December 03, 2014 “ICH” – His record speaks for itself. Ideologically over-the-top. Lawless. Reckless. Ruthless by any standard. Reflecting the worst of rogue leadership.
Mocking democratic values. Breaching rule of law principles. Riding roughshod over responsible governance. Serving monied interests exclusively. They never had it so good.
Responsible for protracted Main Street Depression conditions. Letting popular needs go begging when most needed.
A reliable corporate tool and then some. Pro-war. Pro-business. Pro-privilege. Pro-super wealth. Anti-populist.
Anti-government of, by and for everyone equitably. Presiding over a gangster state. The most ruthless in world history. Most reckless. Most dangerous.
Exceeding the worst of his predecessors. After promising hope and change, he delivered betrayal. Straightaway.
Breaking every major promise made. Selling out to Wall Street. War-profiteers. Other corporate favorites.
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Handing them trillions of dollars illegally. More on request. Letting them make money the old-fashioned way.
Waging class war. Targeting middle America for elimination altogether. Stiff-arming America’s most disadvantaged. Blacks. Latinos. Muslims. Immigrants of color.
Supporting capital’s divine right to use money to make more of it. Institutionalizing inequality. Force-feeding neoliberal harshness.
When vital stimulus is needed. When growing millions are impoverished. Millions more unemployed or underemployed.
Over half the population needing dwindling amounts of federal aid. Cutting social benefits en route to eliminating them altogether.
Transferring unprecedented amounts of wealth from ordinary Americans to corporate interests and super-rich elites.
Waging war on organized labor. Calling it shared sacrifice. Corporate interests share. Like never before. Gorging at the public trough.
Workers sacrifice. Losing good jobs. Mostly rotten ones alone left. Earning poverty-level wages. Few or no benefits. Under gutted work rules.
Poor health and safety protections. Promised pension benefits disappearing. Losing the right to bargain collectively with management on equal terms.
Other hard-won benefits gone. Blood and lives sacrificed to win them. Disappearing in plain sight.
Destroying public education. Commodifying it. Into another business profit center. Obama’s Race to the the Top continuing the worst of Bush’s No Child Left Behind.
Depriving children of real education. Promoting school closures. Mass teacher layoffs. Wage and benefit cuts for those remaining.
Consigning millions of kids to oblivion. On their own. Out of luck. Destroying a nearly four-century tradition. Replacing it with marketplace inequality.
Hardening a police state apparatus George Bush established. Militarizing America. Making it a battleground more than ever.
Arming police nationwide with combat weapons. Using them irresponsibly. Terrorizing America’s most disadvantaged. Peaceful protesters.
Waging war on freedom. Targeting it for elimination altogether. One major false flag terrorist attack away.
Followed by martial law. Constitutional suspension. Hardening police state viciousness. Making America unsafe to live in. Without fundamental civil and human rights protections.
Endangering whistleblowers exposing government wrongdoing. Journalists doing their job.
Working-class people struggling to get by. One missed paycheck away from homelessness, hunger and despair.
Rationing healthcare. Enriching insurers, drug companies and large hospital chains. A “pay or die” system, according to Ralph Nader. Instead of recognizing healthcare as a fundamental human right.
Putting bankers in charge of financial reform. Deform by any standard. A stealth system for global money control.
Gaming the system for profit. Legalizing grand theft. The world’s greatest ever money making racket. Complicit with privatized central banks. Making the world safe for monied interests.
While increasing poverty, unemployment, underemployment, homelessness, hunger and despair.
Ignoring vital people needs. Hanging millions out-to-dry on their own. Sink or swim. Live or die.
Enforcing white supremacist policies. Terrorizing and deporting more undocumented immigrants than all previous US presidents combined.
On average 1,000 a day. Called “Deporter-in-Chief” for good reason. Telling poor, desperate arrivals they aren’t welcome.
Authorizing Gestapo-like Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) warrantless raids. Targeting communities, workplaces and other locations.
Armed with shotguns and automatic weapons. Pulling immigrants from beds. Rousting them from workplaces.
Confronting them without explanation. Often targeting US citizens by mistake. Unapologetically.
Conducting lawless searches and seizures. Making arrests based on ethnicity, race, appearance and English proficiency.
Separating children from parents. Treating immigrants like common criminals. Like terrorist threats.
