Where’s the lie, though? Probably in the same place as all the “hope and change.”
That strike should’ve happened. I have never more firmly believed that (NEO-)LIBERALISM is the truest enemy of PROGRESSIVES. A far quieter and more deadly one than any Conservatism — or any weird-ass, Ayn Rand-style Libertarianism.
THOSE latter kook-ass kooks are visible from space and as easily debunked as: “But what about . . . the FDA? FEMA? USPS?” And you’d get half a mile away from their bullshit before they stopped glitching and stammering about how communities would band together to take care of each other and no big government, blah-blah-shit.
Liberals, on the other hand, are the wolves in sheeps’ clothing: Corporatist-capitalists who can pretend to have a social conscience AND THEN bring progressives over to the dark side by baby-step compromises.
Of that wily enemy, Obama and those shaped in his mold are, indeed, The Final Boss. King Koopa in a giant, flying tortoise shell — though, some, like that Mayor Pete, are in the larval stage, still, and are only charismatic to single-issue voters. And he IS only good for pushing that one issue forward, as he has no policy. At least, none that he hasn’t copied and pasted from Obama or one or both of the Clintons.
At any rate, all the talk about Obama being the “forever president” really just means settling for the same status quo that landed us WHERE WE ARE NOW. BUSINESS AS USUAL GAVE US EVERY PRESIDENT WE’VE EVER HAD. Including Obama. Including Trump. Including Kennedy and Nixon, Eisenhour and both Bushes.
We could do better than either, by a far piece. And as long as we’re nostalgic simply for COMPETENCY AND CHARISMA, will settle for that, as well as intellect that is honed specifically to connive, then capitalize on convincing folks to act opposite their best interests— basically the same shit Trump does, only WAAAAYYYYYY smarter — we will always have lesser evils leading us.
And we will always have LESS, FULL-STOP. It’ll be exactly what we deserve, for choosing what is safe over what is RIGHT. For DEMANDING what is safe over what is RIGHT.
I’m not the hugest Sanders fan — LOVED the platform in parts, though — but the fact that he’s so obviously despised by presidents and politicians who are, and who hang out with RAPISTS AND UNTRIED WAR CRIMINALS . . . motherfuckers who should have been in the Hague YEARS AGO . . . that speaks well for Sanders and does more to put me on his side of the issues than even his policies have. The enemy of my enemy isn’t always my friend, but he certainly isn’t my enemy, either. And I’d have sooner voted for a Bernie Sanders than for ANY of the talking garbage on display in the primaries.
(Marianne Williamson excluded. If nothing else, she seems sincere, HONEST, and well-meaning, and after EVERY PRESIDENT AND POLITICIAN EVER, those are not things to be lightly discounted; some of her ideas were also pretty good.)
Williamson and Sanders excluded, seeing any of their faces, at this point — Obama’s, too — makes me want to see this country burn, rather than give this system and society any more legitimacy. It de-legitimizes everyone and everything from which it can’t squeeze profit and use. So help me, it needs to die such a death as it could NEVER come back from. Only then can we start from scratch and do so meaningfully, consciously, vigilantly. AND SO MUCH BETTER.
There is no redeeming what we have now. It’s revolution time and there’s no more sleeping at the wheel. EVERYONE’S gotta cowboy-up and pick a side at last — the lines have NEVER been clearer and more impossible to ignore: righteous revolutionaries vs. sympathizers/collaborators and the lesser evils with whom they sympathize/collaborate.
No shade. Seriously. I can’t fault anyone for choosing what they choose. We can all only do what’s seems most right to and for us and others we care for. For the world and the future. For some of us, that will ALWAYS be participation in hopes of changing from the inside. And I understand that and was ABOUT THAT. I really was. Until I understood. . . .
Try to redeem a mostly gangrenous limb and see how that goes.
I’m increasingly more of a . . . “cut it off, learn to live without, and spend the rest of your life, y’know, living without a gangrenous limb.” And make no mistake, YOU WILL HAVE THAT TIME, BECAUSE you cut the rot off/out before it could poison and subvert . . . KILL the whole rest of your body.
But I can see both sides. One side is fear and hope: fear of worse, hope for better. It’s the kind of pie-in-the-sky we find wistful and sweet and innocent, in children. But there’s a reason we’re also happy when they grow away from that and become mature enough to know when it’s time for brass tacks.
The other side of that choice, my daily-chosen-and-deliberated side, is reason and evidence. And we see evidence of the status quo’s rot. WE ARE SEEING IT NOW. We’re living and struggling in its decaying corpse. Stepping back five or six paces isn’t going to solve that. A Barack Obama or Bill or Hillary aren’t going to solve it. That just means the NEXT Trump-style president will have to be SMART as well as evil.
I could name several right-wing candidates RIGHT NOW, off the top of my head, and collect on that bet in another eight years. Assuming we’re all still here in eight years, which . . . well, that, I WOULDN’T bet on.
Obama’s part of this rot. He, like all of us was born into it. Unlike the overwhelming majority of us, he has FLOURISHED IN IT. The Rot is his tough-love parent. To most of the rest of us, The Rot is a cruel, violent step- or foster-parent.
I’d rather this wasn’t true, but it is. Obama isn’t the only one, but he is, at this point, the most high profile and legitimate liberal in the US propping up this system — again, unsurprising, as it’s profited him well in power, fame, and fortune. In LEGACY. Not without a fight to get there, but still. In a truly reforming society, he wouldn’t be worth the paper his hope-and-change speeches and lies are printed on.
In THIS SOCIETY, where he quells strikes that he should be LEADING WITH EVERY BIT OF ACTION AND PERSUASIVE RHETORIC AT HIS COMMAND . . . those lies and speeches are worth quite a lot. Or so I’m told. . . .
Again, ultimately, no shade. We’re ALL in these sad, turbulent, DANGEROUS waters of a choppy-ass, wicked-ass, mean-ass ocean. We’re all just trying to make it to the shore and live a good, dry life. To make a better world for our children and each other.
So, ask yourself: Where’s the room for an Obama or Biden or Harris, in a society that is JUST and in which nobody is in need or disenfranchised, and thus doesn’t get pressured into voting on their damn HOPE-FAITH-NAIVETE that SOME savior will make good on SOME of his promises? Make life better in SOME way that benefits them — because, what other choice is there to do but vote and hope that these lesser evils are lesser-enough?
Ask yourself that. Ask what place there is for shameless, hustling hucksters in a truly just and vigilant, EQUITABLE society? Or even in a society striving earnestly for those states of being?
Ask, and let yourself wait for and hear that answer.
“Obama — Once an Advocate of Change — is Now One of the Biggest Obstacles to Change.” The Humanist Report, Youtube. [10:28] Get early access to videos by supporting us on Patreon, YouTube or PayPal! Sign up here: http://www.patreon.com/humanistreport. Read More About This Story Here: https://www.sbnation.com/nba/2020/8/29/21406770/barack-obama-nba-players-lebron-james-strike-chris-paul-meeting-call. September 3, 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KzUk1tfxKw