Ron Ridenour

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Obama: The Worst US President Ever
[March 9, 2013, updated December 2015]

Yes, I mean it: the worst ever!

We’ve had James Monroe and his doctrine of supremacy over Latin America. Manifest Destiny stole half of Mexico; Theodore Roosevelt and his takeover of Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines; Eisenhower-Nixon-JFK-Johnson in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos; Reagan in Central America-Iran; Bush-Bush and their mass murdering in the Middle East--all the war crimes and genocide committed by most presidents. The hundreds of military interventions and invasions. Yes, but we never had a black-skinned man sit on the white throne of imperialism and its war crimes.

And there he is, murdering even more people in Afghanistan than Bush, backing coups in Latin America, continuing to undermine Iraq, sending drones, mercenaries, saboteurs to Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Uganda, Libya and now Syria. He bores deeper into several African countries, rich with oil and minerals, than his white predecessors, Democrats and Republicans. The US is eliminating all the few secular governments that there were in the Middle East and North Africa. Obama is busier fulfilling total Usamerican world domination than even Reagan-Nixon-Bush.

He is THE president for US corporations. With his black Kenyan roots he can walk into Africa’s rich parlors and black White houses and communicate with these butchers better than any of the capitalist class’ other presidents, all white. In fact, profit for big capital has risen higher under him than all other presidents.

Under Obama’s regime corporate profits after taxes has grown 171%, more than under any other presidency since World War 11. Profits are twice as high as their peak under the supra neo-liberal Reagan regime.

Obama is also worse than the other Yankee presidents because he betrays all his black “brothers and sisters”, all except a few rich and opportunistic ones. He was the hope; he would improve their lot, and that of all the poor, the working people. So they waited and did not protest hoping that their great black hope will come through. Unlike with white president murderers and con men for big business, most black folk and many responsible white folk sit back and wait, and wait. [This condition began to change somewhat with Occupy Wall Street and during the summer of 2013 with a variety of protests over many injustices.]

Obama does nothing for the working and poor people. He uses their passive good faith instead to take from them to give to the rich, the worst criminals on Wall Street, the war arms industry, the oil and mineral industries. He is the treacherous Pied Piper, derailing the potential of a workers's political party to take shape and rise up.

Many of Obama's economic advisors are from Wall Street. His top militarists, Homeland Security thugs, and CIA killers are some of those that Bush used, and many of them Republicans. And now his military generals are active in placing troops and building bases in every African country he can for the mineral industry's and agro-industry's profitable fruits.

He had the hero Bradley Manning tortured and imprisoned for life. He seeks to destroy Wikileaks and Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and all whistle-blowers. The constitutional lawyer and professor president sends more whistle-blowers to court and prison than all other presidents since the espionage act of 1917.

I held a speech in front of the US embassy in Copenhagen when Obama was to receive the Nobel Peace Prize! Here are excerpts:

“We live in a state of permanent war and Obama continues this system, as he must, because no president of the USA can significantly moderate or abolish that brutal system. It is of no consequence what one’s color, gender or sexual preference is. Changing or abolishing capitalism and imperialism can only occur when gigantic numbers of productive and service workers wake up and fight for such. And we must do so with our own political parties not the dominating capitalist parties, Democratic or Republican, or in Denmark with the current array of political parties.

Tomorrow this black president for capitalism and its wars-for-profit will receive the so-called Nobel Peace Prize. This is an absurd hypocrisy, even more so as it occurs just days after he announced sending 30,000 more murdering US troops to Afghanistan where the resistance forces, fighting for their country’s legitimate sovereignty, will righteously receive them with weaponry.

The media fails to mention that this is the second time Obama has sent additional troops to Afghanistan. Within his first 100 days in office, he ordered an additional 17,000 troops to supplement the 38,000 then present. Soon, there will be nearly 100,000 US troops and some 40,000 more from other countries, including the Banana Republic of Denmark.

While Bush was tied down in Afghanistan and Iraq, Obama takes up imperialism’s demand for blood in Latin America. The nine ALBA (Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of Latin America) countries have formed a cooperative trade, political and social network in the past five years and are making deep inroads into capitalism’s territory.

Bush was powerless to combat this development started by Cuba and Venezuela, in 2004. But the “black” president saw a weak link in Honduras where the oligarchy and the thoroughly US-dominated military organized a coup d´etat with Obama generals assisting. Then came the illegal elections a week ago, held under an armed curfew, which Obama announced as legitimate even as the real president (Manuel Zelaya) and his patriotic supporters in the hundreds of thousands sought to have him reinstated.

Since that speech, Obama also supported the removal of progressive Catholic priest and President Fernando Lugo in Paraguay.

The “black” president ran on a peace ticket, which he has reversed. Nor has he fulfilled any other of his somewhat progressive campaign promises, such as closing down Guantanamo’s torture factory -- with the one exception of reestablishing diplomatic relations with the Cuban government, aimed however to undermine what little socialism there is left in the formerly revolutionary country.

The true Obama mantra is: I Have a Dream Drone.

I close with the words of Bolivia’s Evo Morales, the world’s first indigenous president, excerpted from his 10 Commandments:

Commandment 1: To End with Capitalism

“If we want to start a serious and sincere discussion on climate change we should know that it is about the struggle between two ways of living, between two cultures: the culture of trash and death, versus the culture of life and peace. This is the core of the discussion on climate change. In order to preserve the planet, life and the human species, we must end Capitalism!"


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