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    African Writers’ Corner

    The Obama-Nation

    Jalil A. Muntaqim

    2009-02-12, Issue 419

    http://pambazuka.org/en/category/African_Writers/54030

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    Will the Obama-Nation become an abomination if it fails to
    stop the bombing of nations? From Gaza to Afghanistan, the
    American people must take a stand and tell Obama to forge
    a better plan to free the land of Zionist and the Taliban. To
    stand up against corporate bailouts while prisons are left out
    for change like a business with out clout as 2.3 million prisoners
    remain in chains.


    Change became a mantra defined on a political precipice
    forged in steep words unprecedented by one who won the
    right to be the 44th president. Supported by beliefs sold
    in edifices of worship bonding the ideals shuttered in the
    hearts of the dispossessed whose hope for tomorrow has
    not regressed. Yet, time sours faith in hungry bellies as
    the unsheltered endure the storms of lies, alibis, and corrupt
    government undisguised as the media realized exposing the
    truth could result in a covenant Pulitzer Prize.

    A future is born with a change of power on this day and in
    this hour with an oath of office the Obama-Nation must stand
    in allegiance, against torture, Abu Graib, Guantanamo Bay,
    rendition and detention just to mention how the U.S. derelictions
    became the world’s affliction. Evolving from 8 years of
    disconnection, disaffection, humiliation, dissatisfaction with
    the Bush administration corporate affiliations that led to U.S.
    financial ruination.

    The Democrats believe they can, since Obama told them
    “Yes We Can”, Americans hope this is not a sham – as
    participatory democracy is more than a four-year election,
    since each day the Americans should strive for perfection,
    healing the planet as they heal themselves of racism, sexism
    and capitalist exploitation, to improve America’s place in
    the world of nations.

    No drama in the Obama-Nation is the expectation, void of
    hesitation folk’s anticipation the 44th will elevate the level of
    peace dividends given in Clintonques deliberation face to face
    with world’s representatives, like ebony and ivory side by side
    championing U.S. hegemony in perfect harmony. As Gates
    secures the gates of the Pentagon to sustain an imperialist
    presence from Iraq to the China sea, who is to believe change
    can be conceived with National Security Agency secrets up
    their sleeves.

    The continued embargo of Cuba and Haiti a scandalous exercise
    of power, as Latin America excise North America in its revolutionary
    shining hour. Iran seek nuclear advancement as the CIA creeps to
    hinder its expansion, an inexplicable situation given the arms race
    has moved as far as outer space, continuing to militarily arming
    Israel and Taiwan, while North Korea produces nuclear energy the
    U.S. attempts to prohibit proliferation not of its control, using
    food as a weapon toward an obvious starving nation not keeping with
    its humanitarian goals.

    Afrika stumbles into the 21st century with corporate proxy wars,
    none keeping score as economic devastation brings multiple horrors.
    The killing of babies and raping of girls, arming of children leaving
    the land trampled with scars. Afrikans hope the Obama-Nation will
    plant seeds of democracy, negating the hypocrisy of years of neglect
    without regret, and yet, AFRICOM is a serious misstep. While Asians
    in Malaysia the largest concentration of Islamic moderation
    confounds U.S. inclination to confront jihadist of Al-Qaeda’s
    persuasion in its population.

    On the home front, Martin L. King Jr., proclaimed we as a people
    will get to the promised land, while Malcolm X said it will be
    either the ballot or bullet, so could it be hard to understand the
    44th like a Manchurian candidate manipulating the political
    landscape, permitting the Patriot Act to prohibit progressive or
    revolutionary tact believing true liberation after today has become
    a point in fact. By virtue of the ballot, the revolution has been high
    jacked, the black bourgeoisie has been notified America is now
    sanctified and the promised land gentrified as the Obama-Nation is
    satisfied. But Cointelpro victims remain classified in prisons, yet
    to be rectified with truth and reconciliation, no way to start anew
    in the Obama-Nation.

    So with a historic inauguration by pomp and circumstances through
    crying eyes, a new era to inspire a generation of possibilities
    beyond rhetoric. Anxious for the audacity of hope to spring eternal
    in humanities fratricidal brotherhood with service to the nation
    negating race or class as societies underclass test pomp and
    circumstances with stark cold reality of growing unemployment lines
    with the economic situation continuing to decline. My warning to all
    while the band plays “Hail to the Chief” with a military seven gun
    salute, to not become hoodwinked or bamboozled, nor forgo the
    political determination to end the embargo of Haiti and Cuba, to
    free Puerto Rico and Palestine for this is not the time to recline in
    building struggle.

    To keep U.S. hands off of Assata, because we gotta free all U.S.
    political prisoners in the spirit of knowing We Are Our Own Liberators!

    * Jalil Muntaqim was 19-years -old when he was arrested. He is a former member of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army, and is one of the longest held political prisoners in the world. He has spent over 38 years in captivity. Jalil can be reached at: Jalil Muntaqim/A. Bottom, 2311826, 850 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94103.
    * Please send comments to [email protected] or comment online at http://www.pambazuka.org/.


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