Prior to the '08 election there were several expats who could hardly wait for the savior to assume power, but we haven't heard much from them since.
I wonder what they think now...
I wonder what they think now...
The wagon train with its rotting cargo keeps lurching on. A change of drivers has not meant a change in direction. As Tom Englehardt points out, in both foreign policy and on the economic front, the Obama Administration is trying frantically to preserve an imperial system that is cracking under the weight of its own immoral excesses, its own arrogance and willful ignorance. But owing to the latter, their only solution is to do more of the same things that have plunged the system into severe crisis.[/SIZE]
[SIZE=-1]In fact, the domestic side of their efforts is even more radical, more shocking than Obama's dull-witted "continuity" in Terror War. The new administration is openly transferring trillions of dollars to a small core of financial elites, in effect placing the rest of the country into a state of economic peonage to these remote and unaccountable overlords -- who have, astonishingly, used the fear and suffering created by their own actions as an opportunity to take their domination of society to even greater heights. What Obama and his economic team are abetting is, as Simon Johnson and others have noted, nothing less than an oligarchic coup d'etat. I lived through one of those in Russia in the 1990s, and it was not a pretty sight. And again, because the scale of the American power structure is so much greater, so too will be the far-reaching, long-lasting consequences of this coup.
You really do have it in for the man and the country he represents. It has only been less than 3 months, or about 6% of his time in office if he serves the generally minimum 4 years. Furthermore the whole mantra of "change" was a lot to do with the way Washington was run and its culture. You cannot disagree that the recent economic situation is virtually unprecedented and frightening and taking up a lot of time and effort for everyone. I am not a big Obama lover but cut the man some slack and give him time to prove himself! And calling the US doomed state? Funny you mention that as many people have said the same thing about Argentina but that grand dame keeps picking herself up and going on. The US will do the same.bigbadwolf said:Obama is doing what perceptive observers thought he would do. From Counterpunch:
I never expected anything different from the mocha messiah. Gore Vidal says somewhere that the four sweetest words in English are, "I told you so." Amen to that. The moment the messiah won his election (another farce), the braying changed from "change" to "continuity." The messiah has back-pedalled on all his vague half-promises. The USA is a doomed state. Let us hope it doesn't take the rest of the world down with it.
You're right. It used to be that hiring undocumented workers and/or not paying your taxes disqualified you for public service, but that's all CHANGED.Conorworld said:Furthermore the whole mantra of "change" was a lot to do with the way Washington was run and its culture.
For Americans Obama is the equivalent of redemption. Kindness is all over his face. He is a listener. Inclined to consensus, he respects other’s beliefs (”we can disagree without being disagreeable”), he is attached to differences, he appears considerate with the poor and the weak, “everybody is beautiful, everybody is nice.”
Bushophobia is widespread over the entire planet; it is now logically reversed into universal Obamania. Obama is the mirror-man of the Universe, “the microcosm- man” as it was called during the Renaissance, the one that represents the world in its diversity, who reconciles within his own person the races and the sexes: he is African, he is American, he is black, he is white, he is a man and yet he is very fashionable, very “mannequin”, almost feminine, he is smooth, he epitomizes “coolness’ itself, he can be sweet and at the same time is able to reveal himself as tough ...
Obama has indeed cleverly cultivated the image of the Savior and Redeemer of the world, he has promised to “heal” and he assured us “change”. His genius consisted in not to shy away from the “phony” (loufoqueri) and draw without shame or hesitation in the stock of ancient myths, of the oldest beliefs of humanity. And that works for him, even in our age, the age of science and impiety, even when we are supposed to believe that we no longer believe. At the same time, his campaign masterly utilized the latest fads and gadgets of technology. He knowingly played the part of the Messiah, while repeatedly modernizing the role with a Hollywood rhetoric: Obama talks like in a movie.