When President Barack Obama jokingly added Tuesday, after announcing that he was appointing Vice President Joe Biden in a key role of over sight regarding the management of the Recovery Plan, that the reason for doing so is because “nobody messes with Joe!,” every one laughed.
Including Vice President Biden.
But Biden wasn’t laughing this morning .
On Wednesday’s "Good Morning America," Vice President Biden made sure the GOP got the message. To those GOP governors who have blustered in the last week about how "irresponsible," fiscally shaky and potentially detrimental the Recovery Plan is to their states, Biden announced that the Obama administration would make provisions to take back unused stimulus money from governors who refuse the funds for their respective states.
However, for all those GOP governors who refuse the stimulus money, there’s a potentially political suicide clause attached.
Vice President Biden strongly suggested that he would use every major component of the media machine to embarrass and humiliate these GOP governors for not"doing what they’re supposed to do." If the Recovery Plan does exactly what it was crafted to do, and lifts America out of the depths of one of the worst financial catastrophes in U.S. history, the GOP governors who refused to disburse the money to their respective states, and in essence, refused to play nicely with the Obama administration, will discover that come re-election, it might just be a wrap.
For those like Republican Gov. Jindal, who can practically taste the presidential campaign trail for 2012 on his lips right now, perhaps a second or third look at this picture is warranted.
President Barack Obama To Nation: “We Will Rebuild. We Will Recover, And The United States Will Emerge Stronger Than Before!”
Last night, President Barack Obama delivered a strong and optimistic message to the entire governmental body and the nation in his first Presidential address. A speech that hit on the major components of the newly passed Recovery Law, critics say that President Obama’s tone was more hopeful regarding the economic crisis the United States faces.
Yet, President Obama did not lose his edge. Refusing to waver on tough, honest language, something that we Americans are not used to from our leaders, President Obama was able to map out a strategy that he proposes will lift America out of the recession.
Here are some of the highlights from that address:
“But while our economy may be weakened and our confidence shaken, though we are living through difficult and uncertain times, tonight i want every American to know this, we will rebuild, we will recover, and The United States will emerge stronger than before!”
“Over the next two years, the plan (The Recovery Law) will save or create 3.5 million jobs…”
“(The Recovery Law) will help families facing the threat of foreclosure lower their monthly payments and refinance their mortgages.”
“It’s not about helping banks-its about helping people. It’s not about helping banks. It’s about helping people.”
“My budget does not attempt to solve every problem or address every issue. It reflects the stark reality of what we’ve inherited-a trillion dollar deficit-a financial crisis, and a costly recession.”
“Everyone recognizes that years of bad decision making and a global recession have pushed our auto makers to the brink. We should not, and will not, protect them from their own bad practices. But we are committed to the goal of a retooled, re-imagined auto industry that can compete and win. Millions of jobs depend on it. Scores of communities depend on it. And I believe the nation that invented the automobile cannot walk away from it.”
(Note: Germany invented the automobile. The very first car was a Benz. However, Henry Ford conceived of a plan to make cars affordable for everyone and created a process of manufacturing them at a rapt and orderly rate.)
The insanity of the cartoon satarizing the assassination of President Barack Obama featured in The New York Post mid week has yet to illicit the type of headlines it so deserves. On CNN late Friday, a farce of a discussion was debated half-heartedly by three male political commentators: two Caucasian and one African American. The conversation was ridiculous and lukewarm at best and unsurprisingly the only African American on the panel was oreo in texture, weak in tone and void of true substance. This particular commentator once peppered the Bush cabinet. That figures.
The New York Post should be held responsible for nurturing a counter-productive environment that thrives on ignorance and racial bias. The “apology” that the editorial staff of The New York Post offered wasn’t really an apology at all. It was another attempt to blow a smoke screen over the truth. The truth is that this particular newspaper, that happens to be minority owned, practices a wicked brand of propaganda that breeds a complex set of circumstances with tragic results.
Throughout America’s history, the media has been used to sell all kinds of misleading garbage to further one group’s agenda over another. Usually, these are collective groups with a singular identity, coupled with a never ending supply of money, investments and political clout. That is how groups as these succeed. However, the power that they wield can lead to devastating results. Case in point, Nazi Germany.
When Adolpf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in the early 1930′s, his agenda became crystal clear. Through the formation of the Third Reich, and in turn the creation of the SS, Hitler was able to wrestle control of the media, and in essence, control the thoughts of a nation. Through his horrendous propaganda machine, Hitler was able to thoroughly emasculate those he deemed undesirable and unfit. This systematic programing and wiring of a nation was spoon fed daily through the government owned newspapers. Soon, an entire country was desensitized. When that was accomplished, the out and out slaughter of millions upon millions of innocent human beings commenced. An entire nation was seduced by the cunning propaganda of one prominent group of people who chose to exterminate those it labeled unworthy to live.
How did this happen? Through the media, courtesy of the local newspaper.
