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On this, the eve of Super Tuesday - the closest thing to a national presidential primary that we have - I thought it was time to stop wavering, to stop waffling, to "be a man" and take a stand on this close and often contentious Democratic political primary. At the chance of shocking many of you who have followed my commentary and writing here over the last year or so, I felt I had to do as some of our members have counseled me. I had to ignore my heart and emotions and choose a candidate who most closely matches my perspective on the issues and who I think has the best shot at doing the most for African America. I've done that and that process helped inform my thinking for this endorsement.

Well, people, I don't want to shock you and I hope you won't hold this endorsement against me. This site has been a constant source of intellectual stimulation and affection for me since we "opened the doors" here in April 2002. I really would never do anything to alienate myself from our members. So I write the following with just a bit of trepidation and concern.

First, let me say, I clearly recognize the limitations of our political system and the government to solve the fundamental problems within African America. I realize that, in some ways, with Barack's candidacy we're talking about symbolism as much as anything. Look - I understand the deal as well as anyone about our plight in this country and Barack's ability to impact that. Barack is no revolutionary, he's just one of the best brothas to ever play the political game here - certainly at the presidential level. That said, I have a fundamental belief that our system, however caustic generally, can be a meaningful vehicle for progress and growth for African America. I also do not understate the value of "symbolism" to positively impact peoples' lives. In that spirit, I felt like I had to make a decision on this race. I had to take a stand.

Ladies and gentlemen, the wait is over: I officially endorse Barack Obama for president of the United States of America. Negroes please! It's not even close!!! nono

In Barack we have a black man who, at his core, understands the black community, who has lived the black experience, who is married to a strong and dynamic black woman, who has bright and precocious black children, who attends an enthusiastically black church, who has successfully represented a black legislative district in his home state, who has worked for black people in his career, and who has consistently fought for black interests. Beyond that, Barack Obama also represents the greatest opportunity that our nation has to bring together the most diverse, most inclusive, most productive coalition of Americans of anyone left in the race. He brings this group together not only to move affirmatively toward winning the White House, but also to "fix" a lot of what ails this nation. To be sure, in his over-all plan to "fix" what is wrong with Washington, I believe that African America will - by far - find the most positive hearing of any president ever.

Barack Obama is not only African America's, but he is America's, best shot at cutting through the political undergrowth in Washington and actually getting something done for the people of this country. His civility and humanity, as well as his judgment and vision leave him miles ahead of anyone else in the race. Think about it: how can someone who is a direct product of the refuse in DC realistically presume to clean it up themselves? Confused

Folks, if you are interested in having a president of the United States who will give African America the greatest chance at taking the biggest steps on our long journey toward social and economic justice ever, then Barack Obama should also be your choice for president as well. Beyond that, for every young black child under an Obama administration who's personal expectations are raised because he or she sees someone in the White House who looks just like them, I say we all should enthusiastically vote for Barack.

This is a unique time in history. Barack has proven his "black bona fides". He's got my support; I encourage you to support him too!

© MBM

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I commend you MBM for making the RIGHT decision. But not only is it the RIGHT decision....but more importantly it is the SMART decision. There are so many thangs that must get done and the need for someone who is of us to be in that position. That position holds the power to execute.
For example,
[U]Posted by Oscar L. Beard on December 15, 1998 at 01:26:35:

