An Honest Reckoning of the Obama Era
"We are the change that we seek," proclaimed Barack Hussein Obama long before his first day on the job as the 44th President of the United States. With a new level of a dysfunctional and delusional Congress waiting, including some of its key Republican members cocked and anxious to disrupt this POTUS by any means necessary, it's amazing this President could achieve much at all.
Having Been Handed a Hot Dripping Bag of manure filled with several costly protracted wars, runaway financial industry malfeasance, do-nothing public officials on the public dole, and the ever widening socioeconomic gaps between the super-haves and the rest of us. Even an imaginary 'Magical Negro' might not have survived through one office term. Nevertheless, it must be emphasized for history that Obama's survival to be elected to a second full Presidential term — minus the usual sleazy political or personal scandals — is both historic and magical given the gauntlet of vipers in both major parties.
The Beat Goes On. Unless a major natural disaster occurs, or an extinction level meteor hits earth, most of us will continue to be clueless and divided about our greater commonality, truly looking after one another, and protecting our common public interests far beyond any election day. Divided we stand. So let's keep it 100% real, "We the people" on many levels, for the most part, we left Obama hanging and twisting. Rather than continuing to be relentless and vigilant post-election activists and guarantors of own democracy and taxpayer funded government, we relinquished our authority and efforts to the knucklehead factions of American politics and politricks. Yeah, let Obama do it — our job is done on election day. Some won't admit it, but we became contented rowers on a sinking boat.
Going District by District, county by county, city by city, state by state, and in every crevice of federal government, we have the accountability and governance we allow. Name any major issue you cared about the most, if Obama didn't fix it it's only because we laid back in a pretentious post-racial haze, endless pop culture distractions, and our usual let Washington do it mentality. We the people will always have the dysfunction, delays and injustice we allow — this is what every one of our hard earned taxpayer dimes and dollars pay for everyday. We truly are, and always have been, the change we seek. In other words relentless vigilance and voter/taxpayer activism is the only real guarantee that protects our democracy, and insures the genuine justice we all deserve and finance.
As For the 2016 Presidential Election, and all the local elections in-between, start reading from the top once again. I'm hoping we don't continue as a nation of moral and political cowards, as former US Attorney General Eric Holder alluded in this decade's most clear keep-it-real speech. Read all the signs and trends. More than ever before, they are truly and horrifyingly big. Putting it another way, as historian and documentary filmmaker Ken Burns insightfully observed, America again is historically "in a retrograde moment."