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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Misogynists of a feather flocking together

Misogynists of a feather flocking together

What the hell is our problem, feminists of America?

As the hair-flipping, tweeny-bopper-imitating Naomi Wolf giddily claimed on the Teevee, we have instantly achieved all we could possibly want simply by electing Barack Obama to be our next President. I mean, hel-LLLLLOOOOO! What else could we possibly desire? Why don’t we just go away, and stop embarrassing well-behaved womens’ magazines so? Perhaps we should consult with our pastors and husbands before opening our big fat mouths again!

Well, Naomi dahlink, we have ISSUES – and not the emotional kind.

Just as no one in the corporate media or the Democratic Party would admit that the objections of millions of Democratic activists to Barack Obama were based on something other than race, patriarchy-enablers like Ms. Wolf refuse to acknowledge that feminist objections to Obama are based on…anything at all.

But we do object; we object most strenuously. In a year when Senator Hillary Clinton became the first woman to win a primary, and went on to win the most primary votes of any candidate, male or female; in a year when Governor Sarah Palin became the first vice-presidential nominee in 24 years (and the first one from the Republican Party), Ms. Magazine chose to highlight a man on the cover of their magazine – and not just any man: a man that had run a blatantly misogynistic campaign in order to defeat these women, and to win the Presidency of the United States. What woman worth her uterus would not be a tad exercised at this revolting development?

Yes, yes, I know. (Weary sigh.) Our Ever-Glorious Leader has some extra melanin in his skin. Somehow, that is supposed to make me feel better and cheer for the awesomeness of this now so-enlightened nation. In a small way, it does. It is certainly a step along the journey of our still-young country, to elect a person of color to the Presidency; and it was certainly a part of the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to have an African-American POTUS.

But did we have to take two steps back to get there?

Did we have to portray Hillary Clinton as a castrating harpy, and Sarah Palin as a bimbo? Did we have to allow a torrent of violent sexual imagery to be unleashed against these women? Did the womens’ organizations who are supposed to defend all women have to sit by silently while Sarah Palin was hung in effigy and young Obaman women proudly wore t-shirts calling the Governor a “c**t”? Did NARAL have to endorse Obama over Clinton in the primaries, despite the Senator from New York’s peerless record on reproductive rights?

Apparently so. Apparently any threat to the patriarchy must be eliminated before Tucker Carlson has time to cross his legs.

Social justice for one group which is achieved by quashing the rights of others, is not social justice. And the person who used misogyny as a campaign strategy is not a feminist. As sister Naomi would say, “Like, DUH!!!”

This concept seems pretty simple to me. But people like Ms. Wolf and the editors of Ms. Magazine (one of whom is the lovely and talented Donna Brazile) do not want to understand. They just want to get back to the business of congratulating themselves on their open-mindedness. After all, they voted for a “guy with a funny name” who had a white mom and a Kenyan father. Oooh, how thrillingly subversive! As for me, having lived in New York for almost 20 years and voted 99% straight “D” during that time, I have voted for countless people of color (some, I’m sure, whom I didn’t even know were African-American as I blithely flipped the levers for the unknown names under the “Democrat” line). Sorry, folks, the thrill is gone.

For many Americans, the inauguration of Barack Obama will be the culmination of a lifetime of wishing and hoping to see an African-American President; a moment that seems cheap even at $150,000,000. I really do understand: I would have felt the same way if either Clinton or Palin had broken that highest, hardest glass ceiling this year. But unfortunately, we who have been paying attention know that we will need a lot more than a feel-good moment in history to repair the damage that Barack Obama and his enablers have done to the cause of feminism.

As we watch the odious misogynist Rick Warren give the inaugural invocation on Tuesday, we will realize yet again that America has taken one step forward and two steps back. And until social justice for one means social justice for all; until womens’ rights are finally recognized as human rights, no amount of wagging fingers and hero worship will satisfy us.

Address our issues, or prepare to hear from us until you do. Them’s the breaks, Ms. Magazine.

Originally posted at The New Agenda

119 Responses

  1. […] posted at The New Agenda; cross-posted at Partizane and The Confluence Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)Sarah Palin: “Barack Obama is a faux […]

  2. Would the world be so breathless if we were “crowning” the first sino-Peruvian, Ph.D. holding, lesbian president? Just a thought.

  3. PJ – You mean, if RD were being inaugurated?

    😉

  4. madamab: Anyone other than The One. Had this been Hillary, the first female president of the US, would we be “suffering” the same onslaught of coverage as has been afforded him? I don’t think so.

    Big deal that he is black. So what. Makes no difference since we should be looking at someone who has demonstrated past actions that would at least give a reason to drape this adulation backed up by experience.

    Instead, due to the color of his skin, we are witnessing an overblown assumption that he is The One. Gag me with a spoon!

  5. Seriously, though, if Hillary were being inaugurated, I think we would be seeing a lot more women surrounding her. And I highly doubt she’d be spending $150,000,000 to sell herself as the second coming of Lincoln; she is content to be herself.

  6. madamab – exactly!

  7. Pat: I don’t have a PhD. I took some graduate level courses but decided that I couldn’t gain anything from a PhD. So, I have practiced, practiced, practiced at my profession until I have the equivalent of a PhD and now get paid like one. The nice thing is that I didn’t specialize in anything that made my focus too narrow. But I have had enough specific projects over the past 18 years that now I can figure things out pretty quickly. Sometimes too quickly.

  8. I know Obama probably struck a deal with Rick Warren to stay away from controversial issues, but I wish he would just come right out and say what he really believes: Abortion is equivalent to the Holocaust, a woman must submit to husband even if he is intent on beating her to death, and gays have to reason to live. Show yourself for what you are, Rick!
    What a disgrace for someone like that to be talking to Americans on Martin Luther King day.