The Black Vote and Year 2007[/U]
On April 2, 1998 the United States Department of Justice issued an official statement in response to letters circulating on the Internet that the Black Vote would expire in year 2007. The statement was in response to numerous inquiries received by the Justice Department. The issue of the Black Vote and Year 2007, as of December 1998, has also been receiving substantial attention in the local media. It is Internet news also, at Internet news cites and at the Justice Department website.
The U.S. Justice Department states in its "Voting Rights Act Clarification," that, "The voting rights of African Americans are guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Voting Rights Act, and those guarantees are permanent and do not expire." This is a very interesting statement.
First of all, at what point in U.S. History were Blacks asked to be U.S. Citizens? There is no such historical point. Secondly, at what point in U.S. History did Blacks as a Class request to be U.S. Citizens? There is also no such historical point. In Natural Law and in International Law, if you are a Captive of War or are descended from Captives of War who never gave up their Original Legal Domicile of Origin, then you cannot become a citizen in another land by simply being born into slavery or into captivity in that new land. There is also no Statute of Limitation on this International or Natural Law.
In other words, since we were captured illegally, i.e. against our will, and we never as a Class gave up our Original African Domicile of Origin, then our legal status with regard to Domicile hasn't changed in our land of captivity. We will remain Captives of War until either we change our Legal Domicile to the U.S. as a Class or until there is a settlement for slavery, neither of which has yet occurred. We cannot be made citizens without our own input. Such is simply another act of enslavement and being treated as non-humans, which is a violation of our Human Rights in Natural Law and in International Law, and in common sense we might add. Original Domicile of Origin is one of those cardinal laws among nations and Peoples.
The Civil Rights Movement of the sixties rested on the fallacious assumption that we are already citizens, presumably because we were born in America, but that we were not being permitted to vote. If we could simply put on our thinking caps, we would wonder, "How can a citizen not be voting already?" How can anything be "guaranteed" when there has been no human-to-human meeting of the minds on being a citizen? How can anyone in their right mind even consider or accept such conditions of so-called "citizenship" in which they had no choice, particularly after the deaths of estimates from 60 to 100 million Blacks in The Middle Passage alone, not to include the rest who continue to die in our continued Captivity or who were worked to death during Chattel Slavery? Without human-to-human mutuality, nothing can be guaranteed. This defies even the Laws of Human Nature, i.e. that we never agreed on something, but it is guaranteed!
Where do we see any debate in the news about the Right to Vote of Whites being guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution? We see that discussion nowhere because the White Vote is guaranteed, and the issue never comes up because Whites as a Class had human-to-human mutuality with the U.S. Government and with the U.S. Constitution on July 4, 1776. That process has yet to occur between Blacks as a Class and the U.S. Government. Mind, this is not to say that it should not occur, but only to point out that it has yet to occur. The U.S. Government has yet to deal with Blacks as a Class in an human-to-human fashion of equal parties. This has nothing to do with how many Black governors there are or how many rich Blacks. We are discussing some serious issues about legal or illegal relations between classes of People and governments. The basis of all law, all Real Law, is human-to-human mutuality. If it is not mutual, then it is force or deception; both in our case. This is not just about individuals.
As such, what was done on July 4, 1776 did not involve the participation of Blacks. That is, we are not parties to the U.S. Constitution. And, as we will see, we are also not parties to The 13th Amendment or parties to any of the Amendments, and we are also not parties to The Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was based upon The Civil Rights Act of 1866 which we are also not parties too. If you couldn't vote you couldn't vote for The Voting Rights Act of 1965. These are all unilateral acts on the part of the U.S. Congress that were done without our say so as a class, and are hence not legal acts. This is not to overlook The Civil Rights Movement. But Blacks have never been uniform in our political outlooks. We have separatists and integrationists and various breeds of Black Nationalism, the political versus the cultural Nationalists. The White Media and the U.S. Government chose one ideology over the others and propagated integrationism. There was no national Black Plebiscite or national Black Referendum about who wanted the vote or who wanted citizenship or who wanted to go back to Africa with Reparations or to have citizenship in the U.S. with mutuality and with Reparations. These would be among the human-to-human options. But alas, the political arena of Blacks in America was not yet about Human Rights, it was about legislated Civil Rights in which we had no say as a Class that some of us were out in the streets to get enforced under the notion that we are citizens just like White People, so we thought.
There has been no Black Emancipation in America. There has been One Continuous Act of Enslavement against us wherein we had no say in determining ourselves and still do not have a say, in that even the Black Vote or its "special provisions" come up for periodic review. Whether it will be eliminated in year 2007 or not, the fact remains that there is no Black Vote in Real Law with which we have mutuality as a Class. There is no legal Black Vote to be eliminated, because we have never been asked nor have we ourselves ever asked as a Class to be associated with the U.S. Government or with its Constitution. The fact that we are ignorant to these facts may be used in our defense in an International Court of Law on these Human Rights abuse issues.
On July 4, 1776 White People and the White U.S. Government ratified 7 Slave Statutes making Blacks slaves for life based upon our color. On the other hand, what does the average Black think the significance of July 4th is? The average Black views it as "our" day of liberation from England. White indentured servants were even given their liberties on July 4th.
The next big leg of this farce was The 13th Amendment and The Civil Rights Act of 1866. A group of Blacks in Atlanta will march in downtown Atlanta on Saturday, December 12, 1998 Georgia to celebrate their so-called "Black Emancipation" and The 13th Amendment. All of this is rather quite interesting. Why do we say this?
After estimates of from 60 to 100 million Black deaths in the trip over here alone, not to include those who were killed or worked to death during chattel slavery, the U.S. Congress unilaterally (without asking us) decides in 1865 and 1866 that slaves would become so-called "citizens". With the defeat of the Southern slavemaster we became legislated slaves to the U.S. Congress following the world's most extensive Human Atrocity, the Black Atrocity. On the other hand, U.S. Slavery could have ended in 1865 if the U.S. Congress had been able to deal with slaves as humans, with an apology (the admission of guilt) and Reparations where the slaves have a say in their legal status. We are suffering under the illusion that the slavemaster can end slave unilaterally, without the input of the slaves. If this were the case, what is to prevent the slavemaster from re-instituting slavery at the next full moon?
At an historical juncture where the issues of Black Reparations and U.S. Slavery had reached world notoriety, the U.S. Congress wanted, by all means, to avoid addressing slaves as a Class, which would mean treating us as Humans, making an apology and paying Reparations. Instead, the U.S. Congress chose a more deceptive route.
The U.S. Congress would make it appear to the world community and even to us, illiterate slaves (illiteracy enforced by law), that slaves were being given their liberties. The U.S. Congress passed The Expatriation Act of 1868 the day prior to the enactment of The 14th Amendment. The Expatriation Act gave us just 24 hours, after more than two centuries of U.S. Slavery blood sweat and tears to expatriate ourselves from the U.S. Government for any other government of our choosing. The failure of the Black illiterates to expatriate meant, in the warped sense of legalities of the U.S. Congress, that we had no objection to the offer of "citizenship" of The 14th Amendment. Hardly any of us, of course, ever knew about The Expatriation Act of 1868. Furthermore, how can you expatriate yourself from a government that you never agreed to associate with. The Expatriation Act was a piece of propaganda for international edification by the world's People who still wonder about the real causes of the racial crisis in America. That crisis has its roots in International Law, i.e. in a grotesque violation of International Law, Human Rights and Natural Law.
The U.S. Department of Justice statement goes on to highlight some provisions relevant to the so-called Voting Rights Act of 1965. "The 15th amendment to the Constitution and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 prohibit racial discrimination in voting. Under the 15th amendment and the Voting Rights Act no one may be denied the right to vote because of his or her race or color."
Well, again the U.S. Congress could not deal with us human-to-human as a Class and unilaterally determined our legal status with supposedly a Black popular demand for the vote without a plebiscite. Why was there such difficulty in getting Blacks to register? Is it just a fear and ignorance dynamic, or are there other human sentimentalities at play here? And, who dares to look into these questions in a national Black Plebiscite? The U.S. Government understands that such a mass approach to Blacks could certainly take the demand for Black Reparations to the world stage, a sure ingredient for Black victory over these Human Rights issues. So, it was again safer for the U.S. Congress to "guarantee" or to protect the Black Vote without a Black Vote on citizenship. .
The U.S. Department of Justice statement goes on to say that, "These prohibitions against racial discrimination in voting are permanent; they do not expire." Well, how can something that never existed, i.e. the Black Vote, be permanent, and how could it never expire if it never existed, if it never was Real Law to which the Blacks agreed? How can you make something permanent that never was?
The Justice Department statement continues, "The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was enacted at a time when for decades in some areas of the South blacks had not been permitted to vote, and blacks who attempted to register to vote or to organize or assist others to attempt to register to vote risked losing their jobs, their homes, even their lives." Well, yes, White People in general know that Blacks are not citizens in Real Law, so many Whites oppose the so-called Black Vote. In fact, the Southern States claim that they were not even seated in the U.S. Congress when The 14th Amendment was Railroaded through for purposes of U.S. International Relations. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 included certain provisions to "protect" the Black Vote from the Southern States, an interesting twist since the original "laws" that made Blacks slaves are federal statutes.
"To combat this situation Congress included in the Voting Rights Act -- in addition to permanent provisions banning racial discrimination -- special provisions containing extraordinary remedies that applied in certain areas of the nation for a limited time period. Among these extraordinary remedies (among others) are--

