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Forum Post: Putting Obama First – Civil Liberties, Peace, Justice, and Reality Last

Posted 6 years ago on June 13, 2013, 5:53 a.m. EST by PeterKropotkin (1050) from Oakland, CA
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By Glenn Ford

Black Congressman James Clyburn’s “gut” tells him that whistleblower Edward Snowden is conspiring with others to “embarrass” President Obama. “Clyburn’s gut isn’t a bit queasy about the dramatic expansion of the National Security State, as long as Big Brother is Black.” In the narrow worldview of the Black Misleadership Class, it’s Obama uber alles.

If one good thing has come out of Barack Obama’s ascension to the White House, it is that his rise has exposed the appalling backwardness of the Black Misleadership Class – a petty and puny-minded cohort whose worldview is so narrow, it can accommodate only one issue: the political fortunes of the First Black President. Nothing else matters to these incredibly parochial political midgets – not issues of war and peace, nor the precarious state of planetary ecology, not even the economic well-being of the masses of Black Americans. Certainly, not civil liberties. Only Obama.

Congressman James Clyburn is supposed to represent the interests of more than half a million South Carolinians, the majority of them Black. One might expect a Black congressman to have more than a passing interest in the Bill of Rights and protection of civil liberties. The revelation that Uncle Sam is building up a dossier on everyone with a telephone and a computer connection should be at least mildly upsetting to anyone that calls himself a Black leader. But Congressman Clyburn has but one priority: to protect the image and legacy of Barack Obama.

Rather than thank whistleblower Edward Snowden for revealing the massive scope of government spying under Obama, Congressman Clyburn sees a conspiracy against the president. Otherwise, how could a 30-year-old white boy who dropped out of high school get in a position to blow the whistle on the Obama administration. “I haven’t gotten to where I am in politics without relying on my gut,” said Clyburn. “And my gut tells me this is an effort to embarrass the president.”

Clyburn’s gut isn’t a bit queasy about the dramatic expansion of the National Security State, as long as Big Brother is Black. What gives Clyburn angry bowels is the idea that a white guy with a GED had a secret security clearance. “Where did he get the intellectual capacity to be allowed access to all this data?” fumed Clyburn. The better question is, Where did Snowden get the moral courage to go up against rapidly growing fascism with a Black face?

Julianne Malveaux is considered quite gifted, intellectually. She’s an economist, author, political commentator and former president of historically Black Bennett College, in North Carolina. But she, too, seems more upset about young Snowden’s fat salary at a law firm in Hawaii, than about threats to everyone’s civil liberties. Malveaux sounded like Congressman Clyburn’s echo. “I am still trying to figure out,” she said, “how a young white man with a GED was able to infiltrate both the respected firm Booz Allen and also the CIA, to earn a wage of more than $200,000 a year, and to know enough to whistle-blow.”

Snowden learned computers at a community college and got his security clearance while training to be a Green Beret. He left the military after breaking both legs, but kept his clearance – and the rest is history, right up there with Wikileaks and the Pentagon Papers. No doubt, white privilege did play a role in Snowden’s gaining access to Big Brother’s secrets. There have also been lots of times when white privilege was put to good use for the Black Liberation Movement, and in the cause of peace. What makes certain Black folks mad at Edward Snowden, is that he embarrassed their president – which, for the Black Misleadership Class, is the greatest crime imaginable.




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[-] 2 points by Ache4Change (3340) 6 years ago

'One American Who Isn't For Sale' - http://www.nationofchange.org/one-american-who-isn-t-sale-1371044701 from which - '“The national security apparatus has been more and more privatized and turned over to contractors. This is something the public is largely unaware of, how more than a million private contractors are cleared to handle highly sensitive matters.”' Thanks for the great posted article. Sadly, the current POTUS is bought and paid for - just like his predecessor! Never Give Up Exposing The Hypocrisy! Occupy Democracy! Solidarity & for the wannabe cyber-secure - https://www.eff.org/ .


[-] -1 points by Theeighthpieceuv8 (-32) from Seven Sisters, Wales 6 years ago

Clyburn's gut isn't queasy because this expansion specifically targets white people - the overwhelming majority of her constituents in South Carolina are too illiterate to actually place a written word on the Internet. She also knows that until the politics change, this "stop and frisk" will not be permitted to target drug dealers.

[-] -1 points by PeterKropotkin (1050) from Oakland, CA 6 years ago

Who is she? Where is stop and frisk mentioned in this article? Your response to this article makes no sense and seems just barely coherent.

All hail the democratic party!

War is peace!

Ignorance is strength!

Freedom is slavery!


[-] -2 points by Theeighthpieceuv8 (-32) from Seven Sisters, Wales 6 years ago

I don't disagree with any aspect of the article; I share your opinion. I'm just saying that internet demographics are not representative of society. This "stop and frisk" of internet users largely targets white people. Because it's largely white people who use the Net - they have greater command of the language and greater desire to both learn and connect.

[-] -2 points by quantumystic (1710) from Memphis, TN 6 years ago

so you don't think black people use the internet? dude you realize every home has a computer even in the ghetto don't you?

[-] -2 points by Theeighthpieceuv8 (-32) from Seven Sisters, Wales 6 years ago

Nah... communication skills are very poor overall.