NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
JUST DOESN'T MATTER
By: Bob Strodtbeck
If you had your choice of being one of the three remaining
competitors for the presidency, who's shoes would you choose?
choice here is Barak Obama. He's young, composed, stylish, energetic, intelligent,
graceful?in short he is everything a man of the modern age would like to
be. In comparison John McCain is stiff, condescending, and a little scary with his
predictions of more and more wars extending beyond our lifetimes.
is, well, thoroughly unlikable. She seems to take offense at the idea that everybody
doesn't love her. Her very brief moments of softness come off as being contrived, and her
recent episodes of mocking Obama at a rally and complaining about always getting the first
question at a sit down discussion with her opponent show her to possess an unattractive
petulance that one would not like to see in the Oval Office.
this assessment of the charisma of Obama, the prediction here is that regular readers of
this column will get no further than the second paragraph and begin assaulting the
character of this writer for being blind to the games that are being played on my emotions
and for embracing a nanny state government that will enslave us all and kill the greatest
capitalist economic system the world has ever known. To whit, my response is, ?Don't blame me,
I'm voting for Ron Paul (or, perchance, Bob Barr).?
fact of the matter is that Obama is damned charming and stands a pretty good shot of being
elected. However, I am still a hold over from the Buchanan Brigades of the early '90's and
we were foretelling 16 years ago the economic disaster that we are now seeing unfold
before our eyes. Most of us were critics of the invasion of Iraq while the Berlin
Wall was being sold as paperweights nearly 20 years ago and Paul Wolfowitz was
rhapsodizing of Pax Americana in his dissertations for PNAC. Yes, this writer is a
marginalized dinosaur whose thoughts on just about everything, including Barak, don't much
matter?although I know I would enjoy a dinner with the man and his wife?but, then
again, neither does the winner of the next presidential election is of significant
Whoever wins the next presidential election is going to be
facing problems that will threaten the very existence of the country. America is
de-industrialized and its consumer dependent economy relies too much upon credit and
paying off debt to move much further forward. Because the economy and its currency is
failing, America can no longer support its many foreign adventures (as though
this country needed to be so involved since 1989). In spite of the nation's precarious
financial and international plight, the American political system seems to be pursuing
military involvement in the Balkans, Iran, and Lebanon. Already our War Against International Terrorism has brought
war to the borders of one of our NATO allies, Turkey, and threatens to reinvigorate a new Cold War with Russia.
we are falling apart. The working middle class is seen as a threat to transnational
capitalist profit. In fact, to speak of the value of labor in some circles is to be
labeled a unionist or communist. As work is considered in elite circles as a threat to the
health of the capitalist system, the stability of the American middle-class home, which is
dependent upon working wages, is crumbling away as two or three incomes are required to
keep a family afloat. If you do the math, that means that any children with two parents
spend more time on their own than they do under the supervision of either one of their
parents. Children who are being raised by one parent, which has become the norm, virtually
raise themselves. Consequently, we are breeding a generation of adults who do not witness
adults dealing with the realities of life. I don't believe that Barak will have the power
to assuage the social consequences of that tidal wave.
put, Barak Obama, as wonderful and charismatic as he is, will not have the tools to his
avail to deal with the real problems facing this nation. The greatest problems facing this
country are the results of decades of malpractice by the federal government and its ever
growing bureaucracies. To add more government control and bureaucracies upon us is not a
sign of compassion and change, but a sign of insanity?a quality
that is not suited to Mr. Obama, but is of the other candidates named earlier.
The "Change we
can believe in" will not come from the next President of the United States or from any
current government agency. Nor will political parties or great economic corporate schemes
restore America to greatness. It comes to us in our homes and families to find
the ways to reestablish our social health and stability, because as far as is seen here,
all the charisma, compassion, and good intentions of America's quadrennial messiahs have
done nothing but bring us to our current station of desperation.
Bob Strodtbeck has been writing commentaries for a
news weekly circulated in a community 10 miles north of Orlando, since 1993. He currently
lives in Orlando. Bob is a regular columnist for
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Published in the March 10, 2008 issue of Ether Zone.
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