In case my intent was not clear
Paul Robeson, a REAL MAN compared to wimpy, skinny leg, Obama,
succumbed to the seduction of Marxism which failed shortly thererafter.
70 years later, we have Obama, succumbing to the seduction of Marxism, which failed 30 years ago.
I just wanted to clarify that.
Long may our crimson flag inspire . . .
Stalin, our leader with faith in our people . . . .
All generations will honor her name.
Spreading the wealth around is a tantalizing seductress, again.
Artist biography, U. Chicago, of course.
PAUL ROBESON, a brief biography
Paul Robeson was a famous African-American athlete, singer, actor, and advocate for the civil rights of people around the world. He rose to prominence in a time when segregation was legal in the United States, and Black people were being lynched by racist mobs, especially in the South.
Born on April 9, 1898 in Princeton, New Jersey, Paul Robeson was the youngest of five children. His father was a runaway slave who went on to graduate from Lincoln University, and his mother came from an abolitionist Quaker family. Robeson’s family knew both hardship and the determination to rise above it. His own life was no less challenging.
In 1915, Paul Robeson won a four-year academic scholarship to Rutgers University. Despite violence and racism from teammates, he won 15 varsity letters in sports (baseball, basketball, track) and was twice named to the All-American Football Team. He received the Phi Beta Kappa key in his junior year, belonged to the Cap & Skull Honor Society, and graduated as Valedictorian. However, it wasn’t until 1995, 19 years after his death, that Paul Robeson was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
At Columbia Law School (1919-1923), Robeson met and married Eslanda Cordoza Goode, who was to become the first Black woman to head a pathology laboratory. He took a job with a law firm, but left when a white secretary refused to take dictation from him. He left the practice of law to use his artistic talents in theater and music to promote African and African-American history and culture.
In London, Robeson earned international acclaim for his lead role in Othello, for which he won the Donaldson Award for Best Acting Performance (1944), and performed in Eugene O’Neill’s Emperor Jones and All God’s Chillun Got Wings. He is known for changing the lines of the Showboat song “Old Man River” from the meek “…I’m tired of livin’ and ‘feared of dyin’….,” to a declaration of resistance, “… I must keep fightin’ until I’m dying….”. His 11 films included Body and Soul (1924), Jericho (1937), and Proud Valley (1939). Robeson’s travels taught him that racism was not as virulent in Europe as in the U.S. At home, it was difficult to find restaurants that would serve him, theaters in New York would only seat Blacks in the upper balconies, and his performances were often surrounded with threats or outright harassment. In London, on the other hand, Robeson’s opening night performance of Emperor Jones brought the audience to its feet with cheers for twelve encores.
Paul Robeson used his deep baritone voice to promote Black spirituals, to share the cultures of other countries, and to benefit the labor and social movements of his time. He sang for peace and justice in 25 languages throughout the U.S., Europe, the Soviet Union, and Africa. Robeson became known as a citizen of the world, equally comfortable with the people of Moscow, Nairobi, and Harlem. Among his friends were future African leader Jomo Kenyatta, India’s Nehru, historian Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois, anarchist Emma Goldman, and writers James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway. In 1933, Robeson donated the proceeds of All God’s Chillun to Jewish refugees fleeing Hitler’s Germany. At a 1937 rally for the anti-fascist forces in the Spanish Civil War, he declared, “The artist must elect to fight for Freedom or for Slavery. I have made my choice. I had no alternative.” In New York in 1939, he premiered in Earl Robinson’s Ballad for Americans, a cantata celebrating the multi-ethnic, multi-racial face of America. It was greeted with the largest audience response since Orson Welles’ famous “War of the Worlds.”
