Click amount to donate direct to CounterPunch
  • $25
  • $50
  • $100
  • $500
  • $other
  • use PayPal
Keep CounterPunch ad free. Support our annual fund drive today!

There’s No Place Like CounterPunch

There's no place like CounterPunch, it's just that simple. And as the radical space within the "alternative media"(whatever that means) landscape continues to shrink, sanctuaries such as CounterPunch become all the more crucial for our political, intellectual, and moral survival. Add to that the fact that CounterPunch won't inundate you with ads and corporate propaganda. So it should be clear why CounterPunch needs your support: so it can keep doing what it's been doing for nearly 25 years. As CP Editor, Jeffrey St. Clair, succinctly explained, "We lure you in, and then punch you in the kidneys." Pleasant and true though that may be, the hard-working CP staff is more than just a few grunts greasing the gears of the status quo.

So come on, be a pal, make a tax deductible donation to CounterPunch today to support our annual fund drive, if you have already donated we thank you! If you haven't, do it because you want to. Do it because you know what CounterPunch is worth. Do it because CounterPunch needs you. Every dollar is tax-deductible. (PayPal accepted)

Thank you,
Eric Draitser

President Mao-bama’s Little Red Primer


Lesson One

See the U.S. President. See the U.S. President give billions of tax dollars to help failing investment firms. See the U.S. President decide that terrorism suspects can be held without trial in “prolonged detention.” See the U.S. President oppose gay marriage and expand the war in Afghanistan.

The U.S. President is black. Yet his policies are in line with those of our previous presidents, who were all white. Why is the black U.S. President carrying out these policies?

The black U.S. President is carrying out these policies to prove that he is not a socialist.

Uh-oh! See the rightwing pundits and congress members! See them rebuke and scorn the black U.S. President! They are sick of Big Government. Hear them accuse the black U.S. President of mind control. Hear them warn America that the black U.S. President will indoctrinate our children with Marxism and take away our freedom. Hear them call him a liar.

Why are these people rebuking the black U.S. President? Is it because the new President is carrying out the policies of presidents before him? Is it because the government has grown bigger under the new President? Or is it because they are no longer allowed to call him a shiftless, no-good N-word?

No. It is because the black U.S. President is a socialist.


That is because you are not a political scientist. Political scientists know that sometimes politics is like the world of fashion.

Sometimes, it takes a political scientist to see that socialism is the new Black.

Lesson 2

See 400 years of U.S. history. See African Americans in U.S. history. See them since 1607 behave in a radical socialist fashion.

See African Americans challenge the means of production by escaping from plantations in a socialist fashion. See them attempt to overthrow the economic class system by getting their heads busted open by state troopers in a socialist fashion. See them weaken the profit motive by popularizing spirituals, jazz, blues, and “folk” music in a socialist fashion. Some African Americans have even used shame-based communist rhetoric to obtain “equal” rights.

Now see European Americans in U.S. history. See them regard the 400-year legacy of African-American socialism with deep pain. See European Americans cringe at this long history of great wrongs. Oh, the socialism! The horrible, horrible socialism – which they were powerless to stop! Will there never be an end to Euro-American suffering?

Maybe. See the African-American President offer everyone Hope. Hope for Change! The President is determined to make everyone happy. He is trying hard to see both sides of any issue! He –

Oops. See the African-American President make a mistake. See him criticize the arrest of a fellow African American for trying to enter his own home. Hear the President say the arresting officer acted “stupidly.”

Whee-boom! That is the falling-down sound of white America’s approval rating for the new President. The President has failed. He just cannot overcome his natural inclination to behave in a socialist fashion.

Let’s face it: Although he supports all forms of capitalism, the President is really a communist dictator. He is a regular Mao-bama. See him bang his shoe on the White House podium. Hear him threaten to bury us with healthcare death panels. He wants to create two, three, many Free Trade Zones. He wants a thousand iPods to bloom.

The President holds great power. He has come a long way in his life. Yet there are things about U.S. history that he does not understand. The President does not understand that, no matter how powerful he is, or how far he has come, he still can’t mouth off to a white cop.

Can somebody please go get the President a beer?

Lesson Three

See the angry Middle Americans. See them march on Washington. They are marching against Big Government. Are they protesting the President’s recent Big Government support for the nuclear power industry? No, they are protesting the President’s socialism.

Hear them sing “God Bless America.” See them carry signs that call the President a “parasite in chief.” See them wave Confederate flags. Silly us – we didn’t know that Confederate flags meant GO-BACK-TO-AFRICA-BIG-GOVERNMENT.

