Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Why I don't like Barrack Obama, next President of the United States of America

Yes, you read that right. Although many seem to think he's the next messiah, I do not like Obama. No, don't worry, I'm not for McCain. McCain is an asshole and Palin is a joke. But for as to why I dislike Obama, I wasn't able to articulate it until today. To be honest, dislike isn't even the right word really, although that's the one I'm using. Unease is probably a better description. But anyway, for weeks I've said I don't really like him, but when confronted with the "why?" I inevitably got when stating my dislike of said presidential candidate, I gave the generic answer that as an anarchist I just don't believe in politics or politicians, which is true, but isn't really the whole story. It's only tonight, while watching the results, the speeches, and the peoples reaction (and discussing all of this with my sister), that I was finally able to truly answer that question. WHY I don't like Obama. My sister is excellent at helping me turn my vague feelings and apprehensions into words someone else can understand, so I thank her for helping me to articulate this.

  1. He's a walking time bomb, as my sister so aptly put it. I'm certainly not the first to wonder wether he'll soon be the target of some sniper. And even if he does live until the end of his term (which I certainly hope he does), everything about him, all the sensationalism and hype and enthusiasm surrounding him seems explosive. I feel like something big, and most likely not good, will happen, whether it's by his direct actions or the actions of someone else.
  2. He's an excellent speaker, there's no denying that. But the words themselves seem empty, if listened to on their own. Empty, and also rather cheesy. It's him who makes the words inspirational, and it scares me how people worship him. Yes, worship. The adoration on the faces of the people in the audience, the tears running down their cheeks. He's loved, and trusted, to such an extant that I feel he could give an inspirational speech about what a good idea it would be to walk off of that cliff, and people would gladly obey.
  3. When I look at his face, I see a mask. Yes, all politicians act, but with some I feel I get a decent sense of what they're really like. Not so with Obama. All Crest smiles and pretty words, he has a perfectly crafted image of the great Barrack Obama always on display. He has it down perfectly. He doesn't seem to make slip-ups. But I have the nasty feeling that's not really the real Barrack...
  4. I saw a very interesting documentary last night on McCain and Obama, and the picture it painted of Obama (seemingly not deliberately on the film makers part, but the picture it painted to me) was of a man who loves the spotlight, of someone who gets a rush from having thousands of adoring fans screaming his name. I also got a picture of a man who does not follow the will of the people, but instead decides what's "best" then convinces the people, with lots of pretty words, that what's "best" in his eyes is what they truly want.
  5. Because he makes people truly believe in a system that's fundamentally corrupt, always has been and always will be, and that caters to the rich, and values production and wealth above all else, including life. People need to look beyond the current system to something better, and he's really not making that an easy thing for people to do.
I do feel like something momentous may be on the horizon, although not at all in the way that Obama talks of change! I never thought I'd be around to see the end of our civilization, but lately I've started to wonder. I DO feel that this civilization has to end, I DO believe it's destroying our earth and will come down sooner or later regardless of what anyone wants, but that doesn't mean I really want it to. I want the world that will come after, I want to help build a world that is better, but the fall scares the crap out of me. I'm the type of person who walks ot of the room when a movie's playing if I think a character I like is going to die. I really don't want the loss of life I'm afraid is going to happen when it all comes crashing down. And yes, I know that doesn't all hinge on Obama, but somehow in my mind they've become closely linked. Only time can tell whether those connections are imaginary or not. So there, my reasons out for all to see.

If you are an Obama supporter, I hope I haven't insulted you, as that really wasn't my intention. It's simply my views. I'd love to hear what others have to say about it, your opinions on the matter, what you think of my take on it all. So please do comment!

Peace (please, let there be peace!)
Idzie

14 comments:

  1. I am not an Obama fan. I have felt as you have only I have not been able to express my feelings so eloquently! Thank you for putting it into words.

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  2. Thank you for writing this out. I have been trying to articulate how I feel about Obama, and it just hasn't been happening. You did it for me! :) I wish I had more to say.

