Honeymoon is over.

Didn’t take long, did it? Sometime after midnight on November 4th, the fervor died down. The night was quiet, but my mind was not. Over and over, I turned over questions in my head: have we accomplished anything?

No, we haven’t. No, we can’t.

President-Elect Barack Obama is more valuable as a symbol than a flesh-and-blood president. November 5th dawned bright and clear, and with it all the inequalities, abuses, and horrors of the day before. None of that had been washed away. None of that had been lessened.

Some of it had been worsened. California voters used their irrational hatred to take away the rights and happiness of a minority they despise. Arizona voters kept a sheriff that has wrongfully killed prisoners, violated the federal and state constitutions, and uses tax payer money to fund his crusade of racial profiling rather than doing anything to reduce the skyrocketing crime in our poorest urban centers.

Democrats now control the Congress, Senate, and White House. So? So what? What has that changed? Nothing at all.

Need I remind anyone that Obama’s health care plan is even worse than the shitty choices we already face? Do I need to explicate the fact that his stance on a woman’s rights to bodily integrity are so porous that I could park a jet in the holes? Must I really sit down and explain the fact that nobody seems to give a flying fuck about the majority of the population— the working and lower classes, women, homosexuals, and the population of the rest of the goddamn world?

You know, I’m really quite glad that McCain lost. I truly am. But that doesn’t make me happy. Not in the slightest. It means that my standards are so low that I can still feel hope or good about this stupid nation for a couple of minutes while the majority of our population—and basically the entirety of the rest of the world—suffers for the selfishness and hubris of the American ruling class.

This makes me a sorry piece of human waste. Because I bought it. I smelled the shit, I put in my mouth, and I lied and said it tasted good.

It didn’t taste good. No we can’t.

Our environment is nearing the breaking point every second. Millions in our own country have nothing to wake up to the next morning but insurmountable poverty, bigotry, and the ugly fact that they will never stop paying for who they are, or who their ancestors were. Billions in the rest of the world celebrate with our new President-Elect, because we have broken them. We pat ourselves on the back like the self-entitled fucks we are, and we all don’t seem to give a damn that while our new president might not like warfare as much as our last president, he still supports the American hegemony over the entire globe. He still voted to redistribute billions of dollars made on the backs of hard-working Americans and even harder-working exploited foreigners to a bunch of greedy bottom-dwellers who celebrate an economic downturn of their own making with another yacht.

He’s still a part of the American ruling elite, no matter how dark his skin or how foreign his roots. And he will operate within their parameters, or else. He will do their bidding, or else.

And we will smile. The rest of the world, because they are broken beyond repair, will too. The 1% will have their cake, eat it, and the 99% will thank them for the priviledge of being used as footstools.

November 4th: a day in which it looked like a lot was done, and maybe it was, but not nearly enough.

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Posted on November 7, 2008, in America, Fuck America, Legal Illegalities, Liberal Dudez, Politics, Priviledge, Racism. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. It feels kind of nice to hear someone else say it… I just could not get caught up in the hype, and even though yeah, it’s awesome and historical to have a black president and all, he’s still just a politician, he’s not freakin’ Jesus or anything. He’s better than our choices have been as of late, but there are a lot of problems with his policies. Ah, well. At least he got people excited about politics… As a symbol, he’s proven himself pretty effective.

  2. The Democrats have had control of the house for quite some time, yet the first thing Pelosi did when appointed was re-assure Bush he wouldn’t be impeached… Obviously only a million or so deaths in an illegal invasion, numerous indisputable lies and the fabrication of ‘evidence’ against Iraq wasn’t nearly enough for someone to be impeached… That’s apparently these days that’s reserved only for lying about stained dresses… Anyway, its obvious that Obama heads a murderous imperial government, and that his statements on Iran and Pakistan are deeply worrying – as is the sheer volume of his corporate contributions – but for the time being, surely its more fun to condemn his corrupt and duplicitous party for their actions since ’06, and save the attacks on him for when he makes good or bad on his various promises…

  3. Sorry about the double post, but I just re-read the bit about wealth distribution, and this piece by Norman Solomon is interesting, if slightly off topic and amazingly optimistic:

    http://www.counterpunch.org/solomon11062008.html

  4. Wow! Thanks for that. A reality check. I love it.

  5. You are on fire, Jenn. It might make you feel a bit better if you read at Reclusive Leftist. The campaign misogny so infuriated her and her readers that they are bursting with ideas about fighting sexism now. And as a working class person, THANK YOU, for pointing out that nothing has changed.

