It is to early in the campaign for me to get to excited about the 2008 US Presidential election, but it is interesting how the worlds media seems to be wetting itself over Barack Obama, which in itself should be a bit of a wake up call for all progressives. In my opinion Obama lacks political gravitas and seems to me to be in the mould of the European clean skin politicians that have emerged in the last decade, such as Angela Merkel, Tony Blair and David Cameron, Obama’s language is also very similar, slick but meaningless politically. I noticed he has refused to come out in favor of universal health care free at the point of need. If one takes into account that for many US families, health care costs is one if not the most pressing problem they face, then his stance is cowardly to say the least, the more so when one takes into account that the private health care industry is the most powerful political lobby in the USA.
I also noticed that when US members of the Republican Party based in London were asked by the BBC who they would choose if they were voting in the Democrat Primaries, they unanimously opted for Obama. It should also not be over looked that European reactionaries have nothing but kind words to say about Obama, the UK Tory Party leader David Cameron put it on record that he “hugely admired” Barack Obama.
So who is Barack Obama, for me he comes straight out of Wall Street central casting, a clone of the type of black President’s who are portrayed in movies and hit TV shows like 24. His politics are conservative without any hint of a connection with the radical US Afro American struggle for equality and civil rights. He is physically good looking, with a pretty wife and two beautiful children, who are still young enough to avoid the gaze of the tabloids and thus land his campaign in trouble. His close association with the US TV tycoon Oprah Winfrey is very revealing, for although she partially came to prominence on the backs of Black America, her actual wealth and fame came about courtesy of the US Multi National Corporations via middle-American TV viewers.
In many ways Barack is an ideal candidate for Corporate America, as the color of his skin hints at the prospect of great change, when in reality an Obama Presidency would mean business as usual, even in Iraq, in other words no change at all.
Forget Martin Luther King and Jesse Jackson, these people have never been on Obama’s political radar, nor did he ever emphasize with them and theirs. His soul mates within the Black Community can be found on Wall Street, in the media and the big multi national legal corporations; his role models are reactionaries such as Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell, who incidentally whilst a Republican himself and a one time gofer for both of the Bush Presidencies, has said he is pleased by Barack Obama’s success, which I would suggest tells one a great deal about this candidates politics. As to Obama’s skin color, it is relevant only in that it it will act as a hook to reel in the more gullible middle class liberal voters. It is no accident that he has been able to build up a massive war chest much of which has come from Corporate America.
Just as Powell and Rice gave the Bush administration an ethnic face, if elected Obama will give Corporate America a progressive glint. If any one seriously believes Barack Obama will withdraw the US military from Iraq and Afghanistan and will help create a fairer more equitable society in the USA, then they are in for a shock. For Barack Obama represents more of the same although perhaps with a slightly more human ‘media’ face. To misquote Hermann Göring, if a US Presidential candidate tells the electorate that they intend to bring about change, reach for your revolver, for the only change such people will initiate is reactionary change.