Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Left's Love Affair With Obama Fizzling?

I was listening to a bit of Sirius Left today, the Lynn Samuels show. It's no secret she is not impressed with Obama but she also pointed the way to more Left wingers who are not impressed either. Perhaps for different reasons than the Right - but since I heard her agreeing that some of Obama's ideas are Fascist (such as Nationalizing banks), some of the reasons are the same. She spoke of an article called Buying Brand Obama, by Chris Hedges, so I looked it up and it's pretty interesting.

READ it here. She said that the author is as hard left as you are going to get. But here are some excerpts from his article:

""Barack Obama is a brand. And the Obama brand is designed to make us feel good about our government while corporate overlords loot the Treasury, our elected officials continue to have their palms greased by armies of corporate lobbyists, our corporate media diverts us with gossip and trivia and our imperial wars expand in the Middle East.""

""Obama is about being happy consumers. We are entertained. We feel hopeful. We like our president. We believe he is like us. But like all branded products spun out from the manipulative world of corporate advertising, we are being duped into doing and supporting a lot of things that are not in our interest.""

""What, for all our faith and hope, has the Obama brand given us? His administration has spent, lent or guaranteed $12.8 trillion in taxpayer dollars to Wall Street and insolvent banks in a doomed effort to reinflate the bubble economy, a tactic that at best forestalls catastrophe and will leave us broke in a time of profound crisis.""

""Brand Obama offers us an image that appears radically individualistic and new. It inoculates us from seeing that the old engines of corporate power and the vast military-industrial complex continue to plunder the country.""

""Obama, who has become a global celebrity, was molded easily into a brand. He had almost no experience, other than two years in the Senate, lacked any moral core and could be painted as all things to all people. His brief Senate voting record was a miserable surrender to corporate interests.""
And just for fun, here is another article that may be of interest:

Pelosi the Enabler -by Robert Scheer

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