Poor President Obama, he thought when he was inaugurated as the first African American President of the United States America was ready to move forward and break the chains of the past. He thought hope had won over fear. He thought we would all join hands and sing in the words of that great Negro Spiritual "Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty we're free at last". Not.
Now I'm not saying President Obama didn't bring some of this on himself. He pi$$ed off LBTS's with Rick Warren. He pi$$ed off the anti war crowd with the Afghanistan surge. He hasn't closed Gitmo as promised. He won't investigate Bush and company. He hasn't restored honor and integrity to the justice department. He won't directly address the sorry state of race relations. Don't ask don't tell is still in effect. Mortage forclosures are still on the rise. We have massive job loss. The banks got a bail out but not main street. Health care reform is in limbo. This is not the change we hoped we voted for in November 2008.
President Obama extended his hand to his enemies and drew back a nub. Rush Limbaugh said he wanted President Obama to fail. Republican Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina said health care reform was President Obama Waterloo. Chris Matthews said he was going to do everything in his power to help President Obama be successful and was told by Joe Scarborough that wasn't his job.
Then came the birthers, and the deathers and finally they just joined forces and became the Tea Party movement.
As if that wasn't enough, President Obama has to fight with his own damn party! Between the DINO's (democrats in name only) and the blue dogs (democrats in name only) he's under assault on the right and on the left.
Then he has to deal with the republican controlled Supreme Court that says corporations should are people with rights. I always knew gop stood for Greed Over People.
Jill Tubman lays the blame at the feet of the democratic party. Talia Whyte agrees and says the real conversation is not about what Republicans are doing, but what the Democrats are not doing. Specifically, there is an urgency to discuss why we in the black community continue to allow white Democrats that take us for granted.
Does everyone hate President Obama, do do they hate what and who he stands for? Is he not being allowed to govern because of the color of his skin or the content of his character? Is this about good old fashioned American racism?
I say yes. It's about not wanting that guy to succeed. Because if he succeeds it will open the door for future Barack Obamas and whites can no longer say blacks are incapable of governing.
So, now that we know, what can we do about it? How can we help President Obama help us? I say we take a page out of the gop play book and organize. I say we take a page out of the tea baggers play book and take it to the streets. We can fight back in the media by not suppressing progressive voice, it's time to put the big dogs on TeeVee. I say don't get mad, get even.
What say you?