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Understanding Barack…and why he appeals to you


We have reviewed Barack Obama’s election night speech to understand your preoccupation with him, and to ascertain what, if any, themes of his incoming administration provide clues as to who you are, and this moment in your political life.

First, we must note, the central theme of the Obama presidency:

“If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.”

On display here is the central American myth: the uniqueness, mystical quality of the United States. It is a place not so much consisting of so many square miles of dirt, people, and the products of their efforts, but a place where men and women defy physical laws of motion and recreate the universe apparently out of their own imaginings.

There is something of a religious conviction in these words spoken by Barack – a mixture of the biblical with the profane. Indeed, the direct use of the words, “all things are possible,” which are taken from the American Christian spiritual, Only Believe, written by Paul Rader, is a call to faith in the saving power of a supernatural force, while clearly placing that power in very Earthly context of the American State.

Only believe, only believe,
All things are possible, only believe;
Only believe, only believe,
All things are possible, only believe

When we were growing up, to the second and fourth lines of this song had been added the words, “if you”, as in, If you only believe. The resulting conditional makes the possibility of all things dependent on your willingness to sustain belief in their possibility.

Which, when placed in the context of Barack’s victory establishes the root cause of our present difficulties in a lack of faith in the power of Washington to solve the crisis through which we are now passing.

Belief in the ability of Washington to solve this crisis is, therefore, the essential condition for its resolution – and, the Obama victory is the embodiment of that belief.

However, we should caution, we are not making the pedestrian argument here that Obama is driven by some delusion of himself as Messiah:

Its the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen; by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the very first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different; that their voice could be that difference.

Its the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled – Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America.

Obama could, in fact, see himself, and be seen in the eyes if his supporters,  as some messiah, however the transporting effect of his words gain their strongest appeal from that closing contrast: we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America.

This statement is both an affirmation and a critique of American politics:

Its the answer that led those who have been told for so long by so many to be cynical, and fearful, and doubtful of what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day.

The Party of Wall Street‘s great appeal to the nation was that society is ungovernable; the idea that the filth of modern society was a natural byproduct of laziness of the coloreds, defilement of the public space by homosexuals, liberals and Hollywood, and a nation whose cultural authenticity was under attack on all sides by the relentless invasion of illegal aliens.

There is nothing Washington can do to stem this decline, say the followers of this brand of social darwinism, save cut the coloreds, fags, and crimnaliens off from the swollen teats of the nanny state, and relieve the burden on the producers.

So, while being skeptical regarding the delusions of Barack and his followers, we can affirm that he is offering a real contrasting view of the world in opposition to the views of the Party of Wall Street:

Its been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.

The change, as you can see from this line, is a limited change – not a universal change, one as would apply to all of mankind, but among this very particular segment of humanity: Americans.

Not to be confusing on this point, Barack directly addresses the rest of the world:

And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of our world – our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand.

The American story is a singular story. It is not a common story, although there is a predetermined common outcome to each of our separate and singular stories driven by the natural order of things: a new dawn of American leadership is at hand.

Is this an unfair interpretation of Barack’s speech: that the American story is a unique story, but the destiny of all such stories – driven by the natural order of the universe – is American hegemony?

Consider the following statement, before you give your answer:

To those who would tear this world down – we will defeat you.

Understood in context, would it not appear that those who reject this shared destiny, which is a predetermined future based on the natural order of the universe, would be rejecting this natural order, and would, therefore, appear to those who embrace that order as a destructive force?

Before you answer, we caution: Barack is a lawyer, and lawyers provide very specific meaning to words. As we find with the examination of his use of the refrain, All things are possible, the use of the term destiny must be assumed to be deliberate and specific: the predetermined course of events based of the natural order of the universe.

That said, we interpret this to mean Barack is warning the rest of the planet there will be no challenges to American dominance – but he has the gift to couch this in the most appealing rhetoric.

To those who seek peace and security – we support you. And to all those who have wondered if Americas beacon still burns as bright – tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from our the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope.

What we have found here, we believe, is the essential core theme of the Obama administration; a theme which has an almost messianic appeal to his supporters, the nation in general, and even such cynical inside observers of Washington treachery as Chris Matthews.

For that is the true genius of America – that America can change. Our union can be perfected. And what we have already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.

It is an appeal at once, fiercely nationalistic, uncompromising in its hegemonic intentions, requiring absolute faith in the power of Washington, and, in the possibility of re-commitment to, and the renewal and perfection of the union.

That theme, of course, is Fascism.

Question: Oh. So now you’re accusing Barack Obama of being a fascist?

Not, quite.

We do point out to you how neatly the central theme of Barack’s worldview fits into the worldview of fascism, which, according to the Wiki is defined thus:

Fascism sees the struggle of nation and race as fundamental in society, in opposition to communism’s perception of class struggle and in opposition to capitalism’s focus on the value of productivity, materialism, and individualism. The nation is seen in fascism as a single organic entity which binds people together by their ancestry and is seen as a natural unifying force of people. Fascists promote the unification and expansion of influence, power, and/or territory of and for their nation. Fascism seeks to solve existing economic, political, and social problems by achieving a millenarian national rebirth, exalting the nation or race above all else, and promoting cults of unity, strength and purity. Many fascists have strongly emphasized the role of a nation in society, declaring the absolute necessity for national unity and a strong national spirit to exist.

We noted this, but it was not our point; rather, our point is you, and why he appeals to you.

We are, as we said, trying to come to grips with the themes of Barack’s incoming administration in order to ascertain what, if any, themes of his incoming administration provide clues as to who you are, and this moment in your political life.

Simply put, we are accusing you of being a fascist – and, the themes of Barack’s presidency appeal to you because they are subtly constructed fascist themes.

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