Pretending otherwise. Obama’s so-called immigration reform by presidential diktat is farcical. Covering less than half the undocumented population.
Offering them pathetically little in return for demanding plenty.
Subjecting others to brutalizing treatment. Deportation with no right of appeal.
Waging state terror worldwide. At home and abroad. Big Brother is real. Watching everyone. With technological ease.
Trampling on fundamental rights. Leaving no one safe anywhere. Threatening free speech. A free press. Free thought. Intellectual inquiry.
Without them, all other freedoms are endangered. Sunlight is the best disinfectant.
Candidate Obama called it “the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse.” Saying whistleblowing reflects “acts of courage and patriotism.”
“Often the best source of information about (government wrongdoing) is an existing employee committed to public integrity willing to speak out.”
“We need to empower federal employees as watchdogs of wrongdoing and partners in performance.”
Promising “strengthen(ed) whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government.”
Stressing “(g)overnment should be transparent. (Claiming he supports) accountability and…information for citizens about what their government is doing.”
He says one thing. Does another. Giving rogue governance new meaning. Wanting total control over what’s made public.
Obsessed with secrecy. Wanting dissent crushed. Wanting people denied information on what’s most important. Affecting their lives, welfare and futures.
Inventing nonexistent threats. Fear-mongering to get people to believe them. Support police state lawlessness.
War on humanity. Imperial adventurism. Naked aggression. Against one sovereign independent country after another. Posing no threat to America or its neighbors.
Ravaging and destroying them. Turning them to rubble. Killing millions. Ousting sitting governments.
Replacing them with pro-Western ones. Puppets Washington controls. Stealing their resources. Exploiting their people. Treating them like serfs.
Deciding who lives or dies. As judge, jury and executioner. Obama’s kill list chooses targets. Anywhere in the world. Including US citizens.
Others designated for indefinite detention. Uncharged. Untried. Guilty by accusation. Due process denied. Declared enemies of the state. By presidential diktat.
Obama promised to close Guantanamo. In his first year in office. It remains open. A blight on the national conscience.
The tip of the iceberg. Torture is commonplace in US prisons. Washington operates scores of secret black sites worldwide.
In dozens of countries. On ships at sea. Imprisoning innocent victims. Many sold for bounty. Denied all rights. Brutalized. Tortured. Unaccountably.
Invoking state secrets privilege. Preventing lawsuits by victims of rendition, torture, and abuse, as well as warrantless wiretapping opponents.
Proving America is the world’s leading human rights abuser. No nation in history matches its ruthlessness. Out-of-control and then some.
Partnering with Israel’s worst crimes. Horrific by any standard. Ruthless. Genocidal. Mass murdering Palestinian civilians.
One fascist regime supports another. With billions of dollars in annual aid. Mostly military. The latest weapons and technology.
Interest free loans. Unrestricted US market access. Free entry of its immigrants. Support for its illegal occupation.
Opposing Palestinian self-determination. Despite international law calling it a universal right.
What Israel wants it gets. Death, destruction and Palestinian misery follow. Both countries deplore democracy.
Obama wages wars to prevent it. Eliminate it in sovereign independent countries. In Honduras. Orchestrating President Manual Zelaya’s ouster.
Replacing him with a fascist despot. Making Honduras the hemisphere’s murder capital. Opposing government policy risks death.
Militarized Haiti after its calamitous January 2010 earthquake. Plunders it freely. Prohibited democracy from emerging.
Months later tried ousting Ecuador’s Rafael Correa. US-backed coup plotters shut down airports. Blocked highways.
Burned tires. Roughed up the president. Failed to oust him despite Obama’s best efforts.
Removed Paraguay’s President Fernando Lugo. A noted liberation theologian. Verboten in Washington. Toppled by manipulated parliamentary impeachment.
Lugo lived. Hugo Chavez died. Obama killed him. Poisoning or infecting him with cancer causing substances. Four major surgeries in 18 months couldn’t save him.
Obama wants Venezuela looking like Ukraine. Wants fascists replacing democrats.
Mindless of what most Venezuelans cherish. Chavismo lives.
Bolivarian fairness is too vital to lose. Model social justice. Real democracy.
Polar opposite America’s sham system. Neoliberal harshness. Police state viciousness. Imperial wars without end.
Risking humanity’s survival. Americans want responsible government. So do global billions.
Peace, equity and justice. What Washington wages wars to prevent.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network. It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.
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