The Beautiful Deception
Mr. President. Barack Obama won the first time by a landslide. Against a war hero. And again. Against racists and birthers, the Tea Party, Fox News chamber of fear and doom, and an impenetrable GOP blockade of everything he proposed – in the midst of a great recession. Osama bin Laden, Gaddafi, Sarkozy. He vanquished them all. The Stimulus, The Arab Spring, Healthcare, General Motors, Equal Pay Act, Aung San Suu Kyi freed in Burma. Obama’s achievements are impressive. Many see in him the Heir to Mandela, a global symbol of hope. Is he?
A man is judged not by the colour of his skin, ethnicity, nationality, his 3-pointers or his likes on Facebook and Twitter, but by the sum of his deeds, or lack thereof.
Scale & Analysis:
Mr Obama continues his drone war killing spree, decimating all suspects with their families and innocent bystanders, Americans included, and the most undeserving recipient ever, of a Nobel Prize, has no intention to stop; he likes it. I’d bet he has his own personal drone – The One.
To date, not a single banker responsible for the destruction of a third of American and global wealth while enhancing their own Portfolios have been arrested, charged or convicted; instead, they’re invited to the White House to formulate economic policy for the future.
The minimum wage remains unchanged. Guantanamo remains opened – the USA continues to imprison people without trial, for the rest of their natural lives.
Bush era security policy has been extended, while selling the public a lemony lie of discontinuation – torture and a rampant FISA still rules the day alongside war profiteering (Boeing, Northrop, Lockheed, Raytheon, General Dynamics). Perception is everything – President Obama lies, and loves war as much as his predecessor, he’s just better at both.
Hope & Change/ The Change We Need/ Forward, are great slogans, twinkies half filled with cream, but delicious anyway, yummy yummy yummy.
The economy was on the rocks, the world was terrified of America – ‘you’re with us, or you’re with the terrorists’ – the machine needed a sympathetic face and soft voice to wield the big stick abroad, and a calm hand at home to soothe a panicked population. Barack Obama was in the right place at the right time in history – a breath of fresh air.
America is full of hope, the money is flowing again, in the same direction as before; upward.
And abroad? War. It’s tradition now – maintained by a warmonger from the other party.
Perception is everything; the success lies in the sell. Long live the President.
Recommended reading: Jeff Nguyen-The World Is Still A Stage