I'm finding it harder and harder to understand progressive and radical-identified people who continually voice their hopes for the Obama administration, hopes that I can't see as anything other than delusional. Like, for example, the hope that Obama will do something to halt genocidal Israeli policies, even though his policies on Israel are to the right of every recent administration. Or the hope that he'll do something about health care, other than giving more money to the insurance companies destroying everyone's lives. Or the hope that he'll end the US occupation of Iraq in any substantive way, unless perhaps he runs out of troops because he sends them all to Afghanistan or other US incursions. With the Obama administration filled with Zionist crazies, it's quite possible that US troops might be fighting alongside their Israeli counterparts.
I don't have a problem if someone looks at Obama's actual positions, and says maybe he won't appoint a right-wing anti-choice homophobe to the Supreme Court, which quite possibly might distinguish him from his predecessor. Unless, of course, Rick Warren is looking for a job...
Speaking of Rick Warren, there's the argument voiced by delusional progressives and radicals that Obama is "bridging the divide"--the divide between the right wing and the Democratic establishment, I guess, or between Obama's funders and the "progressives" who voted for him. Bridging the divide means never doing anything on principle, which is certainly what we've seen from the Democratic Congress over the last few years. More of the same would be an understatement.
So it continues to stun me when I hear all of this hope about Obama, when will it end? I mean, it hasn't ended yet, even after he's appointed every Clinton administration lackey he can get his hands on to key places in his administration - oh, right, he's looking for people with experience, yes experience... Just like the Wall Street bailout couldn't help but involve the same people siphoning billions away from the US public, right - they've got experience! This false hope didn't end when Obama decided to support offshore drilling, "clean coal" and potential use of the nuclear option (energy or otherwise). This false hope didn't even end when Obama decided to keep CIA war criminal Robert Gates on as Secretary of Defense - oh, right, well you do need experience with war crimes to work as Secretary Of Defense!
And now, when Obama refuses to say anything about the Israeli annihilation of Gaza, because apparently "you can't have two Presidents at once" (of course Dick Cheney knows that - oh, wait, where is Dick Cheney's position in the new administration?), Obama supporters say wait until January 20, everything will change on January 20! Meanwhile, former Congresswoman and Green party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney headed out on a boat to try and deliver relief supplies to the Gaza Strip - sounds like experience to me. But wait - she may not have experience in embezzlement, war crimes, or Clintonian economics -- next!
When a new friend recently mentioned to me that going to DC for this inauguration would feel so different from previous years, I assumed this friend would be protesting - yes, I thought, the protests will be different because the protesters will be more rigorous in their analysis, more committed to their defiance! But then, of course, I realized this friend was talking about celebrating the inauguration. What fascinates me is the way that Obama continues to move to the right without pressure from the right - and people on the left keep clapping their hands with all the audacity they can muster.
Mattilda also blogs at nobodypasses.blogspot.com