There were a lot of people that voted for Obama that weren’t liberal or Democrat.  They were people who were looking for a messiah.  They wanted someone that could come in and miraculously fix all the problems overnight.  They don’t want to roll up their sleeves and work hard to make things better.  They wanted an easy fix.

Of course, being human, Obama wasn’t able to fix everything overnight.  This was the origin of what many now refer to as the Obama-trump voter.  There were people that voted for Obama twice and then switched to trump.  There was no ideological reasoning.  There is no political consistency.  These were the weak minded people that believe in this fantasy that a president can come in and fix everything.  They don’t understand the difference between a president and a savior.  If you want a savoir, go to church or a synagogue or mosque.  You aren’t going to find a savior in the voting booth.

Of course, a lot of republican strategists saw this mentality and figured, we need a candidate that can fit this bill.  A lot of people don’t realize that republican strategists were talking with trump about running for president as far back as 2011.  They wanted him to run against Obama in 2012.  They figured that he can go out and attract these people that are looking for a savior.  Since there is little political or ideological conviction among these folks, it’s easy to get them to switch from one party to another.

Of course, the person getting conned is generally not in on the joke.  They are being played.  They are being told that they’re really smarter than other people.  They’re being told that they are better than the other people.  They are being relieved of responsibility for the inadequacies in their own lives.  It is appealing to have somebody else to blame for what is wrong with your life.

Obama is a very rational individual who didn’t have much interest in abusing this false faith that many of these early supporters had.  The problem now is that you have a pre-eminent con artist with no conscience in a position to abuse the blind faith of the naïve.  You have a person who realizes he can abuse the power for his own purposes.  I don’t think you necessarily have bad or evil people.  I think you have desperate people who are too weak to look up and see the truth.  They can’t admit to themselves that they’ve been hoodwinked.

The really sad thing is that we don’t need a savior in the White House.  We just need a president that can go in and do the job.  We don’t need a celebrity or a star.  For politics, boring is better.  If you are doing the job well, nobody will be talking about you.  If you’re being discussed every hour of every day, it really indicates that you failed.

We can make our lives better on our own.  We need to look within ourselves and we need to be willing to figure things out for ourselves.  We can make smart investments and smart choices in our lives.  We can make the world better for ourselves simply by living better lives.  We don’t need a conald to make our lives better.  In the long run, the conald will only make things worse for everyone.  Let’s hope America figures that out before it’s too late.


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J9thxciv's picture

This frenzied misapplication

This frenzied misapplication of the very real need of a Savior and of Redemption to a very flawed human being who happens to be called President reminds me of the way, in 1922 (if I recall correctly) and 1933 the Fascist and Nazi parties capitalized on this same need, playing upon extreme fear (of a world-wide Bolshevik revolution and a destruction similar to that which had destroyed Czarist Russia) and laid the framework for World War II.  (I except Japanese imperialism from this because, at least as I was taught, its expansion into the Pacific was more a money-making scheme than a political ideology.)  Although dissimilar in their political ideals, the Bolshevik, Fascist and Nazi parties were very similar in their assertion that the "Party" was the vanguard and the supreme expression of the will of the electorate.  I think this pattern, today, deceptively underlies the issues on which the electorate will be voting tomorrow.  

Enjoy effulgent days, and exquisite nights,

unto the exultations of Heaven.

J9thxciv [fkna, Starward], 

georgeschaefer's picture

Seek saviors and redemption

Seek saviors and redemption in your house of worship.  Just give me a president that doesn't want to be a dictator.

allets's picture

Telling truth again, are you?

If you keep doing that the Thought Police are coming for you. Bravo write. Clarity rising from muddied mindscapes. I say right on, G Schaefer! The word spoken! And timely. ~ Stella L. Crews



georgeschaefer's picture

We can only try.

We can only try.

language_game's picture

longer read than your usual

longer read than your usual offerings to the poetry market... still worth the read... didn't realize you were so liberal progressive... better than social conservatism, i guessssss... to each his own... Trump is a piece of shit, no?... but Obama was a chasmatic hustler too methinks... the Ronald Reagan of the Left, as it were... is this blasphemy in the liberal progressive mind?... hmmm... they're all the same... cut from the same cloth...politicians... ambitious persons... making promises galore... so many promises!... too many to keep track of... the association of ideas in my fertile mind becomes quite o'erwhelm, you know... POTUS is a toothless political office... o, how my filthy unwelcome opinions sting my anus thusly... i demur... how joyfully i demur... again!

georgeschaefer's picture

thank you.  I think.

thank you.  I think.

allets's picture

Not Blasphemy

"Charismatic Hustler" works for me. 



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The last charismatic hustler

The last charismatic hustler I met was--oh, we aren't going there today.