Two Years After

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, center, gestures to protesters in the state Capitol rotunda in Madison on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011.
Back in 2008 I strongly supported the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States, mainly because I thought he would be a driving force for change in this country, change that is needed even more now than then. Unfortunately, all we’ve gotten the past two years is more of the same old crap, just different window dressing. I don’t know weather my disappointment is due to the systemic hypocrisy of American politics or Obama’s personal hypocrisy. In either case, what we got from Obama so far is certainly not what we expected.

The most damning evidence against Obama is the result of the 2010 mid-term Congressional elections, which were a resounding reversal of the momentum for change produced by and during the 2008 Presidential election. A lack of real leadership for change on the part of Obama and his advisers, as well as their willingness to compromise with the representatives of the status quo/fundamentalist conservatism, is the reason for the electoral setbacks of 2010. I honestly believe that had Obama been more willing to fight for real change on issues like health care reform, specifically universal health care, the people of this country would have rallied in his support. Instead, the majority of people who supported Obama in 2008 seem to have gone on vacation during the 2010 election, leaving the field to the fundamentalists and extreme conservatives.

The recent protests in Wisconsin are hopefully a portent of things to come. Much was made in the media during 2009-2010 of the protests at the local and state levels by the ultraconservatives hopefully the media will pay as much, if not more, attention to the Wisconsin, and future similar, protests, given that the numbers are much larger for the current protests and, in my opinion, are much more representative of what the majority of Americans feel about the current political situation.

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