  9. Someone in BB’s comments mentioned Barnes & Noble. I do wonder how all of these authors (there were at least 15 books about the inauguration of The One at the front door) KNEW Obama was going to be inaugurated.

    What publisher would buy a book about Obama being elected before it was known he’d be elected?

    Obama – the first President as Product. Look at all the tie-ins, baby!

  10. Yeah, soon we will see Pepsi lapel pins as patriotic!

  11. madamab: cross marketing out the wazoo. But it is possible to escape it. I think that all the hype is going to backfire.

  12. OT but NQ has Hillary’s moving farewell to the Senate posted.

  13. RD: All I have is an Associates in HR. But like you, I immersed myself in policies and procedures that applied to my work. And I do think I possess at least a modicum of commonsense.

    And from interviewing candidates, I had come to the conclusion that most of them were far removed from the ordinary. Their focus was squarely on their expertise and not too much on events outside that title.

    This may be a generalization overall but it comes from dealing with people who may be book smart but short of what is considered “street”.

  14. JJM – That’s what they’re hoping, isn’t it?

    The propaganda is so blatant that it’s quite frightening. And how anyone could think Obama is about anything other than marketing himself is just a head-scratcher.

  15. I’m waiting on the first affair, m’yself. TMZ will be all over it.

    and perhaps Ms. can rethink its platform — I used to read that zine in the late 70’s — not since and probably never again now. They, like, totally blew it.

    It’ll be interesting to see what Vogue does.

  16. RD – I agree 100%. If he were going to be President in 2000, he would probably have gotten away with being a caretaker President. But things are tough and people expect results.

    Jangles – Did Obama even say good-bye?

    I’ll bet his speech was more along the lines of, “Later, suckers!”

  17. What has he done as a constitutional lawyer? Nothing.
    What has he done as a community organizer? Very little.
    What has he done as an IL legislature? Scant.
    What has he done as a US Senator? Hello!!!

    What do these true believers base their undying faith on? I have yet to figure it out.

  18. Social justice for one group which is achieved by quashing the rights of others, is not social justice.

    Bingo.

    & I didn’t know DB was a Ms. Editor!? Well, that explains a lot doesn’t it? She is at the very top of the list for this past year’s atrocities. Remember the vicious email she sent back to sweet and sincere Little Isis?

    Lastly, one correction I’d make to the post for myself: I WILL NOT be watching Warren give the Invocation. What has been done to engineer this “moment in history” is the antithesis of civil rights.

  19. I keep thinking that the U.S. continually survives after incompetent presidents, amazingly enough –Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Dubya —but you know that we’ve had so many of them recently that the wear and tear is really building up. This is a HUGE mess we’re in right now. It would be nice to have some one up to the job at it instead of some one good at self-promotion and reading speeches off teleprompters.

  20. madamab: I’m worried they are using the marketing campaign to overshadow the actual policy that will be pretty right leaning for a ‘centrist’.

  21. every thing about obama’s life seems engineered

  22. JJM – of course they are. But people are already realizing it, although I don’t know what influence they could have on Obama.

    I really wish that we had some great liberal AA leaders still, of the stature of MLK Jr. I think if such people existed, they would have a good chance of holding Obama’s feet to the fire, at least on the issues of social justice.

    Kat – I totally agree. This is truly a critical time in the history of our country. We cannot afford a president like Obama. I just hope to Jeebus that either he gets better, or that we get a better President in 2012.

  23. Well, well, well, Ms. Nancy is suddenly interested in Bush crimes. She played that quite expertly: pretending she was disinterested in pursuing it so Bush & Co. would go easy on Faux Lincoln, and now she is an avenging angel? Of course, Both-Ways-Barack is very “concerned” about the rule of law, but it’s too much trouble to investigate.

    Pelosi Open to Prosecution of Bush Administration Officials

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is receptive to the idea of prosecuting some Bush administration officials, while letting others who are accused of misdeeds leave office without prosecution, she told Chris Wallace in an interview on “FOX News Sunday.”

    President-elect Barack Obama has not closed off the possibility of prosecutions, but hinted he does not favor them.

    “I don’t believe that anybody is above the law,” he told ABC News a week ago. “On the other hand, I also have a belief that we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards.”


    She hinted that the law might compel Democrats to press forth on some prosecutions, even if they are politically unpopular, adding: “That’s not up to us to say that doesn’t matter anymore.”

    “We cannot let the politicizing of, for example, the Justice Department to go unreviewed,” she added. “I want to see the truth come forth.”

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/01/18/pelosi-open-prosecution-bush-administration-officials/

  24. This is going to sound “stupid” but I liken this adoration to a neighbor I once had.

    She had a baby girl that, and I am being honest here, was very, very, homely. I mean this kid did not stand a chance since she looked just like the father who looked a lot like Ed Sullivan. This poor baby was never going to outgrow this look.

    Anyway, the Mom insisted that she was just “beautiful”, dressing her in adorable outfits, sending her to dancing school, photographing her at every opportunity. Nothing worked since the kid’s head was always the first thing you saw above the lovely outfit the mother dressed her in.

    But I give that Mom credit. Even she had to recognize deep down, no matter how much she loved the child, that this kid was never going to capture the Miss America title. Or maybe not. I don’t know.

    All I remember was that the poor kid was “plug ugly” but had a Mom who insisted otherwise. This is how I see the Obots. They know the deficiencies but by God they are willing to overlook them!

    And just to even things up, this child was their only one. Probably best not to take anymore chances.

  25. dakinikat – it kind of makes me wonder if bad presidents have been a constant.

    Culturally, I think “we” want to fall in love with our leaders. It blinds “us” to the flaws and also to better alternatives that are available, since there is nothing logical about love.

    “We” also don’t like to admit when “we” are wrong, so I’m not expecting anything more than apologists and WORMs for the next 4 years and then a big community organized, abusive re-election campaign starting NOW!

