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Tuesday, March 18, 2008


Obama speaks (and is silent)

"But the remarks that have caused this recent firestorm weren't simply controversial...Instead, they expressed...a view that sees the conflicts in the Middle East as rooted primarily in the actions of stalwart allies like Israel instead of emanating from the perverse and hateful ideologies of radical Islam."
Really? The U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq stems from "the perverse and hateful ideologies of radical Islam"? The response of the Palestinian people to the Israeli occupation of Palestine and its brutal, arguably genocidal repression of the Palestinian people, stems from "the perverse and hateful ideologies of radical Islam" and not from the "actions of stalwart allies like Israel"? Please.
"And just as black anger often proved counterproductive, so have these white resentments distracted attention from the real culprits of the middle class squeeze: a corporate culture rife with inside dealing and questionable accounting practices and short-term greed; a Washington dominated by lobbyists and special interests; economic policies that favor the few over the many."
Sorry, no. A "corporate culture" which lacked all inside dealing or questionable business practices wouldn't solve our problems. And it isn't just economic policies that favor the few over the many, it's the capitalist economy which does so, intrinsically. A mistake which is reflected in these words:
"This time we want to talk about how the lines in the emergency room are filled with whites and blacks and Hispanics who do not have health care, who don't have the power on their own to overcome the special interests in Washington, but who can take them on if we do it together.

"This time we want to talk about the shuttered mills that once provided a decent life for men and women of every race, and the homes for sale that once belonged to Americans from every religion, every region, every walk of life.

"This time we want to talk about the fact that the real problem is not that someone who doesn't look like you might take your job; it's that the corporation you work for will ship it overseas for nothing more than a profit."
He was doing fine until that last half sentence. "Nothing more than a profit"? That is what corporations do under capitalism. Corporations exist to make a profit. Obama is smart enough to understand that. He just doesn't want to go there.

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