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Volume 2, Number 38 -- September 22, 2009
This week in New World Notes,radio program #83, September 29:
Can This Honeymoon
Part 2: Wealth Care, Si! -- Health Care, Non!
In many ways, Barack H. Obama embodies more of the hopes and fantasies of Progressives and Liberals than any of us imagined was possible.
For a start, President Obama is proof that American racism--like the old gray mare--just ain't what she used to be.
Furthermore, Obama is intelligent; he's articulate; he gives every appearance of being sane--at least by the admittedly low standards of the powerful. He's charming; he's good-looking; he projects a style that is both admirable and attractive.
In mid-2008, Jello Biafra said, of Obama, "He's a wonderful speaker, comes across as a cool guy you could actually hang out and talk to. . . ."
Jello ended that sentence with, ". . .if only that was reflected in his voting record!"
Jello went on to make a pretty good case that--when it comes to warmongering, destroying civil liberties, promoting government spying, kowtowing to Israel, and aiding and abetting corporate plunder, Senator Obama's voting record is right up there alongside Hillary's and Son-of-Cain's. In fact, on a few corporate-power issues, McCain's voting record was more progressive than Obama's!
Top: Mumia Abu-Jamal
Bottom: Dr. Kenneth Dowst
Well, listen to Jello for yourself! He's on this week's New World Notes. So are three other Left-leaning, articulate critics of current policies of the federal Executive Branch. They are
- Glen Ford--Executive Editor of Black Agenda Report
- Mumia Abu-Jamal--former newspaper reporter, convicted (in a highly questionable trial) cop-killer, long-time political essayist and radio commentator, and long-term resident of Death Row somewhere in Pennsylvania
- moi--the best we could get on such short notice
Two songs complement the prose this week:
- Obama Girl and The Man Himself, "Duet"
- "Call it Democracy"--Bruce Cockburn's rocking critique of the gap between a government's professed democratic principles and the government's actions at home and abroad. Pronounced Co-burn.
NWN #84 -- REACTIONS: Dr. Helen Caldecott takes on Vermont Yankee
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