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Ralph Nader is a racist bag of dicks
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Nader asked last night whether Obama would be Uncle Sam to the people or Uncle Tom to wealthy corporations.

Let's translate that into their culturally-symbolic meanings:

"Will Obama be the personification of the United States for the people, or will he be an ingratiating Black slave sellout to his White corporate masters?"

Nader defends it, apparently believing it to be an honest question, focusing on the point of whether Obama will help the poor or give in to corporate lobbyist pressure. He appears oblivious to fact that "Uncle Tom" is a racially-loaded term that only has meaning because Obama is Black. The commentator on Fox News looks incredulous and repeatedly challenges Nader's use of "Uncle Tom" to describe Obama, and Nader just doesn't get it. (Holy fuck, Fox News is defending Obama from a racist epithet!)

The video:

No, no, what they're doing is accusing a prominent leftist of racism. They will obviously object to the use of "Uncle Tom" for ostensibly racial reasons (though maybe the real reason is that they hate being reminded that slavery ever happened), but just try and ask Fox News whether Obama will be a good leader for black people.

They will describe everything about Uncle Tom except the name.

Ah, yes, that would be more likely.

Still, Nader = bag of racist dicks. Even if it's a clueless bag and didn't "really mean" it.

It appears to me that Nader knew exactly what he was saying, and chose his words with his own purposes in mind - one of which was to get at least ninety seconds on national television.

And Nader, unlike his questioner, is old enough to know who it was who coined the phrase military industrial complex.

Well, if you accept that statistically, if an infinite number of monkeys were granted the resources of an infinite number of typewriters, than something not entirely unlike Shakespeare could be produced, than you must accept by equal random chance, it is possible for Fox News to accidentally make sense. At least once, per infinitum.

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