Obama’s Promise of Change

 

 

Let me begin by warning you that I am going to criticize President Obama very harshly in this essay so if you’d rather not hear anything disparaging about Obama in this election season because Mitt Romney, if elected, would obviously do much more harm, then perhaps you shouldn’t go on reading my essay? I’m sure you recall that during Obama’s first presidential campaign, the mantra was “Change.” This single word was suppose to encapsulate what he was about and I’m sure they conducted many polls which all pointed to the fact that Americans were sick to death of the system as it was and were starved for change, real change in how our government & big business operates. Well, we were obviously suckered once again by the PR assault on our emotions and Obama’s first campaign was a marketing marvel. I noticed on a recent video of Obama campaigning for the 2012 election, the word “Forward” was on the lectern he was standing behind. I guess they figure, well, it worked the first time around i.e. a single word that succeeded in keeping the voting public in the dark as to what Obama stood for or his real agenda & track record. What’s the old saying, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me? Well, I’ve been paying attention & I won’t get fooled again. Here are some of the key reasons why I won’t be voting for Obama again:

First and foremost, shortly after being elected president, Obama appointed three of the major criminals responsible for our economic collapse and which we still suffer under, Bernanke, Geithner, & Summers. As soon as Obama did this I knew I’d been had and Obama had betrayed the millions of us who were so naïve to believe that a single person could save us & would save us from the predators in the financial industry elite. And Obama’s recent defense of Jamie Dimon, the smirking CEO, president, & owner of JP Morgan Chase, who is one of the most egregious of the Robber Barons, truly disgusted me.

 

Next on my list was Obama’s proclamation regarding the calls to hold Georgie ‘Dubya’ Bushwhacker, Cheney, Rumsfeld, etc. accountable for lying us into war and the hundreds of other crimes they committed while in office, “I’m not interested in looking backward because I want to look forward.” Jesus Christ! And Obama was a Constitutional law professor? What does this say about America’s so-called respect for law & order? This completely turns our entire legal system on its head because crimes are committed in the past and prosecutors are supposed to build their cases against the perpetrators of crimes and hold them accountable in a court of law. But Bush & Co. was never held accountable for not only getting thousands of our soldiers killed but also wrecking the U.S. economy. How bout the next time you or I go to court, we tell the judge, ah come on judge, that was in the past, can’t we just look forward & forget about past mistakes?

Continuing on, the absolute apex of Obama’s hypocrisy is the fact that he has gone after “whistleblowers” with a zeal unlike any other U.S. president and has prosecuted more whistleblowers than any other president. He won’t prosecute the crooks who robbed us blind and drove our economy into a tailspin and in fact, he’s placed the foxes in charge of the hen house e.g. the federal treasury, etc. but he pursues the courageous souls who try to warn us about the illegal spying on Americans, about unsafe products such as pharmaceutical drugs, military weaponry, etc. Obama’s administration want to get their hands on Julian Assange so badly that they almost drool in public whenever the subject comes up. Bradley Manning is alleged to have revealed classified secrets that have endangered American lives but there is absolutely no evidence to support this claim and meanwhile, Pvt. Manning is being tortured, his rights have been completely ignored, and he is held almost incommunicado again in this land of law & order. I argue that Obama and his crony, vulture capitalists are really bent on vengeance against Manning & Assange because the WikiLeak secrets they revealed was analogous to sharing with the public, your playbook to use a sports metaphor. In short, what was revealed was a treasure trove of all the dirty Machiavellian tricks used by our government and other governments against their own citizens in order to gain power, hold onto power, and increase their power!

The true patriot act & Obama knows better i.e. he was a Constitutional law professor!

 

Furthermore, Obama’s continuation of The Patriot Act and not giving-up any of the illegal powers that George Bush gave himself as president, is further proof in my book that Obama is just another power hungry egotist & sociopath like most corporate CEOs who relish their reign in their private tyrannies. And it really saddens me that so many Americans don’t even seem to notice or to care that most of those “Rights” that we are so fond of boasting about to the world, have simply been taken away under the guise of protecting us against terrorists. Hell! If we dared to face the ugly truth about America, we are the leading terrorist nation on the planet and we have far more to fear from our own government than we do from any boogey-man terrorists lurking in the dark. George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, & Ray Bradbury would be rolling-over in their graves if they could see what we’ve become and how meekly, like lambs going to slaughter, we have responded. Tell me again what our soldiers are defending us against or for, overseas in this perpetual state of war we’ve been engaged in since WWII?

FOX News’ role model & mentor, Joseph Goebbels

Pursuing this further, how can Obama and those other hypocritical hyenas stand before the world’s major news gatherings & declare our belief in freedom, democracy, justice, etc. while we send drones after “terrorists” almost daily and innocent women, children, elderly, etc. are killed by the hundreds and thousands? How noble is this of us? How can a U.S. president give the order to kill suspected terrorists, even American citizens, anywhere in the world, on sight with no trial, no proof, no nothing? The rest of the world knows what liars & hypocrites we are i.e. our government, and the American public seems to be the only ones who still believe the propaganda, mostly because they watch FOX News & the corporate-owned media who have a clear financial interest in keeping the public ignorant.

 

Another significant reason why I won’t vote for Obama again is because of his JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act. Here are some of the details outlined by Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone magazine:

“…Will very nearly legalize fraud in the stock market”

“…It’s a sweeping piece of deregulation”

“…This law actually appears to have been specifically written to encourage fraud in the stock markets”

“Ostensibly, the law makes it easier for startup companies (particularly tech companies whose lobbyists were a driving force behind its passage) to attract capital by, among other things, exempting them from independent accounting requirements for up to five years after they first begin selling shares in the stock market.”

