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If You Think Obama Can't Help It ...

If You Think Obama Can't Help It ...

By Dennis Loo (9/6/13)

And you think that other unseen forces are making him do all of these terrible things, then take that reasoning process just ONE step further.

What you're saying is that one individual, even the most powerful politician in the world, cannot do the right thing because of the forces that surround him.

You are saying, in effect, that the problem is the system and not who is elected into office.

Even assuming that someone like Barack Obama has the right intentions and goodwill in his heart, he has been completely unable to follow his heart and do what is right because the system that he sits at the official pinnacle of won't let him.

Even if you believe that someone else is forcing him to push for bombing Syria, that is exactly what he IS doing: acting as pointman for the carrying out of the "supreme international crime."

What we all have to deal with - and confront as reality - is that this is what he and the rest of the political leadership of this nation are doing: they are not honoring what the American people want, they are knowingly violating the central tenet of the UN Charter, they are trying to legitimate a massive war crime of bombing Syria through a massive PR offensive, trumped up intelligence, and a phony Congressional "debate."

If you believe that we live in a democracy where public office holders are beholden to the will of the people and that this adherence to the people's will is the central principle in play, then why is the Congressional leadership of both parties rushing to endorse Obama's plan, even before Congress as a whole is back in session? Why isn't Obama who serves at the will of the American people, abiding by his Constitutional duty to "preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States," as his oath of office specifies? Why did he say very publicly before putting his plan to bomb Syria before Congress that he will not be bound by Congress if Congress votes down his proposal to bomb Syria?

If you think that he's only doing this because he has to because he's beholden to other forces around him who are more powerful than him, then doesn't this mean that it is the system that is to blame and that to fix this monstrous situation means that we have to expose the nature and workings of this system and mobilize the people to change the system? Systems don't change by working within those systems. Systems by their nature permit and encourage only those channels that operate overall to reinforce the existing system. If you go through "channels" to try to change the system by the rules that that system operates by, then you will not change the system. It is only by going outside of the existing channels and by ignoring and/or flouting the existing acceptable modes of thinking and doing that you stand a chance of really doing anything. It is only by insisting on and fighting for an entirely different path of thinking and doing that opens up that avenue for others to see and follow that you will be doing something of real value.

In short, follow to their logical conclusions your essentially correct belief that Obama cannot do the right thing and act on behalf of you and others doing exactly the right thing. It's up to you.


0 # Susan McCabe 2013-09-07 04:47
Obama is clearly being pressured. He dithers, stutters, can't look directly at the camera because he KNOWS everything he says not only sounds like the same Lies Bush told, they are the same lies!

I actually think he's hoping the people won't let him commit this open-ended atrocity, designed to keep us at war for umpteen more years and out of the public discourse.
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0 # Dennis Loo 2013-09-07 15:53
Hello Susan:

If Obama's secretly hoping to be prevented by the people from committing this atrocity, then why would he have said before he took this to Congress that he won't be bound by a "no" vote from them? He didn't have to say that. He could have then secretly worked Congress and gotten people like Pelosi to publicly oppose his proposal to bomb Syria, thus giving himself an out to abandon his plan to bomb Syria.

Even still, even if you still think Obama's a good guy, the upshot of all this is that it's still up to you and me and others to rise up in opposition.
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0 # Joan Friedman 2013-09-07 16:07
I think the pressure comes from the politicians, like Feinstein and Boxer, who say the US will be considered a paper tiger if it doesn't go through with the strike. So it's all about image. How many people will be killed for the sake of the American image? I bet Obama wishes he had never uttered the words "Red line"!
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0 # Dennis Loo 2013-09-07 16:54
Hello Joan:

It was a pivotal experience for me, when I came of age politically, to realize that for the US Empire (I was only beginning then to understand that the US was an empire) people's lives were entirely dispensable. This was during the VN war.

P.S. Obama could easily have not brought up his "red line" comment again, and virtually no one would have noticed.

P.P.S. Obama is one of those politicians you mention and comes out of the same body as they do...
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0 # Daniel Paul Gomez 2013-09-08 09:08
Social systems and forces are far more powerful than we as individuals are. It is principle in what I have learned about Sociology, society, and capitalism-impe rialism as a whole. The only way out of this is revolution. This system is only meant to opress and exploit the masses, nothing short of that; and these "representative s" are representatives of the capitalist ruling class/ imperialist rulers. That is a basic understanding everyone should carry when apporaching the atrocities this world is facing. As far as Syria goes, there are NO "good guys" in this conflict, and we must not feel the need to pick a side; we must create our own force for a REAL revolution, not another opressor as Assad and the fundamentalist as well as the U.S imperialists have shown to be.
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