Love is a powerful force. Love can reinvigorate your emotions and fill you with energy. Love can consume you so much that you can become blind. A woman could decide to stay with her abusive husband after he beat her for the 100th time because she has convinced herself that she loves him. She remembers the good in him, the good that she is convinced she can bring out of him. She has told herself that he is her one true love, that she made a vow of marriage with him on the strength of that love, and because she pledged her love to him that bond must not be broken.
The American public just fell back in love with Barack Obama. Many have never stopped loving him, but there were those who, during the later years of his first term, started wondering if the President really meant all those things he promised. Questioning whose best interest Obama really had in mind. But then Mitt Romney came along.
Mitt triggered PTSD symptoms from those who witnessed the corruption, incompetence of the Bush administration. His women-hating, backwards, extremely conservative politics had many Americans in fear of a country being run into the ground by a pasty, white, Mormon billionaire. Meanwhile dumbass red-staters and Middle Americans jumped for joy at what they perceived to be the great white hope. For liberals and people with an ounce of intelligence, Obama looked like a pretty damn good alternative to this Romney jackass. Just like that people ran to do whatever they could to get him reelected.
Don’t get me wrong- I’m glad that a guy named with the name “Mitt” didn’t become the next President. But the people Romney is connected to- his billionaire, corporate, conservative friends, campaign donors, and peers- are still very connected to the heart of American politics. I witnessed George W. Bush cheat his way into the Oval Office, and back then my little 8th grade self figured that if one guy could rig an election, who’s to say that all elections don’t go down that way? If George W. Bush was so clearly an incompetent figurehead, a complete puppet, who’s to say that the puppet-masters aren’t still holding the strings? Why would they just go away just because Bush was gone?
I didn’t gasp and panic at this 2012 election, watching it like it was another World Series game on the boob tube, cheering for Obama and booing for Mitt. I knew months ago that there would be no way Mitt Romney would win this election. I just knew! I feel like he was a patsy, like a boxer managed by mobsters who knows that he must go down in the 5th round- but still has to make it look like a good fight. Mitt Romney talked his bullshit, scared the shit out of liberals and foreign countries, and the election came down to a hair- 1 percent difference! The ultimate ending to the soap opera that was Election 2012- the next episode will air in 2016 (if the world doesn’t end by then). Conservatives will be pissed but quickly go back to their regularly-scheduled conservative fuckery, while Liberals breathe a sigh of relief and reinvest their hopes into the hero of the election.
Many people will read this and think I’m trippin, that I might be crazy, a conspiracy theorist. If you are one of those people then slap yourself in the face right now- hard. Now the rest of you, hear me out. I made reference earlier to puppet-masters. Some say they’re politicians, some say they’re “Illuminati,” but for present purposes I will call them the financial and economic powers behind our country. Bankers, corporate executives, and industrialists. Their businesses are all connected, they own and operate monopoly companies that branch into many different areas. A majority of US politicians have either worked for these types of corporate entities, founded them, or they are very friendly with them. But it’s in their best interest to keep the public ignorant to the fact that they’re fucking us on a daily basis- and it becomes much harder to do that when people see a guy like Mitt Romney calling the shots. On the other hand, Obama has swept Americans away, leading them towards their own destruction on a road paved with hope and false promises. Not just any Americans, he has won over the Americans more likely to be resistant and intolerant of political oppression. Meanwhile, Black America has become politically docile, confident that the President with their same skin color will finally lead his people towards some real social justice and equality.
Obama is cool. He’s a great speaker. He’s handsome. He’s black. He has a beautiful black wife and together they have beautiful black daughters. He tells jokes. He drinks beer. He supports gay marriage (but only mentioned it just a few months before the election).He sings Al Green. He is also the commander-in-chief of a military that is killing people in foreign countries all over the world as I type this. He is a Nobel Peace Prize recipient who takes credit for the deaths of Osama Bin Laden and Momar Ghaddafi and used them as reasons he should be re-elected. He claimed sympathy for undocumented immigrants but also authorized the National Guard to patrol the Mexican border. He signed the NDAA, which gives the government to indefinitely detain Americans accused of being associated with terrorists (it’s like the Patriot Act on steroids). He has helped bail out the banks and financial institutions that caused the most recent recession. His promises of nationwide free health care have been nothing more than that- promises. If you really take a look at his politics, you will see he is quite the wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Today, I’m going to go back to work in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, a city where the black population which Obama claims to represent is under 4%, and over 50% of them are living in public housing. As I walk through the Tenderloin, I’ll see the same drug addiction, poverty, violence, and homelessness that was there yesterday. US troops will still be attacking foreign countries. Police will still be targeting, harassing and murdering black and brown youth. This richest 1% of this country will still control the majority of the world’s wealth. These things were going on before this election, they were going on before Obama was in office, they were going on before George W. Bush was in office, before Clinton, Bush Sr., Reagan, etc.
If you truly understand those issues, then you will understand that those things are the real elements of the American way. It has been proven and documented that the CIA & this government- is responsible for introducing heroin and crack to our country. America has been in military conflicts in other countries consistently since it was formed (it’s only every decade or so that we actually declare war, the rest of the time we are “intervening”). Police and the justice system have constantly oppressed black and brown communities since slavery was legal. American industrialists have used political influence to keep a tight grip on their economic power through our military and foreign policy, killing and enslaving people to get their way. To me, that is what President Obama represents, and until he honestly admits that and commits to a real change, I will never trust, respect, or admire him or any other US President.
Many have been wooed by Obama. They will gush over pictures of him and his wife. They will feel a swell of pride and joy that a black man is still the President. They will hear his promises of change and equality and believe them with all their hearts. They will watch as he destroys foreign countries and think that he’s actually protecting us when he does. They will be blinded by their love of this man. They will rejoice at the fact that he defeated the bad guy Mitt Romney. They will feel proud to be an American, but that is something I will never feel. Once you understand the deceit, genocide, suffering, violence, and poverty that the US is directly responsible for, the notion of supporting an American president- ANY American president- becomes foolish. Many feel like you voted for the lesser of two evils, but don’t forget that the lesser evil is still evil.
So, on November 6th, as I heard my neighbors cheer and my social network timelines began to fill with countless celebratory statuses and humorous memes, I continued to face the struggle. I promised myself that I will never put my faith in a politician over myself and my own community and what we can accomplish. I am prepared for more police and military oppression, for more invasion and destruction of Middle Eastern countries, for the continued wage-slavery of 99% of this country, and for the weatlhy to continue to fight to protect their investments- one of which is named Barack Obama. Recognize that or keep staying in that abusive relationship at the hands of the man you love so much.
But hey, at least Mitt Romney’s not President! Right?