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What are we gonna do when we don’t get true health care reform/out of Iraq and Afghanistan/torture investigations/financial reform/job creation/restored civil liberties/audit of the Fed/repeal of the Patriot Act? I voted for Obama, admittedly getting a bit caught up in the whole spectacle. But the reasons I disliked Bush and his cohorts, are the same reasons I am exasperated with Obama and his cohorts. We aren’t getting any change. Spare change maybe, but not change “you can believe in”. As it’s going, Obama will go down in history as the most dishonest President we’ve ever had. Much like Bush trying to make colonizing through occupation and torture legal, Obama has transformed the “chicken in every pot” political promising propaganda to a whole new level.
I’ve thought since shortly after the election we wouldn’t get torture investigations. We won’t “leave” Iraq by 2011. We won’t get out of Afghanistan and in fact will escalate there and in Pakistan. We won’t get single payer, which turned out to be a major understatement. We won’t get financial reform as evidenced by the casinos open for business bonuses and financial gains made by the banks and Wall Street. We won’t “recover” from this financial catastrophe because there is no plan for creating the millions of jobs that have been lost.
Why have I been thinking that? I’m like a jack of all trades, master of none. I’m not an expert in geopolitics, realpolitik, or the machinations of the political system in the halls of Congress and the Senate. But I’ve read stuff man. Lots of stuff. Stuff written by the experts. Isn’t that how one learns? Certainly contrarian views from the MSM and the Obamabots, but stuff that I believe speaks the truth. Stuff from Antiwar.com, Counterpunch, Common Dreams, Real News Network, Truthdig, Salon, Asia Times, and on and on.
Progressives complain about the MSM and the lack of true reporting. Well, there is true reporting going on and it is coming from people who have spent the better parts of lives studying, analyzing and living the issues. These are people that take honest looks at the serious issues regardless of what political party or administration is in charge. They are consistent and look at the facts, not the promises from the speechmaker.
Back in April, when the diaries and essays about torture investigations were peaking, I said many times, “aint gonna happen”. The reason to me was simple and because of what I’ve read. What Bush and company did, except for the scale and temerity to try and make it legal, was no different from the overall practices of every administration since WWII. Just looking at a picture of the five living Presidents after Obama was inaugurated, standing together, joking, smiling, was enough to realize there was no way Obama would go after Bush. Hell, HW has done more bad shit in his life than his son could have ever hoped for. So it was obvious from the start, to go after Bush and Cheney would mean opening a Pandora’s Box on past U.S. Presidents and administrations who have all done the same type of things.
The same thing with Iraq. I can only surmise that those who believe we will actually be out of Iraq by 2011, are ostriches, foolish, or somehow think that keeping 50,000 troops and unknown numbers of contractors there for decades meets the deal. The same with Afghanistan. Isn’t it obvious by now why we are in those countries? Plain and simple, it is not because of terrorists. The GWOT was created as a cover to go in and take over the countries. 9/11 of course, was the reason a GWOT could be declared. Talking about how we can crush the Taliban and al Qaeda is ignoring why we are there. Saying that we need to get out now because we can’t “win”, is all well and good. But it still ignores the fact that we are there under false pretenses. The discussions should be centered around the real reasons we are occupying two countries and whether these foreign policies of hegemony, resource hunting, corporate profits, and world power protection should be changed.
Then of course, health care reform. Now there’s an issue I haven’t had to read a lot about. My instincts took over early on and told me the money pouring in to the politicians and parties at 1.3 million per day was the game changer. No way were our politicians going to bite the hand that feeds them. In fact, they turned the tables on us and are actually handing the insurance and pharmaceutical industries a profitable future.
I think it’s time to stop giving Obama and the democrats ANY benefit of doubt. There is no reason I can see that we should believe they will in anyway change the juggernaut that has taken over this country. It doesn’t matter whether you think Obama is a good person. A person should be judged by his/her actions and so far the actions simply don’t measure up to not only the promises, but the needs of the citizens of this country and the world, who are significantly affected by our actions.
What are we gonna do? The government plans years and decades out for all kinds of possible scenarios. It’s time for citizens to plan as well, plan for what we will do after the Obama administration and the current Congress and Senate delegations make it perfectly clear what we’re up against. Not that they haven’t already.