  26. madamab: let’s face it, whoever criticizes bambam, gets marginalized and called the worse name possible for their category, if you’re black and question bambam, you’re a r@ce traitor, if you’re a woman, you’re old, bitter, shrivelled up –all those things that society says are bad about women, any one who has stood up and said wait a minute has the incrowd on them immediately with every insult in the play book. it’s like facing a gang of school yard bullies.

  27. jjm: they are already reinforcing and building on the grassroots network they have established under the guise of “getting the work done.” Of course, with BO, we know it’s really about raising money for his next election.

  28. jjm: it’s just gets worse with tv and the media. our first presidents got where they were by putting in time and sacrifice to the country, not by opportunistically plotting a way up the food chain of politics

  29. dakinikat: it was/is like a swarm of locusts. Only the bravest dared to invite that assault–Hillary, Bill, Palin, Ferraro. Even McCain was soft in his criticism.

  30. I thought the election/ selection was bad, but you can’t even watch the Weather channel safely without BO love being put down your throat . The weather channel was just bought by NBC-GE , so that explains that.

  31. Didn’t MoDo recently accuse the Clintons of being “opportunistic”?! (in defense of BO, of course). Yea, those 4 decades of public service were all just a cover for the right moment to swoop in a claim the title! The powers of selective reasoning are a wonder to behold.

  32. You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.
    Abraham Lincoln, (attributed)
    16th president of US (1809 – 1865)

    This is going to come back to haunt bo , if Lincoln himself doesn’t do that very thing in the White House.

  33. fif – My Obot stepmother is considering being one of those “permanent campaign” staff folks in VA. No one seems to blink an eye at this type of undemocratic “organization” because as we know, it’s important to “win” at all costs.

    Kat – luckily for me, I am used to not being “cool.” I was uncool when I opposed the Iraq war and all of the Bush assaults on the Constitution. I’m still uncool and I don’t care. People can call me whatever the f*ck they want, and they do. My real friends and family know me and that’s all I care about.

  34. If Nancy Pelosi does prosecute the BushCheney crowd for crimes against America, I will jump up and down in ecstasy.

    I don’t think Obama will let her, though. He thinks Bush is “a good man.”

    (barf)

  35. MoDo and such, see Bill and Hill as “opportunistic” because they are not, in the Villages minds , of the right class….thier grandfathers didn’t work with Nazi Germany for example .The Clintons are hated because their talent got them out of the servant quarters . They are hated because they give a damn about the average person. They actully believe you should work to help people . This idea must be crushed. Sadly, we do not live in a Meritocracy…far from it .

  36. They will do nothing about Bush. Just Nancy shaking that bony finger once again.

  37. madamab, on January 18th, 2009 at 11:41 am :

    I think it’s alot of talk. She had the chance and the first thing out of her mouth was it’s off the table

  38. Bush already broke and nobody stopped him. Now I’m supposed to care that they’re trying to send him home to mommy?

  39. paper doll – But the reason she didn’t do it was because she was afraid Obama would not win the election. She actually admitted as much.

    He’s won now, Nancy. What’s the excuse? I’m waiting…

    (tap tap tap)

  40. You are right, madamab. That’s why she didn’t do anythiing to stop the war in Iraq. Didn’t matter how many more soldiers died or were injured. It only mattered that Obama had the Iraq war as a campaign issue.

  41. I made the mistake of turning on the Sunday talk shows for a
    brief time this morning. It occupies while making the bed,
    straightening up, etc.
    Big mistake.
    I got to hear Pat Buchanan say how wonderful and his
    “center right” coalition will be. Hear Eleanor (Holmes?)
    say how this would give him cover for all the liberal
    things he would really do. And Monica Crowley was the
    only one who criticized him. And she was sure how
    Clinton had so many problems and “conflicts of interests”.
    I think she said “up the kazoo”.
    Of course, everyone else I heard (it was on only fifteen
    minutes) seemed on another planet in their praise.
    It’s really depressing and terrifying. How much worse
    could Soviet Union propoganda have been?
    And, unfortunately, I don’t have that much faith that
    people will wake up. How many people pay attention?
    The fact that so really smart people I know were so fooled
    is not encouraging.
    The most hopeful thing now is that the Confluence seems
    to be getting new people.

  42. madamab, on January 18th, 2009 at 11:48 am Said:
    paper doll – But the reason she didn’t do it was because she was afraid Obama would not win the election. She actually admitted as much

    Interesting. They may do it down the road when Barry needs a boost …. Bush did buy all that land in Paraguay! lol! But I think it will be a case of a ” we need to look forward , not back” sing song from Dems.

  43. Regency – This country needs to reaffirm that no one is above the law.

    They tried to impeach Bill because he had an affair. The Congressional Dems had a chance to redeem the process of impeachment as a way for the legislative branch to hold the executive branch responsible for Constitutional crimes.

    They whiffed.

    If they could do SOMETHING now to put that asterisk in the history books, I would be so happy. I’m thinking long-term here. I don’t want to see Bush/Obama’s version of the Reign Of Error (“he was a good man in tough times”) be the one we all remember. Bush is very, very far from a good man. He is a war criminal, a torturer, a lawbreaker, a tyrant.

    That’s what I want to read about.

  44. Inauguration prayers. Actually they are a modern invention. In the early years of the Republic there was no such thing. The WSJ had an interesting history piece on the subject a couple of days ago. Actually it seems that as America has become more religiously tolerant the inauguaral prayers have become less so. In Eisenhower’s inauguaral and those following up until I think Carter—a Catholic, a Jew and a protestant offered prayers. With the Bush’s it became more protestant. Bill Clinton had Rev. Billy Graham (protestant) however Graham’s offering was very ecumenical and he did not use the “we” word but the I word in talking about Christain beliefs. With 43 it became not just protestant but with no pretense toward being ecumenical.

