Black Agenda Report October 31, 2012 – Most Important Election Ever, Really? Obama the Untouchable, Made in the USA

31 October, 2012Black Agenda Report

This week in Black Agenda Report

Is This Really The Most Important Election Ever? If So, Then Where Are Our Issues?

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

It’s hard to see how an election is so darn important for black America when the candidates aren’t talking about the issues. Which one is the candidate that wants to roll back the prison state, or stop the drug war, or question gentrification? Is there a candidate who wants full funding of public education? A candidate who will cut off troops and military aid to Africa? If not, what are we voting for?

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Obama supporters who profess an intent to “hold his feet to the fire” may successfully deceive themselves and each other, but this president is no fool. Barack Obama knows that voters have no power whatsoever over him after next Tuesday, that he’ll be free to follow his own inclinations, whatever those are.

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

A year has passed since Washington’s Libyan proxies slaughtered Moammar Gaddafi, in what the West called an Arab “revolution.” But “revolutions do not emanate from Washington, Paris and London.” America’s erstwhile allies have jihad on their minds – not western notions of what the Arab Spring should like.

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

When the issue was opposing Jim Crow, the black community in places like Atlanta was united. But after a generation of black faces in high places, the black political class in cites like Atlanta has less in common with ordinary African Americans than ever before.  The next big issue on the horizon — transit privatization, will open a vast chasm between our black elite and the rest of us. 

by Kathy Kelly

In this season of stale appeals to support the supposed lesser of two evils, Kathy Kelly reminds us of the actual cost Afghan women and children and their families are paying for Barack Obama’s decision to continue the war in Afghanistan at least till 2014. It’s a set of facts that ought to be constantly before us — how will our votes and our actions after this election impact their struggles for dignity and survival?

By Bruce E. Levine

What if what your teachers and parents told you all those years ago was really true after all…. that the television was a one-eyed monster dedicated to making you stupid? Would that surprise you? No? Then why is the number of hours we watch it each week rising, not falling, and what does this bode for our future?

Does TV Help Make Americans Passive and Accepting of Authority?


Obama Threatens New “Legal Architecture” for National Security State

The president’s recent banter with the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart should be taken as a threat to impose an even more draconian national security regime, said Kevin Gosztola, a reporter for the influential Obama told Stewart: “One of the things we’ve got to do is put a legal architecture in place and we need congressional help to do that, to make sure that not only am I reined in but any president is reined in, in terms of some of the decisions that we’re making.”

What came through is that he doesn’t want to submit his presidency to the Constitution,” said Goszota. “Perhaps what he is giving us a preview of, is that in his second term he will further expand the power of his presidency so that Congress has absolutely no power to provide oversight.” Obama has already “put preventive detention in military hands. He’s fighting off a lawsuit against NDDA that challenges this indefinite detention.”

Keep Up the Pressure, Whoever Wins Election

Whether Obama is in the White House or Romney is in the White House, policies are going to come out of the White House that are antithetical to the interests of working and poor people and people of color in this country, and unless we fight back it’s not going to change,” said Larry Hamm, chairman of the Newark, New Jersey-based People’s Organization for Progress. POP will hold a march and rally for Jobs, Economic Justice and Peace on November 13. The group sustained 381 straight days of daily demonstrations, ending in July, but has staged many periodic protests in the interim. “One of the things that came out of the debates is how similar Romney and the president are on issues,” said Hamm, who is personally voting for Obama.

Working Americans Lose the Equivalent of One Week of Wages

Recent data show real wages dropped by 2.4 percent between October, 2010, and October of this year. “No statistic could more dramatically show what this so-called ‘recovery’ has been for the mass of American workers,” said Dr. Richard Wolff, professor emeritus of economics at the University of Massachusetts, at Amherst. “It means workers got the right to work one week of the year for absolutely no pay at all, compared to what they were getting two years ago.”

Arne Duncan Appointment was “Worst Thing” Obama Did to Blacks

Of the many bad things that the president has done to us, the worst thing was to name Arne Duncan as Secretary of Education,” said Dr. Donald Smith, veteran Black educator and keynote speaker at the recent Summit Meeting on Saving the African American Child, in Chicago. Duncan is infamous for remarking that Hurricane Katrina was “the best thing that could have happened” for education in New Orleans. The disaster resulted in a school system dominated by charters “controlled by corporations,” said Smith,” and you know that corporations don’t want schools teaching our people, or any people, to be critical thinkers.”

Haiti Cholera Epidemic “Not a Priority” for UN

A roster of concerned organizations marked the second anniversary of the outbreak of cholera in Haiti with an open letter to top U.S. officials, urging them to pressure the United Nations to do more to combat the disease that has killed 7,564 people and infected 600,000. “This has not been a priority for the international community,” said Dan Beeton, of the Washington-based Center for Economic and Policy Research. “The UN could implement water and sanitation infrastructure that would eventually allow cholera to be eradicated for about the same cost it would take to allow UN troops to stay in Haiti for one year – about a billion dollars.” Cholera was introduced into Haiti by UN troops, who have been given another year’s mandate.

Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network is hosted by Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey. A new edition of the program airs every Monday at 11:00am ET on PRN. Length: One hour.

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