by Scott Creighton
UPDATE: Jane Colden on Facebook made this. I thought it was perfect so I wanted to share it with you guys. Very nice Jane.
“Don’t let anyone ever tell you this country isn’t great. That we need to make it great again. Because this right now is the greatest country on earth” Michelle Obama
I don’t know what the fuck she’s talking about. Yosemite?
Not that long ago the people of Great Britain and the whole of the United Kingdom were debating an idea, the idea of leaving the European Union. I remember watching a young black woman TV star talking about how wonderful the EU was because it allowed her, a black woman from Africa, to rise to what she considered the “top” of her profession and enjoy a life of access and fame. This, to her, was proof of how inclusive the UK is under the rubric of the EU and she feared a different nation would rise in it’s wake if the nationalists, the “isolationists”, took the day and the vote to “LEAVE” won out.
Last night First Lady Michelle Obama attended the opening night of Hillary Clinton’s coronation extravaganza and she gave a speech which is being widely hailed as one of the greatest of all time by the breathless Clinton sycophants from the MSM (These are some of the same breathless MSM sycophants who were sent some of those emails that Debbie Wasserman Schultz got in trouble for, by the way)
The main point of the First Lady’s speech is that we don’t need to “Make America Great Again” because it already is great. It’s just fine. America is already “great”
This is politics 101. Hillary Clinton is running as an extension of the Obama administration which ran openly as a continuation of the first Clinton administration and supposedly was a “CHANGE” from the Bush administration (which it wasn’t as it turns out). For this reason it’s important for the Clinton machine (and certainly anyone named “Obama”) to come out and say things are just fine in the country and that everyone is doing splendidly.
Like so many other things associated with Hillary Clinton and to a slightly lesser degree, Barack Obama, that is a lie. And it is a lie that is told with a convoluted logic that makes you cringe when you think about it, when you let it settle in and mull it over for a few moments.
The pathology of Michelle Obama’s “Great America” goes something like this: she’s a black woman, living in “a house built by slaves”, watching her children play with their dogs on the White House lawn and being driven around by “big men with guns” and so… America is Great already.
You can see why I thought about that TV star in London.
One story of success literally built on the backs of millions of others being oppressed does not a Great Country make. I’m sorry. It just doesn’t work that way.
Perhaps her speech should have been titled “America is Already Great for a Lucky Few Sell Outs Like Myself and My Husband and Everyone Else Should Just Shut Up”
Her “wonderful” speech started with:
“It’s hard to BELIEVE it’s been 8 years since I first came to this convention to talk with you about why I thought my husband should be president. Remember how I told you about his character and conviction. His decency and his grace. The traits that we have seen every day he served in the White House.” Michelle Obama
That is the rhetoric. This is only a glimpse of the reality:
In 2009, President Obama stood before an adoring crowd in the centre of Prague, in the heart of Europe. He pledged himself to make “the world free from nuclear weapons”. People cheered and some cried. A torrent of platitudes flowed from the media. Obama was subsequently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
It was all fake. He was lying.
The Obama administration has built more nuclear weapons, more nuclear warheads, more nuclear delivery systems, more nuclear factories. Nuclear warhead spending alone rose higher under Obama than under any American president. The cost over thirty years is more than $1 trillion.
A mini nuclear bomb is planned. It is known as the B61 Model 12. There has never been anything like it. General James Cartwright, a former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said, “Going smaller [makes using this nuclear]weapon more thinkable.” John Pilger
Barack Obama is not a man of character though he may be a man of conviction. He is certainly dedicated to an ideal: the spread of neoliberal free market ideology, just like every other neocon and centrist New Dem in the Washington Consensus.
His tarnished Peace Prize sits in a moldy box in his office, covered in the dried blood of so many unnamed civilians, later called “insurgents”, felled by his incessant drone warriors taking orders from the CIA.
He turned a blind eye to Libya when his Secretary of State made war there on behalf of her friends in France and the UK. He equally ignored her perverted regime change policies in places like Honduras, Syria and Ukraine.
Our great leader of our great nation did nothing as Hillary Clinton robbed the people of Haiti of the opportunity to rebuild after their disaster, putting her corrupt husband in charge of the process that left millions without a home or hope.
Black people in this country don’t fare much better. They are disproportionately represented in the worlds of high finance, medicine and politics. The unemployment rate for young black people across America is staggering shameful as Michelle Obama brags about her wonderful life.
Michelle’s “heartwarming” message is a simple, yet dishonest one: see? Even a black person can be president in this “Great America”
Barack Obama was raised by two grandparents who were bankers. He lived in luxury in Hawaii. That was after his mother moved to Indonesia and worked for the CIA via USAID helping their new dictator Suharto repress the Indonesian leftists after his coup. His stepfather was a general serving Suharto who ended up being the liaison between the new junta and the oil industry that swept in post coup.