  45. Well, Jangles – we must pretend that everyone is Christian in America, apparently. Otherwise the Rapture may never come!

    😉

  46. fif,
    Of the four you mentioned who criticized Obama, where
    are they now?
    Bill and Hillary are very effectively neutralized, Ferraro
    backed off, and Palin – well, we’ll see. I had the impression
    that her church burning shook her up. And she is busy
    running a state. Not that counts for anything, of course.
    Our resistance movement needs some leaders, and
    some organization. How about a Confluence conference?
    I’d be happy to help organize that. Or possibly a women’s
    resistance or power conference.

  47. madamab: So true. Idiots!!

  48. The problem with expecting Barry to punish Bush is Bush & Co set up all the lovely tools Barry gets to play with now. Barry will not punish Bush for crimes he wants to commit himself ….seems to me. Barry is Bush 3. He won’t punish himself ….or even call what Bush did ” crimes” . In fact didn’t Barry just say Bush ” made difficult decisions during tough times? ” If anyone is punished it will be some lowly, female whistle blower…if history is a guide

  49. dakinikat
    Carter gets a bum rap. Yes, there were some big problems during his term and he was not perfect but a lot of these were not of his making. The economy was in bad shape when Carter took office, suffering stagflation, something which cannot be cured without a lot of pain. Carter’s policies set the stage for the economic growth which Reagan got credit for.
    Carter had many impressive, but largely ignored, accomplishments:

    -He got an historic peace agreement between Egypt and Israel, which holds to this day. Most people forget just how volatile the relationship between those two countries were.
    -He protected the Alaskan Wilderness. He took the political hit for giving up control of the Panama Canal, something the military urged him to do to avoid an almost certain war.
    -He set us on the road to energy independence. When Cater left office, our per capital energy consumption was dropping significantly and would have continued to do so had Reagan not reversed his policies with his fairy tale that oil supplies would never run out.

    People have no idea of Carter’s accomplishments as president because the Republican propaganda machine trashed him and Dems let it happen – just like they have for Bill Clinton. To make matters worse, Carter committed the sin of speaking with a southern accent, making him the butt of media jokes. Our current president still gets more respect from the media, in spite of leaving the country in horrible shape.

    Democrats are complete fools when it comes to influencing public opinion. They allowed the Republicans to portray Carter as completely incompetent while making Reagan into a god. So many of the problems we face today are a direct result of Reagan’s policies, something that is rarely pointed out. Had we stuck with Carter’s energy policies we would not be nearly as dependent on oil from the Middle East. Had we not bought into Reagan’s tax-cutting, deregulating economic policies we would not have had this economic meltdown. Yet Reagan is still viewed as a saint and the much more effective Carter is seen as a complete failure as president.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20090105/cm_csm/yrodgers05

  50. BernieO: I always give Carter credit for appointing Volker who basically got rid of all that inflation

  51. Can we have a new rule?
    Every time you post a photo of Obama, could you blur his face out?
    I’m offended whenever I see that big fake grinning fraud face of his.
    Or when he’s doing the “I’m a deep thinker” pose with the arrogant chin thrust up in the air.
    Or when he looks board when he’s actually at a meeting discussing policy.
    Or when he’s strutting around in his shorts showing off his man boobs.
    Or when he’s cockily jogging up the steps like he’s the guy on the go to save the universe.
    Maybe just always put a big dot over his face.
    SOMETHING!!!

  52. Reagan actually has the record for the highest tax increase in history, but you’d never know that talking to Rethugs

  53. BernieO – well-said.

    Kat – I am so glad to hear you say that…my hubby does a lot of reading on the economy and he thinks Volcker is the best one on Obama’s economic team. Now I know he is right!

    🙂

  54. BernieO, on January 18th, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Carter did some good things in office and out…. but he was a pig to Hillary this last year and didn’t care about true reflection voting if it meant a Clinton was robbed. …Just saying . Plus his South American record wasn’t so hot and he gave Brzezinski too much freedom….and Brzezinski is now back.

  55. I’ve always admired Volker … way more than greenspan even when he was in his heyday

  56. and actually the economy has better overall stats during Carter’s time than Reagan’s, but Rethugs take credit for the early Clinton years which makes NO sense because elder bush left him with a recession

    Reagan is another one of those folks like bambam that gets much better press than he deserves, funny how americans go for the feel good things over the facts

  57. Can we have a new rule?
    Whenever you post a photo of the hustler, could you blur his face or put dot over it?
    I can’t stand to look at his fraud mug whenever he has that “i’m fantastic, aren’t I” grin on his face.
    Or when he’s pretending to be having deep thoughts and sticks that haughty chin out.
    Or when he’s got that fake “no one is looking at me aren’t i cool” look going as he smoothy struts around in his shorts exposing his man boobs.
    or when he jogs up steps like he’s calmly off to the save the world or make the boys and girls swoon.
    anything! it’s like bush all over again. I feel bad when i see him.

  58. Kat – that’s only because the media loves Reaganomics. They are always giving trickle-down elitist politicians the full court press. Bill Clinton had higher approval numbers than Reagan even at the time of his impeachment. Meanwhile when Reagan died the corporate media spent a week on worshiping him. It made me absolutely ill.

    Carter gets a lot of credit for me for the environment and the Camp David accords, as well as getting us out of the Republican recession he inherited.

  59. sarah: know what you mean, four more years of smirking and being overtly pleased with oneself is not something I really wanted … for two guys that spend a lot of time being in the holier than thou crowd they sure never learned the lesson of humilty

  60. It is really interesting in a weird way that the Clinton derangement syndrome is embedded in media dna almost as persistently and widespread as Obama adulation syndrome is embedded in the media. Go figure does not come close. As a nation we seem to have to have some media frenzy going on whether its Hillary, the O, Brittany Spears, Angelina Jolie, the Pitt man or what the hell. Why do people fall for this stuff over and over and over. It’s like Ponzi schemes and investment bubbles. It’s sort of a gambling like addiction—the thrill of seeking the gold ring. But we are not alone. This has become a global media frenzy way of life.

