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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Barack Obama is the Mau Mau candidate for president

Andy Martin on the aftermath of Barack Obama's Philadelphia speech: Martin says that Obama himself and his supporters have adopted the 1960's radical chic approach of "mau mauing" the Democratic Party into nominating him for president.

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(NEW YORK)(March 23, 2008) When I went to prep school in Britain fifty years ago the Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya was still very much in the minds of English schoolboys. Through arson, rape, plunder and murder the Mau Mau movement had brought Britain's East African empire into a state of eventual collapse. And killed schoolboys. I was not the only person impressed and influenced by the Mau Mau. Barack Obama Senior was a young Kenyan growing up in the thick of the rebellion.

Whether Barack Obama Senior was merely influenced by the Mau Mau (he was of the wrong tribe to join) or actively supported the movement is a matter still under investigation. Nevertheless, the Mau Mau left an indelible impression on the world. A few years latter the term "mau mau" even entered the American vernacular. And Barack Senior entered the United States. We are living with the aftermath.

In a classic book of social satire, Tom Wolfe in 1970 wrote "Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers," describing how the emerging "militant movement" in America was trying to threaten government agencies into capitulating to collectivist intimidation. Wolfe borrowed the term "mau mau" and converted the phrase into a gentler form of coercion, although many radicals in the 60's did use rape and arson as weapons in their arsenal of social deconstruction.

Today, Barack Obama, Jr. has become the Mau Mau candidate for president.

While on first glance that might seem an incendiary accusation, closer examination of the Obama campaign's latest tactics and the entire raison d'etre of Obama's candidacy confirm that Obama has successfully mau maued the mainstream media and is well on his way to mau mauing the Democratic Party into nominating him for president.

There is a certain amount of just desserts in having the Democrats formally and openly fall to a mau mau candidate. For the past third of a century Democrats have been moving steadily outside the mainstream of American life. Yes, Democrats are our neighbors; and as Obama reminds us we love them and work next to them at the office. But as Obama also reminded us in his recent Philadelphia speech, everyone, Blacks and Whites alike, are supposedly two-faced, and say one thing in public and another a the barber shop. Yes, he said that.

So too it is with Democrats. We love them in public, as the second major party, and deplore their surrender to collectivism and socialism in private. Or not so private.

To be sure, the Republicans have helped open the way to a successful mau mau insurgency by extreme elements in the Democratic Party. Republicans have mismanaged the economy, leading our financial system to the brink of collapse. We have mismanaged foreign policy, and mangled relations with friend and foe alike. Whether trickle-down economics really exists, many Americans who are struggling to survive believe the federal government is raining cash on the rich, not on struggling workers. The trickle is running backwards. Republican incompetence has provided a golden opportunity for the Democrats to take over.

And, ironically, in their hour of maximum opportunity the Democrats face the prospect of being mau maued into nominating Obama, the least-qualified and most radical candidate ever considered by a national party.

Why? Well, Hillary Clinton is a tough fighter. Good for her. She demands that her candidacy be taken all through the primary process and maybe even to the convention. What's wrong with that? What's wrong is that after two or three generations of anesthetizing American children with Nanny State notions of "No fighting" and "Can't we just learn to get along," culminating in the banning of dodge ball from school playgrounds, we now have a Good Friday Judas, Bill Richardson, demanding that Clinton stop fighting and surrender to Obama.

Or else.

The or else is that if African-Americans do not get "their" candidate, they will walk away from the Democratic Party. Tom Wolfe: meet Barack Obama. Blacks demand the nomination because they have been "loyal" to the Democrats. But haven’t the Democrats been equally loyal to African-Americans over the past half-century? Haven’t Americans as a whole showered trillions of dollars on "affirmative action," "model cities" and other give-away programs, none of which have done very much to improve the quality of life for the underclass? What has improved their quality of life is private industry and welfare reform. But Blacks now threaten to bite the hands of their benefactors and reelect a Republican in November. Well. The Democratic Party has become a party of special interest scorpions in a bottle. Yes, this does look like 1968 all over again.

Rather humorlessly, Richardson, who styled himself the first Hispanic candidate for president and was soundly rejected by Hispanics, stabbed the Clintons in the back on Good Friday. After they promoted Richardson to the cabinet and made him a national figure. Richardson enacted his own version of Passion by rejecting Clinton and endorsing Obama. Judas Iscariot would be proud. Richardson tried to mau mau Clinton into dropping out as a candidate. Brave man. Looking at Barry Obama and Bill Richardson is enough to make you love Hillary.

Obama's current demand for the nomination, coupled with the implicit threat that his supporters will walk if they are rejected, is a classic mau mau tactic. After seeking to explain away the racist rantings of his pastor Jeremiah Wright with the explanation that Wright is so 1960's, it seems that 1960's Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing are also back in style, courtesy of Obama and his supporters.

With their demand that Obama be nominated, or else, the Obama camp has descended into a caricature of the racist Dixiecrats who sought to intimidate the Democratic Party during the 1940's and 50's. Dixiecrats were wrong then, and Obamacrats are wrong today. The Dixiecrats lost. The Obamacrats will lose.

Politics is a contact sport, or so goes the cliché. But even in sports, there is something known as the good sport. Mormons did not threaten to bolt the Republican Party if Mitt Romney wasn't nominated. Catholics stuck with Democrats for decades before a Catholic was nominated after the Al Smith fiasco. But Blacks demand that the "first" viable African-American for president walk off with the prize—or else.

Where is this taking the Democrats? Down the road to defeat.

Americans are going to reject the Democratic Party not because Democrats are conducting a raucous primary process. No, truth be told people love a brawl. Rather, Democrats are likely to pay a price when they nominate a candidate who is never "in the room" when the real man in his life stands up and spews forth his attacks on Ameirka (in deference to Obama, we have renewed our use of the 1960's spelling as well). Democrats are going to be rejected because a party too weak and too militant to focus the mainstream is too weak to govern this fractious nation.

Americans are going to reject Obama because the Democratic Party has so marginalized the nominating process that Democrats rather rudely and proudly tell Americans that "Clinton can't win" because the party's nominating procedures make it impossible to defeat an early frontrunner due to proportional representation and delegate allocation, rigged caucuses, and manipulated primaries.

There is much to dislike in the Republicans' Darwinian presidential selection system, where winner-take-all primaries kill off contenders at a very rapid pace. But John McCain has acquired legitimacy, by winning. Even if Clinton keeps winning primaries, Obama got almost as many "net" delegates from Wyoming as Clinton got from winning Texas and Ohio. Even if she wins Pennsylvania, Democrats cloyingly tell us she won’t "net" enough delegates to win. And so on. "Super delegates?" They're not real delegates at all. Democrats now tell us super-delegates are merely automatons who have to vote the way they are told. Is that democracy? Is that a fair process?

And just in case Clinton wins, or comes close enough to take it to the floor of the convention, where John Kennedy himself was nominated, Obama has issued a diktat that she can’t win because the nomination "belongs" to him and his left-wing cohort.

Truly, Barack Obama Junior has become the Mau Mau candidate for president. Barack Obama Senior must be smiling. And so are the 1960's.

NEXT: Aftermath of the Speech, Part Two
Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and media critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of © Copyright by Andy Martin 2008. Martin covers regional, national and world events with over forty years of experience. He has been a candidate for U. S. Senator from Illinois. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. Columns also posted at; Comments? E-mail: Media contact: (866) 706-2639.


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