America's Third-World StreakBy L.E. Ikenga
Reports are surfacing which claim that many black Americans will go ballistic if Barack Obama loses the 2012 presidential election. This is not surprising, given how and why he was elected in the first place.
Being America's first viable black presidential candidate does not tell the whole story of Barack Obama's lock on 95% of the black vote, which helped to him to win in 2008. The real story behind his support from this group is being completely ignored.
Barack Obama, unlike any other president in United States history, has been able to create a hyper-ideologically polarized America by means of an ideology that most Americans don't even understand. He is nothing more than a post-colonial demagogue in elitist, postmodern progressive clothing. Period. And that's really all that there is to it.
Mainstream pundits can slice, dice, and serve him up any way that they want in order to sound interesting, but they are all wrong. He is not an intellectual. He is not a pragmatist. He is not a man of the people. He is in fact the opposite of these things. He is an anti-intellectual extremist who, along with many of his diverse ethnic supporters, holds a peculiar and convoluted grudge against the United States of America. He is a great browser and plagiarizer of debunked ideas on race and society-building, which, besides golfing at tony resorts and flirting with Hollywood's glitterati, happen to be his two exclusive fixations. Indeed, Barack Obama is a man against the people, believing only in his own manifest destiny as he seeks to thwart and destroy every shred of political credibility that this nation has ever had at home and abroad. Anyone with a post-colonial clue knows this.
There is no other credible way to explain how a virtual nobody in American politics, a mere eighty-week-old U.S. senator, began campaigning for the presidency in 2006, his only claims to fame being that he was elected as the president of the Harvard Law Review after numerous ballots, and that he at times organized huge swaths of intellectually lazy welfare addicts into protesting mobs. There is no other way to explain how this less than obscure mob organizer managed to wrangle the Democratic nomination from the most well-known woman in American politics, whose husband, a former president himself, was once lauded, by blacks and whites alike, as America's first black president.
Sarah Palin, never having backpacked in the south of France as a teenager, had nothing to do with it; John McCain, being as old as dirt, had nothing to do with it, nor did the stock market disaster of 2008 have anything to do with it. George W. Bush didn't even have anything to do with it. I mean, how does an adjunct lecturer of constitutional law (with nary a piece of published scholarship to speak of), grassroots anarchy sympathizer, and a part-time state legislator come to be trusted to handle all of the great American crises bequeathed to us by the diabolical Bush administration? This defied common sense.
If the country did not want another Republican, then the Democrats should have nominated Hillary. Crappy campaign, exposed cleavage, turquoise catalogue pantsuits with matching costume jewelry to boot or not -- in 2008, she, at the very least, had the experience. Barack Obama had nothing.
To propel himself into the White House, the president needed the supernatural aid of America's most persistent and injurious twin demons: black rage and white guilt. Barack Obama was allowed to strut into the highest temple of American government because he was particularly adroit at harnessing the full power of these double forces, to carve for himself an "unprecedented" moment in time. This is what the great political agitators and demagogues of world history do. America fell for it hook, line, and sinker.
This all happened because we are a deeply politically divided nation. Some of us understand the ideal that America is supposed to represent, and some of us do not. Barack Obama was able to sharpen this existing divide and then conquer. That divide has now turned into an irreconcilable rift among the people of this nation. Barack Obama has simply called the bluff on our "united we stand, divided we fall" nonsense, and he has won.
He began winning and we began losing in 2004 during his keynote speech at the Democratic convention, when he looked America straight in the eye and said:
Mind you, he never said that he believed in any of this; he just suckered Americans into cheering for what they wanted to hear. When America stood up and applauded him, Barack Obama knew right there and then that he had found his mark. He and his most devoted supporters knew what most who applauded him did not: America's deepest divide is especially a result of a third-world streak that Americans have been too spineless to acknowledge for the threat that it is.
As a result, new definitions for the word "racist" have been allowed to take over our national consciousness. Racism in America can mean almost anything -- someone who believes in voter identification laws, for example
This is all very silly but, at the same time, serious stuff. Democratic politicians in immigrant-dense American cities have been using this type of labeling tactic to win elections forever -- and this is what Barack Obama used to win the presidency. Almost singlehandedly, Barack Obama has turned the most fundamental sound bite of the American mystique -- "we are a nation of immigrants" -- on its ear.
Regrettably, mainstream conservative pundits don't like to talk about race and culture in a meaningful way. It's too bad, because, if they did, conservative politicians would probably be winning more elections in more of blue America hands down. When they do talk about it, they know only how to make room for the tired old talking points regurgitated by black anti-intellectuals like Tavis Smiley, Cornel West, Al Sharpton, and the Jesse Jacksons (Senior and Junior). The pundits do not know how to deal with the issue, so they either ignore it or stick to dubious and insipid narratives that pacify their audiences. I live for the day when this mind-numbing insanity will end.
