I’ll put it this way, Obama is the first politician in my life I ever enthusiastically supported only to learn the Cold Hard Truth of U.S. electoral politics so if it comes off like I have a personal vendetta against the man it’s because I do
seeing the way the Actually Existing Obama Administration functioned was the thing that pushed me over the edge from grumpy left-liberal to batshit full communist
it was a very important Event
in my political development
all us idealists (or concerned humans, maybe) have this rite of passage. my first vote and feeling of hope was for Clinton, first time he ran. my ma loved him, too. He had long hair in the 70s! He smoked weed! This cat talked a tight populist game. Yeah. Real radical, real man of the people. Gutted the social net, brought NAFTA into play, and so on…These days, I see enough to know what can be changed in four years and what probably won’t change in 40 (or ever). And the bottom line is that if any of these people wanted to change the system in any fundamental way, the system would shut them down long before they got in power. And if they were already in power and made any moves to do so, they’d be murked just like JFK. This be Empire, baby. Way bigger and hungrier than any one woman or man. Not that we ought not fight or grow dull with defeat. But harbor no illusions about what any one person can do.