When is criticizing a politician racism? When the politician is Barrack Obama, of course. Obama can back away every one of his promises regarding taxation, and anyone who points it out is accused of bigotry. Obama can turn all his promises regarding the economy into a lie by appointing Timothy Geithner as Secretary of the Treasury, and I am called a horrible person for mentioning Geithner’s part in NAFTA and outsourcing. Obama can also appoint that war criminal Gates to continue the job he has mishandled for Bush, but Barrack Obama can do no wrong. Apparently I am wrong for pointing out that appointing Gates is a sign that the war is going to continue. The right wing pundits have done their job. Obama can continue the same failed policies of his predecessors, but nobody dares to point this out without being accused of racism.
As a marketing and sales professional, I have to admire the right wing pundits as well as the people who write their scripts. They are brilliant. By carefully mixing truth and psychotic racism, they have made Obama invincible. When one mentions the incestuous relationship between Hillary Clinton and Wal-Mart, one automatically becomes a KKK member. Obama can ask John Yoo to be a member of his national security staff, and I allegedly become Sean Hannity for pointing out that Yoo was the person who advocated the torture of Guantanamo inmates. John Brenner is the CIA executive who oversees torture, and Obama wanted him to head the CIA. Ask how this means change, and cries of racism echo from the hills.
This does not mean that racism does not exist. On the contrary. Hannity’s script writers depend on racism. When Buster Beer-Belly redneck hears Hannity’s rants, all he is going to hear is that the Black President’s middle name is Hussein, and that the good white Republicans are protecting his interests by continuing Bush’s policies. All Mr. Cardboard Liberal is going to hear is the racism, and will associate any criticism of Obama with the racism. Thus, when Obama continues the failed economic policies of his predecessors, it’s all going to be somebody else’s fault. The rednecks will blame the Muslim-loving liberals and the liberals will blame the redneck Republicans.
The amazing thing is that anybody even listens to Hannity, Limbaugh, or the rest of the troupe of right-wing howler monkeys. It’s not as if they have anything worth listening to. I spent my entire life not even knowing what Sean Hannity looked like until I lifted his picture off Google. I could pass him on the street without even recognizing him. I watched some of his stuff from YouTube when I was accused of being him. What person in his right mind would even listen to his shit? Maybe I have been in the business too long, but Hannity is the worst salesman I ever experienced. Yet people on both sides of the political spectrum listen to him as if he even matters.
All Hannity has to do is pick on Nancy Pelosi, and that godless neocon becomes Ms. Super Liberal. Pelosi, who continues to vote in favor of the Iraq war and illegal wiretapping, is a champion of the downtrodden because Hannity says something bad about her. Jesus H. Christ on a crutch! The woman is a bald-faced liar. Check our her voting record. Project Vote Smart records the voting record of every politician in Washington DC. There is no excuse for anybody to fall for Hannity’s tactics. The truth is out there for anybody with enough brains to look for themselves.
Hannity and the rest of the right wing pundits have successfully applied a peer pressure element into American politics. You are now either for Hannity or against him. If Hannity labels somebody a bleeding heart liberal, you have to either condemn him or support him as a bleeding heart liberal. It’s an us or them attitude where truth does not matter a whit. The fact that Pelosi has been an ardent behind-the-scenes Bush supporter seems to be irrelevant in the light of Hannity’s mighty rhetoric.
Perhaps familiarity breeds contempt, so I should not be too terribly surprised that people are falling for the Hannity smoke and mirrors show. How many people in California lost their homes because some stranger called them up during dinner time and offered them a “free, no obligation, assessment of their present mortgage”? Sounds pretty dumb, doesn’t it? There are just some things that people have become conditioned to respond to. The words “free” and “no obligation” are guaranteed to catch one out of every five prospects. This holds true in politics as well. Say the right words and you get people’s money. Say other right words and you get people’s votes. Say other magic words and a politician becomes god or the devil depending on the audience you are aiming for. Sometimes you can accomplish both with the same sentence.
The liberal who has the nerve to criticize Obama becomes the eternal outsider. Even though Obama has already gone back on many of his promises, and made frightening choices for his cabinet, I am called a bigot for daring to mention it. That’s cool. I can live with it. I have received some really nasty email, I have been called a pig on my own blog, and even my wife has been slighted over this. I do not take any of this personally. The unconditional Obama supporters have a hard lesson coming to them. Many of them can see it coming. Really, how smart do you have to be, to know that Rahm Emmanuel is bad news for any sort of positive change? They pick on me for pointing out the obvious.
