reply to post by Metallicus
I often wonder if it is truely a case of Mr Obama being "worse" than other presidents of the United States of America, or simply that an
increasingly vocal segment of the population are capable of seeing through government trickery, to the dark heart of the entire political system?
I mean, lets face it. If you live in the USA, and you vote either Democrat, or Republican, you have failed to see the big picture, failed to accept
that the government of the USA does what it does regardless of which party or president happens to be in power at the time. Now, that may not be
because of some over arching plot by a shadowy but none the less powerful organisation, it could simply be the case that when boiled down to thier
bare elements, both Democrat and Republican politicians are politicians first, administrators second, buttkissers third, and human beings way down at
the hundred and fifty ninth mark, on the list of thier priorities.
But, the simple fact of the matter is, that unlike in eras past, this is an age of extremely rapid informational distribution. Truth, no matter how
it is spun, no matter who it makes out to look really bad, can be entering your optic nerve, traveling to your brain, and conclusions drawn MUCH
faster than in the Nixon era for example (I used Nixon because he represents truely shoddy and morally defunct leadership, something which Obama has
been accused of before now, but in different ways).
I guess what I am getting at, is that its hard to tell wether Obama is actually a worse president than the USA has ever had, or wether he looks that
way because he is merely responding to a totally different set of stimuli than his predecessors. The economic climate, the political situation in
which the USA finds its self internationally, coupled with the super speed of data transfer between individuals, across the world and within the USA
itself, make for challenging environments in which to conduct the business of administrating a nation.
So, are Obama's questionable policies, his use of executive orders and so on, things that would have been happening if he had been in office twenty
years ago, or are they merely a by product of the stressors placed upon his administration by current affairs and the way societies, both nationally
and globally are responding to an increased awareness of events and thier real meaning?
Could it be that what you are actually seeing, rather than a bad president, is evidence of just how bad the system of governance in the States,
really is, no matter who happens to be in charge? Personally speaking, I think its much more likely that Obama appears bad, because at no point in
human history has the truth been so hard to quash quietly as it is today. Things which under other presidents would have disappeared without trace
before ever entering the public domain, today are dealt with by global wiretaps, public deconstructions and character assassinations of
whistleblowers, the closing of various gates after the horse has well and truely bolted, aided by superfast broadband connections, mobile phones which
double as cameras, and can upload directly to video sites...
Thats bound to look nasty. But can you honestly say, that at any point in the twentieth or twenty first century, that there has been a president who
would not be forced to react this way given those stressors? Can you possibly know, given that in every other period of history, hiding the dirty
laundry was hundreds of percent easier?
I ought to point out, that this is precisely how my own governments actions strike me. Given the similarities of purpose which the USA and the UK
share globally, I would not be at all surprised to find that the same dark veils are being lifted from the eyes of both populations, causing similar
appearances in some respects. I find it ironic that our nations governments have both advocated vigorously for democracy, and yet are often found to
avoid the more difficult rammifications of such a system when it suits them.
However, just because I believe that governments look shadier now because its easier to peer under thier skirts so to speak, does not mean it
infuriates me any less when I discover some new cancer which they have nurtured in the hearts and minds of thier people. I think it really boils down
to the fact that if one chooses to see the truth, one can, where as previously, one had no option but to remain in the dark, as to the most
inflamatory excesses of governments. As our power as individuals, to see for our selves, and make our own judgements increases, so will the lengths to
which governments will go to curtail our freedom to act upon our ire, to unseat those who oppose freedom from the lofy perches of the thrones they
have constructed for themselves.