  61. madamab: the bad economic times in the 70s were stagflation due to OPEC and the Arab Oil embargo, you really can’t blame carter, nixon or ford for that

  62. sarahfdavis, would a red circle and slash imposed over the picture help?

  63. Jangles – the ONLY reason Obama was loved by the fauxgressives was CDS. As for the corporate media, it sure played a big part in the swoonfest…but I also believe that they knew full well how indebted to Wall Street Obama really is.

    They wanted the status quo, and they got it.

  64. The democrats did the very same thing to McCain as you say the republicans did to carter. They trashed McCain while turning obama chavez into a god. We are paying dearly for several past presidents and for the democrats to hold on to their jobs in D.C.

  65. Kat – but Nixon took us off the gold standard. Wasn’t that kind of a destabilizing factor?

  66. This is from a NoQ post about Obama’s sudden embrace of Bush, rehabbing his shattered image. This section is from a recent Krauthammer piece in WAPO. NOTE THE LAST LINE from a Newsweek cover.

    Obama is consciously creating a gulf between what he now dismissively calls “campaign rhetoric” and the policy choices he must make as president. Accordingly, Newsweek — Obama acolyte and scourge of everything Bush/Cheney — has on the eve of the Democratic restoration miraculously discovered the arguments for warrantless wiretaps, enhanced interrogation and detention without trial. Indeed, Newsweek’s neck-snapping cover declares, “Why Obama May Soon Find Virtue in Cheney’s Vision of Power.”

  67. My friend Carol and I were just saying on the phone,….. how the campaigns have turned into giant sales and marketing pitches , rather than anything that even approaches honesty . And I know for a fact that while bo is giving lip service to what he thinks people want to hear, he will be doing something else with someone else , he has a well established record of doing that .
    ps I concur with not looknig at that smirking face .. I already go to great lenghts to avoid it

  68. sarah: I second that! I have an immediate aversion reaction and have to look away.

  69. When I think back on my presidential history experience, I have to admit that for the most part there are definite media favorites and the hype that went to the favorite was always widespread. JFK was my first. I was in the DC area at the time and that he became a media favorite was no secret at all. They were in love with his youth, his wit, his wife, the whole Kennedy story. Reagan became the next big hit but not at the beginning. In both cases I think you can find in Reagan and JFK that appearances and the witty line at news conferences were endearing terms. The O is not a wit but he wraps himself in a mystique that the media totally sucks up.

  70. fif – Fuck me sideways.

    Well, Newsweek hired KKKarl Rove for a reason.

  71. BernieO said:
    Democrats are complete fools when it comes to
    influencing public opinion.
    I think that’s an important issue – and it also raises a lot
    of questions. Such as – how much of that is due to their
    wimpiness? How did they allow the reputation and legacy
    of one of our most successful presidents, Clinton, to be
    trashed so badly?
    Are they just incompetent at marketing or wimpy – or is it
    that they are owned by the same forces that own the
    Republicans, the forces of money and power and status
    quo? What will they really fight for?

    Can any leaders fight for the people when it’s so
    easy to fool them, and when money is the requirement
    for maintaining power?
    And we’ve taken other important steps back with
    the probable demise of public financing, and the
    rise of our PR and Marketing President.
    Axelrod is the chief advisor to Obama.
    Axelrod knows nothing about running a country.
    His expertise is as an advertising expert! What does that
    say?
    So- Obama is one of the rare Dems who is brilliant
    at influencing public opinion. And look where
    that got him. And us. Soooo – now what?????????

  72. purplefinn- YES! anything.

    OR THIS IMAGE OF THAT SHAPE SHIFTER:

  73. Speaking of two steps back. As we reflect upon the life of Dr. Martin Luther King during what would have been his 80th b-day, lets remember to see the entire story of his struggles and who many of them were with.

    Senator Robert Byrd (D), a former member of the Ku Klux Klan, called Dr. King a “trouble-maker” . President John F. Kennedy, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy (D)– President Kennedy’s brother – authorized the wiretapping of Dr. King’s telephone by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Wiretaps were placed by the FBI on the telephones in Dr. King’s home and office. The FBI also bugged Dr. King’s hotel rooms when he traveled around the country.
    The trigger for this unsavory wiretapping was apparently Dr. Kings’ criticism of the Kennedy Administration.

    MLK was a devout Christian who held deeply religious beliefs and was guided by his faith in his struggle to gain equality for blacks. He did not embrace the type dependency on welfare. He wanted his people to be independent.

    Kin won an oratorical contest when he was 14 years old. The title of his speech was “The Negro and the Constitution” which had the following sentences: “We cannot have an enlightened democracy with one great group living in ignorance…We cannot be truly Christian people so long as we flout the central teachings of Jesus: brotherly love and the Golden Rule….”

    If MLK were alive today, he would be thrown under the bus with the rest of the Civil Rights heroes and heroines.
    The DNC Obots tarnish his image by making remarks that diminish his civil rights achievements while, uplifting Obama.

    Notice how for the inauguration Obama is again recreating himself. This time into the image of Lincoln. Not MLK or Jesse Jackson, Bayard Rustin, Abernathy or any person of color.

    I renounce the Democratic Party and will have NO dealings with them for the rest of my life.

    The DNC has done nothing to help my fellow African Americans.

  74. Madamab: I agree that CDS had much to do with the fauxgressive choice. But if CDS were the only factor, why not one of the other Dem candidates at that time, almost all of whom were better qualified than the O? I am calling it O Adulation Syndrome Silly or OASS.

