Okay, yes, the hundred days haven't passed. However, that is pretty much irrelevant as since the first week, we could see that "change" was just a word used to get into power. Political rhetoric is a powerful tool, and i don't believe in blind faith in ANY political leader, because it leads to nothing but disaster.
Anytime in history a political leader has had the blind faith of a population, it has ALWAYS and without exception, ended badly.
For the record, I never supported Obama, from the day he announced he was running back in 2006, I was sceptial and didn't hold any hope for his proposed "change".
Also for the record, I dont like the republicans. Both parties are the War Party, and Obama is merely the current political puppet head of the American Empire.
Sound cynical? Sure. I accept that, but my cynicism is based upon everything I have seen of the Obama administration. One political economist once said, "Pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will."
I try to live by that.
I am often told that i should "give him a chance". But he has given me NO reason to have any faith, whatsoever.
He announced he would consider closing Guantanamo in one year, yet, that doesn end the institution of wrongful imprisonment - where will those prisoners go? why are they still not permitted to have trials... or evidence?
we hear some political rhetoric about "stopping torture" - but yet the Military Commissions Act of 2006, which Obama voted FOR has not yet been repealed... and it legalizes torture of foreign and US citizens.
Bush had Big Oil and Military corporations highly represented in his administration, yet Obama has more representatives of financial Wall Street in his administration than in any other before. Most of whom were the prime architects of the current financial crisis.
They are there to ensure that the bankers are protected, and that they are the prime concern of the Obama administration, while his flowery rhetoric will put the people to sleep so they wont notice the looting going on before them. The bailouts or "stimulus" bills dont solve anything, they just prolong the inevitable, and help the banks while at it.
Instead of "bringing the troops home" which he initially said would be his first act as President, he decided to change his mind and extend the mission for another two years, and then withdraw some troops, while leaving 50,000 there to man the dozens of US military bases. In other words, maintain the imperial presence.
Also, he has undertaken an expansion of the wars in the Middle East and Central Asia, by expanding the Afghan war into Pakistan. Pakistan is set for collapse in the next few months to few years, when that happens, it will spread chaos through the region, even more so than it already has. US policies and actions in Pakistan serve this end and exacerbate this problem.
Obama's National Security Adviser, a former General, said that Africom, the nation's new Africa Military Command, is designed to secure access to Africa's resources. In other words, expanded wars in Africa, likely under the name of "humanitarian intervention".
What about in terms of wiretapping, illegal surveillance, and the police state at home? Instead of reversing the direction Bush took, Obama has continued down the same road. Not only have telecom companies been granted immunity from lawsuits (something Obama campaigned against), but the same illegal spying is continuing unabated, and Obama's justice department has even moved to protect members of the Bush administration from lawsuits for illegal spying.
All that is really needed to see that "change" became "continuity" is the financial element of the administration.
Timothy Geithner as Treasury Secretary, formerly of the New York Fed, the most powerful of the 12 regional PRIVATE federal reserve banks which represent, and are owned by the big banks (such as JP Morgan Chase), whose interests the Fed serves.
The head of the economic advisory chair was a former Director of the Federal Reserve, and architect of the 1980s debt crisis, Paul Volcker.
Lawrence Summers, head of the economic council and top economic adviser to Obama, formerly a managing director of a hedge fund, who has alos made millions from JP Morgan, Citigroup and Lehman Bros, Goldman Sachs, etc. Under Clinton's administration, Summers, as Treasury Secretary, was the leading advocate of banking deregulation and the repeal of the Glas Steagal Act, which led DIRECTLY to the current crisis.
Michael Froman, deputy national security adviser for international economic affairs, worked for Citigroup and received more than $7.4 million from the bank from January of 2008 until he entered the Obama administration this year.
Obama’s deputy national security adviser, Thomas E. Donilon, was paid $3.9 million by a Washington law firm whose major clients include Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and the private equity firm Apollo Management.
Even Joseph Stiglitz, nobel prize winning economist and former chief economist of the World Bank said that Obama's policies will fail because they are designed to help Wall Street (funny that):http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=ahnPchOxZMh8&refer=home
So while his first hundred days haven't passed... why do i have to wait for one hundred days to say what i see and criticize what is wrong?
Why are people able to turn a blind eye to everything that Obama does, simply because he is the one doing it?
If it were any other leader doing this same crap, the people would have thrown him out by now. And with good reason.
The US political system, and the President as its leader, do not represent nor serve the interests of the people of the US. It hasn't for a very long time. They serve the interests of Wall Street, the big corporations and specifically the big banks, that own the corporations on one hand, and the government on the other.
What makes us think that with a new politician in power, this has changed? Because he said "change" so much? Sorry, but ALL politicians say "change" and use a lot of nice words to make people ignorant of the real agenda. All politicians (who have a lot of power) lie, and dont think twice about it. And specifically since so many representatives of Wall Street finance are directly in his administration, this is representative of whose interests are being served.
I'm sorry, but does anyone really think Obama could have gotten where he got to if he didn't agree to serve the interests of US capital and the corporate-financial elite? It's just not possible.
When does blind faith become blindness?
Call me a cynic, a pessimist, whatever - ive heard it all before. Laugh at what i say, fine... I'd have hope and faith if i was given reason for hope and faith.
I have no doubt that things will be changing. In fact, i think things will be changing more in the next 3 years than in the past 10 to 20... but i dont think its change for the better. Everything i have seen screams loud and clear to me that what we are seeing is "continuity" in bad policies, not "change" to good ones.