· the authorization of the U.S. Attorney General to send federal observers to monitor elections, to make sure that blacks who are eligible to vote are actually permitted to vote, and that their votes are actually counted. [Section 8, 42 U.S.C. § 1973f]

· the requirement that specially covered jurisdictions gain the approval of the U.S. Attorney General before implementing new voting practices or procedures, to make sure that any voting changes that they make are not racially discriminatory. [Section 5, 42 U.S.C. § 1973c]

n These special provisions containing extraordinary remedies were intended to be of limited duration. They were originally scheduled to expire in 1970, but they were extended in 1970, and again in 1975 and 1982. They are now scheduled to expire in 2007, if not further extended.

n Even if the special provisions are allowed to expire, they can be reinstated by court order if there is a renewal of discriminatory practices.

Conclusion
The clincher is the Justice Department statement above that, "Even if the special provisions are allowed to expire..." So, alas, the Internet letter was correct about something expiring about the so-called Black Vote in Year 2007. The point the Justice Department is attempting to make is that it is not the Black Vote itself that could expire. They are right in the sense that nothing can expire that never existed.
Look at the number of times that provisions of the Black so-called Vote have already come up for review; 1970, 1975, 1982 and again in 2007. According to Attorney Robert L. Brock (go to website: http://www.directblackaction.com) the Black so-called Vote itself comes up for review every four years, requiring a sign-off by The Attorney General of the United States. Since we are still Captives of War in Real U.S. Law terms, we are wards of the U.S. Attorney General and do not come directly under the U.S. President as we most likely think. At the heart of the current polemic over the so-called Black Vote is the issue of Black Self Determination, which we do not have in the U.S. as Captives of War who think we are U.S. Citizens.

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