The differences between President Bush and President Obama are so minor, focusing on strategy for achieving the same ill conceived goals, it's like listening to a debate between two parents of whether it's better to give their kid Coke or Pepsi as the kid's teeth rot out of his gums.
Answering a caller's question asking Plouffe to talk more about the presidential debates on Washington Journal, Plouffe recalled:
"...the McCain campaign suggested that they might not attend the first debate because of the economic issues that were being debated back here in Washington and that became a really important moment because I think that we seemed steady because we said we're going to do the debate, we don't think there is any more important time to debate, and secondarily it was a foreign policy debate and I think most voters believed John McCain should prevail in that and the fact that Barack Obama, in their view, won the foreign policy debate, really was an important moment in the campaign."
Sure he won, because he promised a foreign policy of change, but once he got past the job interview all he delivered the status-quo. Instead of reiterating the long list of broken foreign policy promises Obama made in painting himself as the antithesis of Bush, I simply advise the reader to skip back some paragraphs and read again, and then onto Google to read some more. One of Obama's earliest foreign policy decisions was authorizing a drone strike that killed civilians in Pakistan his first week in office. A week later he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, eventually winning it and beating out an organization that lobbies to end the use of landmines in war, which regularly kill innocent civilians even years after the wars end.
Trickery is cute when it involves Tom Sawyer convincing his friends to whitewash Aunt Polly's fence for him, but it's not when it involves a man who wants to be President telling a desperate public that he offers change while continuing the pursuit of American Empire at the cost of human blood and treasure.
Obama's desperate call to Plouffe this week shows that perhaps it's not going to work anymore. Though Scott Brown is a typical Neocon who offers no significant change, his election in MA is a sudden jolt to the self-assurance of our so-called leader, and shows that the mountain of you-know-what on which the king stands is crumbling beneath his feet. As Obama calls upon the wizards of the past to shovel some more of it, it's up to the public to realize that their own manipulation is an official goalof the White House...headed now by a man who played a big role in burning them once before. Though the Obama camp uses words like "educate" in place of "sell" or "propagandize", there is no doubt now that our government is nothing but a bunch of smoke and mirrors designed to steer public will rather than obey it, and offer a fake paradigm in place of real opposition, while unseen others play games to push their own agenda.
Are we going to stand for it? Maybe. We have in the past.
But I have hope. Real hope. And while it may not be "Change I Can Believe In" now, if the public continues to step out of the line that politicians and the mainstream media believe they belong in, then perhaps something good and real can come of this disaster.
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