Obama is 100% defined by the political game. WITHIN this game, the jury is still out, but he seems to be desperately trying to make the best of a bad situation. That is to say, the FUNDAMENTAL political game rules have been defined by and for the elites and since he is the ultimate symbolic politician (the President) he must move within these lose/lose rules. Conversely, these same game rules absolutely guarantee an endless Greek God like existence for that less than one percent of America's parasitical elites.
It's as if he's stuck in a failed marriage, but since he loves his children, his only course is to make the best of a bad situation -- and Godspeed to his efforts.
Hence, the core challenge of America (and the entire planet!) is to GO BEYOND THE GAME RULES OF POLITICS. Politicians can still be pragmatic and useful, but only to the degree we return them to political "servants" of the will of the people, and not the bought and paid for puppets of the elites (also known as "The Beast").
To say it abstractly, we need a "paradigm shift" comparable to changing from geocentrism (the Earth is the center of everything) to at least heliocentrism (the Sun is the center of the solar system). Even better, we need to "quantum jump" (an equivalent image) like Darwin's Origin of the Species or Einstein's transcendental insights which left the bog of 19 Century physics and contractions to his two magnificent theories of relativity.
Forgive me, if I use an image I have used in earlier pieces, but our challenge is not merely to reshuffle the deck (of politics); rather we need to kick over the card table and leave the room. WE NEED A RADICALLY NEW MECHANISM OF SOCIAL CHANGE.
Politics, even at its best (which is never a threat to the Beast) is forever more part of the problem, than the solution. Indeed, even at is best, it is still simply running in place. Politics IS the status quo, not a medicine "for" the status quo. Remember the essence is fascism is status quo-ism, and the elites love to watch us gnawing on the bones and crusts they throw us. And how they must enjoy our pitiful delusion that politics is actually an expression of the will of the people.
So politics for pragmatics, but not for dealing with the ultimate challenge of civilization, i.e., DESTROYING THE BEAST (of mentally ill religious fanatics and/or the lunatic right wing fringe of every country on the Earth and/or UNIMAGINABLY rich elites, aka the Haves).
Be honest. Do you see any "microscopic" change in the Beast, even over the last several centuries? None, zip, zero, nada. The Beast is rapidly killing human civilization and even the human species, while we play this game of marbles called politics.
It's like we've got cancer or aids and we think we are substantively "treating it" with vitamin C, or drinking more milk, or (worst of all!) pretending its not there.
But the cancer or aides IS THERE and, to leave the image, it's been there for literally thousands of years. Call it "The Have’s", or The Beast, or the Rockefeller's, Rothschild’s, Murdoch's, and Paris Hilton's, or call it the God of the Earth. Yes, most of all call The Beast the God of the Earth because that says it to perfection.
And yet we suck our thumbs and shoot political paper bullets at the Beast. The insanity and futility of this almost "justifies" our peasant/peon/slave existence. Who was it who said a slave is someone who waits for someone else to free them. Or to paraphrase the words of the mystic J. Krishnamurti, politics AT ITS BEST is "decorating our cage".
Alas, the challenge here almost transcends being put into words, because there will always be that "slave conditioning" which keeps trying to hear it as just a new variation of "politics".
But it isn't. It's talking about a NEW DIMENSION, like the 4th dimension when compared to the familiar three of horizontal, vertical, and depth.
So what are we groping for? Is this a paradigm shift of consciousness? Almost certainly yes, but also almost certainly no, because without a corresponding dimensional change in "how we live", and "how we ACT", the inner transcendence will be betrayed.
Conversely, this can't be only some breakthrough of apolitical strategy, even though that too MUST be there.
Hence, it's clearly a both/and of a virtual "mystical transformation" all of a piece with radically new ways to manipulate the "fulcrums" of social transformation. Archimedes’s (probably the ultimate genius of the ancient Greek world) once said, "Give me a long enough lever, and I'll move the Earth".