When Did Liberals Get Comfortable With War, Murder and Indifference?
(Tip o' the tinfoil hat to constant reader CC for the heads up.)
Before today, I'd never heard of Lupe Fiasco. In fact, you could fill the Library of Congress and the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of fame in Cleveland with the names of all the fur-draped, backwards NY Yankees cap-wearing, wannabe gangsta poolside rappers I'd never heard of. I'm a head banger from way back and, in my opinion, noise pollution laws should be applied to rappers and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Therefore, it serves as a pathetic commentary on our culture and on the so-called liberal antiwar movement (How many times have we heard Cindy Sheehan's name or that of the Gold Star Mothers since Obama took over?) that our opposition to this president's murderous policies is boiled down to mocked and jeered rappers such as Lupe Fiasco, a guy who took a lot of hits for the team last night by performing a 40 minute-long, anti-Obama pre-inaugural rap song last night and getting caned off the stage like he was Rush Limbaugh (whom he'd called out in his lyrics for being a racist) in a Klan costume.
That's right, folks. We have to go to rappers, recording artists forever tied to gang-banging and gangsta life to give us our proper cues about the blood-drenched legacy of the Obama administration. In my mind, this is no better than having to go to comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert for our news.
What was Fiasco's beef, it seems, was Obama's avuncular tongue-clucking at the recent Israeli bombings of Palestine in the Gaza Strip and playing the false equivalency game as if Palestine also benefited from having The Bomb, a huge standing army and $3 billion of annual US aid. This sin of omission on Obama's part is just the very least of his crimes and every day he stays in office makes a bigger and bigger mockery of his winning a Nobel Peace Prize for which he was nominated when he was in office a mere week and a half.
Also mentioned in Lupe Fiasco's jeremiad were the drone strikes, just one of Obama's many biggest crimes against humanity, that have not only killed hundreds of innocents from around the world but have even despicably vilified the dead by labeling a certain age of male casualties (15 and up) as enemy combatants to both pump up terrorist kill counts while simultaneously playing down collateral damage figures (which we don't tally but are always willing to chew down by blatantly calling local authorities liars.). Not mentioned by smug liberals who still dream of sharing a stretch limo and wet bar with Arianna Huffington is the Obama administration's continuance of torture and extraordinary rendition for which they mercilessly took the Bush administration to task for eight straight years.
Still, to hear liberals talk on Twitter and elsewhere, they've never been prouder to be Americans. You could practically see them ejaculating over their towel-draped keyboards tripping over themselves and each other vying to see who could praise our fearless Commander in Chief the most and repeating his every syllable during today's inaugural address as if he really was Lincoln reincarnated.
I'm assuming these are the same exact liberals who'd excoriated Obama's idiot predecessor (C Plus Augustus, to borrow Charles Pierce's immortal sobriquet) for turning a blind eye to the carnage in South Lebanon when the Israelis were shelling and murdering dozens of women and children at a time and strafing Red Cross vans in 2006 or when Israeli commandos boarded a flotilla aid ship and murdered several aid workers in their sleep as they were bound for Palestine or murdering little Palestinian boys for throwing rocks at their massive tanks during their ceaseless land grabs of the West Bank.
Yet you'll hardly hear a liberal whose name isn't Lupe Fiasco or John Cusack who doesn't get the dry heaves at the thought of taking Obama to task for his identical support for Israel's terrorist acts and policies, his ignoring Palestine and drone strikes that are ever so slowly beginning to define this man's administration much moreso than it ever did Bush's.
You'd have an easier time finding a la Diogenes an honest man on K Street than a so-called liberal who has even the slightest problem with Obama's assassination list authorizing him to murder US citizens abroad and even their 16 year-old children and all without due process that his lawyers, maxima cum laude graduates of the John Yoo and Alberto Gonzales School of Law, assure him is all nice and legal, or the NDAA that gives Obama the power to arrest and indefinitely detain without charge anyone who criticizes him or his murderous policies (but don't worry and fear not, liberals: Obama said in a non-binding signing statement that can be ignored by him and his successors that he would never even do that, heavens to Betsy. But it's nice to know that I can if I have to.).
And liberals hanging on to this fascist dictator's every word during today's inaugural and boilerplate bullshit and gushing over the first gay and Latino poet to warble the inaugural poem and how lovely and ladylike Sasha and Malia have gotten and marveling over the First Lady's new bangs also don't have a problem with Obama rendering the First Amendment even more moot by making protesting near a federal building or anyone who happens to have a Secret Service detail a federal felony and has historically cracked down on whistleblowers such as Bradley Manning while his Justice Department lets one Obama Wall Street crony after another slide like the slime that they are.
But if you were to confront any self-identified liberals with these rather inconvenient facts, they'll just shout you down like the proto-teabaggers who'd mowed down crosses commemorating the war dead at Camp Casey in 2005, the same bellowing Bushbots who screamed that if we weren't with them and their moron President, we were with the terrorists.
Lupe Fiasco found out who his real friends were last night and maybe he had an idea of how ill-received his 40 minute-long anti-Obama jeremiad would be and he went out and did it, anyway.
Because, God fuck it all with His giant cosmic Cock, someone had to. And even though this 54 year-old white guy who still rocks out to the Foo Fighters and Jimi Hendrix isn't nearly in his demographic, I'll turn my Red Sox cap backwards and tip it to Lupe Fiasco for grabbing his crotch and finding his own set and waving it in the more than general direction of the self-satisfied face of the most fascist administration in all American history.
And the fact that we're gushing over a second Obama term that will perpetuate if not escalate the bloodshed on the same day we also observe and mouth platitudes about the nonviolent Dr. King's legacy makes me want to burn my own invisible liberal card.