Posts Tagged ‘Egypt’

Okay, please help me understand the word clever.  Does it have a negative connotation?  I think the positive side of being clever involves using one’s noggin to find logical solutions to pressing matters.  It’s not rocket science to think that people in an oil-producing region want leadership that market and handle natural resources to the benefit of all the people. 

Gil Scott Heron wrote “natural resources and minerals will control your world” in his 1981 political song “B-Movie.”  I can’t believe I was deep enough in high school to listen to this poetry put to music while President Obama and his friends were likely doing the same in college.  Heron wrote, “The Arabs used to be in the 3rd World.  They have bought the 2nd World and put a firm down payment on the 1st one.”  If you toss in China, old Gil seems like Nostradamus. 

I have always been confused about the real meaning of conservatism.  To me, it means being careful and prudent with public spending and the limited role of government.  Liberals think conservative means to return to a time when life seemed simple and sweet.  Of course, some people forget that their sweet life was actually supported by the exploitation of others but why dwell on details and facts.  Our gas-guzzling sweet life requires that we deal with Egypt, other parts of Africa and the Middle East and these folks don’t want to be handled like children or colonists anymore.  Wow, that sounds very familiar.   

 Heron sang/rapped that America wants nostalgia; not to face now or tomorrow, but to face backwards.  My friends in my community (code for southern rural Black voters) have lived long enough to wax nostalgic about the good old days when you knew who you were and “whose” you were.  The days when kids cared about how they carried themselves, shame was still important and most of “us” were striving to come up.  Oh my, have we become the new Black conservatives and if so, what is to become of us politically. 

I am proud that I listened to radical, yet productive music back in the day—from Gil Scott Heron to Ice Cube and Public Enemy to Eryah Badu’s “Cleva.” On Cleva, Badu sings, “I am alright with me.”  In this non-election year, it would be alright with me if we were “cleva” enough to chill with the other political side on a ‘get to know each other” style because as Guns and Roses sang “there is nothing civil about war.”   It’s about understanding folks. 

 Egypt isn’t tripping as they flirt with civil war; they are just tired of the world not acknowledging that they had the knowledge and culture to build the pyramids 2500 years B.C. and that their region has power on the world stage because we want their oil.  We must interact with them in a respectful way.  We must be cleva.  Time Magazine put Obama and Reagan on their cover recently and the comparison is interesting.  Is President Obama cleva enough to draw on the Reagan, Clinton and other successful presidencies?  With all his commentary on President Reagan, Gil Scott Heron fairly admitted that Reagan “stood tall…when other celluloid saviors were cringing in terror from McCarthy.”  Obama also has a special character…in my opinion. 


B-Movie: Gil Scott Heron



What has happened is that in the last 20 years, America has changed from a producer to a consumer.  And all consumers know that when the producer names the tune…the consumer has got to dance.  That’s the way it is.  We used to be a producer – very inflexible at that, and now we are consumers and, finding it difficult to understand.  Natural resources and minerals will change your world. The Arabs used to be in the 3rd World.  They have bought the 2nd World and put a firm down payment on the 1st one.  Controlling your resources will control your world.  This country has been surprised by the way the world looks now.  They don’t know if they want to be Matt Dillon or Bob Dylan.  They don’t know if they want to be diplomats or continue the same policy – of nuclear nightmare diplomacy.  John Foster Dulles ain’t nothing but the name of an airport now.

The idea concerns the fact that this country wants nostalgia.  They want to go back as far as they can – even if it’s only as far as last week.  Not to face now or tomorrow, but to face backwards.  And yesterday was the day of our cinema heroes riding to the rescue at the last possible moment.  The day of the man in the white hat or the man on the white horse – or the man who always came to save America at the last moment – someone always came to save America at the last moment – especially in “B” movies.  And when America found itself having a hard time facing the future, they looked for people like John Wayne.  But since John Wayne was no longer available, they settled for Ronald Reagan – and it has placed us in a situation that we can only look at – like a “B” movie.

“You go give them liberals hell Ronnie.”  That was the mandate.  To the new “Captain Bly” on the new ship of fools.  It was doubtlessly based on his chameleon performance of the past – as a liberal democrat – as the head of the Studio Actor’s Guild.  When other celluloid saviors were cringing in terror from McCarthy – Ron stood tall.  It goes all the way back from Hollywood to hillbilly.  From liberal to libelous, from “Bonzo” to Birch idol…born again.  Civil rights, women’s rights, gay rights…it’s all wrong.  Call in the cavalry to disrupt this perception of freedom gone wild.  God damn it…first one wants freedom, then the whole damn world wants freedom.

As Wall Street goes, so goes the nation.  And here’s a look at the closing numbers – racism’s up, human rights are down, peace is shaky, war items are hot – the House claims all ties.  Jobs are down, money is scarce – and common sense is at an all-time low with heavy trading.  Movies were looking better than ever and now no one is looking because, we’re starring in a “B” movie.  And we would rather have John Wayne…we would rather have John Wayne.


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The debate over health care reform has turned into a debate over debate techniques and tricks.  The opponents of the White House and Democrats proposals just scored again because the nation’s attention is focused on debate methods rather than the issues; which is surprising since they might have won anyway by sticking to the actual issues.

Yesterday, a lady at a town hall meeting said, “I want my country back.”  To be fair, she could have meant she wanted it back from Democrats who she feels tax and spend.  In my community, her statement was a thinly veiled reference to the hue of Barack Obama. 

My mind turned to Crispus Attucks, the first person shot at the Boston Massacre and the first martyr of the American Revolution.  Both sides in the healthcare debate have big money interests behind them; that is the American way.  The rich guys decide how it is going down and then get the spin-doctors to create a P.R. strategy to incite the masses.  The so-called Boston Massacre was actually British soldiers firing in self-defense against a taunting mob (sounds familiar.)  John Adams served as lawyer for the soldiers and got the murder changes down to manslaughter. 

In my neighborhood, we know the name Prince Hall from our friends and family who are Free Masons.  But, non-Masons might not know that Hall, the founder of Black Freemasonry, fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill.  If that protest lady wants her country back, she needs to go back to Crispus Attucks and Prince Hall rather than January 2009 and Barrack Obama. 

Prince Hall, American Patriot

Prince Hall, American Patriot

Chuck D from Public Enemy said in a song, “Even Masons, they know it but they refuse to show it…but it is printed in black…it takes a nation of millions to hold us back.”  I am not one to snoop around in organization’s secret information.  Barack Obama’s classmate from law school Hill Harper is an actor who starred in a movie called the Skulls, which is based on Skull and Bones at Yale.  His character, a journalism student,  sought the secrets and played the price for being meddlesome. Harper is the lab guy on CSI New York when he is not busy helping the youth with encouraging lectures and positive books.  I read “Letters to a Young Brother” and “Letters to a Young Sister” and recommend both for young people of any culture.

Chuck D was referring to Mason knowledge that the Egyptian pyramid builders mastered construction and architectural skills in Africa as far back as 2500 BC. It blows me away to think that the Great Pyramid at Giza was designed and constructed by Africans that long ago and yes I know some people consider Egypt to be in the Middle East rather than Africa but it is Africa to me.



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