There’s a coalition of “progressive” unity-schtickers lamenting the sudden loss of support for the President and his policies. United we stand, divided we fall, they say, and all that crap we have been hearing since well before Democrats took Congress. These Democratic appeasers are united behind a person and party, not the issues, and therefore take issue with those who prefer the “principle” to the “man” or “tribe.” To them, people like myself are purity trolls, like Republican Tea-baggers, regardless of what the tribe stands for. Thus, they will tolerate any and every thing, as long as it’s served up on a plate.
This rapid loss in support for Obama has occurred for several reasons. First, this was a very important election after eight years of neoliberalism on acid. Second, due to a certain psychological pre-eminence of various crises at this particular time in history, we have been keenly aware of the importance of all this promise for hope and change, including the specific issues and policies that would indicate change. Third Barack Obama has signaled in all major areas of crisis, from warfare (Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, and now, Yemen), the political crisis off giving welfare to deranged profit-takers ($12 trillion dollars and counting to casino gamblers), social welfare (this fucked health care bill), the Unitary Executive and civil rights (blocking judicial activity surrounding Bush era war crimes, torture, human rights, etc.), to environmental degradation (Copenhagen), and boy howdy that’s a lot of signals, that his promises of hope and change are full-on bullshit. If you want to call questions of war & peace, basic human rights, clear-cut questions of law, rampant and encroaching crony capitalism and fascism, and environmental crises “purity tests,” be my guest, you retarded fucking gink, but it shows zero intellectual honesty.