    Hugs,
    Sheila

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  3. I'm an ardent Obama supporter, so I'll start by saying that you haven't offended me at all. Also, I very much share your concern for his safety: all through his victory speech, I was braced for tragedy. Our nation has not been kind in the past to people who speak and organize well enough to inspire change.

    However, I don't agree with your "worship" word choice. The emotion you see from people is *relief* and an almost painful return of hope. I think there are a lot of people who really don't understand how depressing it has been to live in this country for the last eight years. Every time we thought it couldn't get worse, it DID. Many of us had given up until Obama came on the scene. I would have voted for Hillary, but I didn't have any confidence that (a) she would be elected, or (b) she would do anything differently or effect any significant change. With Obama, I haven't lost any of my realism/fatalism/cynicism, whatever you want to call it, but there is at least the *possibility* of something new. It's a tantalizing and refreshing possibility. And with a "blue" Congress, our admittedly flawed system has a chance to be as productive in a positive direction for the next four or eight years as it has been in a negative direction for the last eight. It's about time!

    But even without all that, Obama's election represents a huge, HUGE historical development for our country. On its own, that development would have made me cry and gaze at him with wonder. What he has accomplished, and what it means about our country, is nothing short of astonishing. When I voted for Obama yesterday, I participated in something as powerful as the marches in Selma or the sit-ins at universities across the country, and when that powerful something resulted in a black man's receiving enough votes to **win the presidency**, it was the culmination of a struggle that marks the entire history of this nation.

    As for his mask and love of spotlight, well, he *is* a politician, and only time will tell if there is substance backing up the public image. Based on his personal history, his writings, and his unscripted appearances over the last months, I choose to believe that we know enough to go into this with trust.

    Thanks for a thought-provoking post!

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  4. I'm not offended, Idzie, but I do have to agree with Ronnie. That we've finally elected a black president - and done so in a landslide! - is astounding in this country that has been suffering for generations from the repercussions of slavery. As an American, a New Yorker, and a former teacher in an inner-city I can speak from experience when I tell you that racism in this country is systemic. I'm hoping this election will help to change that, help us as a nation to heal and move on.
    As for Obama loving the limelight, I think that's to be expected. I don't believe anyone could possibly survive even just the campaign schedule that he's been on over the past months without having that kind of motivation to be seen and heard - let alone the actual presidency. We demand a lot of our politicians. They're subjected to a lot of scrutiny. So they'd better love the attention!
    Also, I can understand your feeling that Obama's words are "pretty" or "empty." Those are campaign speeches you're talking about. They're designed to provoke an emotional response, to inspire and excite people. So they tend to play on emotion rather than intellect. However, if you read Obama's actual writings - and he's a rather prolific writer - or read through his actual positions, policies, and plans for the presidency I think you'll see that he is a highly intelligent man of substance with a unique perspective.
    Lastly, the tears you saw were not all for Obama. They were tears cried for the generations of oppressed people in this country, for the damage we've done to ourselves and to others around the world, for the damage we've done to the environment. Those are not people who would walk off a cliff like lemmings. Please don't underestimate them like that. Those are people who have been fighting for what they believe in and who will continue to fight. Maybe there are some people who believe Obama is the messiah, that he's going to solve all our problems. But I think the vast majority of us are just so happy to see some change after the last 8 years, to see an intelligent person in line for the presidency, to see some kind of hope on the horizon.
    I am so with you in regard to the self-destruction of human society. Our world feels totally unsustainable. And yet, what else is there to fight for?
    Thanks Idzie!

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  5. Thank you all for your comments!

    And to Ronnie and Holly thank you so much for taking the time to write such fascinating (and rather enlightening) comments! :-)

    Okay, I want to respond to several points, so I'm going to try to do this in a semi-logical order.

    I Too, was very worried while watching Obama's acceptance speech. I was very glad that they had bullet proof glass between him and the crowd! The security team they had for him must have been quite something.

