This excellent comment deserves a post of its own. Thanks, Matthew!
My friends and I often speak about those who drank the kool-aid and how it is nearly impossible to have a discussion with progressives that involves anything remotely critical of the President. It really is illustrative of the brilliance of the Powers That Were’s plan for the Presidency. You have GW Bush, who unified liberals and progressives wholeheartedly, and created a very large target for their anger over the 8 years of his Administration. Then, you have the anti-Bush, in an articulate, well educated progressive candidate, who appears to speak from his heart when he talks about all of the ills of our nation and how he can fix them. Hope! Change!
People were very deeply imprinted with this meme. Even when his rhetoric began to change a few months out from the election, it remained progressive enough that it didn’t raise too many flags for progressives. After all, he was still saying most of what we wanted to hear.
I’ll never forget his Inauguration, telling my young son that the world was a different place from this day forward, and where even 20 years ago it would have been almost inconceivable that a person of color could be the President.
I regurgitated my kool-aid very quickly though, as we began to see his cabinet appointments, especially with the likes of Geithner and all of the other Wall Street cronies suddenly in charge of the economy and its oversight. My line in the sand was FISA and the retroactive immunity that was granted to the telecom companies (Qwest, our provider, was the only one who didn’t participate). If there was no crime committed, why would immunity even be necessary? He caved-in on this issue (although more likely this was his / his masters’ real stance) and many other progressive issues became an about face. However, the majority of the progressive community continued as apologists for him. I believe that his original message so resonated with their core belief system, his reversals would call into question their own belief system (via their support of him) if they actually turned a critical eye to the decisions and capitulations he has made in office. Instead, they choose denial, or at least selective memory, and vouch for all of the positive things that he has achieved “with an Obstructionist Congress.”
The real proof is in the treatment of Occupy, the attempts at pushing through CISPA, etc., the authorization of drones in the US, the reversals on Afghanistan (since the flow of Opium helps to fund the Cabal’s interests), continued lack of oversight on banking, his immediate support for Nuclear Energy within hours of Fukushima (Anybody remember Fukushima? He even classifies Nukes as green energy!).
The list could go on and on. These actions to me are more illustrative of his true alignment (or at least those of his masters) than any reversal due to political pressure. If our republic is to remain with any semblance of integrity in its current form, we are obliged to ask tough questions of our elected officials, especially of our sacred cows who we so desperately want to believe represent us. I truly want to believe all of the channels who say Obama is the greatest Lightworker ever, and that he is just lulling the Cabal into submission, preparing to unveil his magnificence. However, I feel that his true gift to us in this moment is to help us to awaken by realizing that WE as individuals, living in a collective society, are the only ones with true authority and power. Authentic Power is inseparable from Authenticity within our Being, and as soon as we step forward to claim that Authenticity, that is the moment that we liberate ourselves from the illusion of duality. We have an opportunity to claim this power now, through challenging our sacred cows at a macro level, and more importantly, on a micro level through asking ourselves the tough questions like, is my life in alignment with my most Authentic Being?
[W]e should remain objective and critical of all sources of information. This is triggered for me when I read any “source” like this one, who makes any reference to Obama and Socialism. To me, this is a catch-phrase too closely identified with a political ideology to be considered objective. Most of their other comments do agree with my own research and insights, though, so much of it may bear allowing.