Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.
Four years ago today, the world was in complete hysteria over the prospects of the United States electing its first African-American president, Barack Obama. Outside the fact that all 43 presidents before him were white men, his predecessor George W. Bush had run the United States into a deep economic recession to the likes that haven’t been seen since The Great Depression. With unemployment skyrocketing alongside two losing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, for the first time in many years U.S. citizens were living in a world of fear and uncertainty where it was not guaranteed that their children would live a better life than the the ones their parents left behind. After eight years of George W. Bush, Americans were desperate for change and the election of Barack Obama was a clear indication of this. Outside of Native Americans, no one knows struggle and the overcoming of it, in the U.S., better than African-Americans. If anyone could bring America back to prominence it was Barack Obama. Frankly, anyone who says Barack being black had nothing to do with voting for him is simply a liar. AND WE ALL KNOW IT! You don’t have to admit it to me or anybody else but at least be honest with yourself. In the end we got what we wanted, a black president, and here we are four years later living in a country that is arguably in worse shape than it was before Obama took office. After reflecting on the presidency of Barack Obama it would be easy to go on an anti-Obama rant but that wouldn’t be productive. So instead of focusing on the negative aspects of Obama’s term in office, let’s focus on the positives of Obama’s presidency.
Electing Barack Obama as president was the best thing to ever happen to the United States because it proved what many of us have been saying for years and that’s that we can’t vote our way out of the deep seeded problems we are facing in the United States and in the world today. Obama’s presidency proved that the only way to create a better world is to completely do away with the current world order which is based on outdated doctrines and ideologies no longer relevant to humane society.
This time around, American’s enthusiasm in this years presidential election has dropped to 44%. Even more staggering, on the side of Democratic voters enthusiasm has dropped drastically to 39% (July 2012 Gallup Polls). The drop in enthusiasm on the side of those who consider themselves Democrats can mostly be credited to the election of Obama and the grave disappointment that followed. It appears that people are finally waking up to the fact that all politicians are bullshit artist no matter what political party, race or religion they may be. The presidency of Barack Obama showed us that it is up to the youth, through organizations like Occupy Wall Street and the Zeitgeist Movement to not “take the country back” as our elders would say but to take the country forward to a more sane and just society. We can’t do anything about the past but our future is unwritten, what will you write?