Just when I thought I could go peacefully to sleep, I had to — just had to — check the news before I nodded out. I discovered that today’s BBC News reports that “US President Barack Obama has urged young people to ‘reject pessimism and cynicism.'”
This is the same guy who promised to be transformative, who promised “the most open administration in history,” who promised relief to the tens of millions suffering from the worst economic crisis in decades, who promised to wind down foreign wars, who promised to hold accountable those who had committed criminal acts.
And then, as soon as he was elected, the guy who jettisoned his progressive economic advisers in favor of Wall Street insiders (e.g., Larry Summers and Tim Geithner), declared war on whistleblowers, using the draconian, 1984ish Espionage Act to prosecute patriots who exposed industrial-scale wrongdoing, who did next to nothing to help the help the tens of millions who lost their homes and their jobs, who did not hold any of the Wall Street profiteers accountable — his “Justice Department” prosecuted not a single high-level criminal — and who has continued the disastrous, murderous Bush-era interventionist foreign policy.
Cornell West was absolutely right when he labeled George W. Bush a “catastrophe” and Barack Obama a “disaster.”
Barack Obama has cynically betrayed those who elected him, those who were desperate for “hope and change.”
Now, he dares to lecture young people; he dares to exhort them to “reject pessimism and cynicism.”
This is irony and cynicism on steroids. This is hypocrisy on steroids.
Barack Obama personifies both. He’s a national disgrace.
- “Snowden has done a service”: Former Bush official Lawrence Wilkerson applauds the whistleblower (orrazz.com)