I tried flipping the Inaguration on TV. It was late. I got laid off from my job last week, so today I'd slept late. By the time I flipped on, the speech and ceremonies were over. So it was just CNN talking heads blathering away. I listened to it for about 30 seconds and couldn't take any more. I'll have to go find a video or transcript of what Obama said somewhere else.
What I couldn't take was more of this blather about how this was a historic day because a man with non-white skin was elected. I'd heard way too much on Monday about how this was the cumlination of Dr. King's Dream. Really?
Was Dr. King's dream really that some Republican with darker skin would be elected as President to continue more Republican rule. And make no mistake, especially back in Dr. King's day, Obama would have been a far right Republican.
Go back and read Dr. King's speech at Riverside Church about the Vietnam war, then ask whether having a black man continue all the wars started by Bush is the culmination of Dr. King's dream. His dream was that we all find a way to live peacefully with each other. Not that a black man be in charge of the killings.
Go back and look at the Poor People's march on Washington that Dr. King was organizing when he died, and ask yourself if having a black man keep Wall Street in charge of the economy was really Dr. King's dream? Or was he dreaming of something more like economic justice for all of us. Remember that Dr. King was in Memphis on that fatal day helping a bunch of garbage men try to organize a union. Can you picture President Obama even talking to a bunch of guys who ride the garbage trucks in between his dinners with neo-cons and his Wall Street friends?
Is it a historic day that all the crimes of the last eight years are being approved and validated? That none of the money that was stolen is coming back. That no one will be facing any charges for the theft of millions, for fraud, for torture and crimes against humanity? Is it a historic day that the Republicans and the generals still control the military and our 'foreign policy', and that Wall Street still controls the money? Is it a historic day that all the rights that we've lost are going to stay gone and that this administration is going to spy on us just like the last two administrations?
Sorry, I couldn't take much of the blather on the TV set today.
Don't get me wrong. If Obama wants to be a force for good in the world, I'd love to see it happen and I'd be glad to support him. But I just don't see it. Seems to me like all that happened was that they changed the face on the stage, but otherwise, nothing much has changed. I hope Obama proves me wrong.