Now see the U.S. Left. The U.S. Left actually wants socialism! The U.S. Left is made up of many factions, each of which wants a different kind of socialism. But all U.S. Left factions are united in their disagreement with the President’s policies. They are also united in not marching on Washington.

See the U.S. Left quietly watching the U.S. Right on the march. See it watch the U.S. Right usurp the Left’s own protest tactics to overthrow a socialist president who staunchly supports capitalism so that the U.S. Right can regain power and implement the same policies as those of the previous president whose policies closely resembled those of the current socialist President except that he is black.

Aren’t you glad we live in a post-racial society?

Beers for everyone, bartender!

©  SUSIE DAY, 2009

SUSIE DAY can be reached at:

More articles by:

2016 Fund Drive
Smart. Fierce. Uncompromised. Support CounterPunch Now!

  • cp-store
  • donate paypal

CounterPunch Magazine


October 25, 2016
David Swanson
Halloween Is Coming, Vladimir Putin Isn’t
Hiroyuki Hamada
Fear Laundering: an Elaborate Psychological Diversion and Bid for Power
Priti Gulati Cox
President Obama: Before the Empire Falls, Free Leonard Peltier and Mumia Abu-Jamal
Kathy Deacon
Plus ça Change: Regime Change 1917-1920
Robin Goodman
Appetite for Destruction: America’s War Against Itself
Richard Moser
On Power, Privilege, and Passage: a Letter to My Nephew
Rev. William Alberts
The Epicenter of the Moral Universe is Our Common Humanity, Not Religion
Dan Bacher
Inspector General says Reclamation Wasted $32.2 Million on Klamath irrigators
David Mattson
A Recipe for Killing: the “Trust Us” Argument of State Grizzly Bear Managers
Derek Royden
The Tragedy in Yemen
Ralph Nader
Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than We Think
Norman Pollack
Centrist Fascism: Lurching Forward
Guillermo R. Gil
Cell to Cell Communication: On How to Become Governor of Puerto Rico
Mateo Pimentel
You, Me, and the Trolley Make Three
Cathy Breen
“Today Is One of the Heaviest Days of My Life”
October 24, 2016
John Steppling
The Unwoke: Sleepwalking into the Nightmare
Oscar Ortega
Clinton’s Troubling Silence on the Dakota Access Pipeline
Patrick Cockburn
Aleppo vs. Mosul: Media Biases
John Grant
Humanizing Our Militarized Border
Franklin Lamb
US-led Sanctions Targeting Syria Risk Adjudication as War Crimes
Paul Bentley
There Must Be Some Way Out of Here: the Silence of Dylan
Norman Pollack
Militarism: The Elephant in the Room
Patrick Bosold
Dakota Access Oil Pipeline: Invite CEO to Lunch, Go to Jail
Paul Craig Roberts
Was Russia’s Hesitation in Syria a Strategic Mistake?
David Swanson
Of All the Opinions I’ve Heard on Syria
Weekend Edition
October 21, 2016
Friday - Sunday
John Wight
Hillary Clinton and the Brutal Murder of Gaddafi
Diana Johnstone
Hillary Clinton’s Strategic Ambition in a Nutshell
Jeffrey St. Clair
Roaming Charges: Trump’s Naked and Hillary’s Dead
John W. Whitehead
American Psycho: Sex, Lies and Politics Add Up to a Terrifying Election Season
Stephen Cooper
Hell on Earth in Alabama: Inside Holman Prison
Patrick Cockburn
13 Years of War: Mosul’s Frightening and Uncertain Future
Rob Urie
Name the Dangerous Candidate
Pepe Escobar
The Aleppo / Mosul Riddle
David Rosen
The War on Drugs is a Racket
Sami Siegelbaum
Once More, the Value of the Humanities
Cathy Breen
“Today Is One of the Heaviest Days of My Life”
Neve Gordon
Israel’s Boycott Hypocrisy
Mark Hand
Of Pipelines and Protest Pens: When the Press Loses Its Shield
Victor Wallis
On the Stealing of U.S. Elections
Michael Hudson
The Return of the Repressed Critique of Rentiers: Veblen in the 21st century Rentier Capitalism
Brian Cloughley
Drumbeats of Anti-Russia Confrontation From Washington to London
Howard Lisnoff
Still Licking Our Wounds and Hoping for Change
Brian Gruber
Iraq: There Is No State
Peter Lee
Trump: We Wish the Problem Was Fascism
Stanley L. Cohen
Equality and Justice for All, It Seems, But Palestinians