West honors MLK in myriad ways that Bush-dark will never be able to!
Pwr 2 the RIGHTEOUSLY INDIGNANT peons!
GUILLOTINE MEDIOCRE POLITICIANS!
Thank my dear sweet Heroess. I am listening to MLK's Viet Nam speech.....and it is obvious as the nose on your face that most people that put down Cornel, never ever listened to this speech..... I dare someone to listen to what Cornel just said and the MLK speech and NOT think that Obama is hypocritical STOOGE AND A MOTHAFUCKIN SELL OUT....AND IN BLACK FACE!!!
Damn straight! Targeted drone strikes that don't kill children -- evidently he thinks we are seriously stupid! Bush-dark has children -- how in the name of everything that's holy could he convince himself that drones that kill children don't really count? How can he get up every morning and look at himself in the mirror KNOWING he has done NOTHING to relieve the plight of way too many starving and homeless children on HIS watch? How can he insult everything MLK stood for by using that man's Bible for his swearing-in?
Pwr 2 the RIGHTEOUSLY INDIGNANT peons!
GUILLOTINE MEDIOCRE POLITICIANS!
Like my brotha Cornel says, We are all brothas and sistas but we don't have to agree or support everything our brothas and sistas do. We have to go forward in love to try and change things to push our brothas and sistas to do the right thing.
The dire warnings of President Eisenhower on the future of liberty in a civilization ruled by the collusion of the Military- Industrial- Energy Government-Media –-Police has evolved out of the Bilderberg conference in 1954 and grown into the “New World Order”. This reality of geo-politics is arguably and without bias based on the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a fictional account of a plot by world Jewry to conquer the world. This blueprint for a global Fascist totalitarian dictatorship, has been “ inspired” and adopted by the powers of the world as a perfect model for their own desires to accomplish the same ends, Global Hegemony. This “ One World Power “ struggle is nearing the final stages of implementation in 2012. America is under siege from within the State houses and Congress, in league with the global corporate aristocracy.
The Kings of today are Multi-National Corporations, Politicians, Globalist Financial Dynasties, Wall Street Criminals, Lobbyists and their funded “think tanks” and foundations which manufacture false public opinion, and engineer the fabric of society to achieve their own political and economic objectives, without regard for the best interests of civilization.
It is time for citizens to pay attention to the details of everyday legislative activities and to voice their vehement opposition. The cost of silence to freedom is tyranny.
Remember the German people turned a blind eye to the actions of the Nazis, out of fear and indifference, and look what blind faith enabled them to accomplish. We face a situation not unlike that of Germany in the 1930’s. These same military-industrial Aristocracies have invaded the American political system and undertaken in their own right, in collusion with Our American Congress, for their own benefit as individuals, using their power to legislate industry and control the media, have so aligned their agendas to deceive , divide and conquer their greatest enemies, The free will of the citizens of America.
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Is This TREASON ?
"Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty—power is ever stealing from the many to the few…. The hand entrusted with power becomes … the necessary enemy of the people. Only by continual oversight can the democrat in office be prevented from hardening into a despot: only by unintermitted Agitation can a people be kept sufficiently awake to principle not to let liberty be smothered in material prosperity."
-- Wendell Phillips, speech in Boston, Massachusetts, January 28, 1852
Once again, great comment. Bush Dark is just like his predecessor, the difference is that he is a trader to his class, his race, and the countries citizens. At least GW, didn't betray his class and race.
Truth is truth....When GW acts like Obama, we are spitting venom. When Obama shows himself, his justice dept, and his military as a bunch of hypocrites, he gets a pass.....West is only calling a spade a spade. All the people that voted for Obama just can't take the truth and that is why nothing will ever change. I am Black, and the African American community was duped to the tune of 99%....when most of the AA community slipped even further and faster than under Bush. With friends like that in the AA community.....
My friend you are in a tough situation....best to keep your mouth shut around other AA's....I do. You have NO easy way to criticize Obama as a conscientious man who is not AA. I'll do more criticizing to make up for you my friend....leave it to me. I can take it, I am black.... Hell, you see how they hate Cornel now.