The Trouble With Lupe Is…

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When I saw the headline “Lupe Fiasco calls President Obama ‘The Biggest Terrorist,'” I didn’t even bother to give Lupe the benefit of the doubt. He’s made a habit of criticizing President Obama so I naturally assumed the worst. That’s not to say I’m above anyone criticizing the President. I do it whenever I feel compelled to. I’m not one for blind allegiance to anyone much less to a politician. However, it’s been hard for me to take Lupe seriously given all of his political commentary tends to tie into some greater nihilistic point about the American voting system and why he forgoes participation in it.

People who say they don’t vote irk the living hell out of me. Especially when they cite reasons similar to Lupe’s. As in: “The American federal government, the American system, the American foreign policy is something I can’t…’cause when you vote for that person, you vote for that.” This sounds like something you say after you watch Rachel Maddow while high off a weed brownie.

He doesn’t want to vote for bombs that read “Made in the USA,” though his tax dollars go to that same cause like everyone else’s. Could he vote and still protest American foreign policy? I would think so, but his line of thinking disagrees.

That’s unfortunate, particularly once you consider the recent Supreme Court rulings on the Walmart class action suit filed by thousands of women waging a sex discrimination suit or the issue of forcing major electric companies to reduce their greenhouse gases (so we can breathe better and Captain Planet can sob a little less at night). He tends to argue about seeing the greater point at large while simultaneously missing it in his own examples provided.

Like branding President Obama a terrorist. Even if it were a harsh term to throw out there, I should have known he didn’t purposely single out Obama. To his credit, Lupe is right to say some people jumped to conclusions based on a comment taken out of context. He did not go off on some Obama diatribe as implied. He described all president’s as terrorists given they each set the tone in American foreign policy. It should also be pointed out that Lupe is not the idiot some people would try to make him out to be. Much of that sentiment is rooted in resentment over Lupe daring to speak up against not only Jesus’ favorite politician (allegedly), but the first black president.

But, the truth is that it’s not completely without merit to assert that American foreign policy tends to be widely hypocritical and partially responsible for why so much of the world cannot stand us. If you think this is the first time someone has argued that the United States fights terrorism with terrorism than you probably can’t remember Britney Spears before sedation.

It’s unfortunate how Lupe’s point was lost due to his choice of words. That’s kind of his own fault, though. This appearance on The O’Reilly Factor proves such. I salute him for even appearing on the show and dealing with his narcissistic loud mouth who likes to hear himself talk (over everyone). I even admire Lupe for refusing to give into the temptation to act up courtesy of O’Reilly’s condescension. I wanted to go off on his behalf after hearing O’Reilly tell him, “That’s fallacious. That means it’s wrong.”

But, yeah, the shades? The grin who he had while trying to clarify his comments. Eek. Lupe’s comment that politics isn’t as complicated as some would make it seem is true in some instances, but this segment proves why it’s not true in all. Forgive me for agreeing with Bill O’Reilly, but Lupe is oversimplifying the issue. Of course, so is the xenophobic Duke of Fox News.

This segment is like watching Huey Freeman’s less studious newly discovered twin argue with his history teacher — who got all of his information from a textbook that still refers to Russia as the U.S.S.R.

I’ll give Lupe one point for trying and 19 for actually managing to get Bill O’Reilly to defend Barack Obama. In the future, though, “use your words.” Better anyway.

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