“We are here because some of us and our friends voted for change. What did we get? What we got was a more effective imperial CEO.” — Bruce A. Dixon of Black Agenda Report, Chicago, 16 October 2010
Bruce Dixon, who runs a blog on the Black Agenda Report (blackagendareport.com), argues that the current Democrat in the White House has been able to foist upon the U.S. public policies that a Republican president wouldn’t have gotten away with. Obama has proven to be a “more effective Imperial CEO” than his predecessor. Since his inauguration, much of the anti-war movement has demobilized itself to avoid criticizing him, while Middle East colonial adventures deepen, including an expansion of the Afghanistan war. Domestically, the White House has junked major campaign promises to fight for the Employee Free Choice Act or to pass real health care reform, yet he has bailed out Wall Street at the expense of Main Street, and thrown the UAW to the wolves in the GM intervention. All this while our national culture of prison incarceration keeps growing. Dixon reminds us of similar failures to deliver from President Clinton in the 1990s. The Democrats, he points out, “are people proof and reform proof”. Dixon calls for an independent, permanent political party to break from the Democrats. The presentation is intercut with scenes from the Oct. 16, 2010 anti-war march in Chicago and struggles over the years for health care reform, employee free choice legislation, defending the public sector, etc. Length – 24:42. Produced by Labor Beat. Labor Beat is a CAN TV Community Partner. Labor Beat is a non-profit 501(c)(3) member of IBEW 1220. Views are those of the producer Labor Beat. For info: firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.laborbeat.org. 312-226-3330. For other Labor Beat videos, visit Google Video, YouTube, or blip.tv and search “Labor Beat”.
Bruce A. Dixon, “A More Effective Imperial CEO”