posted on Mar, 28 2016 @ 12:17 PM
This paints a picture of what I suspect most if not all presidents truly are in the modern era (and perhaps for far longer than that.) Naive idealists
(irrespective of their ideology or party or to which side they lean) buffeted and influenced to varying degrees by far more organized (and
organizing) forces and interests. Go along with the agenda, and you're a hero. If the agenda fails, you're the fall guy. Don't go along with
the agenda, get stonewalled and denied a legacy of any kind.
Not a fan or supporter of Obama personally. But despite disagreeing with much of his own platform and initiatives (though as with anyone, there are
also things I do agree with,) I recognize - or at least believe - that the real architects of the prevailing long term agendas which guide global and
national affairs are not our presidents. The presidency is a lightning rod and personification of people's hopes and desires for agency and the
ability to act; they are our imagined vicarious agents of change and security and a way forward. And then when they turn out to not be that, they are
the receptacles of our disappointment, outrage, and indignation.
But the status quo, and the long term agendas, are maintained. At most they are briefly disrupted or delayed. For all our pretense to power to affect
change, and our disgruntlement when it doesn't come or fails to take the shape we wish, we are powerless. We have the illusion of choice. Which is in
effect no choice at all.
I hope I'm wrong. But I'm still waiting to be shown I am. So far no candidate, party, or platform has done so. The only real agitators for change that
had substantial impact of the kind we imagine presidents might achieve, have always existed outside of politics. And have always been assassinated for
their contributions to humanity.