Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day
when black will not be asked to get in back,
when brown can stick around,
when yellow will be mellow,
when the red man can get ahead, man
and when white will embrace what is right.
That all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen.
Rev. Joseph Lowery delivered this paraphrased version of a Big Bill Bronzy song in his President Obama inauguaration. The “white will embrace what is right” part has been, absurdly, touted as some kind of racist remark. Only somone completely ignorant of the struggle for black and white rights could possibly come to this conclusion.
In President Obama’s press conference today (21st, January) he signed in an “ethics in Washington” bill. With barely camouflaged comments about the Bush, as well as other administrations, using power for personal gain and for doing favours for their friends. Immediately the ties of Bush and Blair to the Pharma industry came to mind. I don’t like making ungrounded accusations (I actually typed the “typo” undergrounded there … a Freudian slip if ever I’ve seen one). But the Obama administration is right. They cited the Freedom of Information act as being manipulated … specifically clauses to do with information that can be held back for defence or other reasons … in order to cover up inconvenient information. I suspect that previous administrations have been partly doing this kind of thing to do favours for the Pharma industry. Probably corrupting FDA and medical procedures in order to pass very dangerous drugs on to the market, and then excusing suffering and deaths as either “side effects” or the fault of the user. I can only hope that these episodes will come to light as time goes on. I don’t like being proved right about my “suspicions” but sadly I suspect I will be.
Anyhow, onto happier things. I fired up BBC News to see this gem on the page …
( LOL ! ) So as Obama was passing an executive order to restrict conflicts of interest from lobby groups, Brown was doing almost exactly the opposite ! Thankfully he seems to have backed down, no doubt unless the hypocritical, double dealing, mealy mouthed corruption is seen by all the world for what it is !