Sunday, January 11, 2009

Obama for Change

Yesterday, I heard an extraordinarily creative musical rendition on the radio of many of Obama's most inspiring speeches. The music really inspired hope for positive change. But a platform of unspecified change scares me silly. I become petrified every time I hear Obama talking about change.

I guess no one remembers that George W. Bush ran on a platform of unspecified change, also. It was originally going to be change from executive sexual promiscuity. And change is what we saw plenty of. Change from economic strength to the death of the US economy. Change from brief wars in Bosnia to prolonged wars in the Middle East. Change from progress for a peaceful settlement between Israel and the Palestinians to the declaration that the legitimately elected leaders of the Palestinian people are terrorists, and piles of dead bodies in Gaza. We also saw the change from knowledgeable experts leading our government agencies to leadership by crony insiders who sabotaged their own agencies rendering them impotent and useless. Another change was the transformation of the USA as the strongest military power on Earth to Blackwater holding that current position. I could go on and on, but you get the point.

In one speech, Obama said there is nothing wrong with hope. I tend to disagree. Hope feels good but in Buddhist philosophy, hope is categorized as delusion. Hope is nothing more than a feeling of optimism, not necessarily based on the facts. At this point in history, no one can achieve public office without assistance from the mainstream media which is owned by big war-profiteering corporations. Therefore, you can't get to be President without selling out to the big corporations that control the public airwaves. Considering that Obama has to be a corporate sellout by definition, and promoted himself on the same platform of hope for change as George W. Bush, I am very apprehensive as to what changes will befall our already battered nation.

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