[Marxism] Two well-argued criticisms of Barack Obama

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Fri Jul 4 13:36:28 MDT 2008


(Here are two very well-argued criticisms of Obama. The linked
one is from the Party of Socialism and Liberation, which is 
running Gloria LaRiva for President of the United States, and
the second is from Cindy Sheehan, independent candidate for the
U.S. House seat currently occupied by Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Cindy Sheehan's is from an e-mailing which came earlier today.
What I like about them is that they are written in a language
which can be clearly understood by people who are supporting
Obama. They don't attack Obama personally, they just clearly
and succinctly spell out the meaning of his political actions.)
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Continuity we can believe in
Tuesday, July 1, 2008

PSL Editorial
http://www.pslweb.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=9505&news_iv_ctrl=1261
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Ask Not What… Cindy Sheehan

There is no challenge greater than the defense of our nation and our
values. The men and women of our military --- have signed up at a
time when our troops face an ever-increasing load. Fighting a
resurgent Taliban. Targeting al Qaeda. Persevering in the deserts and
cities of Iraq. Training foreign militaries. Delivering humanitarian
relief. In this young century, our military has answered when called,
even as that call has come too often. Through their commitment, their
capability, and their courage they have done us all proud.

But we need to ease the burden on our troops, while meeting the
challenges of the 21st century. That's why I will call on a new
generation of Americans to join our military, and complete the effort
to increase our ground forces by 65,000 soldiers and 27,000 Marines.

The above excerpt is from a speech that the "peace" candidate, Barack
Obama gave in Colorado on the 2nd of July. To be sure, he also called
for other service to our country but I feel these two paragraphs
highlight the continuing subservience the so-called public servants
of the USA have to War, Inc.

The only reason that our military is under such a great "burden" is
because politicians like Barack Obama have voted consistently for
billions (some award winning economists estimate, trillions) of
wasted dollars to continue BushCo's abominable occupations of Iraq
and Afghanistan. Instead of increasing the Pentagon's already bloated
budget, a true peace candidate would be calling for immediate
withdrawal of forces from these countries so our military can begin
the healing processes that need to occur to rejuvenate our broken
military so we can have a true defense force and not an imperialistic
ready response team to be on constant alert to storm any country at
the whim of the emperor to spread corporate imperialism (what
politicians call: Democracy) at the end of an M-16 or bombs bursting
in air.

President John F. Kennedy, whom Obama is trying to emulate by calling
for increased service to the USA, famously said in his first and only
inaugural address:

Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for
your country.

President Kennedy also said, less famously, in that same address:

The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands
the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of
human life.

Since President Kennedy uttered those words almost 50 years ago, the
USA has become very adept at ending all forms of human life and has
also, unfortunately, become experts at increasing human poverty and
all this is because we have not heeded Kennedy's predecessor, Gen.
Dwight D. Eisenhower when he warned the nation of the military
industrial complex which has expanded over the years into the
Military Industrial Congressional Media Complex.

I would like to enhance Kennedy's famous words on this 4th of July
when the country sets off on another celebration of gross militarism
and the deaths of millions of people while we never pay tribute to
our First Nation peoples who were exterminated so white Europeans
could despoil a beautiful land. My new proposal for the 21st C. is:

Ask not what humanity can do for you, but what you can do for
humanity.

A great beginning for the new surge of taking care of individuals
instead of taking care of the pigs of War, Inc, would be to start
withdrawing our troops from Iraq and Afghanistan and don't forget to
pull out the independent contracting companies and oil companies who
through their No-bid Dick contracts are raping the region.

Since every aspect of humanity is being destroyed by our sometime
unconscious and sometimes active denial of War, Inc's profound,
multi-tentacled cancer, we need to drastically reduce the size of our
military and "defense" budget. Yes, we have a new world, but the
response to violence can never be "shocking and awful" more violence,
especially since Iraq and Afghanistan were OVER reactions to the
filthy imaginations of BushCo.

To encourage the reduction of violence and poverty, state education
and health care should be free for all of our countrypersons, not
just the ones who tragically, and for what ever reason, got sucked
into being paid assassins for Uncle War, Inc. The need for the VA
system would be eliminated, because a new-improved USA would not be
creating damaged vets faster than they could (or even want to) fix
them.

WE need to open our eyes and not blindly follow politicians because
of the letter that goes after their names on the ballot. In almost
every case this election season since the presumptive nominees have
been declared, it has been very difficult to distinguish the D from
the R. WE should be demanding more from politicians and not allow the
lowest common denominator to grovel and pander his way into the oval
office, again. Haven't we had enough?

What WE can do for humanity right now is break our individual ties to
War, Inc. WE have to educate our children that politicians like Obama
just want them to do the dirty work of War, Inc and have no feelings
or compassion for their cannon fodder or the families of the cannon
fodder who will be mourning instead of celebrating this weekend.

Fireworks are pretty and if you can afford the gas, go see a show.
But never allow your mind to wander far from what our Republic has
degenerated into over the past 232 years.

www.CindyforCongress.org

A truly independent voice for humanity!

Contribute to Cindy's Campaign

San Francisco Residents, Please come to Dolores Park Friday, Saturday
or Sunday. Team Cindy will be out gathering signatures to get Cindy
on the November ballot. We plan on setting up near the corner of 18th
and Churchand will be out daily beginning at 1pm.


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     WALTER LIPPMANN
     Los Angeles, California
     Editor-in-Chief, CubaNews
     http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaNews/
     "Cuba - Un Paraíso bajo el bloqueo"
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