  75. Awesome righteous rant, mb! Loved it!

    I think there will be some investigations/prosecutions of low level Bushies (of the Monica Goodling variety, although she testified before Congress under a grant of use immunity, IIRC), but the big fish–Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Gonzales, etc.–will swim off downstream without a care of being caught by the hooks of justice. A few scapegoats will be sacrificed to appease the fauxgressive Obots.

    Regarding previous presidents, James Buchanan has gone down in history as one of the worst (perhaps THE worst). This is one reason Obama likes to compare himself to Lincoln who saved the Union after Buchanan’s actions (or non-action, as it were) nearly destroyed it. Unfortunately, a more inapt comparison cannot be made. We had one candidate, and one candidate only, who was capable of bringing us out of the disastrous years of the second worst (or again perhaps THE worst) presidency in history–but she was shunted aside so that history could be made by an undeserving African American.

    Throughout this nightmare of an election year, I’ve said that the advancement of civil rights has been a zero sum game–women and gays had to lose so that AA’s could win. But as Madamab so aptly said, “Social justice for one group which is achieved by quashing the rights of others is not social justice.”

  76. Here’s my recommendation for the image that should always be
    used of Michelle.

    and her accompanying tagline should be
    “He’ll fix your broken souls”

  77. I’m in moderation. Please release me. Thanks.

  78. jjmtacoma @ 11:13 a.m.

    go to this site
    http://www.pepsi.com/

    it is positively scary if you just let the site load.

    I never thought about the incestuous connection to Pepsi. i have to go pound my head against the wall yet another time…
    No one of my Obot “friends” would see the connection even if TehOne wrote them a letter.

  79. madamab: no, it wasn’t a real gold standard , that disappeared before then, every one was pegged to the dollar and the dollar could be traded in for gold, inflation was depleting our gold store, that’s about the only relevancy of gold at that point … it was a reaction to inflation creating havoc with the dollar standard, not the gold standard … and the only thing nixon did that was weird were the wage and price controls — really bad idea, but it was still the oil problems that were central to the bad economy at the time

  80. My mom was a big O supporter during the election. She’s changed her tune and is repulsed by the marketing, the comparisons to Lincoln and MLK, the $ on the inauguration.
    Yesterday she called me while shopping and said she was going to buy a six pack of Pepsi so she would be saved.
    Go MOM!

  81. Afrocity: You are so right about history. When you think about the history of the Republican party and AAs it is amazing that the party of Lincoln—and let us not forget Grant and Eisenhower’s contributions—managed to loose AA voters probably for all time. Why the Repubs threw away their own legacy is a real political wonder. And threw it away to the party of the solid south that was unabashedly racist and corrupt.

  82. fif: i think we can safely say that obama embraces what ever is expedient for him at the moment

  83. Yes. For people who so believe in service (not), the Obamas are completely lacking in humility.

    I actually think it is dangerous for a leader to lack humility.

    btw – The poor supporters in Philadelphia did not even get a wave from their anointed one. They are ‘very disappointed’!
    (It was a private party only – BO did not even step outside to wave.)

  84. obama seems to think if he says it enough, it becomes reality, that reminds me a lot of Cheney

  85. thank goodness for the history channel … it’s a safe place to hang at the moment, great documentary on Dr King tonight, for those interested

  86. Lenny McAllister (R-NC),A black republican is a unifying voice for civic growth and enhancement, is a leader that will guide with a strong sense of civic perspective, growth, and responsibility.

    Lenny is an active member of the North Carolina Republican Party Executive Committee, the 12th District Republican Executive Committee (where he serves as the Vice-Chairman), and the North Carolina New Majority Advisory Council.

    Lenny expressed many views during the election that I agree with. One of which is his shock and dismay over the behavior of AA’s during the election of 2008:

    “However, a troubling trend that has startled many during the course of experiencing The Dream in 2008 has been a disturbing trend within Black America when applying this same judgment for equality in regards to political affiliation and beliefs.”

    “A level of volatility has arisen in the African-American community that would make the civil rights leaders that fought for full inclusion and equality in the 20th century ashamed of the willingness – and encouragement – to openly hate and vilify other African-Americans based on politics. Further troubling is the silence of the disciples of the 20th Century Civil Rights Movement in addressing this. ”

    He goes on to say:

    “To me, the personal attacks are not upsetting to me on an individual level but are troubling to me as a concerned African-American citizen. I am aware – and have mentioned to some – that I would be the type of Black man that would have a target on my back if I were alive in the 1960s. What saddens me is that I never imagined that those taking shots at me in a twisted sort of character (and Blackness) assassination would be other African-Americans”

  87. Didn’t pepsi have that logo before the O? I had not made that connection before not being a pepsi fan but it is kind of funny. The nation elected a true “pop” candidate. We are such a fun country.

  88. We said Obama would set back women’s rights by 50 years. I guess it turns out to be true because of the complicity of women like Steinem and Wolf.

    We are in danger from the women’s movement “leaders”. God help us.

  89. LOL! The history channel is a life-saver.

  90. I saw an O service hype commercial the other day. So what service assignments are the first family members taking on? (national adulation and applause acceptance does not count does it?)

  91. Afrocity: We are lucky to have you here. I think you give us perspectives no one else does and I really appreciate it.

  92. It seems bigotry doesn’t seem to go away, it just moves around . So AA aren’t the target right now , women and gays are. But it would be nice if it just went away altogether. Seemingly there has to be some “other” .

  93. NH, on January 18th, 2009 at 12:56 pm Said:
    We said Obama would set back women’s rights by 50 years. I guess it turns out to be true because of the complicity of women like Steinem and Wolf

    It’s has to be one of the biggest cases of Stockholm Syndrome ever.

  94. afrocity, on January 18th, 2009 at 12:31 pm Said:

    If MLK were alive today, he would be thrown under the bus with the rest of the Civil Rights heroes and heroines.
    *********
    He was already under the bus when he went to Memphis for the sanitation workers strike. He had been marginalized by the H. “Rap” Brown, Stokely Carmichael, et. als.

