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September 17, 2011

Cornel West also becomes shrill

The occasion of the unveiling of the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial causes Cornel West to decry the oligarchic control of the US.

The age of Obama has fallen tragically short of fulfilling King’s prophetic legacy. Instead of articulating a radical democratic vision and fighting for homeowners, workers and poor people in the form of mortgage relief, jobs and investment in education, infrastructure and housing, the administration gave us bailouts for banks, record profits for Wall Street and giant budget cuts on the backs of the vulnerable.

As the talk show host Tavis Smiley and I have said in our national tour against poverty, the recent budget deal is only the latest phase of a 30-year, top-down, one-sided war against the poor and working people in the name of a morally bankrupt policy of deregulating markets, lowering taxes and cutting spending for those already socially neglected and economically abandoned. Our two main political parties, each beholden to big money, offer merely alternative versions of oligarchic rule.

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I so agree. Until we get the $$$ out of campaign financing, we're gonna be going around and around blaming each other for all the problems. Pharmaceutical Companies write drug laws & policies, oil/gas/coal companies write our energy policies, and of course wall st writes our monetary policy.

The country's biggest mistake was to 'expect' one man aka President Obama, to come in and fix it all with one wave of a wand.

Posted by Dan on September 17, 2011 11:32 AM