Questions every birther should be asking

The American right wing is full of hypocrites. Silly hypocrites at that. They strain at a gnat, and then swallow a camel.
Earlier this year the Arizona Secretary of State warned that he would not permit President Barack Obama’s name to appear on that state’s 2012 ballot unless the Prez jumped through a series of impossible hoops with his birth certificate in hand to prove that he is indeed a citizen, and eligible to serve as president.
As recently as mid-July, an Arizona sheriff threatened to arrest the president or some such because this duly elected, Deputy-Dudley-Do-Right-cop believes the birth certificate Pres. Obama has released to the public is a forgery. If such madness had even a kernel of truth in it, how in heaven’s name could such a conspiracy be kept a secret all these years? Continue reading

‘Obamacare,’ Brown v. Board, Social Security

Right wingers are so predictable.  They are against anything that even appears to benefit ordinary people, especially if ordinary Black people are seen as potential beneficiaries. Their ambition, very simply, is to tilt the balance in behalf of the well off; the “landed gentry;” folks they would describe as our “betters.”
Racial identity politics in America has made it easy for the right wing, the chauvinists, the jingoes, the Romneys, the Republicans, to dupe ordinary White people into supporting their plutocratic schemes by selling them the line that the lowliest White person has it better than each and every Black person, but: “Watch out. Those ‘coloreds’ are gaining on you!” Continue reading

‘Obamacare’ now really means ‘Obama cares’

Who would have thunk, back when the Tea Party faction of the Timothy McVeigh Party (Republicans) coined the expression “Obamacare” as a pejorative shorthand reference to the Affordable Care Act which was signed into law by President Barack Obama, who would have thunk back then that the derisive term would one day be the Law of the Land, upheld by the Supreme Court?
Who would have thunk that conservative Chief Justice John Roberts, who was so flustered looking into the eyes of the first Black president that he would stumble over the words of the Oath of Office, who would have thunk that the Chief Justice would be the decisive vote along with the court’s four liberal justices?
Well that is exactly what happened on June 28, and now–though the Obama-haters may be averse–the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, or whatever you may want to call it is now settled law. Die in your rage, Obama haters! Continue reading

Eric Holder: the proxy impeachment of Barack Obama

There is a deep chasm–no a ravine–that defines politics in Washington. It creates gridlock in place of governance, and the reason has to be more than simple partisan differences Republicans have with Democrats led by Pres. Barack Obama.
The stark differences oozed to the surface June 20 when the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 23-17–strictly along partisan lines–to recommend that the full House hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena that he hand over thousands of documents pertaining to “Operation Fast and Furious.”
The Fast and Furious operation was a gun-running scheme which allowed illegally purchased guns from the U.S. to be smuggled across the border to Mexican drug cartels, Continue reading

It’s Juneteenth: An Apology and Reparations are due for American slavery

Even before there was a divisive Tea Party movement in this country, Black and White Americans remain far, far apart regarding the aftermath of slavery. But long, long before there was a modern Tea Party movement, there was “Juneteenth.”

Black folks are increasingly demanding, first an apology from White Americans, and then some form of reparations payments. Those demands are long overdue.

The Juneteenth holiday punctuates the validity of those demands. Juneteenth is June 19, 1865, the day a column of Union troops arrived at Galveston, Texas and read the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves in Texas two years and six months after it was proclaimed, and one year and two months after the conclusion of the Civil War which presumably decided the issue of slavery permanently.

White folks think that they have already done enough to make America an egalitarian society without recognizing that the nation’s wealth was created by the free, forced labor of African slaves. Continue reading

Economic train wreck ahead?

With Europe–led by Spain, Greece, and Ireland–teetering on the precipice of financial disaster, can the United States be far behind?

“We can’t wait,” Republicans in this country seem to be snickering in their covens. And with the victory last week of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker against pro-union opponents who forced him to defend himself in a recall election, the once flaccid GOP is now energized and smelling the possibility they might even win back the White House in November.

What that means is that nothing which might ease the economic pain facing people in this country will get approved in Washington. Continue reading

Is there a ‘drone’ in your future?

Is there a “drone” in your future? Indubitably!

What’s a drone? The first definition of a drone is a male honeybee that has no sting and gathers no honey. Then there’s the definition of a parasite that lives on the labors of others. The drone I’m wondering about coming soon into all our lives is an unmanned aircraft or ship guided by remote control. Indubitably.

What’s indubitably? That means something that’s too evident to even be doubted.

In Afghanistan, and especially in Pakistan, and Yemen where the U.S. is supposedly not at war, remote controlled drone aircraft have been doing a lot of the war’s “heavy lifting,” that is killing targets without even the possibility of casualties by U.S. military forces. In war terms, that’s like going to Heaven without having to die. Continue reading

White voters prefer White candidates

White people in America have a real penchant for transferring their guilty behavior onto other people. What’s more they are constantly getting away with it. It’s called blaming the victims for the crimes.

In the realm of electoral politics they say that the only reason Black people support Pres. Barack Obama is because he’s Black. While in fact they’ve already run the numbers to figure out what percentage of the White vote former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will have to get in order to offset Obama’s 96 percent approval from Blacks.

So there may be more than a kernel of truth in that supposition, because the President has done much more to help all people in this society than he has to help the neediest. And wouldn’t you know it; Black people are disproportionately represented at the bottom of this country’s food chain, and are therefore suffering disproportionately. But there is no special relief coming for them, not from this White House. And Black people still support him overwhelmingly. Continue reading

No ‘grounds’ for unjust gun laws

A White man who murdered an unarmed Black teenager in Florida was permitted to walk the streets for two months, with his gun. Meanwhile, a Black woman, the mother of three children was sentenced to 20 years in prison in Florida for firing a warning shot at her husband who beat and strangled her. How is that “equal justice under law?”

George Zimmerman is the White man who shot Trayvon Martin to death after stalking him while he claimed he was on a neighborhood watch patrol. Marissa Alexander is the Black woman who says she was defending herself when she fired a gun into a wall near Rico Gray, her ex-husband, who had had a history of physical abuse.

Trayvon Martin is dead. George Zimmerman was released on bail that was lower than the amount of money he had raised in an online “cookie jar,” to support his defense. Continue reading

‘Miss Ann’ Romney is more of the same

I was in the barbershop the other day when an important, life-affirming lesson was demonstrated, right before my eyes. Two men were arguing the finer points of some delicate issue–maybe it was about sports, maybe it was about politics, whatever, it was something whose answer could be discerned rather quickly and definitively.

One man challenged the other: “I’ll bet you $100,” he said. “Charlie (the barber) will hold the money,” he continued as he removed a wad of bills from his pocket, quickly counting out $100 worth. The other man demurred. He never took out any money, and tried to save face by loudly changing the subject.

That’s sort of how it is in most barbershops. Despite the decreased value of U.S. currency, $100 is a defining amount, which still measures most people’s true confidence in this, that, or the other…their most strongly held beliefs. That’s kind of how it is for most of us–the 99 percent of the population. Continue reading