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quincy saul, who writes for the Africa Report and on his own blog, has some very good questions to ask you about celebrating a potential second term for Barack Obama:

On November 5th, 2008, he asked:
“What are we celebrating?
Are we celebrating that our electoral process turned a community organizer into an elite-pandering war hawk?
Are we celebrating our compromise on our principles?
Are we celebrating the victory of a daydream over a nightmare?
Are we celebrating the surrender of individual integrity to communal passions?
Are we celebrating our failure to collectively create systemic change?

It’s not about pessimism, it’s about imperialism.

We are celebrating the spectacle of managed democracy, and by association we are celebrating the reality of globalized exploitation and permanent war.
We are celebrating a new color of settler colonialism.
We are celebrating a more sustainable rapaciousness.
We are celebrating a margin of victory over fraudulence at the price of a surrender of a democratic process.
We are celebrating our historic transformation from principled idealists to prevaricating apologists.

It is not a time to celebrate.
It is a time to think deeply, a time to get serious.

FREEDOM AND LIBERATION WILL NOT BE WON BY CELEBRATION,
THAT’S BULLSHIT! GET OFF IT! THE ENEMY IS PROFIT!”

 

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