What bothers me is the opportunity that is being lost. Why is everybody dropping the ball? Why is putting a Likkudnik in as chief-of-staff acceptable? Why is Gates acceptable? Why is pointing out that they are not acceptable labeled racist? Because Sean Hannity opened his mouth? Cut me a break. If Obama’s supporters want actual change, they are going to have to react to what Obama does and not what Sean Hannity says. Hannity is just hot air. Geithner is a danger to our homes, our jobs, and our savings. Don’t fall for the Hannity con game. Get on the web, get on Obama’s site, and remind him that you voted him in for change.
What is a President? A President is a corporate talking head. He does funny tricks for the public while his staff does all the work. The staff doesn’t work for the President. The staff works for the party and is selected by the party. Since it is the staff who really run the office of the president, the party makes certain that the staff will work for the interests of the corporate sponsors. As there are only two significant parties in the United States, it has been very easy for the corporations to dominate both parties. This is why Bill Clinton’s administration was a continuation of the Reagan-Bush administrations, and was the perfect set up for the current trained monkey.
Jimmy Carter was the last President to actually try to do the job. We all saw what happened to him. Carter’s own party ignored him. The Democrats left Jimmy Carter slowly twisting in the wind over the Iran Hostage Crisis. Of course the Democrats knew that the Republicans were dealing with Iran to make Carter look bad, but nobody stood up to defend their President. Then the Reagan Republicans took credit for all the hard work and hard decisions Carter made to repair the economy. After Reagan’s election, the Democrats showed the world they were not going to stand for any more human rights nonsense. They joined with the Republicans to send our jobs overseas and to assure corporate profits. Liberal became as bad a word amongst the Democrats as with the Republicans, and the nation watched 50 years of social progress go down the toilet.
Television and the media have made it more important to look like a President than to be a President. Giving the devil his due, Richard M. Nixon tried to be a President during the 1960 campaign. Nixon ran an old fashioned campaign based on the issues, while Jack Kennedy ran the first modern campaign based on appearances. Kennedy posed for the cameras. Kennedy wore make-up during the debates. Kennedy was young and pretty, while even in 1960, Nixon looked like a blood hound who just smelled a skunk. Kennedy won on appearances. In 1968 Nixon was washed up and fallen so far into alcoholism that he was hopeless after twelve noon.
Quite often it is neccessary to tell the public what they want to hear in order to get a candidate elected. After eight years of Reagan and four years of Papa-Doc Bush, America was burned out on deregulation. The voters were scared of NAFTA and wanted the government do something for them. Clinton came along and promised national health. That’s what the public wanted to hear and that’s what got Clinton elected. We are still waiting for our national health. Clinton set us up for our present financial crises instead.
After Clinton’s outright lies and open collusion with the Republicans, I cannot understand why anybody would believe anything any Democrat would tell them. Yet there are still people who make excuses for Clinton. They forget that the “prosperity” under the Clinton years was simply a stock market bubble that would have been illegal before the deregulation of the Eighties. They seem to forget that Alan Greenspan started under Reagan and continued through the Clinton years until Greenspan himself chose to retire under Baby-Doc Bush. They ignore the fact that Clinton turned homelessness into a national crisis by signing NAFTA into law and then cutting the social safety net. Clinton created his paper surplus budget surplus through his treasury department investing in valueless tech stocks.
There are customs about the Presidency that have to be followed. One such custom is that the incumbent Vice President gets to run for President at the end of the two terms. Al Gore, the last of the presidentially viable, pro-ecology Democrats ran for president, but the Republicans cheated to keep him out of the White House. Gore’s own party made no great effort to challenge the obvious chicanery. Having Gore in the White House would have been an embarrassment. It would have been like Carter. The president would have said one thing while the party was busy colluding with the oil, mining, and lumber companies. Gore was also pro-labor and depended on the auto industry for his support base. As we see today, the auto industry was another American industry due for outsourcing.
The parties no longer even compete for the Presidency. Both parties get together with their PR and marketing people to see who the voters are most likely to accept. When the public got tired of Republican rhetoric, Clinton got into the White House for eight years with no real changes in policy from the Republicans.
Obama is surrounding himself with Clinton’s criminal family. Obama has already come out in favor of illegal wiretapping, promised to continue and expand the faith based initiatives, and backed away from ending the Bush tax giveaways to the rich. If Robert “The Surge” Gates is selected, that will be a pretty good indication that we can expect a continuation of the last 28 years. If you, like me, find this totally unacceptable, it is time to act. We can start by getting on Obama’s website and letting the president elect know that we are not pleased. http://change.gov/ It might not make any difference but at least we will not be silent accomplices to our own abuse.