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Wednesday, January 28 2015 @ 06:06 AM CST

Obama's Second Term: Four More Years of Groundhog Days

President Obama has nearly consummated his long courtship with the GOP, yet Black and labor leaders continue to pretend that he is a bulwark against austerity. In an even more nightmarish version of Groundhog Day, "the behavior of the Black and labor leadership actors remains the same, as the economic and political landscape crumbles around them.”

Obama's Second Term: Four More Years of Groundhog Days

Glen Ford
Black Agenda Report

In the 1993 movie Groundhog Day, the Bill Murray character finds himself repeating the same day over and over again. (William Shatner wound up in a similar scenario in Nick of Time, a 1960 Twilight Zone episode.) The endless looping eventually causes Murray to reexamine his life, and set a new course. After four years of calamity for African Americans, one would think that at least some elements of the Black Misleadership Class would be threatening, ever so softly, to break the cycle of reflexive subservience to Power in a Black face. Unlike Murray, however, our misleaders show not even a hint of honest introspection, much less genuine self-criticism for having failed to make a single serious demand of the First Black President through two election cycles. The clock has run out on those who purport to be Black power-brokers, now that Obama is “free at last” from ever again having to depend on African American voters.

Organized labor has also shot its wad – and many hundreds of millions of dollars – in servile allegiance to the corporate Democrat who is brimming with confidence “that we can get what is the equivalent of the grand bargain that essentially I've been offering to the Republicans for a very long time.” Blacks and labor are about to be shoved off the fiscal cliff, possibly in time for Christmas.

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