I just finished reading an article in which, Cornel West, an American philosopher, academic, activist, author, public intellectual,commented on the president of the United States and his work in his office.
The person performing the interview asked the professor how he felt about the success of the current presidents terms in office.
"So that’s my first question, it’s a lot of ground to cover but how do you feel things have worked out since then, both with the economy and with this president? That was a huge turning point, that moment in 2008, and my own feeling is that we didn’t turn."
the professor answered back with this:
"No, the thing is he posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency, a national security presidency. The torturers go free. The Wall Street executives go free. The war crimes in the Middle East, especially now in Gaza, the war criminals go free. And yet, you know, he acted as if he was both a progressive and as if he was concerned about the issues of serious injustice and inequality and it turned out that he’s just another neoliberal centrist with a smile and with a nice rhetorical flair. And that’s a very sad moment in the history of the nation because we are—we’re an empire in decline. Our culture is in increasing decay. Our school systems are in deep trouble. Our political system is dysfunctional. Our leaders are more and more bought off with legalized bribery and normalized corruption in Congress and too much of our civil life. You would think that we needed somebody—a Lincoln-like figure who could revive some democratic spirit and democratic possibility."
Now I am not an intellectual but, I have to say "the man has a point" The public was and still is being lied to. But hey, isn't that what politicians do? They lie. They promise hope and change and give us the same status quo. The middle class has shrank, the ranks of the poor has swelled and the strangle hold that the 1% have had on this country has become that much stronger.
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