Tuesday, January 20, 2009

No Hope For Obama

To be blunt, I see absolutely no reason for the amount of optimism surrounding Obama's inauguration today.

The amount of "change" and "hope" rhetoric is, if anything, baseless. Yes, Bush was terrible. Maybe the worst ever. But to transfer that into some sort of blind optimism that any successor will be better is, in my opinion, incredibly naive.

I suppose being young and from a very multiculturally tolerant city (Vancouver) dulls the allure of his achievement as the first black president. I didn't live through the race riots. I never experienced segregation. So as great as it seems that the 'barrier' is officially out of the way, it has little to do with how I evaluate what this day means for the world.

What I am looking at is the people he has surrounded himself with and the policies he will implement. I see very little change. And where I do see it, it is for the worse, not the better.

In a way, I am more fearful of an Obama administration than I was of Bush's band of jackasses. Here's why: Bush had such abysmal approval ratings that he was able to get away with very little in his last 4 or 5 years. Most of the damage he did (Iraq War, Patriot Act) made him so unbelievably unpopular that any radical decisions thereafter were looked at with such disdain, even from his own party, that he couldn't even try to sneak it through. Obama doesn't have that problem. A poll at realclearpolitics.com shows a shocking 73% approval rating. Only 14.8% have an unfavourable opinion. Other polls are similar. There is near unanimous consent from the American people, that they will allow him any amount of leeway to achieve "change."

When I combine that with the people he has selected as his advisors, I get chills. Rahm Emmanuel, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Robert Gates, Hillary Clinton, Larry Summers, Robert Rubin, Tim Geithner. The list goes on. These are not good people.

Brzezinski is a complete sociopath who has been questing for US world domination for decades. Emmanuel is a duel Israeli-American citizen that has advocated bombing Iran and a military draft. The latter three have all been instrumental in destroying the US financial system over the last 15 years. I am sorry, but I don't see any change here. Not in foreign policy. Not in economic policy. I see the status-quo. Which is perhaps why so many Republicans seem to be onside with the new administration.

All over, Obama is looking to the same people that created or didn't see the financial crisis coming, and expecting them to find a way out. Of Paul Krugman, Obama said recently, "If Paul Krugman has a good idea...then we're going to do it." Now typically, I would assume that since Krugman has never had a good idea in his life (short of perhaps choosing a black tie over an orange one), that this would be nothing to worry about. But these are people that think he is a genius. So they are liable to do anything he says. This scares me.

But if there is anything that frightens me more than the people in Obama's inner circle, it is the people that have taken him as some sort of cult leader. Take for example this video of an Obama Youth Brigade of some sort. Do these people come across as folks who would stand up to a government overstepping it's authority?

I don't believe that that is representative of the average Obama supporter. But judging from the massive crowds at his inauguration ceremonies, I sense a unwavering support for the man. Combine that with the rising unemployment and bankruptcy of millions of Americans, and you have the same recipe that has preceded countless totalitarian regimes over history.

Keep in mind that even though he seems to be a political moderate, his constant rhetoric of "desperate times call for desperate measures" should not go unnoticed. He still retains every bit of increased presidential power that Bush gave himself. Unemployment riots can still be met with martial law. War can be waged without a declaration. The constitution can be trampled underfoot. What if he were to advance North American Union talks? With Canadians gaga over the man and Mexico in chaos, who would stand up to this?

Absolute power corrupts absolutely. No time in history has this been proven otherwise.


Anonymous said...

Couldn't agree with you more.

He is a man with great speaking skills and a better speechwriter.

Scratch the surface and what do you find underneath? I shudder to think of the possibilities. We know little about his policies and less about him. And he now has the means and, worse, the non-oversight of an in-love media, to do whatever he'd like.

mannfm11 said...

Good stuff Matt. I got your blog from John's site at Gendynamics. You might research Eugene Schroeder's "Constitution: Fact or Fiction" to find out how much power the President was given on March 9, 1933 that has never been taken away. Look at 12USC95a and you might deduce that World War II was declared by FDR on June 14, 1941, not by Congress on December 8, 1941. The idea we have an idealogue running the country in times like these scares the crap out of me. I do believe Bush had enough respect for private property that we didn't get out of him what we are going to get out of a high socialist. Geithner was laughable when I heard who he was when he was made Secretary of Treasury (provided they can forgive the future head of the IRS of tax evasion). The entire game happened in NYC under the supervision of the NY Fed. Any idiot could figure out that Obama didn't get $700 million from the local black churches and have so much smut about him swept under the rug. The US is in a real pickle with this guy

Anonymous said...

The proof is in the pudding. Rather than spot off, suggest you suggest what could/should be done.

How easy it is to criticize....

And where are your experienced persons who could handle this mess..the only ones available are those with experience even if it is the wrong type.

So often it is the perception which counts and a great deal of luck. Considering the situation we need both... suggest you re-read Obama's acceptance speech and get with it...

Matt Stiles said...


I don't believe in government solutions. I suggest you read the top of this website where it clearly states, "Analysis is typically done with Austrian Economic Principles in mind..."

Government cannot 'create' anything. It can only destroy.


WB said...


Yours is an interesting blog that I just discovered recently.

Two points:

1) Don't read too much in Obama's popularity numbers today. He just started the job and now has responsibility for decisions. Revisit this in a couple of years and see what happens.

2) Not sure what you mean by "Bush had such abysmal approval ratings that he was able to get away with very little in his last 4 or 5 years." What do you believe he couldn't "get away with"? Attempted regulation of Fannie and Freddie Mac? Proposed changes to Social Security? Even after 2006, the Democratic Congress didn't do much. While Bush had low job approval numbers (29% approve, 69% disapprove), the US Congress has even worse numbers (20% approve, 70% disapprove) (Real Clear Politics, Congressional Job Approval)

While Bush took the flak, we will have to see if Obama really does anything different. Early days, but so far it looks like "Hope and Change" is being replaced with "More of the Same"


Matt Stiles said...

When I say Bush wasn't able to 'get away with' much in his later years, I'm talking really sinister stuff that I'm nearly certain the psychopaths Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rove etc wanted to implement. Attacking Iran, closing down the open internet, mandatory ID cards, increased spying. I'm afraid that Obama will use his inherited powers and the "personal sacrifice" mantra as a means to push that through.

Paranoia? Maybe. But greeting near messianic leaders with skepticism has NEVER turned out wrong in the past.

View My Stats