Monday, January 21, 2013

"Candidate Jekyll and President Hyde"

Is that characterization ever the truth! I expect more of the same tired old neoliberal horse manure that was shoveled in our faces the past four years.

The American people simply don't count:

It came as a surprise to many of Obama’s supporters, especially those who had taken his campaign rhetoric seriously, that the new president transformed himself almost effortlessly from a critic of Bush’s invasion of Iraq and his predecessor’s violations of human rights into a ruthless prosecutor of imperialist wars and devotee of Washington’s new weapon of choice: the drone missile.

The overnight transformation of candidate Jekyll into President Hyde is the expression of a political process. Whoever the occupant may be, the White House is the center of a global empire of repression, reaction and murder. Upon entering the White House, the individual becomes, wholly and completely, the instrument and property of the state. Any traces of humanity that may have somehow survived the self-debasing years-long process of electioneering are entirely destroyed the moment the new president enters the Oval Office.

Obama seemed to make the transition from an obscure and inexperienced politician to the head of a global murder machine without any evident internal struggle. It appears that spending a good deal of his time drawing up “kill lists” and authorizing drone killings comes almost naturally to this president. He is reported to have called his decision to authorize the drone assassination of US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki a “no brainer.”

The Obama supporters, at least the most ardent ones, are still drinking the Kool-Aid.

Anybody who had even remotely followed his career knew this guy was trouble.

2 comments: said...

That's the problem. So few people bothered to check into his past, or wrote off his past as irrelevant. In 2008, the guy basically presented himself as a blank slate and allowed people to read into him anything they wanted. I hand it to him for being a wyley politician. I blame the people for being dumb/desperate enough to latch on to anyone who promised to save them from Bush. The devil always comes with a smile.

Susan said...

The media didn't bother to vet him; he was the only candidate not vetted, so I knew there was something not right with him.

He was on the very bottom of my choices for the Democratic candidate for president in 2008, below Mike Gravel. I always regarded him as some kind of ringer.

Obama has turned out even worse than I expected, and I had pretty low expectations. His education policies are even worse than what he hinted at in 2008 (one of the major reasons I hesitated supporting him at all). I refused to vote for him in 2012 and cast my vote for Rocky Anderson instead.