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    Default Center For Consitutional Rights Evaluation Obama's 100 Days - 'D' Report Card

    http://ccrjustice.org/100daysassessment

    Some very substantive stuff above - not the drivel - an honest attempt to rate what he has done, not done, could have done, should have done by a very good group of progressive lawyers.
    If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” - Frederick Douglass
    "Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws. - Mayer Rothschild
    "Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience! People are obedient in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war, and cruelty. Our problem is that grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem!" - Howard Zinn

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    Default Another Evaluation Of Obama by Pilger

    Obamas 100 Days: The Mad Men Did Well

    by John Pilger / April 29th, 2009

    The BBCs American television soap Mad Men offers a rare glimpse of the power of corporate advertising. The promotion of smoking half a century ago by the smart people of Madison Avenue, who knew the truth, led to countless deaths. Advertising and its twin, public relations, became a way of deceiving dreamt up by those who had read Freud and applied mass psychology to anything from cigarettes to politics. Just as Marlboro Man was virility itself, so politicians could be branded, packaged and sold.

    It is more than 100 days since Barack Obama was elected president of the United States. The Obama brand has been named Advertising Ages marketer of the year for 2008, easily beating Apple computers. David Fenton of MoveOn.org describes Obamas election campaign as an institutionalized mass-level automated technological community organizing that has never existed before and is a very, very powerful force. Deploying the internet and a slogan plagiarized from the Latino union organizer Csar Chvez S, se puede! or Yes, we can the mass-level automated technological community marketed its brand to victory in a country desperate to be rid of George W Bush.

    No one knew what the new brand actually stood for. So accomplished was the advertising (a record $75 million was spent on television commercials alone) that many Americans actually believed Obama shared their opposition to Bushs wars. In fact, he had repeatedly backed Bushs warmongering and its congressional funding. Many Americans also believed he was the heir to Martin Luther Kings legacy of anti-colonialism. Yet if Obama had a theme at all, apart from the vacuous Change you can believe in, it was the renewal of America as a dominant, avaricious bully. We will be the most powerful, he often declared.

    Perhaps the Obama brands most effective advertising was supplied free of charge by those journalists who, as courtiers of a rapacious system, promote shining knights. They depoliticized him, spinning his platitudinous speeches as adroit literary creations, rich, like those Doric columns, with allusion . . . (Charlotte Higgins in The Guardian). The San Francisco Chronicle columnist Mark Morford wrote: Many spiritually advanced people I know. . . identify Obama as a Lightworker, that rare kind of attuned being who . . . can actually help usher in a new way of being on the planet.

    In his first 100 days, Obama has excused torture, opposed habeas corpus and demanded more secret government. He has kept Bushs gulag intact and at least 17,000 prisoners beyond the reach of justice. On 24 April, his lawyers won an appeal that ruled Guantanamo Bay prisoners were not persons, and therefore had no right not to be tortured. His national intelligence director, Admiral Dennis Blair, says he believes torture works. One of his senior US intelligence officials in Latin America is accused of covering up the torture of an American nun in Guatemala in 1989; another is a Pinochet apologist. As Daniel Ellsberg has pointed out, the US experienced a military coup under Bush, whose secretary of defense, Robert Gates, along with the same warmaking officials, has been retained by Obama.

    All over the world, Americas violent assault on innocent people, directly or by agents, has been stepped up. During the recent massacre in Gaza, reports Seymour Hersh, the Obama team let it be known that it would not object to the planned resupply of smart bombs and other hi-tech ordnance that was already flowing to Israel and being used to slaughter mostly women and children. In Pakistan, the number of civilians killed by US missiles called drones has more than doubled since Obama took office.

    In Afghanistan, the US strategy of killing Pashtun tribespeople (the Taliban) has been extended by Obama to give the Pentagon time to build a series of permanent bases right across the devastated country where, says Secretary Gates, the US military will remain indefinitely. Obamas policy, one unchanged since the Cold War, is to intimidate Russia and China, now an imperial rival. He is proceeding with Bushs provocation of placing missiles on Russias western border, justifying it as a counter to Iran, which he accuses, absurdly, of posing a real threat to Europe and the US. On 5 April in Prague, he made a speech reported as anti-nuclear. It was nothing of the kind. Under the Pentagons Reliable Replacement Warhead program, the US is building new tactical nuclear weapons designed to blur the distinction between nuclear and conventional war.

    Perhaps the biggest lie the equivalent of smoking is good for you is Obamas announcement that the US is leaving Iraq, the country it has reduced to a river of blood. According to unabashed US army planners, as many as 70,000 troops will remain for the next 15 to 20 years. On 25 April, his secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, alluded to this. It is not surprising that the polls are showing that a growing number of Americans believe they have been suckered especially as the nations economy has been entrusted to the same fraudsters who destroyed it. Lawrence Summers, Obamas principal economic adviser, is throwing $3 trillion at the same banks that paid him more than $8 million last year, including $135,000 for one speech. Change you can believe in.

    Much of the American establishment loathed Bush and Cheney for exposing, and threatening, the onward march of Americas grand design, as Henry Kissinger, war criminal and now Obama adviser, calls it. In advertising terms, Bush was a brand collapse whereas Obama, with his toothpaste advertisement smile and righteous clichs, is a godsend. At a stroke, he has seen off serious domestic dissent to war, and he brings tears to the eyes, from Washington to Whitehall. He is the BBCs man, and CNNs man, and Murdochs man, and Wall Streets man, and the CIAs man. The Madmen did well.
    If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” - Frederick Douglass
    "Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws. - Mayer Rothschild
    "Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience! People are obedient in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war, and cruelty. Our problem is that grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem!" - Howard Zinn

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