    When I think of what it must have been like dealing with Bush for so long, I can certainly understand the relief that must have been felt. We here in Canada have had a leader I abhor for too long now. Every bad choice he makes makes me seethe with anger. However, even if we got a "better" government at this point, I doubt I'd be in support of them. I've taken all my anger at those who run the country and turned it towards the system itself. I am an anarchist. I believe virtually all of the ills of our world can be traced to the corporate-governmental control of the world (I have done considerable reading on this, and I really feel that is the truth of the matter), so NO leader is a good leader IMO. Some are just not quite as bad. I can understand the hope for something new, since I can't deny I would have been slightly hopeful had a different person been elected in our last election, but that hope would have faded VERY fast and been replaced by my usual disdain for the whole darn system.

    Both of you feel that the issue of a black President being elected is huge. I honestly think my lack of exitement in that fact is a generational thing. My mother was incredibly moved by the fact that America had elected it's first African American President as well. I feel guilty for not being really exited about the fact, like somehow it's racist if I'm not jumping up and down in joy. But the fact of the matter is it doesn't seem like all that big a deal (even though it seems it IS a big deal)! I look and think, so what, another rich high class man was elected to the White House. Same old it seems. Then feel guilty about those feelings. *Sighs* All in all, I suppose the big thing is that I'm happy that a country could put aside racism to elect a black man, but I wish there was no government so I can't really get overly exited over the fact that they did.

    Yes, I know it's expected for a politician to love the limelight. I only really included that because it was something I found interesting when I watched the documentary on him, how he's been making big speeches from a young age. The thing that actually bothered me that I saw was how he seemed to make decisions. I hate authoritarian rule (in Canada we've had a very authoritarian Prime Minister for the last few years). It seems Obama is the type who makes decisions without the consent of the people, and I hate that more than virtually anything else about a leader. Perhaps I'm judging him harshly (which is quite possible), and really, only time will tell...

    Oh, I've never doubted Obama's intelligence! Not in my lifetime has there been a politician, either Canadian or American, who's been that popular, and it scares me. I feel distrust of politicians and politics is very healthy, and could (perhaps) lead to real change. I really don't like seeing such a popular leader. It just feels so utterly wrong! Leaders aren't SUPPOSED to be well loved! Sorry, my anarchist side is just really bothered by that! :-S

    I hope it didn't sound like I was making judgments on the intelligence of those who voted for Obama. I know of many very intelligent people who voted for him, people I like and respect. Like I said, his popularity scares me.

    I do wish to fight for human society, and I'm by no means hopeless about the whole state of afairs. However, I would never dream of fighting for our particular society and structure. It's hierarchical, patriarchal, and WILL destroy the entire planet and all of us with it if we don't put an end to it IMHO. I believe there is a future for us, and for all other living creatures on this planet, but that future does not lie in industrialized civilization.

    Anyway, thanks again for your posts! They really made me think, and understand better why people chose Obama as leader.

    Peace,
    Idzie

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  6. Hi Idzie,
    I am an ardent Obama supporter and even volunteered in his local office here in town. You did not offend me with your comments.

    I am almost 50 years old and have lived with the likes of Nixon, Reagan, and both George Bushs in office. Throw in 8 years of Bill Clinton which to me was the only bright spot in the last 30 years.

    I am from the generation who was around when JFK was in office and assassinated. Kennedy was an icon of hope for those times and to me Obama resonates that same hope. I agree that most of the outgoing executive administration is connected to the corrupt corporate world and that it goes all the way back to the civil war era. You should check out the documentary American Zeitgeist if you haven't already.

    I don't believe that Obama is cut from the same cloth as previous presidents. Before becoming a senator, he gave up a clerkship with the Supreme Court and his position as president of the Havard Law Review ( a HUGE deal)to work on shaping public policy in Chicago. When he was on the Law Review, there were women and minorities also on board who looked to him as their connection/free ride, only Obama didn't operate that way. He chose the BEST writers, both Dem's and Republicans and only one of them was African American. He also knows what it is to grow up poor in America. He has actually had to use food stamps in the grocery store, unlike previous presidents who grew up privileged.

