Sunday, November 18, 2012

Chris Hedges on the emptiness of Obama's Re-Election

Not so much emptiness, I suppose, as a different moral travesty from what a Mitt Romney victory would have been:
Liberals, by voting for Barack Obama, betrayed the core values they use to define themselves—the rule of law, the safeguarding of civil liberties, the protection of unions, the preservation of social welfare programs, environmental accords, financial regulation, a defiance of unjust war and torture, and the abolition of drone wars. The liberal class clung desperately during the long nightmare of this political campaign to one or two issues, such as protecting a woman’s right to choose and gender equality, to justify its complicity in a monstrous evil. This moral fragmentation—using an isolated act of justice to define one’s self while ignoring the vast corporate assault on the nation and the ecosystem along with the pre-emptive violence of the imperial state—is moral and political capitulation. It fails to confront the evil we have become.  
It never ceases to amaze me how people haven't been able to process what an irredeemable monster Barack Obama is. Shoveling trillions of dollars to Wall Street banksters while ordinary US Americans are rendered homeless by their crimes. Shoveling trillions to Wall Street while pretending that Social Security is unsustainable. Torturing Bradley Manning for exposing the USA's crimes against humanity. Firing drone strikes at Yemenis and Afghans and Pakistanis, civilians all. Claiming the right to arrest, detain indefinitely, torture and kill anybody, including US citizens, at will.

Seriously, if you've been taken in by this slick public relations frankenstein's monster, and his crocodile tears when he looks at the young people whose values he's exploiting and betraying, give your head a fucking shake.


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