Can Obama be Obama

Guantanamo is still open for business, following the Bush-Cheney doctrine.  Iraq is on a tighrope.  Afghanistan is a quagmire — confusing and violent with no end in sight, corruption at every turn and the Taliban negotiating a come back with their tribal leader, Karzai (he brought them in to begin with).  Unemployment is a plague upon our house.  The economy is stagnant, for the lack of a better or more optimistic word — nothing new or promising in the not so distant future.  Wall Street is totally out of touch with the rest of the country, mired in its hubris, having drawn up the bridge, leaving the illusion they helped create on our side to work through.  Health care — what can we say about health care, the single most significant sign of how unbelievably short sided we are in government?  And government, the crux of the problem, cowardly and ignorant, lacking any sense of an imaginative approach to a future that already is here, pushing us further down as if a great weight is upon us.

Obama showed promise during his campaign.  Many of us voted for Obama because of the promises — change, yes we can.  Well, no, apparently not, we can’t.  Obama is stuck in age old partisan politics complicated by special interests that circulate about him like sharks looking for prey.  Obama can’t function and live up to his potential, preferring a professorial approach that, as a professor myself, know to be a way to conceal the truth of things, the passion that’s not to interfere with the reasoned sense of reality, the illusion of objectivity that students — the citizens — know quite well does not exist, not even in the sciences.  Thus, Obama can’t be Obama — he’s become something else.

The problem with Obama not being Obama is not the upcoming mid-term elections; the dilemma is that we will all be so dissolutioned by the time the next presidential election that we will be hard pressed to vote for him again, leaving the presidency wide open for the fascist-like remains, the crumbs left in the wake of  Bush-Cheney — the racist Tea Party contingency that’s followed by the ignorant bliss of Sarah Palin.  The picture gets uglier and uglier as we look further and further.

Dennis J. Kucinich of Ohio has come over to the Obama Health Care Senate plan — what’s left of the original and approved by the Senate — because he feels that this legislation is so important that it could literally be the first of the blocks taken from underneath the Obama Presidency and topple it.

It’s not the merits of the plan that warrant Kucinich’s vote, but rather, saving the Presidency from the extraordinarily negative and bigoted sharks nibbling at the President’s ankles that inspired his allegiance.

This is a mark of our decline, not a gesture of progress and creativty.  While the world clamors for diversity and difference to solve problems, our government — and those that want to run our government — aspire to homogeneity, sameness, the status quo. This will kill us completely.

2 thoughts on “Can Obama be Obama

  1. So Kucinich swallowed his ideals and decided the administration was worth saving. This is hold-your-nose compromise, which has long been celebrated in the American legislative process. Compromise is harder to take in campaigns, when Democrats allow themselves to be hounded into retreat.
    What is worrying is that corporate personhood has been confirmed by the Supreme Court, and that the long arm of the Bush/Cheney appointments will live on for decades.
    What keeps me going is that all those people in Grant Park are only increasing in number, and they don’t watch Fox or any other news. They miss both the fearful message and the inept responses. They are finding their own way, on their own. They know that out-of-gas children are loudest just before they collapse.

  2. I highly recommend McKibben’s new book, out later this month, Eaarth, which, in part, deals with a smaller, more localized socio-economic-political effort that has to take place to re-imagine America.

    I agree with the Supreme Court appointments; we’re experiencing their decisions now — and will for time to come.

    I’m wondering, though, in how you describe the optimism — I lean towards this optimism, too — whether we’re moving towards some sort of moment where there will be, really be, two discernible sides, one that is institutionalized/corporatized, the other trying to go its one way, and in-between these huge tension, even violence? I worry or see this, only because I have the luxury of listening to and watching students day in and day out and the picture, to some extent, isn’t pretty — it can swing either way.

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