The Politics of Change…

By Maxjulian

June 3, 2008

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Never has a political candidate shed so much to receive so little from so few. He offers “CHANGE,” but he is the one who has become a veritable contortionist, wrenching and masticating his value system, his support system, his backers, HIMSELF, to gain the succor of the (white) world…The Last Poets warned of niggas incessant penchant for change -shape-shifting, flip-flopping and mind-melding to their white betters, staying just ahead of or barely behind the latest trends, curves, possibilities, fashion.

And for what exactly? What do you exactly gain when you can’t take YOU with YOU?

Meanwhile, the political battlefield is strewn with beige limbs and black bones, fingernails, red tissue and sinew, peeled from once proud, principled flesh. What does Obama believe in that he would NOT throw overboard – one by one – his pastor, his friends and now his church. And on what basis? The prying, king making eyes of the white media? Or his precious white voters?

Is this the prelude to his next Great Escape, from YOU, you who have voted for him, prayed for him, stalked precincts for him, received racist taunts for him, all in hopes of what you’ll get in return – symbolically.

Will you be the next one to feel the ‘sting’ of him grasping for that higher wrung that requires him, of course, to release YOU with his off-hand? And what then? Will you claim that you didn’t see it coming, or, that its the nature of politics? Will you break down, disappointed, hopes dashed again? Or will you search for the next messiah?

Perhaps you will derive another lesson: the need to let go of all prophets, all authorities outside of yourself.

Children need leaders, parents. Adults need to learn how to lead themselves, band together with like minded folks, if they must, and create, like grown folks are supposed to do.

The political process, hell the American educational-indoctrination process is designed to infantilize you, make you look for aid from a glorified parent, a ‘representative,’ a pastor, a priest, a walking, talking contradiction, a phony panacea. ‘Leave the driving to us,’ so says the politrickster. ‘Sleep little baby, sleep.’ And you do. You say, ‘ we must be pragmatic, we must accept what’s reasonable, we must accept the one who can win…’ our wants and needs be damned. As well as those of the African Diaspora and Planet Earth. ‘He’s doing what he needs to do to win.” What does he win and what do you gain from your sacrificing your autonomy on his behalf?

Don’t get me wrong, I like Obama. I appreciate the tightrope that he’s walking and the manner in which he’s crossing it. He’s made it further than I imagined he would and with a grace and charisma that hasn’t been seen in years. And yet…

REAL CHANGE is what we need – but its not what we’re being offered. Lawd knows America needs to change from the root. But if our hero speaks change out of one side of his mouth, and status quo politics out of the side of his neck, what will we get? Embargo against Cuba? Troops stationed in 138 countries?! 158?! (Hell, how many countries are there?!)

Change would mean feeding the hungry, opening the prisons, calling off the attack dogs in blue, pumping money into a real educational system, allowing all lands their autonomy, their own system of governance or no governance at all; the complete withdrawal of all US troops from foreign soil, giving the Native American her due, her back rent, her land, her resources

And the destruction of nuclear weapons, as well as complete disarmament.

CHANGE. Is this the “new and improved” kind, the buzzword that we get on packaging for untested, genetically-modified poison? Do you hear the word “Change” and simply fall asleep, never minding what it actually means… is that what its designed to do – sound pleasing to the ear and provide a cold comfort and a nap?

We don’t need Billary, nor do we need McBush. And we don’t need Obama, though he’s welcome to help.

We need the change Sam Cooke was talking about, that Bob Dylan was talking about, that Ghandi and King and Malcolm and Bobby were talking about. We need the change that William Ayres and Bernadine Dohrn were talking about, what the Weathermen were all about in spite of their rockets red glare.

We need change. We need to change. We need to be the change. Uncompromisingly. Passionately. Truthfully.

Its hard to change, though, when we don’t first speak change into existence, when we don’t feel that we have permission to speak change into existence, when we put goals and objects and positions ahead of speaking change into existencee, real honest to Goddess change.