    He is also Gen X, which is more forward thinking than previous generations. Being almost 50, I would rather have someone my brothers age than my mothers age leading the country. Even my 73 year old mom says that he is too old.

    I believe that he has a real connection to the American people. He hasn't been in Washington long enough to make too many bad decisions so he has that going for him. He also doesn't keep lobbyists in his coat pocket which is huge.

    I don't believe that he is loving the celebrity status but is taking it in stride with the territory. He is introspective and thoughtful and truly gives a damn about America .

    I love the fact that he actually worked his way up taking grassroots measures to get where he is today.


    The choices of this election were Hate or Hope and America voted for Hope.

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  7. Wow. Thanks to all of the comments on Idzie's post, and Idzie, too! You all just taught me so much [:
    I understand where Idzie is coming from, but I agree with Ronnie and Holly almost completely.

    It's just so hard to find the government system, or a lack of system, that would really work for all the people!

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  8. Well, I think a lack of governmental system would work for everyone. That way, those who are truly happy being free, with no one having dominance over them, could live their lives the way they want, and people who wanted a government could set one up if they so chose, as long as they didn't try and impose the system on others. Honestly, I go beyond being anarchist. I'm actually anti-civ, or a "beyond civilizationist". I think it would take too long to explain that here, so I'll write a post about that soon...

    And by the way, thanks so much for your comments !Wonderfold! I really do appreciate them. :-)

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  9. I just stumbled upon your blog and I love it! I love this post as well. I am in agreement with much of what you are saying in this post as well. :-)

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  10. This is a bit after the fact...hehe...but what are your thoughts on Obama now? I didn't like any of the major candidates...the media completely ignored the only one with a philosophy I agree with, Ron Paul.
    I agree with your thoughts on O--he seems, both to my mom and me, to be very full of himself.
    And I think it is racist to vote for someone solely because of their skin colour, be it white OR black.

    I think you're right, our civilisation cannot continue indefinitely--although I foresee something along the lines of economic collapse triggered by global hostilities, or perhaps a pandemic.
    Well, it's been refreshing to hear from an unschooler who is not keen on O, I can't say I've talked to many [I'm more of a traditional homeschooler :) ], but that seems to be the general drift.

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  11. lol yes it is a bit after the fact... Still a good subject for discussion, though! :-) My thoughts now are that he really is just another politician, another president, just like the rest of them. He hasn't really done anything very "change"-ey, anything out of the ordinary, he's just kept the whole horrible deathly culture rolling. Basically the president's job, right? I have noticed a definite cooling in the American people's ardor for Obama, which I can't help but feel is a good thing, so I'm happy for that anyway. So yeah, my feelings are that he's not as catastrophic as I'd feared, he's just the same old thing.

    I agree! My sister actually made a similar comment at the time, that it's just as racist to vote for someone BECAUSE they're black as it is to vote for someone because they're white.

    Yup, the general drift among unschoolers is most definitely pro-Obama!

    Thanks, I'm glad you like my take on the whole thing! :-) And thanks for following my blog as well!

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  12. Yes, he hasn't done all of the things I was worried about...although I've been hearing things about this new Cap and Trade bill, that it may precipitate collapse--higher taxes and all. Who knows.
    There was one speech he made, back in December or thereabouts, that irked me no end..."we have to realize that it is not acceptable anymore to drop out of high school"...I was foaming at the mouth. No one is going to tell me that my education choices are unacceptable!

    good to hear from you, I found your blog listed on Laurel's site...we're from the same town :)

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  13. I never heard that peach... But I can certainly understand why it made you angry! It always make me furious when I hear politicians going on and on about how horrible it is that teens drop out of high school, or even worse, criticizing homeschooling... *Growls*

    The name Laurel doesn't ring a bell with me... I feel bad now, because I feel I should know! What is her blog/site called?

    Anyway, I'm glad you found my blog! :-) New people with interesting views and opinions are great! :-)

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  14. At least I think it was from Laurel...her site is eccentricsimplicity.blogspot.com
    and website [GORGEOUS artwork! check out the shoes] is eccentricsimplicity.com

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