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Obama, the Chosen One

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America does not hold town hall meetings anymore where the people deliberate over the most pressing issues of the day. America holds what one could equate to concerts for politicians to espouse the artful rhetoric and woo us with their charming personality.

Obama tells Americans what it’s going to be and artfully parses and manipulates words with charisma and candor in a way that surely makes Bill Clinton jealous. (I bet Bill Clinton probably thinks Obama learned from him.)

These rallies might as well be held in mega churches out in rural American valleys. For, it is in mega churches that thousands also often gather for hope and change.

Unity is built around a belief in what the priest is espousing. He preaches a religion that if those in the mega church repent than they will be able to go to the Kingdom of God and be “saved.” They will experience “eternal life.”

The priest who acts as a megaphone for a religion is not much different from an Obama who preaches the politics of hope.

Both lack scientific reasoning, which does not bode well for those committed to a progressive way forward.

Those who wish to look at the objective reality and diagnose the problems America faces run up against the spirituality of Obama and have no chance at all of reasoning logically with such spirituality.

I’m afraid that the reason so many Americans are uniting is because so many Americans just want to unite and Obama is a good enough reason. 

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Polarization has become sin over the past eight years, and for so-called liberals and progressives who have seen so-called conservatives gleefully drive wedges into any efforts to unite behind a progressive agenda, they are sick and tired of it.

The poverty, the fear, the anxiety, the anguish and pain, the uncertainty which fuels the anxiety, the insecurity which brings about the fear, the tiredness --- And so hope and change wins because why set the bar so high? 

Why aim higher when we aren’t sure we won’t miss? America can't take another "failure." Its populace is fragile and weak and that's what Obama's candidacy shows.

My fellow Americans this a tragedy.

Lowered expectations mean creativity and imagination are no longer of any importance or rather, people no longer know what constitutes creative or imaginative politics. What’s creative or imaginative is anything that tastes or smells different from the dark years experienced over the past eight years.

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In this hour of delusion, I plead with you to consider the words of Augustine of Hippo:

Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.

You’ll make your tactical vote. That’s fine, I guess. But if your fixation on Obama continues---if you cannot tell that he is simulating your desires for bottom-up policies while at the same time promoting a continuation of the very top-down centralized strategies the Bush Administration and the Clinton Administration has imposed upon us throughout the past couple decades---I fear the worst for America.

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Kevin Gosztola is managing editor of Shadowproof Press. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, "Unauthorized Disclosure." He was an editor for

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Sounds to me like you've already bestowed the ... by JC Garrett on Saturday, Nov 1, 2008 at 4:59:07 AM
You can tell me: 1) What purpose this unity behind... by Kevin Gosztola on Saturday, Nov 1, 2008 at 11:02:59 AM
     I think you would agree M... by mikel paul on Saturday, Nov 1, 2008 at 1:12:37 PM
That's the thing, Mikel. I'm sure that on ... by JC Garrett on Saturday, Nov 1, 2008 at 3:34:13 PM
What progressive values are we promoting by voting... by Kevin Gosztola on Saturday, Nov 1, 2008 at 3:46:50 PM
I cannot say with metaphysical certitude, but I su... by John Kusumi on Saturday, Nov 1, 2008 at 8:41:03 AM
We'll see how much if any of Clinton's cab... by Jim Eldon on Saturday, Nov 1, 2008 at 10:10:47 AM
I've been calling Obama 'Obi-wan' for ... by Nancy Miller on Saturday, Nov 1, 2008 at 9:19:20 AM
Tired of hearing that 3rd party voting for candida... by jeff prager on Saturday, Nov 1, 2008 at 9:34:02 AM
And others think I do this out of "arrogance ... by Kevin Gosztola on Saturday, Nov 1, 2008 at 11:08:27 AM
The Shadow Government controls both parties, but h... by ronheri on Saturday, Nov 1, 2008 at 11:46:31 AM
I have” the Audacity of Hope” that &ld... by Gallaher on Saturday, Nov 1, 2008 at 12:56:19 PM
It means something is needed and a group decides t... by Margaret Bassett on Saturday, Nov 1, 2008 at 1:46:35 PM
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The test says I'm a left Libertarian. I actual... by Kevin Gosztola on Saturday, Nov 1, 2008 at 3:42:59 PM
Hey Kevin I find myself in the same section of tha... by paz love on Saturday, Nov 1, 2008 at 6:46:59 PM
Your social libertarian, and economic left score p... by Adnihilo on Monday, Nov 3, 2008 at 11:50:01 AM
I also took that test in the past. I was pretty fa... by Ty on Tuesday, Nov 4, 2008 at 6:20:51 PM
Nelson Mandela belongs on the right because he sup... by Ty on Tuesday, Nov 4, 2008 at 6:30:02 PM
How many people realize that the major world relig... by Elizabeth Johnston on Saturday, Nov 1, 2008 at 3:48:12 PM
Instead of voting for either a "chosen one&qu... by Maxwell on Sunday, Nov 2, 2008 at 8:53:11 PM
Don't waste your vote on a blowout... by Kevin Gosztola on Sunday, Nov 2, 2008 at 11:06:05 PM