Monday, September 27, 2010

Obama's racism advantage

Obama has accomplished much by having a misrepresentative reputation. After 8 years of George Bush, the time was ideal for electing the most liberal president in decades. Many thought that's what Obama was. Voters overestimate the liberal leanings of black candidates, and so a calm, moderate Democratic politician (hardly different from Bill Clinton except for the sleeze factor) got elected without the fed-up Democrats feeling like they were compromising an ounce.

With all the accusations of Muslim socialism directed at a guy who goes to church religiously (no pun intended) and doesn't deny the powers of markets, he slipped through enormous moderate-liberal reforms in his first year in office with colleagues who were just glad that their nightmares of socialized medicine and setting terrorists free and shutting down Wall Street for good weren't coming true.

The rest of the world changed its attitude towards America overnight when the backwards, nation-under-God of xenophobic patriotic white men elected a black man with Kenyan Muslim relatives and who went to school in Indonesia. He was awarded a Nobel Prize for his effortless ability to perpetuate a false stereotype of himself, and his implications for the future of U.S. foreign relations, around the globe, despite the fact that most of the Bush-era anti-terror policies that liberals (rightly) used to seethe about have been maintained.

But now that the country has settled down from its post-Bush liberal exuberance, Obama is going to have to pop the illusory bubble to maintain power and confidence of the people. I would say that's not too hard of a task, given his adamantly moderate record and consistent moderate rhetoric, but then again we're talking about a country where only 77% of adults believe that he was born in the U.S... with that kind of abounding lunacy, anything can happen.

1 comment:

JohnRaymond said...

Excellent comments. You could add: with all the hidden money flowing behind the scenes in the campaigns (resulting in snap-shot presentations for or against candidate X in TV commercials, and the buying of political favors), a real campaign where honest debate plays a major role in citizens' decisions is severely handicapped.