The major media outlets are saturated with talk of Obama and what his presidency will mean for the US, Americans, and the world. I am not surprised that folks, even those who voted for him, are asking what an Obama presidency will mean.
Obama is not a known commodity. The man is mostly a construction meant to appease the fears of Americans who have come to realize that the US is f*cked up and has been so since its genocidal origins.
In the next few months most liberals and other bullsh*tters will have to set aside their fragile delusion that Obama's promise is about remaking the US into a kinder gentler entity.
Even at this early hour it is apparent that Obama may be the first black/beige president but that means just about squat in terms of reorienting the blood thirsty American empire.
I read today that Obama is going to appoint Rahm Emanuel as his Chief of Staff. Rahm is a proponent of Isreal's brutal occupation of Palestineans and their land.
Please tell me my liberal friends, where is the moral and ethical highground in ignoring the plight of the Palestineans?
Is it not enough that Obama's loudmouth VP-elect is an avowed Zionist who has made a career out of advancing the facist Israeli cause in Palestine and elsewhere?
Joshua Frank rightly points out that Rahm, who has served in the Israeli army despite being an American, is a conservative democrat who supported Bush's "War on Terror" and that he advocates a greater US presence in Afghanistan.
Is this kind of appointment the basis for hope and change?
Richard Holbrooke is one name floating around for possible appointment as Defense Secretary.
Holbrooke, who is a neocon, is responsible for assisting Indonesia's Suharto with armaments to massacre as many as 200 000 indigenous people in East Timor during the late 1970s.
Again, is this kind of appointment the basis for hope and change?
That Obama is the first black president is historic but it is hardly a reason to expect that his establishment politics offers anything close to a significant break with the past.
Still, I don't expect too many Obama supporters are ready to stop celebrating the man that promises to change the the US and the world.
And while they celebrate the US just killed 40 people in Afghanistan who were attending a wedding ... these 'disposable people' live on the fringe of the American consciousness ... they cannot, therefore, matter more than celebrating the rise of the Oprahfied presidency.