I live in an area with scores of unemployed white and black people. People who have fallen off the unemployed radar because they have been unemployed for so long. Those that have jobs in this area have ones that pay them next to nothing for their time and they keep those jobs for fear of what will happen if they lose them.
The “Great President” the man of conviction Michelle spoke of last night has been slowly but steadily bringing the economic brick of austerity measures from Chile ’73 into play here in the states. His privatization plans, especially of the public education system, are leaving millions of people out in the cold. Millions of black school children feel the brunt of those privatization plans.
And that is too say nothing of the millions of black men and women incarcerated in our for-profit prison systems across the nation. Most of them there for victimless crimes of addition.
Heroin use has made a huge comeback during Obama administration, again, the African American community being hardest hit.
Yes, Michelle Obama has had the joy of watching her “bubbly” little girls grow into fine young women over these past eight years but for so many other mothers of color, that is simply not the case. Fewer blacks reside in what used to be called the “Middle Class” in America than did when Barack took office. That’s because fewer humans of any color reside in that neighborhood across the board as the Middle Class continues it’s slide which started with the Reagan “revolution” all these Reagan Democrats sprung from.
Yes, the First Lady watched her children’s faces pressed up against the bullet-proof glass of the black SUVs as they went off to their first day in their new school while so many others watched their children load into a run-down yellow bus dragging them off to some for-profit charter school which resides in a strip mall building that used to house a Men’s Warehouse store. That’s “school” for so many young black children… and it breaks my heart.
The mothers of those children don’t sit around debating which Ivy League school will get the honor of teaching their children. They simply hope that their young ones will not get pregnant too soon or end up in jail. They dream not of college but of a steady job for their children in this “Great America” we live in.
“And now, because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters, all of our daughters, take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States” Michelle Obama
When people like Joe Scarborough stand up and cheer on the set of his TV show this speech what you are watching is the jubilation of release. The elites and their sycophantic apologists in the media are tired. They are tired of having to pretend to understand the plight of so many who have been left behind in this new economy of ours. The rise of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders make it clear, many out here are disaffected and angry because of it. So many in fact that the Clinton campaign had to steal the nomination in order to win this moment in history.
Yes, the first woman president will have stolen the office. And that also breaks my heart.
What Michelle gave voice to last night is the joy of the few living large at the expense of the many and she did so unapologetic and without the slightest hint of shame or irony.
She said we can’t afford to be cynical and I guess by that she means we can’t afford to look at the real life so many people live everyday in this “Great America”
We can’t afford to look across the world at the horrors of mercenary terrorists we unleash in countries that we wish were run by other people.
We can’t afford to worry about the corporatist bill of rights that her husband is trying to push on the American people in the form of the TPP and the TTIP.
We can’t afford to worry about all those millions of Americans who found themselves disenfranchised or barred from voting in the unDemocratic Party’s primary election.
So many Americans can’t afford much now that her husband passed an unconstitutional mandate forcing young people to buy insurance they don’t need or don’t want from companies who wont give them a thing after years of paying for their useless product.
I am happy for Michelle Obama. She has a wonderful life as will her two beautiful daughters.
But her Great America is only great for a select few and her indifference to the rest is troubling to me. Not troubling because she feels it. It’s troubling because so many others in that crowd last night and in the press today applaud and feel the same way.
Some will call me a pessimist, a misanthrope, a “half empty” kind of guy. I call myself a realist. No, Donald Trump will not make America great again. And no, America is not the greatest country on earth. Perhaps it was. It could be. But it is not.
“The first step to solving any problem is recognizing there is one. America is not the greatest country in the world anymore”
Here’s a little reminder of the cynicism that Michelle Obama says we can’t afford anymore. The video went viral not that long ago but it seems it’s a quaint little idea that has fallen out of fashion in Hillary Clinton’s New Dem left. We should remember it because as much as I tried to convey the same feelings with this article, Jeff does it much better than I ever could. So here’s to you Michelle and your Great America speech.
(personal note. The actor sitting to the left of Jeff Bridges is Jason Butler Harner. He’s the one who answers “Freedom and freedom” when asked what makes America the greatest country on earth. Jason and I attended VCU theater school together. When he was given the lead roll in a mainstage production of All My Sons at VCU when the director, the head of the faculty, wanted to cast me, that was the end of my career at VCU. It was a political decision made by the staff at the university. Jason was a sycophant and I was a bit more outspoken ergo they said rewarding me with a lead roll would send the wrong message. I did not return the next semester and Brandt Pope, the director and head of the department at the time, left the following year. The following image is from a playbill and a review of The Reluctant Debutante, a play I was in with Jason back then. Jason has had a good career and I certainly harbor no ill feelings toward the guy. He worked hard, studies at Yale after leaving VCU and has done well for himself.)
(I post this little piece of my history in the hopes that you understand the irony of it all as to how it relates to this article. For some America is Great for others less so. At least I had my shot. That’s something so many of the voiceless will never have. Not for them, not for their children. Not with Donald Trump and not with Hillary Clinton.)
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