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By Michael J. Smith on Saturday January 5, 2008 05:13 PM

The Times this morning, trying to understand the Obama-phenoma, offers this angle:


Daring to Believe, Blacks Savor Obama Victory

For Sadou Brown in a Los Angeles suburb, the decisive victory of Senator Barack Obama in Iowa was a moment to show his 14-year-old son what is possible....

For Milton Washington in Harlem, it looked like the beginning of something he never thought that he would see. “It was like, ‘Oh, my God, we’re on the cusp of something big about to happen,’ ” Mr. Washington said.

Surely it's more like the cusp of something big -- very big -- that has happened?

The leading contenders for the Democratic nomination are a man with visible African ancestry, and a woman. Now if you're Rip van Winkle, and you've been asleep for the past fifty years, this is big news.

For those of us who have been awake, however, the gender and skin color of the candidates belong in a small-type footnote. Or ought to. The only reason anybody is hoo-ha'ing about Barack's nice light-brown skin or Hillary's ovaries is simply that there is nothing else to cite in favor of either of these palookas.

The Obama candidacy shows us something, to be sure, but so did the OJ Simpson verdict. In the awful old world of Jim Crow, an innocent black guy could easily get lynched. In the modern world, a guilty black guy, if he's rich enough, has the same chance a guilty rich white guy has of escaping justice. And why not? Seriously. If Klaus von Bulow can escape, why not OJ? It's definitely an improvement, as far as it goes.

And it's getting to be an equal-opportunity world for women too. No longer are ethnic cleaning and mass murder occupations reserved for the male of the species. You have your Golda Meirs, your Jeane Kirkpatricks, your Madeleine Albrights -- not to mention your Condi Rices, a real twofer in the crimes-against-humanity sector.

I don't mean to compare Barack, as a person, with OJ. Barack seems much superior, qua human specimen -- though it must be said that if he reaches the White House, and does what Democrats have always done there, he'll kill a lot more people than OJ ever did.

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Michael Hureaux:

Yes. The Obamania is sound and fury signifying nothing. And the clearest sign of the fact is that the usual bromides about "color blindness" and "change" are being floated by the media.

The bottom line is that until such time as the "democratic" party is willing to defend the rights of their constituency- and to speak openly about not one, but two elections that the ruling class has now robbed the U.S. electorate of- they are completely unworthy of trust. They said nothing about the disenfranchisement of Blacks in Florida in 2000, they've said nothing about the accumulation of evidence of computer fraud in Ohio in 2004. They are afraid to take on the "presidency" of a man whose obvious gangsterism puts decent people to shame. And Barak Obama is a big, kool-aid grinning phoney who is just playing the Jimmy Carter ticket over again, replete with all Carter's flaws but none of his virtues.

Incidentally, what has "Brother" Obama had to say about the disenfranchisement of Blacks in Florida in 2000? Nothing. Zip. Oh, yeah, the U.S. is now "color-blind" and embracing "change".

It ought to be obvious to all that nothing would benefit the U.S. oligarchy more than having house slaves out defending the aims of the empire. Colin Powell and Condalezza Rice are the clearest evidence of that fact. Black folks who still buy into this bullshit, out of some desperate hunger to see a Black face leading this parade of chiselers need to grow up. Period.


"The only reason anybody is hoo-ha'ing about Barack's nice light-brown skin or Hillary's ovaries is simply that there is nothing else to cite in favor of either of these palookas."

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