reply to post by Germanicus
I think it died duing the Bush/Cheney administration, and that all the angst directed at Obama is simple disappointment that he wasn't really a modern
The heart and soul, the very character and charm of the USA was ripped right out during the first decade of the 21st century given what the average
American Joe was forced to participate in and support with misguided patriotism and sychophantic flag waving.
“Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our insanity. ''Patriotism'' is its cult. It should hardly be necessary to say, that by
''patriotism'' I mean that attitude which puts the own nation above humanity, above the principles of truth and justice; not the loving interest in
one's own nation, which is the concern with the nation's spiritual as much as with its material welfare /never with its power over other nations. Just
as love for one individual which excludes the love for others is not love, love for one's country which is not part of one's love for humanity is not
love, but idolatrous worship.”
~ Erich Fromm (German born American social Philosopher and Psychoanalyst, 1900-1980)
Obama's mistake was that he didn't provide a vision and arrogantly and egoistically believed that within himself as a "black" President, all would be
atoned for, which is absurd, arrogant and ridiculous.
Here's an interesting article which I think describes the disenfranchisement with Obama and what he failed to do, and say, post Bush/Cheney.
The Carterization of Barack Obama
That was the choice that Barack Obama faced the moment he turned away from John Roberts and faced the country for the first time as its president. The
actual problems were worse than he knew. (All of the available evidence indicates that the true dimensions of the economic meltdown that
occurred in the fall of 2008 were far worse than Obama and his administration even imagined.) But he had to know that the country had wounded itself,
through fear and doubt, through lassitude and inattention, through an abandonment of its responsibilities to self-government. He had to know that
without leaving those civic wounds open to the air, they would not heal but fester. He had to know that the country needed to externalize the
wickedness and failure that it had tolerated within itself. He had to know that the country would have to be forced to do that, that it would resist,
and that the political opposition would enforce that resistance with whatever strength it could muster. He had to know this because he never has been
He didn't do any of that. This is what he said when he turned away from Roberts and faced what was then an adoring crowd:
"This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed, why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this
magnificent mall. And why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to
take a most sacred oath."
There it was again. He was offering himself as absolution for the country while not demanding real penance from the country that had so offended
against itself. (He talked about meeting challenges and about the sacrifices the country would have to make without being specific about who and what
had made those challenges so daunting or those sacrifices so harsh.) In 1976, Jimmy Carter offered himself as absolution for the sin against
democratic self-government that was the election (twice) of Richard Nixon. But, just as has been the case over the last three years, there was no
penance demanded and, in 1980, with his campaign dying in a thousand places, Jimmy Carter got a look at how good and decent the American people could
be when absolution is bestowed before penance is demanded.
Whether Barack Obama is reelected next fall depends mightily on how the country feels about having elected him in the first place. He is not Carter
because there is no Reagan on the other side. He is Carter because there was in his election a feeling in the country that it had done something wrong
to itself that the country didn't truly want to face. He is not Carter because his Desert One worked and Osama bin Laden is as dead as Saladin. He is
Carter because the economy is stuck in the mud and there are forces seeking to keep it there for the political advantage they will gain. He is not
Carter because Car-ter had OPEC. He is Carter because he has Goldman Sachs. So the parlor games begin, because it's easier to psychoanalyze a
president than it is to plumb the depths of a country mired in self-loathing, seeking scapegoats for the turmoil in its own mind, and rotting from
within from unexpiated sins.
Read more: www.esquire.com...
America has been called "the indespensible nation", but where virtue may be defined as power restrained, the heart and soul of America was despensed
with "shock and awe" in Iraq. Virtue was breached in that unneccessary and illegal war of agression, and it will never be the same.
They thought they could bend history itself to the will of an "elite" few, but now history, in the looming mirror of near 20/20 historical hindsight
is clear, and the indictment of the USA, utterly devastating.
Bush/Cheney broke it and Obama can't fix it.
Then again, perhaps time can heal all wounds I don't know, but some things you just can't "mud over" or pretend didn't happen.
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