BClark wrote:and this is what gets me about obama. during his campaign, he certainly encouraged those who felt he would really "change" things. and now that he hasn't, all we get is this bullshit from his enduring supporters in the center about what he didn't actually, technically, *promise* in his campaign, as if his campaign didn't fully encourage the then-popular notion that it would be a whole new day with a whole new kind of president.
I guess I agree and I don't. I personally know some former Obama enthusiasts who've since moved significantly to the left as a result of their bitter disappointment. I respect them. Those who still act as little independent White House Press Secretaries are truly pathetic though, for sure.
I once said:
if there was something truly important in Obama’s oratory and his campaign of “Hope” and “Change” it had nothing to do with the individual politician but must be located at the level of the social imaginary. Obama’s campaign appealed not to the worst in people (with scapegoating, fear mongering and trite free market ideology), but to a desire—an aspirational longing—for a more just and equitable society. And while the figure at the center of this appeal, this expansion of political possibility, was a deeply cynical and calculating shill who abandoned his progressive base and embraced Wall St on taking office, I think the desire channeled by Obama’s campaign, the desire of millions of people for an end to Bush’s policies and more broadly for greater equity and social justice, was real.
Which is why a lot of well-intentioned liberals and Obama voters in the US are not just disappointed, they are pissed off. And the difference between being disappointed and being fucking angry is the difference between dejection and action.
http://www.thepaltrysapien.com/2011/05/ ... -is-anger/
The Obama supporters who appeared to really believe, but haven't since gotten angry, spoken out, and/or connected with OWS? Superficial people.