How about the assassination of Malcolm X? This is an excellent study in using a media platform to further or carry out an expressed agenda. Upon being subsequently forced out of the Nation of Islam in late 1963 due to a jealous, power hungry and ego-tripping unstable religious hierarchy, Malcolm X experienced media harassment. This intense media harassment came from two ends of the spectrum. Secular and religious.
Muhammad Speaks was a prominent community newspaper that Malcolm created to showcase the activities of the Nation of Islam, spread the message of Islam, as taught by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, and advertise local Muslim businesses. With Malcolm at the helm, the newspaper had validity. After Malcolm’s departure, the editors of Muhammad Speaks decided to declare a jihad on him.
In the name of Allah, faithful readers were systematically fed lies about Malcolm that bred an intense hatred. The tone of Muhammad Speaks became volatile by the usage of key words that meant a great deal to Nation of Islam followers. Words such as “traitor”, “Devil,” hypocrite,” “loyalty,” and “betray.” The language in Muhammad Speaks and the sheer magnitude of hate propaganda helped to fuel the electric atmosphere that crackled around Malcolm X and disgruntled Nation of Islam members.
Satiric cartoons, as the one displayed above, succeeded in assisting in the psychological execution of Malcolm X. All that was needed was some sick and demented person or persons to ‘righteously’ defend the honor of Elijah Muhammad in the name of God. Hence the assassination of Malcolm X in 1965. Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan has since admitted that his role as editor of Muhammad Speaks, fueled the hatred that led to Malcolm’s death.
So, what does this mean? It means that with the lack of public outcry over such a blatant attack on not just President Barack Obama, but African American men in general, and African Americans as a collective, the scene has been set for ignorant people to continue to wallow in the depths of hatred and degradation of human beings that they have marked as moving targets. Traditionally, these type of individuals dwell in secrecy and in a cloak of darkness. With the continued support of media representation like The New York Post, those with the same diabolical agenda will soon venture further into the mainstream. Many are already visible.
The desensitizing of America has been underway for decades now. Hundreds of years in the making. With a violent past as a nation that enslaved human beings, and a violent present that has seen America launch a preemptive strike against a defenseless country based on falsified documents, it is no wonder why The New York Post was able to get away with an “apology,” that in fact sounds more like a justification.
This is a symptom of a problem that Americans do not want to address now, especially with the historic election of America’s first African American president. There are some who believe that racial intolerance died on January 20, 2009 at 12 noon.
Obviously, this is not the case.
It is surprising that the media and overall national outrage over this shocking New York Post cartoon isn’t above a whisper. Explain how it is that the President Of The United States can be so viciously caricatured and there not be an all out and out media blitz regarding it?
Explain. Please, anyone, how an assassination plot against President Barack Obama can be so callously and shamelessly etched between the pages of major newspaper and a full-blown media instigation not develop? Is that not what it truly is, after all? Friday afternoon, a rally and march on The New York Post occurred and wouldn’t you know it? This form of social protest that is essential to maintaining the basic freedoms outlined in the United States Constitution, that we as Americans enjoy and for the most point, take for granted, went unnoticed by CNN, MSNBC, FOX and every other major news outlet that considers itself a source for the layman to get his / her news.
Ignored. The only feed that was to be had was found on The Michael Baisden Show, an urban radio show hosted by the increasingly influential and charismatic Michael Baisden. It is ironic that a story of this magnitude was trumped for the press coverage of leaked photos of a beaten and battered young woman. However, while that particular topic is regretful at best, and a conversation starter or stopper depending on whose side one falls, it fails in comparison to the insult and obvious vicious attempt to slander President Barack Obama in the most insidious way possible.
How in the world is it that media has remained virtually tongue-tied over this ignorance? Not that long ago, the media was gung slam ho over anyone that DARED speak against the President. If someone, let’s say a senator or congressman, or your neighbor, spoke out against the war in Iraq, were they not tarred and feathered in the town square? CNN, MSNBC, and FOX were drunk on patriotism so much so that they misled the entire country about Iraq and refused to stand up against the Bush Administration concerning the forced and fierce black out of necessary media coverage. Eight years of lies and half truths. Eight years of white-washed news coverage. Any apologies from CNN, MSNBC or FOX? Nope.
For those who would like to say that they can’t see anything wrong with that offensive cartoon, I say you lack the intelligence and presence of mind to discern how that pic was a deviously masterful attempt to implant in the hearts and minds of those who harbor racial hatred against African Americans in this country a visual road map to carry out vicious and felonious acts of violence.
The New York Post’s refusal to retract or apologize for printing such a powder keg, just gives those with simple minds and hateful tendencies a pat on the back! The Post has gotten into bed with the KKK, the Nazis, Skin Heads and all those other extremist groups that draw their lifeblood from feeding on the hate that the media continuously spew on a regular basis.
Here’s something for those who have more than ounce of intelligence: Did you know that chimpanzees are the most intelligent out of the primate species?
Think about that one and see where your mind takes you.