Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Throwing Stones at other people’s God$.

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

~ George Bernard Shaw

When I first heard Chuck D, front man for Public Enemy, say “Is your lord a god. Or is your god a dog?” I almost fell out of my seat.  Wow!!!  What prophetic words!!! Chuck D was asking you a very serious question with that chorus to his song.  Is the God that you serve a false God? 

Well move over Tea Party, there is a new movement in town.  The Occupy Wall Street Movement has taken the country by storm. Ground Zero for the movement started at the financial district of New York but it has spread to different cities.  The group that is involved in this movement calls themselves the 99%.  No, not the 99, and not this 99% but this 99%.  Who knew that 99% was a popular number?

Side Note:  I hate math so if it was my movement it would not be a fraction.

Because this movement is taking aim at America’s Financial Institution it has taken on great criticism.  There are people pissed off that these dirty hippies have invaded Wall Street.  And that they are unorganized and do not have some ready-made list of demands.  This movement is getting shade because the 99% are going after other peoples’ Gods.  Capitalism in this country is worshiped like Christianity.  And you know how “us” Christian’s get when people talk about sweet baby Jesus.   The 99% are hitting people where they hurt and they don’t like it.  Anytime you bad mouth capitalism you set yourself up for harsh criticism.  But don’t just take my word for it.  Next time you see someone bashing the Occupy Wall Street Movement take a look at their background.  What ties do they have to Wall Street?
One of the good things about being an independent thinker is that you can make your own decisions.  I’m not bound by Democrat or Republican Thinking.  Whether you want to call it rich folks bashing or wealthy white men hating, it’s obvious that people are mad.  And that they are mad enough to do something about it. 
The middle class is shrinking in America and it’s not a big secret. People know something is wrong when their 79 year old grandmother still has to work to eat.  They also know something is wrong when they haven’t had a raise in 5 years.  They have watched their jobs go to foreign countries and their medical insurance increase.  To try to play the public as if they are stupid is the wrong move.  I remember when the Tea Party was belittled and called a fringe group.  Now they influence public policy – go figure.  I don’t know where this movement is going but I’m not dumb enough to sleep on it. 

Monday, October 03, 2011

Don’t diss the White Folks. You are going to need them next year!!!

Show me a Hero and I’ll write you a Tragedy.
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

Once again, Obama Loyalist and Foot Soldier, PhD. Melissa Harris-Perry has provided her two cents about President Obama’s critics.  Apparently white folks that are disappointed in Obama since electing him in 2008 are now racist.  Go figure???  Who knew that you could turn white folks into bigots within a 3 year timeframe?  I hope Patrick J. Buchanan doesn’t get a hold of that serum or gas or whatever it is that’s turning them.  Harris-Perry attempted to compare the records of the original 1st Black President William Jefferson Clinton and the New 1st Black President Barack H. Obama. She felt that Obama’s record has been more progressive and that he has actually gotten more things done.  What she fails to understand is that the people who had homes in the 90’s are facing foreclosure NOW!  They aren’t looking for a trip down memory lane. They are looking to keep their home.  As Janet Jackson once said "What Have You Done for Me Lately?" 
When Republican Presidential Candidate Herman Cain tells you he’s blacker than Obama, you know things have gone completely wrong.  Black folks have “Gone off the Reservation” and are increasingly showing their dissatisfaction with Obama.  I know Obama told us to “put on your marching shoes.” But I still haven’t figured out where we are marching to?  Even Congresswoman Maxine Waters has issues with Obama telling blacks to take off their house slippers.  She even claimed that she doesn’t own a pair of house shoes.  Really?  No house slippers or house shoes in a black household?  Someone needs to fact check that!!!!  Obama met with the Latinos last week and told them a completely different story.  He said that “this notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true." I didn’t hear him telling them to suit up and get ready to march.  He sounded like he was pleading with them to give him a break.  Meanwhile black folks have got to quit complaining and suck it up???  Gay folks can now serve freely in our armed services and they are still upset with Obama.  Are Latino’s and Gay’s racist too???  I think it’s safe to say we can cut white folks some slack….well at least for today. 
If Harris-Perry hasn’t figured it out yet, a lot of folks have fallen out with Obama.  A large part of it has to do with not standing on principles and giving in to the opposition.  But maybe I read that from a fortune cookie somewhere. Obama Loyalists can chastise blacks, liberal whites, gays, latinos, and the youth all they want.  The even can attempt to make them pariahs and turn their own people against them (YES…..I’m talking about you Tom Joyner). But that still doesn’t change the issues that led to the fallout. 
Am I to believe that the issue of unemployment is a faux issue that can be dismissed with “well it was higher when Clinton was in office too?”  Obama came in with higher expectations that he himself promoted and ran on.  He talked a big game when he was running for office and now all you hear are excuses.  The fact that he was a community activist was supposed to mean something.  We finally had a president who understands the plight of the working class and poor.   So why is it inappropriate to now display dissatisfaction with Lawrence Summers (formerly against regulation of the financial industry) having a former prominent role in the White House?  You can’t throw stones at the banking industry without at least grazing Obama. So now that white folks are off the hook, who takes the blame? Should his supporters be blamed for their high expectations?  Or should Obama be blamed because he lowered his expectations?  Meanwhile, I wonder what the real racists are doing while all this back and forth is going on?