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Alan Maki

Alan Maki
Doing research at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

A program for real change...


What we need is a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity" which would make it a mandatory requirement that the president and Congress attain and maintain full employment.

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- Ben Franklin

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Some observations about Barack Obama's election

Canadians are very infatuated and supportive of Americans electing a black president... but, I don't hear any discussion among Canadians about the need to elect a person of colour as Prime Minister.

I wonder when Canadians will elect a Naive American as Prime Minister?

Then there is this constant drive to compare Barack Obama to Franklin D. Roosevelt because Obama is inheriting a faltering economy... but, those who are saying this maintain there is no depression... so, there is something out of whack with this comparison... unless of course we are in a depression... in which case we are being lied to.

We have these people comparing Obama to Lincoln... however, Lincoln was the political vehicle used by the people to obliterate racist slavery... and here we have Obama backed by these very wealthiest of the ruling class exploiters of working people using Obama to maintain themselves and an unjust and immoral economic system of capitalism... I would argue, that, contrary to Obama's election being a victory against racism, this has been a racist victory on the part of those who are using Obama to maintain a racist system which we should shed.

Now, on the issue of anti-communism... Barack Obama in his Inauguration Speech proclaimed his enthusiasm for the victories over fascism and communism.

Again, Obama doesn't seem to understand one from the other.

Well, was Obama referring to those communists who lead the struggles for reforms that pushed Roosevelt to consider the New Deal and then volunteered to fight the fascists in Spain and died because they ran out of bullets because Roosevelt embargoed arms and ammunition destined for these brave anti-fascists, most of whom were communists from around the world; or, was Obama referring to those communists who died in the millions defending their Soviet homeland against Hitler's fascist hordes who had invaded and saved us all in their heroic fight at the Battle of Stalingrad. Or, was Obama referring to the "defeat" of those communists like Paul Robeson and W.E.B DuBois who Joseph McCarthy tried to silence. Perhaps Obama was referring to the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg? Or, maybe Obama was referring to the hundreds of thousands of communists in southern Korea who helped us drive the Japanese fascists from the Korean Peninsula, only to be shot in the back of the head and shoved into trenches to be buried on orders from Harry Truman and his chicken-shit General Douglas McArthur who ran away from a fight against the Japanese fascists in the Philippines.

We know that Obama was not talking about defeating communists in China, Cuba or Vietnam because the big, bad American military was driven from little Cuba and trounced by communists in Vietnam.

I would be willing to bet that when Canadians elect a person of colour to become Prime Minister... she will be a Communist... just like the person chosen to head up a Palestinian homeland will most likely be a Palestinian mother--- a communist.

Perhaps Obama was referring to the defeat of the communists in Greece, Turkey or Spain... now, there is really something for Obama and his Wall Street backers to gloat about.

Or, was Barack Obama referring to the McCarthyite witch-hunts that dragged his "mentor" Frank Marshall Davis through a living hell?

Obama might want to read Frank Marshall Davis' writing entitled, "Ben the Red."

In fact, this flim-flam man who has been elected to the Presidency will become more despised than George Bush because he is such a self-serving opportunist who puts Elmer Gantry to shame.

Some people are very disturbed that I call Barack Obama a "flim-flam" man... ok, I acknowledge I am wrong... he is just a plain old shit-ass who is so stupid that he doesn't even understand that it was communists who led the struggles against racism so that he, as a black person, could rise to the level that he has.

I doubt that Paul Robeson, W.E.B DuBois or Martin Luther King, Jr. would have applauded anything in Barack Obama's Inaugural Speech... yet, some people calling themselves liberals and progressives shed tears of joy without shedding a single tear for the victims of Israel's pogrom in Gaza... apparently the fascists weren't sufficiently defeated... surprise, surprise, the Israeli fascist butchers of the children of Gaza escaped any mention by Barack Obama.