And for those of us who realize this, it is more specifically an unsettling Theater of the Absurd. Which means, since (obviously) it is never explicitly acknowledged by the media or the political class that the drama being acted out on the national stage is LITERALLY being “acted out” and bears no resemblance whatsoever to whatever hidden reality is in fact happening backstage and behind the curtains, we often watch events unfolding and wonder whether we’ve lost our minds. Are there actually Americans who honestly believe that Barack Obama CARES about them? That he ran for office in order to serve the interests of the people who voted for him? That he was telling the truth when he made promises about health care and ending the war and prosecuting Bush-era war crimes?
Are there actually grown American citizens out there who BELIEVE that the economy is improving and that good times are just around the corner when the reality facing ALL of us who didn’t start out as millionaires is UNDENIABLY grim?
Yep, I’m afraid there are. So in this particular Theater of the Absurd the players (Axelrod, Emmanuel, obama, et al) have pierced the fourth wall and engaged the audience members, lulling them (by using Machiavellian Marketing techniques) into believing that they are participants in the action. The rest of us look around nervously at the people sitting beside us in the theater and wonder, HAVE THEY LOST THEIR MINDS!?
Which is why Chris Hedge’s essay about Brand Obama is such a relief:
“Reporters, especially those on television, no longer ask if the message is true but if the pseudo-event worked or did not work as political theater. Pseudo-events are judged on how effectively we have been manipulated by illusion. Those events that appear real are relished and lauded. Those that fail to create a believable illusion are deemed failures. Truth is irrelevant. Those who succeed in politics, as in most of the culture, are those who create the brands and pseudo-events that offer the most convincing fantasies. And this is the art Obama has mastered.
The junk politics practiced by Obama is a consumer fraud. It is about performance. It is about lies. It is about keeping us in a perpetual state of childishness. But the longer we live in illusion, the worse reality will be when it finally shatters our fantasies. Those who do not understand what is happening around them and who are overwhelmed by a brutal reality they did not expect or foresee search desperately for saviors. They beg demagogues to come to their rescue. This is the ultimate danger of the Obama Brand. It effectively masks the wanton internal destruction and theft being carried out by our corporate state. These corporations, once they have stolen trillions in taxpayer wealth, will leave tens of millions of Americans bereft, bewildered and yearning for even more potent and deadly illusions, ones that could swiftly snuff out what is left of our diminished open society.”
Amen, Brother. I’m particularly struck by how perfectly the “perpetual state of childishness” description fits the Americans who are now universally known as obots. Any grown American citizen who refers to barack obama as “My President” in all seriousness either started out with a stunted consciousness or willfully shrank his world-view back down to the size it was in second grade. I guess it’s no coincidence that the symbol of mindless obama adoration is a sweet, sticky, artificial juice with no nutritional value that is marketed to very small children.
As I highlighted yesterday:
“His administration has spent, lent or guaranteed $12.8 trillion in taxpayer dollars to Wall Street and insolvent banks . . . Brand Obama has allocated nearly $1 trillion in defense-related spending and the continuation of our doomed imperial projects in Iraq, where military planners now estimate that 70,000 troops will remain for the next 15 to 20 years. . . Brand Obama has refused to ease restrictions so workers can organize and will not consider single-payer, not-for-profit health care for all Americans.”
I’ll add to that list: Brand Obama has now made it an administration-wide policy that “human rights are an ideal, not a priority.” He has let all women know that the Freedom of Choice Act is, likewise, NOT A PRIORITY. So, to all the women democrats who insulted us, impugned our reputations, and questioned our sanity for holding firm in our belief that women’s rights and freedoms were NEVER a priority for barack obama and that voting against him in November was actually the BEST THING WE COULD DO to put a stop to Brand Obama and the corporatist cronyism we KNEW was at the heart of his empty, meaningless campaign in order to eventually win our party back for a leader like Hillary Clinton, whom we KNEW would (and IS) championing human rights and women’s freedom worldwide, we say: Join Us!
America, we warned you. Barack Obama never was and never will be an agent of change in Washington. He is, always was, and always will be a hologram of leadership manufactured by Machiavellian Marketeers who want nothing more than to continue the de-democractization of the United States begun by Ronald Reagan. The lesson the Machiavellian Marketeers who fix elections for their corporate donors learned from the Bush era is that if the messenger eventually becomes a person reviled by the masses, as George W. Bush became, you don’t have to change the message. All you have to do is change the Messenger.
Is it a coincidence that the word Messiah means Messenger?
Pumapac reports. YOU decide.