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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-26-11 02:01 PM
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3. Here's part of his previous response
Edited on Wed Jan-26-11 02:14 PM by ProSense
Belafonte:


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And when you ask me about Barack Obama, it is exactly what happened to Kennedy. We, the American people, made the history of that time come to another place by our passion and our commitment to change. What is saddenedwhat is sad for this moment is that there is no force, no energy, of popular voice, popular rebellion, popular upheaval, no champion for radical thought at the table of the discourse. And as a consequence, Barack Obama has nothing to listen to, except his detractors and those who help pave the way to his own personal comfort with powerpower contained, power misdirected, power not fully engaged. And it is our task to no longer have expectations of him, unless we have forced him to the table and he still resists us. And if he does that, then we know what else we have to do, is to make change completely. But I think he plays the game that he plays because he sees no threat from evidencing concerns for the poor. He sees no threat from evidencing a deeper concern for the needs of black people, as such. He feels no great threat from evidencing a greater policy towards the international community, for expressing thoughts that criticize the American position on things and turns that around. Until we do that, I think well be forever disappointed in what that administration will deliver.

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Cornel West made a similar point.

There are too many people who engage in criticism of the President, the man, not the policy. They use everything as a reason to portray him as responsible for everything that's wrong and everything that can't happen politically because there is no pressure --- no pressure on Congress, no movement, just criticism of Barack Obama as someone who wants to do the country, Americans, Democrats, the left harm.

It's utter bullshit.


Edited to clarify that the point made above by Belafonte and West (at the link) is spot on.








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