Clarence Thomas in the White House

What if Clarence Thomas were President? This prospect would horrify most “liberals,” but would the policies coming out of the White House be very different from the “change we can believe in?” A Thomas presidency would favor corporations over working people; promote government secrecy over transparency; protect torturers from prosecution; and continue endless war, thereby enriching and aggrandizing the Military-Industrial Complex.

Obama is better looking than Clarence Thomas, and he has better political instincts than Condi Rice, but he is an example of the Plutocrat Party (Democratic wing) expanding the proven tactic of the minority shield. Installation of a minority candidate into a high office immunizes that leader from most liberal criticism and clears the way for a plutocratic agenda.

Look at what Obama is DOING, not at what he PROMISED:

He is breaking the laws against torture by immunizing confessed torturers.

He is jacking up already obscene “defense” spending.

He is blocking single-payer national health care.

He is continuing the occupation of Iraq and expanding the war in Afghanistan.

He is maintaining Bush-era secrecy claims over White House information (even visitor logs).

He is refusing to allow equal rights for gays.

He is providing unlimited taxpayer funding to corrupt Wall Street firms.

This is not a man of the people; this is a man owned by the CORPORATIONS – this is the equivalent of Clarence Thomas in the White House.


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    • Edger on June 17, 2009 at 18:15

    This is all great stuff! It’s the big chess game in the sky and he’s deking out his opponents by making them think he’s on their side.

    Any day now he’s going to do a couple of eleven dimensional backflips and pull the rug out from under them, scattering the like duck pins across the tortured landscape.

    Have faith! heh! 😉

  1. as the foil straw man for this?  Why not George Bush?  Oh that’s right. The present occupant of the White House is black and so is Clarence Thomas but George Bush isn’t.  The odious comparison has something to do with race. That’s why you mention Condi Rice in the second paragraph. She’s black too. I see. And the point is that we shouldn’t notice race, that we should notice policies. That would be why you center this around race?

    • Viet71 on June 17, 2009 at 19:15

    Clarence Thomas has never pretended to be someone other than who he is.

  2. Leave race out of it

  3. From Democratic Underground, just below the top diary that was titled, K&R if you love Obama!

    “* Starting to close down GITMO

    * Allowing Caskets to be photographed when the return from Iraq with family approval

    * Working on getting us the heck out of IRAQ by next year

    * Not having us embroiled in a new war with Bomb-Bomb-Bomb-Bomb-Bombing Iran or N. Korea

    * Filling the SCOTUS seat with Sotomayor instead of a 6th Right Wing Justice

    * Having the guts to attempt to fix the financial welfare of our country without giving more tax cuts to the wealthy & corporations

    * Not drilling in ANWAR as a knee jerk reaction

    * Pushing like heck to actually get a new Healthcare plan for this country

    * Getting Partner Benefits for GLBT Government Employees

    * Getting Netanyahu to accepted a two state solution

    * Inspiring the youth of Iran to revolutionize their own Government (still pending),

    * Hezbollah lost in Lebanon,

    * Getting France to rejoin NATO,

    * Getting Russia to agree to cut nuclear weapons

    * Lifting the ban on Stem Cell Research

    * Banning Torture / Waterboarding

    * Protecting Wilderness Areas

    * Actually “talking” with dictators he doesn’t like (Chavez) to negotiate

    * High Speed Rail Plan

    * Lily-Ledbetter Act,

    * Supporting clean and alternative energy sources,

    * Assisting the Auto companies, and keeping thousands of Union employees employed

    * Increased funding for sciences and education

    * Struck fear into Pirates Everywhere

    * Created a foreclosure prevention fund for homeowners

    * Established a credit card “bill of rights”

    * Opened the White House as “The People’s House” with Jazz Nights, Poetry Readings, etc.

    * Expanded loan programs for small businesses

    * Extended and index the 2007 Alternative Minimum Tax patch

    * Expanded eligibility for State Children’s Health Insurance Fund (SCHIP)

    * Expanded funding to train primary care providers and public health practitioners

    * Gave a speech at a major Islamic forum in the first 100 days of his administration

    * Granted Americans unrestricted rights to visit family and send money to Cuba

    * Restored funding for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne/JAG) program

    * Released presidential records

    * Required new hires to sign a form affirming their hiring was not due to political affiliation or contributions

    * Pushed for enactment of Matthew Shepard Act, which expands hate crime law to include sexual orientation and other factors

    * Created a White House Office on Urban Policy.

    * Increased funding for the NEA

    * Appointed an assistant to the president for science and technology policy

    * Funded a major expansion of AmeriCorps

    * Banned lobbyist gifts to executive employees

    * Investment in all types of alternative energy

    * Enacted tax credit for consumers for plug-in hybrid cars

    * Provided grants to encourage energy-efficient building codes

    * Extended unemployment insurance benefits and temporarily suspend taxes on these benefits

    * Appointed more than 60 openly LGBT persons to positions in the executive branch

    * Got his daughters a puppy & an awesome new swingset’

    I don’t know, how to you fight this?

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