[Marxism] Mumia Abu-Jamal: Is Obama's Victory Ours?

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Thu Jun 12 22:05:01 MDT 2008


(This is the most meaningful way to speak about
the significance of the Obama campaign and what
it does and does not represent in political terms.
It's written in a rhetorically soft and clear way
emphasizing the politics, first and foremost.)
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Is Obama's Victory Ours?
[col. writ. 6/5/08] (c)'08 Mumia Abu-Jamal
 
    With the attainment of the required delegates to claim the Democratic Party's
nomination for U.S. president, Sen. Barack H. Obama (D. ILL.) has written a new 
page in American history.
 
    For by so doing he succeeds where Channing Phillips, Shirley Chisholm, Jesse
Jackson, Sr., and Al Sharpton could not - by gaining the necessary delegates to 
demand nomination.
 
    Of course, there have been numerous Black candidates for president, but these
have been third party efforts designed more to raise issues, to organize or protest
than to actually win elections. Some of the best known have been Eldridge Cleaver
(former Black Panther Minister of Information), Dick Gregory, Dr. Lenora Fulani,
and the former congresswoman, Cynthia McKinney.
 
    But this is a different kettle of fish, for Obama's candidacy is the closest
to make it to the winner's circle.
 
    What also distinguishes Obama from his predecessors is he doesn't come from
civil rights, Black liberation, socialist or anti war movements. (He often remarks
at speeches, "I'm not against all wars, I'm just against dumb wars")
 
    Indeed, although his detractors may try to paint him as a leftist liberal this
is hardly true.  On issues both foreign and domestic he would've been more at
home in the Republican Party of his senatorial forebear, Edward Brooke of Massachusetts.
For though he is Black by dint of his African father, he has studiously avoided 
Black political groups in his long, harrowing climb to the rim of the White House.
 
    He has studiously avoided the very real and long standing grievances of Black
America. In fact, he tried to run a 'post-racial' campaign until Sen. Hillary
R. Clinton (D.N.Y.) (and her rambunctious husband, former Pres. Bill), brought race
front and center during the Super Tuesday February primaries, by trying to pigeonhole
him as 'the Black candidate'.
 
    This primary wounded Obama, and as he won in the delegate count, he also lost
a number of primary states, such as Ohio and Pennsylvania, which are necessary for
a win in November.
 
    Politics is the art of making people believe that they are in power when in 
fact, they have none.
 
    It is a measure of how dire is the hour that they've passed the keys to 
the kingdom to a Black man.
 
    As in many American cities, Black Mayors were let in when the treasuries were
almost barren, and tax bases were almost at rock-bottom.
 
    With the nation's  manufacturing base also a thing of history, amidst the
socioeconomic wreckage of globalization, with foreign affairs in shambles, the rulers
reach for a pretty, brown face to front for the Empire.
 
    'Real change that you could believe in' would be an end to Empire, and
an end to wars for corporate greed, not just a change of the shade of the political
managers.
 
    That change, I'm afraid, is still to come.
 
--(c) '08 maj


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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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