Andrew Hamm: the Bipolar Express

Ruminations on theatre, music, and just about anything else that crosses my bipolar brain.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

News Flash: I Agree With Louis Farrakhan

Not a lot of time for commentary today, but I did want to pass on some things that the Nation of Islam leader said in a CNN interview a couple days ago.

Asked about Barack Obama: "I like him very much. I'm not saying I'm going to vote for him, but I like him. Because he's fresh." (Farrakhan neglected to mention if Obama was still articulate and clean, as Joe Biden informed us a while back.)

Asked if Obama is "the answer to George Bush" (and this is where it gets really interesting): "No. I think he's capable of being an answer. But who will provide him with the money so he can contend with Mrs. Clinton and her big bank, or Giuliani and McCain and their growing bank? So the people that bankroll you, they're the ones that ultimately call the tune.... I'm saying that no matter who sits in the White House, if you don't uproot the structure that corrupts them you still don't have a President. You have a figurehead."

Asked "Do you think Barack Obama can do that?": "No. Absolutely not. He knows some of the ugliness of politics because he's been in it long enough. But the real wickedness of the face of politics, you're looking right into the face of Satan himself. And Satan doesn't intend to be uprooted by an upstart from Chicago. Or Mrs. Clinton from New York."

Fascinating stuff from a man who has so often been a self-caricature, surrounded by his posse of bow-tied Farra-clones. It's amazing what age and facing your own mortality can do to your perspective. How seldom we listen to the quiet voices of the aged and wise as they're drowned out by the young and passionate.

I'm very glad to hear someone with the courage and insight to recognize that there are no white hats in Washington any more. There are just people who have been bought with the special interest money you paid into, running against the people who have been bought by the special interests you didn't.

There was a time when you could walk up to the White House and knock on the door to make an appointment with the President. Obviously, John Wilkes Booth had a big hand in changing that, as did population explosion and the celebritization of elected office. But the structure is so corporate now that it's not only hard to believe in these clowns, it's nearly impossible not to disbelieve all of them. Rhetoric, election, and politics supersede national interest on a daily basis: just look at how both sides (especially the right) are kowtowing to illegal aliens, trying to court their future vote while leaving our borders wide open for drug- and human-smugglers, not to mention potential WMD-smugglers. And the left's constant moving of the goal posts in the Middle East is the most obvious electioneering in my lifetime: voting for the war, then complaining about it, then running on ending the war, then non-binding resolutions, then confirming a new commander in Iraq, then threatening to de-fund hm and dictating his time table months before any changes in the situation on the ground could possibly become apparent.

If there is any point to the political content on this blog, it is this: There are no white hats here. Don't blindly trust your heroes on either side of the aisle. They are NOT working for you.

Farrakhan's right. Follow the money. The marionette strings lead into Hell.

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  • At 3/10/2007 12:27 PM , Blogger Joey Fanelli said...

    Politicians are working for the people, but sadly, only the people they have ties to. So either get to know a politician or someone tied to one, or just be one of millions who are swept up in the tide of something that works aginst them in almost every way.

    It's sad that America has come to that.

  • At 3/10/2007 5:01 PM , Blogger Scott Wichmann said...

    I saw that Farrakhan interview too, and I was about to change the channel, when I decided to give him a listen. What a surprise then, when I agreed with everything he said. Not to mention that I agree with eveything you just said, Andrew, about the dems and their wuss-ass waffling. Pull all the troops out of Iraq by FALL OF '08?? Oh, boy that's not an obvious ploy to earn votes, now is it??

  • At 3/11/2007 2:10 PM , Blogger Andrew Hamm said...

    What bugs me most, Scott, is the blatant abuse of the American voter's attention span. The flip-flopping of the Democrats in Congress on just exactly how to be on record about the war seems to be so much more about electioneering than any actual stance on an issue. Senator Clinton is the perfect example; following up on the Clinton legacy of "believing in" just exactly what the polls say you want her to--until some other "belief" is more politically expedient. David Geffen was right: all politicians lie, but it's disturbing how easily the Clintons do it.

    Most of the leaders in the G.O.P. are scumbags, too, but it seems to me that ever since 2000 the Democrats in Washington have been growing increasingly petty and small. I swear to you, I think that if you gave Nancy Pelosi a choice between "America wins the war in Iraq" or "Bush loses the war in Iraq" she wouldn't be able to pick one.

    I need to be far more careful to not use the word "liberal" when I mean "Democrat." I hereby vow to do so. I respect the hell out of liberalism; I strongly believe in some of its tenets, and liberals has been responsible for a lot of the changes this country has needed through history. And even when I disagree with liberal philosophies, I acknowledge the absolute need for an opposing viewpoint in a democracy. There are times when the things I believe in are demonstrably wrong, and I want someone to check me on it. To quote Aaron Sorkin, "If you believe that strongly about something, you have a moral responsibility to try to change my mind."

