Naomi Klein has a brilliant article in The Nation that the middle class needs to digest, particularly in the United States of Amnesia. She says that “All is not well in Obamafanland. ” Slowly the people are digesting the fact that the same guys who created the financial meltdown and who profitted handsomely are now in charge of the bail out—and it does not include working people.
Hopebroken and Hopesick: Obama
Particularly disgusting (do these guys never get tired of engorging thesmelves?) is the fact that” the president’s chief economic adviser, Larry Summers, earned millions from the very Wall Street banks and hedge funds he is protecting from reregulation now. Or perhaps it began earlier, with Obama’s silence during Israel’s Gaza attack.
Klein nails it when she asks “If the superfan culture that brought Obama to power is going to transform itself into an independent political movement?”
Voting for a messiah is always fool’s gold as the system is so stacked against serious change. Any guy who pays taxes on a million bucks like Obama does will hardly move the yard sticks unless people put the fire to his feet. Casting a ballot is always the least political thing people do.
Democracy to flourish needs constant vigilance an almost impossibility in the Distraction Society (How bout those Blue Jays! Who will win the Cup and did you hear what Billy Bob Thornton said). Let me enjoy the perks of my life. I voted for Obama didn’t I?
The only answer Obama should give is the one FDR gave when t6hose who voted for change came to see him and demanded he act. FDR said: “I agree with you.Now make me do it.”
The middle class has a poor record of “activism”, of staying awake and staying in the streets until the politicians are forced to act.
Most lives are lived small in the public realm and large in private pleasures .
I fear there will be no staying power in America.Guys like Larry Summers should have been fired a long time ago.