Barack Obama is stupid. This isn’t a case of name-calling. The man has demonstrated a frightening lack of intelligence during his first days holding the honorary title “president of the United States”. He thinks redistribution of consumption – in the amount of nearly one trillion fiat dollars – will “stimulate” the economy, and that failure to do this will unleash “catastrophe.” It’s one thing not to understand the basic tenets of economics, but to publicly stomp your feet when others refuse to ignore reality and embrace your false beliefs can only be interpreted as a lack of basic intellectual capacity.Having said that, Obama is largely blameless for the current situation. The Government of the United States is composed of a large revolving cast of characters, and the president’s role is largely symbolic. Obama is a spokesman for the state, not its leader. While the political oligarchy – which includes the establishment press – stages elections every few years to create the illusion of “change,” in truth each new presidency is a continuation and assimilation of the prior reigns. Bill Clinton gave way to George W. Bush. Coming into office, both men were portrayed as pragmatic southern governors who would “change the tone” in Washington; Bush was an improvement simply because he didn’t fornicate in the Oval Office. Similarly, Obama’s presence addresses the key criticism of Bush, his lack of polished speaking skills in staged settings. But all three presidencies are indistinguishable on the merits.
While the oligarchy presented Obama as the candidate of “hope” – incidentally, they used the same word for Bill Clinton, who was literally born in a “place called Hope” – a more accurate descriptor is “desperation”. Starting with the coronation 17 days ago, there has been panic throughout Washington; many in the oligarchy recognize that there is no play after Obama. After Clinton and Bush, the public won’t be duped again into placing their economic destiny in the hands of a man with no obvious qualifications or talents. Playing upon Obama’s skin color was the last trump card, but the effect is temporary and already dissipating. After this, what can the oligarchy try? Maybe Sarah Palin, but that could provoke civil war within the oligarchy. The terrifying truth is that after the orgy of political consumption that was the Obama presidential campaign, the bubble has burst, and elections will cease to be relevant going forward. Without the power to manufacture consent, the entire fabric of the United States – as a political entity, not a society – will swiftly crumble.