    If you believe we should be out of Iraq, move to get our troops home NOW. Not in six months, not in eighteen months, NOW. If you're dead set on sabotaging our chance for success in the Middle East, the time to surrender is today, before any more Americans die. If you believe lives are being "wasted" over there, how many more will be "wasted" between now and Fall 2008, lives you apparently have no problem losing so long as they're the bad news you can spin to win an election? You believe in NOTHING, Madame Speaker, and anyone with eyes to see can see it.

    Hell, if a racist pinhead like Louis freaking Farrakhan can see it...

  • At 3/11/2007 2:48 PM , Blogger Frank Creasy said...

    Man - now this dialogue has hit on some fantastic, overlooked points NO one is discussing these days.

    Andrew points out quite rightly how liberalism has some amazingly noble, worthy goals - and I'm way more in that camp than with the hypocrites on the religious right, and it pains me to see how Republicans have no choice but to get in twin beds (flannel pajamas, and No Sex Please, We're Puritans) with that camp. Sadly, most Dems take those liberal values and twist them into something bizarre and stupid (Hillary Clinton, for example, railing against oil company profits, saying she wants to "take those profits"??? TAKE profits from companies who legally and rightfully EARNED them, for their stockholders and their company's future capital expenditures, to do WHAT exactly? Dole it out to those she deems "more deserving" of government handouts? To eliminate all incentive for gaining profit in a free market economy? Only a grandstanding succubus like her could drum up sympathy for the oil industry!

    Searching for integrity in Washington has proven the ultimate measure of voter futility. It's not wonder that relative Washington "rookies" such as Obama or Guiliani are so appealing right now. Either way, we could do far worse. And, of course, we already have.

  • At 3/11/2007 2:49 PM , Blogger Frank Creasy said...

    BTW, Scott - Richmond misses you! Hope all is well and that we see you near the RIVAH again real soon.

  • At 3/11/2007 5:50 PM , Blogger Scott Wichmann said...

    I miss you guys too. And I agree with everything both of you said-- especially the point about wanting dems to put their money where their mouth is with regard to attempting to bring the troops home asap-- if they really think that lives are being wasted over there.

    I'm also sick of Hillary Clinton's faux-centrist waffling, and I don't want to see a return to the Clinton years-- I want a real future where both sides can come together, and work things out.

    The supporters of the continuing campaign in Iraq are free to try and convince me that staying is the only option. Glenn beck constantly talks about how high the stakes are over there, and how we can't leave the region up for grabs lest Iran expand its' influence in the middle east. I get that, and trust me, I know that that is a disastrous chain of events. We also will see Genocides the likes of which we cannot imagine... the very same types of genocides we rail about in Darfur. How can we abandon the innocent Iraqis (The ones we haven't killed yet either by accident or on purpose) knowing their fate??

    Yet I also know that you cannot change what the Iraqi people want, which is to rid itself of the US occupiers. Any way you slice it, we went in there with no thought to the consequences, and every day both we and they pay the price in blood and treasure.

    I personally feel that US troops have been boxed into a lose-lose situation, because they have to fend off attacks from sunnis, shiites and kurds as well as attacks from the very Iraqi soldiers they would endeavor to train.

    For so long, we have heard the phrase "When they stand up, we'll stand down", but it is never truly going to happen the way we imagine it. How in God's name is the US military supposed to train an amateur Iraqi army to do what even the mightiest military in the world can't accomplish-- Namely, put an end to the sectarian conflict in Iraq?? I just don't see it happening.

    We have been building 14 permanent military bases in Iraq for the last three years, and there is every reason to believe that this conflict will drag on and on for years to come.

    If the war's supporters want this to end in victory for the United States, then they need to advocate sending an overwhelming force of up to 140,000 more troops into the region and FINISH it, re-instituting the draft in the process and imposing martial law in Iraq in order to tamp down any subversion, dissent, or conflict. Total victory should be the only victory.

    I am against this option, for many reasons, but we cannot continue to waffle in the middle and allow partisan politics to dictate what doesn't get done because it isn't politically viable. 'Get out' or 'win it'. There's no in-between. This has to end.

    whew, what a problematic situation. The realities are stark and either way, lives are going to be sacrificed. I can only hope that the world will pull itself out of this horrible cycle one day...

    On a lighter note-- Our show is open and we're up and running. Zac is coming to visit next week, so that'll be fun. Great review in the TD, y'all!! I had no idea Thomas was out sick-- is he okay?? Anyway, have a great sunday and GO RAMS!!

  • At 3/11/2007 7:33 PM , Blogger Frank Creasy said...

    Quick note here Scotto - Thomas had a pretty nasty sinus infection and completely lost his voice. He also learned he's got some kidney problems that could be very serious, so some positive vibes his way would be welcome. Sounds like he's getting better, but the demands of this production may have pushed him over the edge, health-wise. Let's hope he'll be in the pink soon.

    Hope YOUR show has started well - shoot us some links to reviews or articles about the show. I understand you've got some sort of supporting role????? (TART-what??)

    Give 'em hell dude!

  • At 3/12/2007 8:48 AM , Blogger Andrew Hamm said...

    Once again, I just want to remind us all that this brilliant elucidation was inspired by LOUIS FARRAKHAN. What is the world coming to?


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