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July 13, 2013 by Rashard Zanders –Princeton Park, Chicago Disclaimer: I voted twice for Barack Obama. The day after the November 2012 election I overheard two senior African American women quietly celebrating the President's re-election at a bus stop on the corner of 75th and Michigan Ave. Both ladies were smiling ear to ear, and exuded a peace reminiscent of Buddhist monks, and a satisfaction of those who'd been through a harsh, bitter battle and had emerged victorious. “That was worth growing old for,” said one woman to the other. Indeed, I too had been caught up in all the vitriolic, “my side is better than your side” election year distractions. Too often, and in 2013 too crucially, Black electorates are still preoccupied by the novelty of achieving “firsts”. Every February schools trot out the tired old curriculum of Blacks who were the first to do this or that thing in whichever institutions our fellow Americans have erected. Every sport has it's “first” black player, the first black champions, the first black to graduate, the first to serve, ad infinitum. Let's admit it, 2013 is a little late in the game to be celebrating firsts. President Barack Obama seem an ant-progressive Trojan horse, is seems political progressives in general, and Blacks voters in particular can't bring themselves around to this admittance. He has embraced the empowerment of the shadow state as well as the the crimes and misdemeanors of the previous administration: th0se of his cousin George W. Bush. But through the prism of reality, progressives in particular and Blacks in general have a paper champion in President Obama. And we can't blame it all on obstruction. He has willfully expanded and rubber-stamped policies straight out of the twisted minds of the COINTEL loving, Watergate thieving, Iran-Contra planning PNAC architects; as the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's leaks to the GuardianUK and Washington Post reveal. And that is worth rigorous critique at the least, and outright resistance otherwise: At present there are myriad distressing probabilities uncovered by the recent revelations of an out of control shadow government. The tacit complicity of the big, “cool” tech companies that have become indispensible in many of our lives displays the merger of government with the corporate in stark relief: During this Administration's watch there is not one item produced by the tech world, not one gadget, operating system, webcam, laptop, pad, desktop, hardware, software, app...etc that isn't suspect for contamination with a back door. There is no one's word we can trust from the government or google or microsoft or skype or apple, (small caps intentional) to give honest answers regarding our privacy. “I believe Barack Obama was put into office to do what no Republican could ever have gotten away with. Obama has extended the wars, created new wars, extended the Bush tax cuts for the rich, given additional bail out money to the banks, allowed the health insurance industry to write the healthcare bill, extended the Patriot Act, and signed the NDAA...under his watch not one member of the Bush Administration has been accountable for leading us into wars built on false evidence and lies, not one banker has been held accountable for the fraud and corruption that brought down the global economy, and the final nail in the coffin, [he] signed the NDAA bill...the National Defense Authorization Act makes America the battlefield and allows indefinite detention of U.S. Citizens suspected of “terrorist” leanings without due process.” From the article “Is Obama a Trojan Horse, a Psychopath, a Bad Boyfriend or all Three?” by Jill Dalton that appeared in the HuffPost September 20, 2012. Solomon Commissiong, in an October 9th 2012 article in The Black Agenda Report.com, wrote that: “It is painfully distressing to witness members of my community so willfully complicit with the lethal war policies simply because they are coming from a brown-skinned man. African Americans' honorable legacy of opposing Euro-American imperialist wars is quickly eroding.” No doubt, Obama has given great tacit authority to the military corporate-industrial complex forewarned by Pres. Eisenhower upon his exit from office. In the same article Commissiong writes: “Barack Obama has been more than willing to do the bidding for the Euro-American Empire, regardless the expense to humanity. He does it willingly. And unfortunately, many Black people in America continue to follow his march of destruction, willingly.....It is like they have thrown out much of the African legacy and made a mockery of our solidarity with other oppressed people throughout the globe.” One of the most psychologically disingenuous and damaging phenomenons of the Obama paradox are the constant, false associations between him and the great Black leaders of past generations: T-shirts and framed print posters, along with other baubles and trinkets, split between a pensive looking Obama and an equally deep in thought MLK or Malcolm X. Pan African unity is still the top priority for the global African Diaspora’s agenda, not the temporary starring role of puppet-in-chief. Decades ago Lani Guinier warned us against putting too much hope in Black electoral success: it rarely translates into real community empowerment. The reluctance on the part of politically active Blacks to criticize or even critique our current President's right leaning tendencies is because “firsts” are so important to the generation active during the late Crow-Civil Rights eras. The symbol trumps the substance, or lack thereof; as if occupying a nations presidency is a substantial trade off for centuries of global African subjugation. There is less concern with reversing the damaging effects of a four decades long war on drugs on Black youths than in preserving the false notion of a post racial society; less concern about the flight of living wage jobs from our cities, and more enthusiasm in maintaining the myth that Obama's election victories and attainment of the US presidency in some way meets the criteria as the fulfillment of MLKs vision. That would be the penultimate fallacy -- One man had a dream, the other has drones. Futher suggested reading: “How Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages” http://m.guardiannews.com/world/2013/jul/11/microsoft-nsa-collaboration-user-user-data “Anger Mounts after Facebook's 'shadow profiles' leak in bug” www.zdnet.com/anger-mounts-after-facebooks-shadow-profiles-leak-in-bug-700017167/ “Obama's Destructive Foreign Policy and Black Disillusionment” www.yourworldnews.org and www.Black AgendaReport.com 10/9/2012, by Solomon Commissiong “7 Ways the Obama Administration Has Accelerated Police Militarization”, July 10, 2012 by Radley Balko writing for the HuffingtonPost. “Is Obama the Trojan Horse, a Psychopath, a Bad Boyfriend, or all Three?” Jill Dalton, September 20, 2012 in www.nationofchange.com “Why Obama Hearts Reagan: And what he's [Obama] learned from him [Reagan]” February 7th 2011 Time Magazine: www.time.com/time/covers/0,16641,20110207,00.html Time Magazine Cover story featuring photoshopped image of current President being cuddled by bigoted dead president.” “As Black President Barack Obama is a Bust”, by Dwight Hobbes, Minnesota-Spokesman Recorder, May 16, 2013 Rashard Zanders is a freelance writer based in the Midwest; 872-228-4179. Email contact pending: He is currently seeking alternatives to Gmail. Thoughts on another judicial travesty: Much has been written already, and more will be, about the judicial travesty that resulted in the stalking murderer of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. I am still trying to process it myself as once again my worst fears about America have been confirmed. But I did find an interesting quote on Alternet.org, which ran a piece entitled "Zimmerman Verdict Declares Open Season on Black Boys," by Gary Younge, July 14, 2013: "Appeals for calm in the wake of such a verdict raise the question of what calm there can possibly be in a place where such a verdict is possible." -- Something to think about. Ciao for now.