Here's where I wish the pundits would go, even though doing so would mean career suicide: America's newest black urban immigrants, especially those from the West Indies, West Africa, and Latin America, pose the biggest problem because they underscore a political conundrum that America has never prepared itself to deal with. Urban America has become a place of refuge for all sorts of post-colonial third-worlders, and they, more than any other group, have been redefining the social and political landscape in cities like New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Los Angeles for decades. And the problem is spreading.
With fingers crossed behind their backs, many of these immigrants might be swearing allegiance to the flag for the sake of becoming "American," but in reality, they see this country as a land for economic opportunity and nothing else. The Constitution means nothing to them, nor, ironically, does the 1960s Civil Rights movement.
Having emigrated from countries with political systems that parallel what Barack Obama envisions for America, they not only are quite comfortable with this president, but see him as a key to their own success especially against whites. For many of them, it's all about gettin' paid here in America (through both massive government subsidies and work), and then throwing this wealth back into the faces of the whites whom they feel still control everything in their home countries. Get back at one white, and you get back at them all. This is Obama's real 47% -- the people whom he claims that Governor Romney, heartlessly, continues to dismiss. These people have a very real and vested interest in Barack Obama as president.
I'm talking about the scores of Jamaican, Guyanese, and Dominican nannies who care for the children of Manhattan's elite Upper-West-Siders, who bank enough to build three-story, jacuzzi-on-every-floor mansions "back home." I'm talking about the fifteen-hour-a-day Ghanaian cab driver who lives on the first floor of a broken-down row home in west Philly, but who owns three car-importing businesses in Accra. I'm taking about the Liberian novelty shop owner in downtown Newark who somehow manages to support all six of his children in the best private schools that West Africa has to offer. This is not to mention those of them who work as middle-income civil servants in American school systems, social welfare agencies, or in left-wing phantom government institutions like the U.N., but who live like virtual kings and queens when they travel back to their hyper-materialistic and politically schizophrenic, corrupt countries.
This is the new face of black rage in America. But mainstream America, including its useless media still feeling guilty over the likes of Harriet Tubman, has been too stupid to notice.
According to this 2007 report, third-world (black) immigrants to America, once an overlooked part of this country's urban immigration pattern, are becoming an increasingly more visible and socio-economic contributory part of the United States. But what the report omits is that where the diversity of the skills, experiences, and rich cultures of these immigrant populations have been a positive talking-point focus for liberal and conservative politicians alike, their post-colonial political ideologies have been often under-scrutinized. Most if not all of these immigrants come from the former territories of 19th-century European colonial powers.
This is a big deal, because along with their "rich cultures and traditions," many bring with them a deep and fundamental antipathy towards whites; belief in big socialist-style governments existing as a means for solving issues of ethnic discrimination and civil strife; and belief that government is there to protect not the rights of individuals, but the rights of the various social groups that make up their mosaic multicultural societies. This, especially, is what they love and will continue to support about Barack Obama. And they will do so no matter what, because he believes in all of this.
And in the last decade, it seems that this third-world streak, once confined to the various inner-city ethnic ghettos, is widening and rapidly seeking suburban westward expansion. The Population Bulletin:
The challenge as I see it is that there is no way to sound-bite post-colonial ideology. Many have tried and failed. Understanding all that it entails requires a more than satisfactory attention span, which is something that our political culture is desperately lacking.
Also, with the exception of a few notable conservative commentators, there have been too many intellectually lazy, in-the-public-eye far-righters, who have successfully stymied what should have been four years' worth of public discourse on post-colonial ideology, which could have given mainstream America a deeper understanding of Barack Obama's archaic and completely un-American political motivations. Instead, they restrained talk of this political paradigm and its links to the president by wrapping it in the straitjacket of boilerplate socialism and trying to link this easy counter-narrative to the president. Most unsuspecting Americans were bound to laugh this off, which is exactly what they did.
The post-colonial black third-world immigrant is now very much a part of the fabric of American society. There is simply no denying this. And yes, this is a problem. I certainly do not propose traditional Americans engaging in modern witch hunts to root these people out, but I do propose more nuanced conversations on this topic. Whether Mr. Obama wins re-election or not, the problem is not going away.
Come to think of it, perhaps conservative Americans should have taken Mr. Obama's community organizing résumé more seriously. He's obviously pretty good at it.
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