I don’t expect other from any President–=whose President, what President? The President of any City Library, of any corporation not in the private sector, of any government anywhere, any-when?
What should anyone expect from anyone in any position of governmental authority, especially the President of the United States, an office more circumscribed by Power and Money than we would want to imagine . . . more manipulated, who pulls the strings when our latest former President was given a list of Cabinet selections from the CEO of Citicorp and from that list came to be his cabinet? Obama, Oh Bankers!
Can we expect more than that which I understand to be presidential in the way the most powerful office in the world attracts power playing people, power brokering persons, playing at the power dynamics of power as it is always and only of power by power and for power? Never perishing?
Of course, you or I would be a fool to expect any President to be his own man. Perhaps that is what is most frightening about President P. Murt? Is he his own man? I am not sure he is his own anything except chameleon? He plays hop-scotch with what is true, having been fully subsumed by our culture’s definitive postures against Truth, against anything absolute, against categories and Categorical thinking (not what you think by it has been popularly misused) . . . raising doubt, doubt and more doubt about anything that could be true, must be true, should be . . . he is more in the image of our intellectual hegemony over the last fifty years than anyone would want to believe.
But is he even this, that, whatever, however, moreover, exactly yes, no or maybe? What exactly is he? Catch him if you can. Narcissistic? Egoistic? Solipsistic? All of these fit, do they not.
I am sure that there is something of him that fits, at least in some people’s conceptions of what they think they think, into one or another received idea of a fascist, and that in so being or doing the term fascist raises the specter of what they think they are imagining when they hear the word Nazis; but President P. Murt fits the pattern of old dictator when dictator was not the role as it functioned electively and for a set term in Ancient Roman politics or politique.
What is it that we expect a People who desire freedom to manage in the ways it dreams of checking Power?
We are failing miserably in the matter and manners of Democracy. That is simply put. And our Democrats are more heinous than the Republicans in one very simple way: they have always managed to present the idea, the image, while maintaining the aura, of being People-centered, of being Liberal with a capital ‘L.” They are no more Liberal than the conservative Merkel has been–and do not mistake Friedmanesque Neo-Liberal Globalism for what the name confounds–it is as conservative as Thatcher and Reagan, who adored Friedman and their brand of neo-liberal globalizing, right along with Bill Clinton, Bush I and II, Hilary and yes, your darling, Obama.