What a load of shit.
Obama is – and has always been, a powerful speaker. Charismatic, intelligent, articulate – clever with words. He has the education and the intellect to charm a Nation – it is largely why he won the Presidency. See, Americans are suckers for good actors. This is what makes Ronald Reagan a saint to so many. This is what does the same for Obama. We can consider policies on immigration, on the practices of law enforcement, on the existence of the black lives matter movement during a time when we have our first black President. We can consider the continued – and worsening, economic inequality, the chicken-hawk war rhetoric coming from people who have never had to sharpen their own knives, let alone dodge bullets.
I was once a believer – a reluctant one at that. I was convinced though, particularly after reading “The Audacity of Hope” that Obama would be someone who could bring us together, build bridges, improve the overall state of our union. He spoke bold words, he made many promises (some of which I believe he made an effort to keep) he even made significant accomplishments during his time as President which we should all appreciate (particularly in regards to marriage equality – and access to health insurance for some – though not all – who desperately needed it). He is not – and was not – however, the “hope and change” that I, and many others voted for. The Republican congress did not help. The corporate shmucks on both sides did not help – his cabinet did not help. His alliances with the Clintons, the Kerrys, the Geithners, Emanuels, and others… did not help.
The fact of the matter is… there aren’t many facts now. Very little is absolute. When we judge people by what they have accomplished, by who their friends are, by who they surround themselves with… by what they DO rather than by what they SAY, we find most of our politicians – and perhaps most people in general… wanting. This is very much the case with Obama – but even worse will it be with Trump.
Incoming, we have a movement, now empowered by the house, senate, and Presidency… that to put it simply: prefers destruction over salvation. War over peace, death over life, lies over truth, greed over responsibility, selfishness over generosity. Let me put it simply – the swamp is gaining some of the Kings and Queens of Swamp-thing kind, who will be empowered and placed in positions of enormous significance for us all.
What does this mean? A denial of climate change – the active, deliberate dismantling of the EPA, environmental standards, regulations. The further defunding of public education, with lots of large gifts for charter schools. Tax relief (further tax relief) for corporations, the haves and the have mores. Hell, don’t take my word for it, read up on Sessions, his history. Check out the education pick, check out the history of Mr. Bannon. All of these devils and demons Trump is bringing with him… are an indication of who he is – and what manner of President he will be.
Much the same way another President warned us of the Military Industrial Complex, Obama should have warned us of the Corporate Political Complex. This, led by billionaires, is what will ultimately lead to our ruination. The end of an empire, an era. The inmates will now have control over the asylum, in a bold, in-your-face manner that even the Bush years could not match.
That’s it. There is no do over, no second chance, no new vote. Clinton might very well have been as bad as Trump – but the reality of Trump is bad enough. He’s not Hitler or Stalin… he is a uniquely American disaster for this unique time in America. Oh, what fun we’re going to have these next four years.
Fuck the establishment on both sides. Time for something new, something different. We can’t solve our problems by making the same mistakes over and over again – and no matter how great a speaker he may be… Obama is one of those mistakes.
Time will tell. In four years, I will be all too happy to eat these words if I am proven wrong. I do not expect to be. We are living… in interesting times. You can’t kick the can down the road for eight years… then politely hand it to someone who wants to crush it… and expect things to get better. Policies, that generation after generation… have been proven… not to work… all too eagerly and strongly embraced by the incoming administration.
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