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  •  Finding middle ground is the last thing (1+ / 0-)
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    our society needs at this point.  We need radical change, and our system of government has evolved pretty specifically to make that as difficult as possible.

    That's not surprising -- no system wants radical change, because that kind of change threatens the system's stability and continued existence.  But it's also the fact that Obama, from what I've seen, is uninterested in radical change.  He wants competence and a sense of unity, which would be much better than Bush or McCain, but that's hardly a radical restructuring of power in the US.

    If we're going to get radical change -- or even something like the New Deal, which wasn't as radical as a whole lot of other programs on the table in the US at the time -- we'll need a massive people's movement that threatens social stability.  Capital will need to face an existential threat, and to take the threat seriously enough to be willing to concede a significant amount of power in order to ensure its continued existence.

    The only tiny sliver of hope I have -- and it's a lot of the reason that I favored Obama over Clinton -- is that Obama's campaign organization is big enough to spark that kind of movement...provided it turns on him after the election.  I give that about a 1 in 50 chance.

    The President's job is to protect and empower American (corporate) hegemony overseas, and to manage the national security state.  That's the job Obama is applying for.  Whatever his personal preferences, that's the job he'll do once he's inaugurated.  Unfortunately, that job hurts and exploits the vast majority of Americans, and hundreds of millions of people around the world, all to the benefit of a small elite largely in this country.  Obama can't and won't change that.  If it changes, it'll be because we all made changing it the only alternative to watching the society descend into chaos.

    "Run, comrade, the old world is behind you!" -- Situationist graffito, 1968

    by Pesto on Sun Aug 03, 2008 at 04:20:58 PM PDT

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    •  Pesto, great post, but most are too far right (0+ / 0-)

      to even comprehend what you are talking about. They don't grasp that Obama got this far because he is offered a a "crumb" by those who hold most of the wealth and power, just as patrician FDR was offered as a crumb. We need a Huey P. Long....it's more like 1927 in Louisiana, in the US today, than it is like it was in the US in 1980.

      The most powerful and wealthiest fear a populist backlash, and Obama is as far as they are willing to go, to keep such a backlash from happening, and it appears to be enough....for most everyone who posts here, anyway... The truth is, that Obama is about the least "change" that the controlling interests can get away with, and still keep a pacified mass of largely unquestioning cattle. In Sept., 1935, when it appeared that Huey Long might be a political threat to FDR, in the 1936 presidential contest, he was duly dispatched, with a bullet. SSA.gov knows where the politcal pressure that founded it, came from, and it wasn't from FDR.... http://www.ssa.gov/...

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