Monday, January 19, 2009

Obama’s Real Strategy: We’ll Find Out Soon Enough

This is my Feb-March Grassroots Press column:

As I pointed out a couple of issues ago, Obama is an agent of the Empire; otherwise he would never have gotten this far. He's a realist, a player, a serious politician. Which means: he’ll be bold, but only up to a point. We don’t know yet what his limits really are. As events unfold, his parameters will become obvious. We’re about to finally get some hard data to work with.

The Empire is a wonderful place for the well-connected. The military and the Lords of Finance always get unlimited money with no questions asked, but Obama’s proposed bailout will receive ruthless scrutiny and obstruction at every turn. We’ll be hearing a lot about "difficult choices." After trillions of dollars in bailouts for the Lords of Finance, there will be, all of a sudden, not enough money to go around. We will have to make "difficult choices" about critical issues like health care and climate change. This attitude is summed up perfectly by a Yahoo News headline: "Lawmakers worry stimulus too costly and rushed." Worried that non-aristocrats will get too much of a bailout, is more like it.

I’m always eager to be pleasantly surprised, but my hypothesis at this point is that the Empire is terminally corrupt, and will be unable to adequately address the multitude of problems that confront us. "Take the money and run" is the only strategy the ruling class is capable of. The aristocracy has way too much power, and the brainwashed rabble remain pitifully disorganized. Obama’s "bipartisan" strategy is guaranteed to limit meaningful change, the Dems seem to have spinelessness embedded into their DNA, and the Republicans are always master obstructionists. It will be a fascinating spectacle to watch, that’s for sure.

As I write this, Obama hasn’t taken power yet. All this talk is just speculation. I have a pretty good idea of what’s going to come down, but at this point everybody’s just blowing smoke. We never had to speculate with the Bush regime – their strategy was obvious from Day One. When Bush was in power, I considered it my civic duty to keep the whine level as shrill as possible. But for right now, I’m taking a skeptical wait-and-see attitude. We’ll have plenty of hard facts to deal with soon enough.


Anonymous Jacques Conejo said...

Thank you Gordon.

Articulate - clear-eyed. A perspective built upon historical fact and yet open to surprise.

As you say:

"We'll find out soon enough".



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