An expert opportunist, the Senator from Illinois passed the interview, convincing the ruling class that he was their man. He would guard its interests faithfully and get the majority of the American people - and probably, for awhile, much of the rest of the world - to go along to get along.
Then he convinced the American people that he was their guy. He can't be both, but he pulled it off. He is a better man than Bush, the main differences being that he is not a fool, speaks in complete sentences, and will not give anyone the finger in public.
What were we thinking when we were comparing the man to Abe Lincoln, Martin King, John Kennedy, and even Jesus Christ? We weren't. We were hypnotized, semi-conscious, glad for the relief from the nightmare in which The Dubbleduh-Chainey Gang was about to anally gang-rape us once and for all.
The question is not so much whether Nobama sold his soul to the devil to become president. That would require his movement from being a man of integrity to a man of expediency. But there is nothing in his political record to indicate that he was ever anything but an ambitious man with a goal.
There is no denying his denial. He is Narcissist-in-Chief. He believes the answer is . . . his own cool se'f. He da change, sucka.
All the characteristics that we thought were disadvantages - some African-American blood, Muslim name (including that scary middle name), inexperience, "radical ties", elite demeanor, experienced, powerful woman opponent - made him the perfect candidate. The cognoscenti had a winner - they knew it, he knew it.
He promised nothing really. He ran on fog. He ran on simple slogans, never really revealing, never really hiding, never really telling what he believed in.
Change. Smart, where Bush looked dumb. Calm, where McCain looked labile and snarly. Steady, where Clinton looked unstable. Confident, where everyone else looked like they were pleading and engineering. Good show, that.
Barack didn't make a bargain with the devil. It had already been made; he was just cashing in the the chit.
The real coup was that his act was so good that he made even many of the most hardened leftists forget who was running the show . . . still running the show: DLC, TLC, M-O-U-S-EEEEEEEEEE. And there they all are, the Zionist Emmanuel, the Warrior Gates, the CFR President Haass, the list is endless. In the eyes of the rulers, the only mistake the Bush Administration really made was in being so bloody, cheekily obvious about what they were doing. They just didn't have any class, that's all. They wanted their payoff as they went along. But Obama's got plenty of class, hasn't he though? He will wait. He knows that the tired New Age mantra, "It's not the destination that counts, it's the journey", is a fallacy.
I'm glad that a strong, intelligent black man is elected president. But there is a nasty, rascist phrase, which I won't repeat, about his role. Suffice it to say that, just like Bush, he works for "the Man". Think about what things will be like after four more years of the same economic and foreign policies that got us to this point.
As Micky Z. points out, in "Obama Nation Upholds US Terror" . . .
Let’s start with two facts:At BAR, michael hureaux perez, in "Eshu’s blues: Obama’s message to the world: Let the U.S. ruling class pound you in the face", is less kind, more direct:
1. The United States of America is a rogue state built on and maintained by terror
2. Barack Obama will do absolutely nothing to change or challenge the realities behind fact #1 . . .
Rosa Luxemburg sez: "The first revolutionary act is to call things by their true names." Well then, here goes: Whether we—or Lord Obama—choose to admit it or not, the vaunted "American way of life" was built on a nearly exterminated indigenous population, the African slave trade, and all those killed in places like Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Southeast Asia, Central America, the Middle East, etc. It was built on stolen land using stolen oil. Our way of life was built on terror and it is maintained by terror: e.g. cops, prisons, military, and the psychological oppression of propaganda.
The exalted Pope of Hope is merely shilling old Kool-Aid in shiny new recyclable bottles. Until we act, we remain accomplices to his global and domestic crimes.
It's been sixty years since the Pan African historian CLR James wrote the thoughts cited above, but most of what we find in the mainstream media even now is nothing more then "puk puk pukaw" in Mp3 format where it isn't outright chicken doo doo. As the moment of the Oba's Ascension to the Oval Office draws near, the Poultry Land Committee for Renewed Capitalist Mayhem is running its rooster tails off. As is the usual with true believers in Obamian politics, the objective reality that clings to the Big Man's cabinet picks is just one more political ploy from the President-Elect. The common mantra is that Obama is creating a "team of rivals," or exercising the old Don Corleone political counsel that one should keep one's friends close and one's enemies closer. And they'll get no argument from me on that score, certainly boojwah politics is gangster philosophy put into practice. Just ask the residents of the Gaza Strip if they think the owners of U.S. society and their allies are above drive-by shootings.It wasn't really until the aftermath of the Iraq invasion that people finally woke up to the reality of the Dubbleduh-Chainey Gang's agenda. But they have stayed unwilling to face the reality that the political system is irresponsive and irresponsible for true solutions.
Not that any of this makes a difference to many the leaders of what passes for the "left" in this country. The line from the aging Port Huron "radical" types like Davidson, Hayden and Gitlin has been a refurbishing of the same old "democratic" party hoo ha some of them used to take issue with in more forthright days. To be specific, our eminence gris from the Sixties favor a steady repetition of the "democratic" party fix offered by His Oba-ness, and the Oba Fish has taken the line of silence on Gaza since there's only "one president at a time." Well, okay. But I say that state terrorist is as state terrorist does, whether state terrorist wishes to address the matter or not . . .
So, now we can't expect the Herald of Hope and Change to speak out against Israeli war crimes in Palestine since "there's only one president at a time." What a load of horse manure. And what a cheap cop-out is being put over on us all. The cowardice of this moment is beyond appalling.
There is only one president at a time, you see, but there are several vice-chairmen of the board, and their first concern is how they're going to keep people like you and I under the lash. We're not under the same lash the Palestinians are under yet, but anyone who thinks it's a direct impossibility has short term memory problems. The victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans know what I'm talking about. Be it fire or be it flood, you're just as dead if the nickel counters who run this craphole system decide you're expendable.
The foremost question in the mind of these creeps who've bankrupted and burned the world is how we of the great unwashed can be distracted from administering to the owners of society the beatings they so richly deserve. But, enough pique on my part. I must come to terms with the fact that the financial markets are soothed by the sensible fiscal plans of the incoming administration, as the Wall Street Journal and other robber baron papers informed us all the other day . . .
This was just one more beauty contest, in which a majority voted for a personality, sizzle, rather than courageous vision and sustainable principles and policies.
That, my friends, is why I didn't vote. I couldn't vote for hope - there was none.
Be at peace.
(Originally published at P!)