"My name is Bill M., and I'm an Obamaholic."
Yeah, I know the AA founder guy was Bill W., not
Bill M., but this topsy-turvy political world we're living in can easily spin your
head and make you see W's as M's. Or rather, the behavior of Bill McKibben,
350.org, and their associated anti-pipeline groups toward Obama can make you
wonder if they've been hitting the bottle, huffing dilbit, or mainlining other
drugs that require serious interventions.
Of course we know that Obama himself, particularly
for those genetically lumpen liberal, is a dangerous controlled substance that
can seriously distort perceptions. Like perceiving Bush's "war on terror" (and
accompanying police state)--as long as we simply avoid the phrase--as a good
thing. Having strong progressive genes (and therefore a natural immunity to the
Obama drug), I like to use the phrase "war on terror" a lot, knowing that
although it can produce painful flashbulb memories, such moments of distressing
"shock and awe" are usually the price reality demands to reassert itself in the
Obamaholic. See, as the founder of the True Blue Democrats progressive revolt
movement, I'm rather a specialist in Obama interventions. No, not the AFRICOM
ones--but the kind that actually produce a cure.
But Bill M., I'll admit, is a rather advanced case,
one that may well defy my specialist's ability to help. For he's already
repeatedly shown a form of masochism, popularly enshrined in the cartoon of
Charlie Brown facing Lucy and the football, that's a telltale sign of advanced
Obamaholism. Just as Charlie never seems to grasp that the only way to get
better results is for LUCY herself to become target of his kicks, Bill M. goes
back to rally after rally, pathetically displaying Obama's campaign O in his
NOXL Pipeline signs, as if weren't pellucid truth for us the sober that Obama's O
means he's giving you zero, zilch, zip, diddly squat, and nada. And as if tar
sands head honchos Transcanada, whose lobbyists previously worked on the
Hillary Clinton and John Kerry campaigns, weren't already recruiting local cops
to spend their off-duty hours as hired muscle arresting--and probably clubbing,
and possibly sending off to FEMA internment camps--Bill M. and his civilly
disobedient ilk when they try to interfere with the pipeline. All under Obama's
benevolent, condoning, climate-destroying smile.
See, even the sainted Gandhi, despite our pop-culture
caricature, was a tough-minded, cagy sort who saw civil disobedience as a
strong-arming political tool and not an adventure in masochism. I seriously
doubt he, in our circumstances, would have refused the backup political muscle
offered by a movement like True Blue Democrats--willing to bolt from the
Democratic Party en masse if Obama approves the pipeline. Sure, with our
current numbers, that's rather a lameass threat. But if we suddenly acquired as
supporters all the McKibben-associated folks opposing the pipeline and
registered as Democrats, our numbers would scarcely look lame. Perhaps not
enough to stop the pipeline, but pretty impressive political cover for
direct-action folks impeding it. For his likely treatment of you as terrorists,
we'd be glad to return the favor by declaring you moral heroes and branding him a
But instead you keep running up, hoping this time he'll accommodate your eager foot with its well-earned dosage of football. A different sort of dosage is in question here, and multitudes before you have OD'ed on Obama's "hope."
It's high time you "kicked" the Obama habit. See the
True Blue Democrats Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TrueBlueDemocratsAProgressiveRevolt
for more details.