If you place anything ahead of change, ahead of freedom, you’ll never have either.

15 Responses to “The Politics of Change…”

  1. Check it out again, Bet, I just drastically edited it.
    Thanks for checking it out!!

  2. I don’t think I’ve ever commented here before but I always read. This post really speaks to me as someone observing this election from far away Europe. I wish for this change you are talking about. The real change not the words. Obama was a great hope for many of us who are looking for a different america.

    “We need the change Sam Cooke was talking about, that Bob Dylan was talking about, that Ghandi and King and Malcolm and Bobby were talking about.”

    Yes yes yes ! But we’re not going to get it are we? Because damn politics gets in the way. Thanks for the post. Very sad but very truthful.

    (BTW Is there is something wrong with this comment box. It ‘s really hard to type in because the cursor keeps falling behind. I had to keep refreshing to see if my text was correct. Maybe it’s just a problem for me, but I thought I should let you know in case anyone else is having this problem and gets put off commenting here. Please delete this bit if it’s just me)

  3. Thanks Rhonda and DD and welcome!! I think polititricks definitely get in the way. Our
    answers are ours, my answers are mine. I’m in a post-mass movement phase. If I can truly be in revolution internally, really sensitive about what is happening within me, maybe I’ll understand what’s going on “out here” better and act accordingly.

    And yeah, devious, I have the same problem typing on here too. I may have to change the template or something.

  4. Free you are right on point! There will be no true change just what you say here
    “CHANGE. Is this the “new and improved” kind, the buzzword that we get on packaging for untested, genetically-modified poison? Do you hear the word “Change” and simply fall asleep, never minding what it actually means… is that what its designed to do – sound pleasing to the ear and provide a cold comfort and a nap?”

    Obama’s face is the only change the world will see, but the imperialistic goals of the world banks and their flunkies, of which Obama is one, will still need to be met under this “new world order.” I say whoa to the darker skinned people of the world as I see this “black face” will work destruction on a scale that a white representative of the world banks could not do without raising the spector of “racism”. Watch the increased efforts of Africom under the watch of a President Obama, watch the increased fight against democratically elected Chavez, see Haiti’s population eat more mud.
    As you say true change begins inside, begins on the cellular level. If we, Black people, will begin the small measure of thinking on an internal level, begin to internalize fresh fruits and vegetables the mind will change, then the revolution really begins

  5. First I love the new look !

    Obama I like him for what he has accomplished, .

    But his advisors , and the people in his camp are no different from Mcain .

    concert of democracies = striet’s league of deomcracies,
    why adopt a policy, of a known nazi and aparthied sympathizer .

    shultz = pinochet mastermind .

    and the list goes on .
    i am waiting with baited breath .

  6. Thank you for your words!

  7. very well written. it has moved me to embrace change.
    thanks. peace.
    hope to meet you sometime soon.
    take care.

  8. hats off to him and the new first lady

  9. You are writing some beautiful stuff these days, FS. And I’m in total agreement once more.

  10. Ensayn, Byrd, Landfield, Raw, CS: Thanks for the kind words:))

  11. One thing’s for sure. Nothing will ever “CHANGE” for the better, no matter who wins this race. Didn’t someone, somewhere once say, “If voting could change anything, they’d make it illegal.”

    Yet every four years Americans go to the same circus – horse & pony, smoke & mirror show – where they buy the same old ‘cure all’ snake oil, with the same old bogus claims (HOPE) and promises (CHANGE), and never receive the product they purchase…it’s like an incredible hypnotic mass hallucination/corruption that remains invisible and undetected by the sheep that’s actually financing their own slaughter.

    Obama is only another well spoken actor-politician, C.F.R. member and Zionist stooge (as are the overwhelming majority of so-called “statesmen”) who happens to be black. One doesn’t get to play with the ‘big boys’ (run for the presidency) unless one is indoctrinated into their exclusive and private clubs.

    I truly fail to see how all of this pretense and deceit is good for black people…unless of course, this is what the greater number of black folks want??

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