 

I will leave it to you to read the rest of the article if you’d like to learn more about it at http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/why-obamas-jobs-act-couldnt-suck-worse-20120409

Proceeding on with Obama’s idea of “Change,” here’s a “treaty” started under the Bushwhacker from Crawford and now Obama has taken-up right where Georgie Porgie left off on this truly terrifying “treaty” that not many are even aware of. It has been dubbed “NAFTA on steroids.” And don’t forget that it was another darling of the Democratic party i.e. Bill Clinton who signed NAFTA which opened the floodgates for corporate America, those rich rodents who love America so deeply, to ship our jobs overseas where they could make greater profit, not have any restrictions on polluting the environment, no workers’ rights, no unions to deal with, etc. Yeah, and Billy Bob Clinton also signed the repeal of the Glass Steagall Act which forbid commercial banks from risking their depositors’ money like investment banks do and played a very significant role in the global economic meltdown. This nightmare of a “treaty” that, if passed, will make our days a nightmare come true is called the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Here are a few details:

 

“…Negotiations have been conducted in extreme secrecy”

“…It’s been cleverly misbranded as a ‘trade agreement’

“…It adds new rights to Big Parma”

“…It would limit Internet freedom”

“…It seeks to expand NAFTA’s ‘corporate tribunals’ which have been used to attack domestic public interest laws”

“Think of the TPP as a stealthy delivery mechanism for policies that could not survive public scrutiny”

“Only two of the 26 chapters of this corporate Trojan horse cover traditional trade matters. The rest embody the most florid dreams of the 1%—grandiose new rights & privileges for corporations and permanent constraints on government regulations.”

“They include new investor safeguards to ease job off shoring & assert control over natural resources and severely limit the regulation of financial services, land use, food safety, natural resources, energy, tobacco, healthcare and more.”

 

Again, I’ll leave it to you to read more if you’re so inclined http://www.thenation.com/article/168627/nafta-steroids# I don’t know about you my friend, but these revelations about knocked my socks off. It’s absolutely mind-boggling that even as we’re still suffering through this ‘recession’ which I believe is actually a de facto Depression, the corporate cockroaches haven’t slowed-down one bit in their rapacious greed to gobble-up every last crumb the billions are struggling to survive on. Obama, the Oreo in the Oval Office boasts of creating thousands of new jobs but neglects to tell us that most of those ‘new jobs’ are minimum-wage jobs like at Wal Mart & McDonalds with no benefits as food stamp benefits, etc. are being cut and the poor who were mercilessly thrown off welfare by Clinton are being kicked to the curb. The middle class is disappearing just as so many towns across America become ghost towns.

The Gulf Oil Spill “Gee, sorry bout that”

nuclear disaster in Japan; Obama’s response? Let’s build some more here

 

In conclusion, I want to remind you of two more examples of Obama’s “Change,” his environmental policies which again have opened up deep-sea oil drilling in the Gulf and now in the Arctic. Or how about the Keystone Pipeline? Yeah, another bullshit PR campaign of disinformation because it will only create a relatively few jobs here in the U.S. but will also endanger one of our largest aquifers, the Ogalala Aquifer which supplies drinking water to millions of Americans & that extremely dirty & costly oil that will flow across America is for shipment to other countries, not the U.S. Secondly, even after last week’s horrific shooting at the movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado, neither Obama nor Romney have the balls to take a stand against the NRA & allow the fear and hate propagandists on FOX News to continue to control the message by claiming the government wants to take your guns away from you. It’s so absurd that it’d be funny if it weren’t so tragically true. Rational people are calling for a ban on assault weapons not for the confiscation of all weapons. There is absolutely no need for people to own weapons with hundred round clips that are designed for only one thing i.e. killing as many people as possible in as short a time as possible. Shame on you Obama, you phony champion of the public. I know Romney is a snake in the grass and I’ve never held any illusions about him because it’s as clear as the nose on my face that he is Gordon Gecko come to life. Note that Romney’s first big jump in his personal wealth creation was by doing business with Michael Milken who was doing business with Ivan Boesky, the model for Oliver Stone’s movie Wall Street and the Michael Douglas character, Gordon Gecko.

Bottom line, Obama hasn’t delivered on most of his promises for change and in fact, has helped make things far worse for the average American citizen. All the television ads, the public speeches, the phony legislation, etc. is all a smokescreen for keeping us blind to what they’re really doing i.e. bankrupting America while they build their palaces in remote tropical paradises which they own & have guarded by their mercenaries. It’s all a dog & pony show. It’s bread & circuses. There are many terms to describe what’s being done to us and I, for one, am not going to play in their rigged game anymore. With the corporate right to donate as much money as they want to politicians’ campaigns, the rigged voting machines, the on-going disenfranchisement of people of color by disqualifying them from their right to vote, etc. What’s the point? I am voting for the Green Party and for Dr. Jill Stein for president. Yeah, I know, but you’ll be throwing your vote away! Nope! Sorry, just not buying that line of reasoning anymore. As long as we keep on voting for the democratic candidate they’ll take us for granted and keep on moving farther to the Right. Mine is a vote of no confidence in this system of electoral politics that has sold us all out to their corporate masters who pull all the strings. I kind of feel like that cartoon of a rabbit defiantly flipping-off the bear that is about to devour it but hey, it’s better to die standing than to live on your knees! And the more of us that vote for the Green Party, the stronger it’ll become and eventually it will be a real contender and vehicle to enable us to take back our democracy!

Persevere!

—Rob DeLoss, Waldport, OR July 25, 2012

P.S.  I’d really love it if any of you who might read this essay, would leave a comment because then at least I’d know I’d been heard and wasn’t merely another voice in the wilderness.  Thought I’d end on a hopeful note with The March on Washington 1963.

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