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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 editor@pambazuka.org or comment online at http://www.pambazuka.org/.


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