Sherwood Ross is an award-winning reporter. He served in the U.S Air Force where he contributed to his base newspaper. He later worked for The Miami Herald and Chicago Daily News. He contributed a weekly column on working for a major wire service. He is also an editorial and book publicist. He currently resides in Florida.

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Obama’s Re-Election Chances May Be Fading, And So What?

by Sherwood Ross


Unless President Obama breathes life into a massive New Deal-type jobs and reconstruction effort, now, and not in some vague Tomorrow, his chances for re-election, will shrivel. (Not that I care: I plan to vote Green.) That’s because this presidential campaign early on gives every appearance of one that will be fought out largely on domestic issues as the candidates appeal to voter self-interest. In all the Republican debates and Democratic oratory until now, it’s been rare to catch a word about USA’s engulfing the Middle East and Africa in wars to steal their energy resources.

Thus, the campaign talk is all-about rebuilding American infrastructure—not about restoring Iraq’s infrastructure that we destroyed in an illegal war. The talk is about finding jobs for long-term unemployed Americans—-not about the Depression-level unemployment we created in Iraq. Americans seem indifferent to the fate of those we are destroying overseas with our brilliant killing machines. And maybe that’s not surprising as the six wars we are waging get so little media play. We think we can commit crimes against humanity and walk away from them—and so we do.

Last night’s commentators on MSNBC television waxed eloquent about Mr. Obama’s  “tough talk” on creating jobs. It is as though they forgot this is the same man who talked like a liberal during his initial run for the White House but largely acted like any reactionary once elected. His pledge to get out of Iraq is visibly undercut by U.S. construction of a gigantic embassy-fortress in Baghdad. The U.S. has subjugated Iraq and intends to rule it until the last drop of oil has been squeezed from its soil.

It must be remembered that President Obama is a creature of the Central Intelligence Agency, the foremost international criminal organization in the world today; that his college loans were paid for by the CIA and that he got his first job after college from the CIA. And the CIA has long aligned itself closely with grasping oil firms out solely to plunder and profit—and who are reaping sensational war-time profits at this hour—the world’s motorists and homeowners be damned. It needs to be understood those 900 bases the Pentagon has built are not for defense, but for offense, to control every region of the planet, as the latest deals with Colombia and Australia reveal.

So Mr. Obama is hardly a president deserving of re-election. Consumer advocate Ralph Nader is right when he urges Democrats to challenge Obama in the upcoming primaries. Since Obama’s foreign policy is identical to that of his Republican critics and his domestic policies have flopped, there is no better time to consider Green Party or libertarian alternatives.

Under Mr. Obama’s tyrranical stewardship, the U.S. empire is expanding abroad as its policies are pauperizing Americans at home. Only yesterday, the New York Times reported more than one in three young families with children, 37 percent, are living in poverty. True unemployment is closer to 20 percent than 10 percent and there are four or five job-seekers for each available opening while more than 40 million people are living in poverty and like numbers are living on food stamps and nearly 100 million have housing problems. With a Congress made up primarily of the well-to-do, if not the millionaire class, and who are willing handmaidens of the corporate elite, USA is no longer a government of, by and for the people. The people wrote in 100 to one against a bailout and Congress ignored them.

In his Inaugural Address of 1937, President Franklin Roosevelt said, “I see one-third of a nation ill-housed,” a condition that seems likely to repeat itself. “I see millions denied education, recreation, and the opportunity to better their lot and the lot of their children,” FDR added, and those words resonate again as school teachers are laid off by the tens of thousands, as libraries are shut down for lack of funds, as State and municipal services are abandoned in favor of feeding the Pentagon’s military machine. And so ends the American dream—not with a whimper but with a bang.

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5 Responses to "Obama’s Re-Election Chances May Be Fading, And So What?"

  1. Trowbridge Ford  September 22, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Oh, I see, it’s okay to refer to Native Americans, Latinos, Hispanics, and Whites, but not Blacks.

    Just how politically correct can you to get. The only thing I don’t object to about Obama, and the only thing he has going for him is that he is a Black.

    Now back to the point of whether Obama is going down the tubes, or not over his threatened veto in the Security Council of the UN recognizing a Palestinian state.

  2. HusbandofMoonlight  September 22, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Speaking strickly as a Native American, a prisoner of war of the USA I see the USA is finally beginning to ‘receive’ everything they have worked for at least since 1836—and the more they worship mediocrity the more medicore they become. The fact that when the USA finally turns upon itself, the other criminal nations—most assuredly Israel, will finally receive their just rewards—the memory of history’s negative examples.

    But then, in my tribe we have a proverb:”If ya know what NOT to do, ya got half of it down–so learn from it”
    Good luck America, you really need it.

  3. Trowbridge Ford  September 21, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Hope your are right, Sherwood, but suspect you are underestimating how subservient the Americans now are.

    Obama’s treatment of the UN General Assembly in the Palestinian statehood question, acting as if it is some American “pocket borough”, and he is the world’s great landowner, should not be overlooked. He is obviously playing to American Jews and their millions of supporters, many of whom think that the UN, especially the General Assembly, is some kind of communist conspiracy which has taken over good Old Uncle Sam.

    For posters who don’t understand my allusions, pocket buroughs were common in England up until the 19th century where democratic reforms were adopted. Under the old constituency system, voting was open, and the few voters they had were dictated to vote as the land owners wanted, resulting in most corrupt elections. If a voter did not vote as directed, he faced all kinds of sanctions by the boss, and usually did what he was told.

    Now see our big Black Daddy telling the world what he wants – what will play big with the average American voter – or else face sanctions, regime removal, drome attacks, covert action killing squads. foreign aid drying up, more ‘natural’ disasters, like what Pakistan is suffering from in spades, etc.

    Could play big with the American electorate, and the election is still 15 months away, a very long time in today’s clueless world.

    Still hope you are right, and I am wrong.

    • Sherwood Ross  September 22, 2011 at 8:09 am

      Referring to Obama’s skin color as our “big Black Daddy” is unfortunate. His skin color has zero to do with his machinations in the White House. His operations in the Horn of Africa are reminiscent of Mussolini, who was a very white invader.

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