During the 1940s, Robeson continued to perform and to speak out against racism, in support of labor, and for peace. He was a champion of working people and organized labor. He spoke and performed at strike rallies, conferences, and labor festivals worldwide. As a passionate believer in international cooperation, Robeson protested the growing Cold War and worked tirelessly for friendship and respect between the U.S. and the USSR. In 1945, he headed an organization that challenged President Truman to support an anti-lynching law. In the late 1940s, when dissent was scarcely tolerated in the U.S., Robeson openly questioned why African Americans should fight in the army of a government that tolerated racism. Because of his outspokenness, he was accused by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) of being a Communist. Robeson saw this as an attack on the democratic rights of everyone who worked for international friendship and for equality. The accusation nearly ended his career. Eighty of his concerts were canceled, and in 1949 two interracial outdoor concerts in Peekskill, N.Y. were attacked by racist mobs while state police stood by. Robeson responded, “I’m going to sing wherever the people want me to sing…and I won’t be frightened by crosses burning in Peekskill or anywhere else.”
In 1950, the U.S. revoked Robeson’s passport, leading to an eight-year battle to resecure it and to travel again. During those years, Robeson studied Chinese, met with Albert Einstein to discuss the prospects for world peace, published his autobiography, Here I Stand, and sang at Carnegie Hall. Two major labor-related events took place during this time. In 1952 and 1953, he held two concerts at Peace Arch Park on the U.S.-Canadian border, singing to 30-40,000 people in both countries. In 1957, he made a transatlantic radiophone broadcast from New York to coal miners in Wales. In 1960, Robeson made his last concert tour to New Zealand and Australia. In ill health, Paul Robeson retired from public life in 1963. He died on January 23, 1976, at age 77, in Philadelphia.
I think it was Sarah Palin who wasn’t vetted correctly, according to MSM but according to cable news also, notably Fox News. The complaints about the incomplete, lackadaisacal vetting of Sarah Palin by John McCain came on multiple occasions each hour through the campaign, starting almost as soon as Sarah Palin was named.
Media, including cable again, flooded Alaska with researchers, producers, Journalists, and more to thoroughly “vette” Sarah Palin, or dig up any dirt they could. McCain was accused openly of not not doing his job, to vette Palin.
Media, at the insistence of Obama’s campaign, even went to the trouble to investigate McCain’s own birth, citizenship, and eligibility. Media, including cable media, acquiesced reluctantly to McCain’s eligibility, with much fluster and ado about McCain not being born in America per se.
Now we end up with, a president-elect Obama, who when over 18, traveled to Pakistan on an Indonesian passport, when travel to Pakistan by Americans holding American passports was banned by the United States government. MSM, cable media, and Fox News, thinks they have stuck us with this unvetted, unqualified, and apparently ineligible president-elect.
Not one media source, news agency, cable or MSM or otherwise researched Obama’s travel to Pakistan; his location of birth; or the allegations of discrepancy in the purported birth certificate, beyond rubber-stamping “factcheck.org” a liberal organization on the reportedly phoney birth document with multiple discrepancies furnished by Obama.
No media outlet, not cable, not MSM, not Fox News, took a second glance at Obama’s Indonesian school registration form, which listed his adoptive father as Lolo Soetoro, and stated Obama’s citizenship as “Indonesian” and his religion as Muslim.
We have Obama, supposedly fathered by a British subject and citizen, with permanent British citizenship. If Obama was born in America, and if his mother had lived in the United States for 5 years following her 16th birthday, he could only have had dual citizenship, which makes him ineligible as a presidential candidate; regardless of exactly where he was born, and regardless as to whether Obama’s parents renounced his American citizenship when they “expatriated” him to Indonesia.
Why is it that media, both main-stream and cable, including “right-wing” but (partly) Arab-owned Fox News, vettes Republicans, or conservatives, until the cows come home; with an electron microscope; and invents problems, but utterly refuses for a single instant to question the credentials of the “progressive” candidate? Then, media complains that the conservative ticket is not vetted. Who was not vetted?
Happy Thanksgiving to all, anyway, from chillguy33.
In update, 11/27/2008 – While a minor child’s citizenship is not compromised by the acts, including expatriation, of his parents or guardians, once born, it is utterly remarkable that media attention was not called to the precise “natural born citizen” ship of the candidate, through any number of evident and obvious circumstances, including the Indonesian expatriation.
Obama admits to expired Kenyan citizenship openly. Being a poor constitutional lawyer, he neglects that this makes him a British subject at birth.