I put Middle Earth Journal in hiatus in May of 2008 and moved to Newshoggers.
I temporarily reopened Middle Earth Journal when Newshoggers shut it's doors but I was invited to Participate at The Moderate Voice so Middle Earth Journal is once again in hiatus.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Bamboozling Obama

Nothing dramatic in this post, folks.
I just feel like tossing a little Obama confetti into the air.
And I like how this guy writes and paints.
Brandt Hardin is a Pop Surrealist illustrator and designer living and working out of Clarksville, TN. Brandt’s colorful creations are inspired by pop culture, surrealist art, comics, and alternative culture. His works have appeared in hundreds of galleries, festivals, and publications world-wide including The Detroit Dirty Show, Hive Gallery of Los Angeles, and Youngblood Gallery of Atlanta. The artist has worked with many musicians, companies, galleries, and groups creating custom artwork and illustrations including Disney of Hong Kong and The Rivers and Spires Festival locally.

The Far Right of this country have polarized and distorted our political system in a fast food age of headlines and sound bytes. The Left have been drawn to the Middle for the most part in an attempt to move us forward to a new age of logical policy on what should be common-sense issues. The problem is many of the elected officials of the Republican Party are not there to represent their constituents but rather to disrupt progress. Wall Street will do everything in their power to keep obscene wealth privatized and many companies won't go out of their way to create jobs for a President wanting them to pay their fair share. In the new Citizens United age, candidates are sponsored, bought and paid for with special interests.
 In 2008, America showed the world is was progressive enough to select its first black President. The entire planet embraced Barack Obama and still support him. In a recent survey, every foreign country polled (except Pakistan) favored Obama to his running mate if they were allowed to vote. Here at home, rhetoric has cast an ever-bending shadow of doubt. Rhetoric has revived racism and brought the bigotry of yesteryear full circle. Republican officials have thrown bipartisanship out of the window, kept unemployment rates high, denied military veterans benefits, fought tooth and nail to oppose healthcare reform and yelled "class warfare" at any mention of rolling back tax rates on the rich to the Clinton-era levels which balanced our national budget. ALL of this has been done as a ruse to create the mirage of a failed Presidency for Obama. Real math undeniably shows despite all odds, the country is healing and headed toward recovery.
[Blackface Montage from Spike Lee's Bamboozled]  "...performers and Tv shows portraying African American. Was featured in Spike Lee's film Bamboozled. This is what they thought of us then and still think of us today. It's time for a change."

From the Louisville Courier-Journal
Election 2012 | Study: Half of us are bigots
Research dispels fallacy of a post-racial America[...]
In all, 51 percent of Americans now express explicit anti-black attitudes, compared with 48 percent in a similar 2008 survey. When measured by an implicit racial attitudes test, the number of Americans with anti-black sentiments jumped to 56 percent, up from 49 percent during the last presidential election. In both tests, the share of Americans expressing pro-black attitudes fell.
“As much as we’d hope the impact of race would decline over time … it appears the impact of anti-black sentiment on voting is about the same as it was four years ago,” said Jon Krosnick, a Stanford University professor who worked with AP to develop the survey.

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