    For me, the amazing thing about King was how young he was. He was 26 at the time of the bus boycott, 34 at the “I have a dream” and 39 at his death. At the time, he always seemed so much older.

  95. Thanks Jangles. I am lucky to have a family in The Confluence.

    The Black Republican of America will embark upon a BLACK LENT: Festive 40-Day Fast for the Future

    Starting with the Inauguration of Barack Obama, there will be a special 40 days that all African-Americans will enjoy along with their fellow citizens. As such, this is a unique opportunity to address the ills found in Black America, leveraging the depth of experienced Black mentors with new Black leadership to bring about a new reality for Black people – and all citizens – in 21st century America.

    The initial goals that I want to list out for these upcoming 40 days are:

    1. No Black-initiated crime during the 40 days (thus, calling a truce, if you will)

    2. No Black truancy from school during the 40 days (to celebrate accomplishment, not disengagement)

    3. No Black-on-Black violence or murder during the 40 days (to celebrate life, not death)

    4. “No b****es, no n**gaz, no jiggas, and no hoes” for 40 days (to usher in a return of Black Chivalry)

    Ideally, we will add other goals to a list of long term processes and initiatives to meet the required solutions to make permanent, positive changes in Black America.

  96. sarahfdavis, on January 18th, 2009 at 12:31 pm Said:

    Priceless photo shop!

  97. worse

    BO is appointing males to represent the US as special envoys in Iraq and Afghanistan where Condi Rice has started networks of women fighting for equal rights. Where once Condi went as a free unveiled woman, Hillary Clinton will not be seen. Instead males will speak to patriarchs. The first thing men will sell out is women’s equality.

    The women of those countries if they watch the inaugural will see a Muslim female with head covered pray at his inaugural with the gay hating Christian.

    Dr. Ingrid Mattson, President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), also took part in the Democratic Convention in Denver.

    Mattson is said by our FBI to be a known supporter of Hamas, which is a thug theocratic oppressor of women.

    The ISNA is a front for the Muslim Brotherhood (its stated purpose is to destroy the West from inside) and is also included as an unindicted co-conspirator in terrorism financing conspiracy.

    All of the armed force’s Muslim chaplains and prison chaplains have to take Dr. Mattson’s course on Islam.

    In this course Mattson supports Sharia law to replace our Constitution in order to achieve an “ethical” government. Like Obama, she believes that poverty and social oppression caused the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center. Neither one will speak of any basis for the attack in Islamic doctrine.

  98. thx purplefinn!

  99. With those other bad presidents, did we have a real congress?
    Right now congress just takes up space and money and does nothing for the American people.
    Lord HaHa and Axis Nancy act like the American people are the enemy.
    Axis Nancy will not bring little boots and chaney and the gang to justice because she was one of their biggest enablers.
    I have no faith that backtrack will be a good president but the biggest worry is the loss of checks and balances in this government.
    Between the lack of oversite in congress and the lack of morals in the executive branch and I am not sure yet of the judicial branch this government is in failure mode.
    The media has become a sick joke and nothing more than overpaid stenos so there will be no accounting there either.
    I do not remember ever being so worried and scared for this country’s future.

    As for Sally Quinn and Modo neither one has the intelligence and integrity of THOSE PEOPLE like the us.

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE, MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS, AND THOSE PEOPLE RULE

  100. I edited the picture for the more squeamish amongst you!

    🙂

    As for me, the face does not bother me.

  101. Madamab,

    As usual, you have written another straight to the point excellent post!!! I personally am feeling sick to my stomach over the festivities of Obama’s inauguration. I’ve also been feeling sad about the fact that Hillary Clinton will no longer be our Senator here in New York. I’m from New York. I was born up-state and have lived either in the City or close by my entire adult life. I have seen Senators come and go, but Hillary Clinton was the first feminist senator we’ve had here in my life time. She has revived the spirit of Seneca Falls and has been a leader in taking the feminist agenda to the senate.

    I have been so proud of her, and of my state for welcoming her with such a large mandate. Her talents in bringing up-state and the City together has been a success that few other politicians here in New York have ever been able to accomplish. I hope that her efforts as SOS will improve the lives of women and girls around the world, although the selfish streak in me still wants to keep her here fighting for my little girl.

    I keep thinking of an earlier post that you wrote about the opposition that Alice Paul experienced from the women’s groups of her day and how Hillary has met the same opposition from people like NARAL, etc. I think that PUMA’s are and can be the new women’s party, similar to Alice Paul’s National Women’s Party.

    So many of the facts about the current status of women, as well as our history have been hidden from us, and are not being taught to our children. I hope that when women realize how bad things are, they will become outraged and more willing to take a stand. I am glad that we PUMAS are insistent on revealing these truths, even in the face of intense opposition and unpopularity.

    It has been lonely in this struggle and I for one can’t wait for the NY area PUMA gathering on January 24th. These blogs have kept me going with the wonderful support that we have been able to provide each other. This support is essential to our ability to carry on the fight.

    I THANK YOU AND EVERYONE ELSE HERE!!!

  102. Black Woman, Yes we realize we don’t speak for everyone just as you don’t speak for everyone and everyone Black Woman. And we have plenty of diverse voices here with posts from black women, white men and women, and those who are LGBT. Our visitors are white, black, Asian, and European.

    This is a historic time in black history. No one is denying that Obama’s inauguration isn’t historic. We’re saying that Obama the man doesn’t deserve this moment. I would’ve gladly supported a black man who had proven that he worked for black and women issues in Chicago and during his time in the Senate.

    After you celebrate Obama being sworn in as the first (half) black president, I hope you can find a way to analyze Obama not on his skin color but on the issues. We all did the same when we decided to support Hillary or another candidate in the primary – we didn’t do it solely because of r@ce or gender. Try to do the same.

