Through Thick and Thin & Clinton, Obama, McCain…who is the greatest threat?
Another week gone. First off, I will answer the question I posed in the previous post: Who or what is the greatest threat to the USA? I concluded that the next president of the USA was potentially the greatest threat facing America today. Now I will discuss Obama, Clinton, and McCain…on the theory that the next president would certainly be in a position to do great harm to the USA. Especially since that under even optimistic assumptions, the USA has some serious ongoing issues including the economy and the war on terror.
Well, I like what Obama says, but I fear if elected he may fall prey to the “Carter syndrome.” I.E. he is a Washington outsider and new to the ways of Washington’s byzantine politics and foreign policy. He will not be trusted by the powers-that-be, and in his good intentions, may end up pissing off all sorts of people whose cooperation he needs. The result being basically checkmated within months of getting into office and unable to make any serious changes in US policy. There’s also the possibility that Obama is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, he talks the talk but if elected will he try to do what’s best for America…or simply work to make the rich richer while babbling liberal shibboleths? He wouldn’t be the first.
Clinton. Sigh. I almost feel sorry for her. She basically worked hard for years to get a shot at the White House and make history, and if Obama hadn’t appeared out of nowhere she’d have locked it up long ago. It must be really annoying, I think most people would be hard put to be diplomatic if they worked toward a promotion for sixteen years…only at the last moment to have a “new hire” suddenly be in serious contention for the corner office.
That aside, I think both Clintons are just very smart corporate shills. While they have a lot of liberal trappings, and are not as crippled by ideology as the reigning Republicans currently are, they have done nothing but promote the Imperial Agenda that has taken hold of America the last few decades. I lost faith in Hillary just a few months after her husband became president when she announced she was going to make sure that every American got health insurance. Americans do not need health insurance, they need health care. It may seem like a subtle difference, but it’s not if one thinks about it. That’s when I knew she was a corporate shill, and I’ve seen little to change my mind since.
Now McCain. Oh dear. I used to have some admiration for McCain, at least he wasn’t an armchair warrior or a draft evader. Then when asked what he would do if his daughter got pregnant, he blew it and said they would decide as a family and consider all the options. Of course he has worked hard to make sure that “all the options” are not available for Americans, so he basically demonstrated what virtually all politicians have in common…a sense that the laws they promote don’t relate to them. Anyone who thinks their position of power entitles them to privileges and immunities the rest of us don’t have, has utterly betrayed the ideals of the founding fathers.
Furthermore, McCain is more enthusiastic about Bush’s foreign wars than Bush himself. Since a pretty good case can be made that Bush’s “enthusiastic” military spending is what is dragging the economy down, not to even mention the wisdom of trying to spread American ideals at the point of a cruise missile around the world, it’s hard not to be a little frightened of McCain. While Bush and his policies still have a few supporters, they are a shrinking minority and most Americans think we need to make some changes, not redouble our spending on foreign adventures.
So we have a fellow who might screw things up with amateurish good intentions, a corporate shill trying to make history, and “Bush on steroids.” Who is the greatest threat to America? Beats me. I’m still pretty much of the opinion that it’s like choosing a new captain of the Titanic after hitting the iceberg. If I had to make a choice, I’d say McCain scares me the most, since I think war mongering is the problem, not the solution. On the other hand Clinton will likely take us to the same place, but with more liberal smoke and mirrors. God only knows where we’ll end up with Obama. I already have my “Don’t blame me, I voted for Ron Paul” button, so I’m good no matter what transpires.
In other world news, the Iraqi armies “surge” to take back the streets of Iraq from the Mahdi army has completely fizzled. Bush said it was a “defining moment” in the history of Iraq, but since it turned out to be just another bloody failure…he’s kind of quiet on the subject. Since the “government” of Iraq is a foreign created colonial administration, it has no real legitimacy…which is why things like the Mahdi army arise. People will create the government they need to protect their interests if the “central” government isn’t doing it’s job. In fact coincidentally enough, organizations like Hamas, Hezbollah, the Islamic Courts, etc ALL seem to have arisen in parts of the world where the “legitimate” government is basically a creation of western powers. Interesting, nu? More on that line of thought in a future post, I promise.
Otherwise, it’s been a more or less uneventful week. The economy continues to putter along, China has more or less stopped the unrest in Tibet, and just in general the world continues its slide to wherever the hell this glorious train ride is taking us. And after next week I will be trekking cross country to assess the state of the republic in person, I will blog it as I see it.
Have a great weekend everyone.
(The above image of the Three Stooges is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It’s not being used for profit and its use here in no way hinders the copyright holder’s commercial use of the image, arguably the opposite. Credit: Columbia pictures. It’s an image from the 1943 short film “They Stooge to Conga,” the most violent three stooges movie ever. I’m not trying to imply anything about Obama, McCain, and Clinton…but gentle reader may infer what they want. I just thought it was interesting that during the war they could parody Hitler and the Nazis like this, nowadays this would be seen as in bad taste I suspect. Times change, perceptions change.)