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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:42 AM
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Cornel West Calls Out Barack Obama: Dont simply be the friendly face of the American empire.
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 10:43 AM by kpete
Cornel West Calls Out Barack Obama


Posted on Jan 24, 2010

In this video message to the president, the celebrated professor asks, How deep is your love for poor and working people? and urges, Dont simply be the friendly face of the American empire.

VIDEO:
http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth/item/cornel_west_calls_... /

TRANSCRIPT:

My Dear Brother President Barack Obama,

I salute your unprecedented, historic victory. Just a year ago, we were there celebrating on the Mall. And here we are 12 months later, and I must say that, despite your brilliance, despite your charisma, I'm disappointed when it comes to the fundamental question, which is a question of priorities, a question of urgency: How deep is your love for poor and working people?

We need democratic policies, not technocratic policies. Your economic team has little or no concern about poor and working people. Job creation is an afterthought. You say the recession is over, but 10.2% of our precious citizens are still unemployed, and many of those have given up working. How deep is your love for poor and working people? Don't be seduced by the elite.

I applaud your brilliance; I applaud your charisma. You changed the image of America. But don't simply be the friendly face of the American Empire....

I believe like Martin King that democracy can be reinvigorated, can be revitalized. But it takes courage. You can't just cut deals. You have to take a stand. You have to have backbone....


more:
http://readmorewritemorethinkmorebemore.blogspot.com/20...
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Bullet1987 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:45 AM
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1. Sadly, Cornel West gets ignored by most of the MSM
He's an unflinching liberal-thinking man that says things without apologies. He hasn't written the most flattering books about America either. I love his passion, but we need more like him.
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Number23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 06:40 PM
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13. He gets ignored until the micro-mili-second that he says ANYTHING that can be construed
as even remotely negative about Obama.

Do you find that extraordinarily interesting or is it just me??
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 03:55 AM
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16. The best and the brightest people I've ever met
appreciate their best and brightest critics.

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Mithreal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 04:05 PM
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44. +1
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Blue Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:48 AM
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2. YES my brother...
Perfect response to the administration's current problems.
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Moochy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:50 AM
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3. K&R
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snagglepuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:52 AM
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4. K & R nt
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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:52 AM
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5. K & R
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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:52 AM
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6. Oooppsss. Duplicate
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 10:53 AM by Better Believe It
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cilla4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 11:13 AM
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7. I watched the video
and it released much-needed tears. It was stunning, beautiful, expressed my exact tone and feelings. But coming from Mr. Prof. West, it had to sting and let's hope impact, BO.
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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 11:24 AM
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8. K&R
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robcon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 11:40 AM
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9. Shaddup, West.
Never ran for public office. Never had to face the electorate.

His words "Your economic team has little or no concern about poor and working people." are a complete lie.

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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 02:31 PM
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10. um right.
so he fails because his opinion runs in contrast to the cheerleaders.

I haven't seen my bailout, how about you?
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Solomon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:15 PM
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11. Aw he's just saying it's easy to sit on the sidelines and say what
needs to be done. Everybody here does it everyday. Everybody knows better than Obama.

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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:35 PM
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12. Participants in a democracy don't just sit down and shut up.
Fyi.
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 10:27 AM
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25. Yeah, because my opinion as an American citizen, the type our elected officials are elected to serve
doesn't matter at all.

Put tape over your mouth, that will serve you better in your concept of democracy.
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Mithreal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 10:33 AM
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27. +1
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donheld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 09:43 PM
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14. Lie my ass
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PinkoDonkey Donating Member (112 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 09:41 AM
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19. I've never run for public office.
I've never had to face the electorate.

And neither have a lot of people here.

Should we just shut up too?
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Mithreal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 10:32 AM
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26. -1
Edited on Tue Jan-26-10 11:00 AM by Mithreal
You seem to be implying that facing the electorate is some great act of courage. Obama and Dem Leaders wouldn't have to fear facing the electorate if they made it clear they fought for them.

Odd, but I doubt Sanders, Grayson or Kucinich and a handful of usual exceptions face the electorate with anything but confidence. I wonder why that is.

How dare anyone participate in their democracy unless they filled one of those hallowed thrones, am I right, robcon?
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 11:26 AM
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31. Who to take seriously, Robcon or West? Robcon or West?
One one hand we have an extremely intelligent and thoughtful man....on the other a knee jerk poster on DU.

Think I'll stick with West.
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 11:28 AM
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33. In this case, I'll take Robcon.
He's got a better argument.
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 12:17 PM
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37. There's a shocker.
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 12:21 PM
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38. Argument from authority's never a good idea.
As the esteemed Prof. West is demonstrably full of shit on this one, all Robcon has to do is point it out.
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Mithreal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 01:40 PM
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40. robcon didn't bring shit but ad hominem
And your counter is argument from authority? Really?

If someone mocks an ad hominem attack, calling that an argument from authority is weak to the extreme.

Congratulations on the fail.
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 01:41 PM
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41. You're not using any of those terms correctly.
Not ad hominem, not argument from authority, and not fail.
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Mithreal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 01:46 PM
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43. Fellow DU'ers look up those terms for yourself. Here is a good resource.
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Mithreal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 01:36 PM
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39. Know what, I had nearly 100% certainty you would answer that way.
Edited on Tue Jan-26-10 01:41 PM by Mithreal
edit to avoid deletion
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shadowknows69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 11:37 AM
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35. My money seems to be drifting toward Prof. West as well.
Edited on Tue Jan-26-10 11:37 AM by shadowknows69
Like Godzilla Vs. Bambi.
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Mithreal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 01:42 PM
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42. Let's go all in, they have got nothing.
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 03:38 AM
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15. Woah.
Not what I was expecting.
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democracy1st Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 04:05 AM
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17. K & R
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stillrockin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 04:32 AM
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18. K & R
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PinkoDonkey Donating Member (112 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 09:47 AM
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20. I think West raises a question we could all reflect on:
In what ways are the policies that we as as individuals, or we as a party, or we as a liberal-progressive movement, merely Empire with a human face?
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 09:48 AM
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invictus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 09:57 AM
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22. K&R
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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 09:58 AM
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23. And if he could get a word in w Obama, ask him to stop tearing down public housing in New Orleans.
Edited on Tue Jan-26-10 09:58 AM by Leopolds Ghost
And schools in NY -- well, he has no control over that one...
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Autonomy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 10:26 AM
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24. It's not really an accusation letter
and its tone is of a friendly warning. I can abide that. That's the difference between wrong and right: whether you are foaming at the mouth while you type, or not.
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Duhgee Donating Member (36 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 10:36 AM
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28. Obama's new tax withholding on the poor
Those making $116 a week started getting $11 less a week this
month. No one is  holding the government accountable. Yes,
I'm a troll, but I still care about the poor.
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Mosaic Donating Member (851 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 11:02 AM
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29. Message to Obama:
Message to Obama: Take a stand against war, empire, greed and for the poor, for progress, for a higher quality of life, for peace.
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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 11:03 AM
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30. YES
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upi402 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 11:27 AM
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32. Turd, meet polish
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Now with 'SmartPower!'
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shadowknows69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 11:34 AM
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34. .
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MisterP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 11:45 AM
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36. conservadems will never see the "American imperialism" part: all they care about is the "friendly
face"

as long as candidate or party A is marginally better than B, they'll attack anyone criticizing A--just look at Carville's maundering book on how we have to "stand behind" Fearless Leader no matter what he does. For them, it's about the PERSON, not the policies: thus, we'll have smiley glandhanders enacting appalling policies in perpetuity (a la Transmetropolitan)
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