  103. I’m in moderation

  104. Black Women,

    Don’t assume that PUMAS are all white women, because we are not. We will challenge black misogyny and sexism, as well as white misogyny and sexism, whether you find that offensive or not!!!!

    Alice Paul was also accused of racism and failing her fellow sisters of color, but when she won suffrage for all women, her victory included black women, where as the traitor Fredrick Douglas had kicked his black sisters to the curb 50 years earlier.

  105. brilliant, madamab, simply brilliant. this is a wake up call to all women.

  106. Afrocity: What a great agenda! We could use that kind of agenda for every racial group. It would be nice if our leader in chief would have such an agenda! After the parties are over, perhaps.

  107. MadamaB,

    Thank you very much for this wonderful diary. You are exactly right. There have been so many so many brilliant Confluence essays.

  108. Thank you for this post.

    What I can’t stand to hear is the “history” excuse: black men come first and then women. Bullsh**. What happened during the primary was the rigging of the system to choose the man whose delegates overwhelmingly consisted of “wins” from red state caucuses (“Win” as in fraud) over the actual winner, who happened to be a woman. And even then, the DNC had to step in and rig MI and FL–the notorious RBC decision–to hand over the nomination to Barack Obama.

    The people were ready to elect Clinton as the first woman president and she actually won the primary in all sense of the word. They had to actually commit vast fraud and corruption for Obama to “win.” That’s how good she was. And what bothers me is that no one will know it. The history books won’t show it. The so-called “alternative” media that is supposed to show the hard truth (e.g., Alternet) won’t show it. And that’s not even mentioning the flagrant exploitation of misogynistic bigotry by Obama.

  109. Davidson, well said! I only hope someone out there – possibly a PUMA or maybe even a former Hillary supporter who voted for Obama out of obligation to the Democratic Party, will be willing to expose the truth. At this point, I’m hoping that bloggers like Riverdaughter and Anglachel or legal scholars like Heidi Li Feldman and Darren Hutchinson will someday write a book about this election. Only people with the courage to put their reputation, personal relationships, and careers on the line will publish the truth.

  110. It will be important to continually remind the obots and hopium addicts that they participated in the most vile, sexist and homophobic campaign of our times. They must never forget that they allowed their own prejudice to blind them as they cast their biased and irresponsible votes. Never forget!

  111. Well, I just spent the afternoon with a couple of friends, one of them is an Obot. After the movie (“Doubt” – great performances, mediocre movie) we went to grab food and boy did I learn some fascinating things from the Oborg. 1) Hillary has so many skeletons in her closet (he mentioned Whitewater when I asked for an example) 2) Hillary is power-hungry, while Obama really wants to change the world 3) it’s no big deal that Palin is governor of Alaska – anybody could get elected governor of Alaska! 4) why are people picking on Caroline Kennedy? She’s just trying to help her beloved state of NY 5) so what is Obama is spending $150 million on the inauguration – he’s making history!

    I don’t know how I survived the afternoon.

  112. Davidson, on January 18th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    They had to actually commit vast fraud and corruption for Obama to “win.”

    That is a very good point. In one of RD posts, she wrote that Obama ran a poor campaign. I had never thought of it like that. I never believed he ran the most brilliant campaign evah but poor, that was something I hadn’t thought of until now. She was right. Obama did run a poor campaign. It was a bad campaign. It was so bad that he needed to cheat and steal to “win”. Even with the caucus fraud in the red states as you stated, he still failed to beat her. He went so far as to bribe superdelegates and sill in the end he was only infront by just 17 delegates infact, these delegates weren’t even his. Obama didn’t run any brilliant campaign.

  113. Obama also had to spend three-quarters-of-a-billion-dollars (all in $25 donations!) to do it all. (Not counting the money spent on the inauguration.) There’s no reason for a good candidate running a good campaign to spend that kind of money.

  114. I’m i moderation at 6:32…no idea why. Is “billion” a new no-no word?

  115. So true, Obama did not run a “brilliant” campaign, he ran a dirty campaign built on a foundation of absolutely nothing other than undefined “change.”

  116. It will be self-evident ten years from now like the 2000 stolen election. DCMediaGirl and Lynette Long are writing a book about the misogyny and stolen nomination.

  117. I took a good part of today and yesterday off to watch television with my husband, having avoided it for most of the past three years. It took a lot of work, however, because Obama has saturated all things good and sacred on the tube (from sports to movies to PBS), and I had to grab the remote constantly to mute him or flip the channel. Of course, I also jumped up and down doing numerous other things because I can’t sit still that long (except at the computer). Sigh. It’s going to be a tough time ahead with his smirking mug and preacher voice permeating every medium. Even Mao wasn’t so omnipotent.

    I do hope that history will show how Obama viciously hurt women this past year. However, as we watched the history channel rendition of President Andrew Jackson, I wondered whether that will happen. For instance, I did not hear any mention that he allowed slavery to continue, although the program did address his role in the removal of native Americans, which resulted in sending them along the infamous Trail of Tears. He was excused for that, however, because most previous presidents had in essence also supported their removal. All in all, Jackson remains highly praised for his other populist activities. (It’s hard not to have empathy with him in some realms whereas I have no empathy for Obama because of his inhumane treatment of women.)

  118. I don’t mean to say that Jackson was not just as inhumane regarding his treatment of native Americans — but Obama sought to win the election at all costs by choosing to unjustly treat women while using race baiting to gain support for himself. I suppose it could be said that Jackson, in a way, also won victory by supporting slavery and by removal of native Americans, too, however. It all is complicated but Jackson seems like a great tragic figure whereas Obama still seems like a manufactured character with no center.

  119. Let’s face it. We are a nation where the dummies out number the thinking people. There is a strong need to create heroes and villains. It’s a simple narrative that most simpletons can understand and play their roles.

    I am gagging on the hero worship.

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