  6. Oh wow. I can hardly believe someone else who’s thinking like I’m thinking! Everybody on my facebook (which means, mostly everyone in my peer group) has been sooo caught up by Obama. They say CHANGE is ahead but what kind of change? Thank-you for saying he is a symbol. Yes it is a strong symbol but I could not vote for him in good conscience. (Of course, McCain was automatically out.) What disturbed me greatly was that Obama has no concept of the income brackets across the US. He wants to make it a uniform tax ($250,000) but where I live that’s hardly anything at all! It should not be a uniform tax…..his promises have been disturbing..how on earth can he promise these things? Universal health care…that could have its own problems (Canadians come here for procedures; England puts off chronic care)……

    Thanks!

  7. It must be difficult being so completely bitter 24/7, and hating every single thing that isn’t yourself.

    What exactly DO you want? Do you want someone to hold your hand, pat you on the head, and give you every single thing you ever wanted? Do you just want the president to give you a bunch of money because someone else has more than you?

    As for sjtindustries:

    Impeaching Bush would have failed. Miserably. And made the Democrats look foolish, and seriously damaged their chances for re-election if they voted for it, and would have seriously impacted their ability to win the white house.

    It’s also incredibly difficult, if not nigh impossible, to push something through the Senate or House when you lack enough of a majority to stop a filibuster. If you actually studied the government more, instead of complaining about it, you might learn how it works.

    Ah, well.

  8. Level Best-
    I read Reclusive Leftist, even though the overwhelming positivity around Palin was pretty sickening. Really? I mean, how the hell could anyone support such a blatant anti-woman politician? The conspiracy theory stuff around Clinton was crazy too. I don’t buy that Obama is 100% squeaky clean, but the tendency to portray Clinton and Palin as if heralded by angels was pretty over the top.

    It’s still a good place to go for another perspective without sacrificing the feminist spin though. Gotta have my feminist spin.

    Donna-
    My problem with Obama’s health care plan is that it doesn’t eliminate the things that bloat our health care system currently: the pharmaceutical mark-ups, top-heavy medical companies, wheeling-and-dealing of doctor/insurance interaction, and too many middle men. I’m overwhelmingly for a single-payer system that severely curbs the amount of administrative BS that goes into medical stuff. Canada and England have their own problems, but not to the extent that we do. Plus, the money is mainly pumped into research and customer welfare, not corporate profits and advertising. I can’t go anywhere without seeing five ads for allergy medication, yet dealing with something as simple as a sinus infection costs $200 out of pocket (and I have very comprehensive heath insurance, much better than average) and days of missed work to go to the people to get referrals for specialists. And that’s only if the people I go to aren’t complete morons, which was highly likely until by trial-and-error (and hundreds of dollars), I found good medical professionals.

    As for the uniform tax… yeah, I think it’s a bad idea. However, most of the living expense stuff is recouped by state laws, and if it is not, it is still something that cities and states have the say in, not the federal government. The living standard gap between someone making $40K in rural Texas verses Los Angeles is absurd, but that’s a whole other bag of chips, so to say, that must be addressed with more than just tax policies.

  9. Hi Sarah,
    I’ll fully admit I have not studied that US government and all the ways its works in detail, as for one, I’m Australian, and for two, Bush’s circumvention of the constitution and highly unorthodox / illegal use of signing statements to alter legislation has made things a bit tricky recently – as have the ludicrous DOJ statements about ‘Gitmo’… The Executive arm has gained undue influence in the process, and I don’t quite know enough about the Supreme Court.

    Anyway, I’m not so sure if impeaching Bush would have been successful. But I do know outright that is possible, and I know outright that it would not have made the Democrats look ‘foolish’. Have you seen the approval ratings? A majority of people favour impeaching Cheney and some 40% favour impeaching Bush! It would have been hugely popular! He outright – knowingly – lied in a State of the bloody Union address, what more do you need?

    Even if it failed – and if this in any way inevitable, why was Pelosi so quick to re-assure the administration? – it would have restored a semblance of democracy to the system. After the botched (rigged?) election of 2000, the outright lying and invasion of Iraq in 2003, which pretty much assured a 2004 re-election, impeachment would have restored some faith in the electorate. If you want proof of this, look at the numbers that voted in this election with Obama and his surreal promises of ‘Change’. Also look at polls as to why people don’t vote – its not because they’re ‘lazy’ or ‘ignorant’, its because they know full bloody well that their vote probably won’t matter.

    If a party is elected with a upper and lower house majority, which has an overwhelming majority of their voters, and a near majority of the entire country, wanting impeachment of the executive doesn’t do it because they will look foolish, and it will fail then you’re right. I should learn my politics and stop complaining, because that’s just fucking ridiculous, and nothing more needs to be said.

    Also, in Australia – despite our many problems – filibustering is often not possible due to simple rules on the length of speeches. When it does happen, its often just laughed off. In Victoria (my home state) an attempt at a filibuster was carried out on legislation to de-criminalise abortion (abortion has been wide-spread in Victoria for decades, but technically illegal) recently, and failed miserably…

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