You probably remember that back in November, current president Barack Obama was re-elected as President of the United States. That means we’ll be seeing another four years of far-right internet trolls living with their parents spouting “Obama is the Antichrist”, and other such nonsense. I don’t think Obama is that special, or even righteous at all. When it all comes down to it, he’s just another politician with a fallible ideology and an agenda. With that in mind, I believe that nothing is going to change with a second term.
To understand why I would come to such a conclusion, let’s think back to November 2008, when Obama first got elected President. Throughout his campaign, he shouted such slogans as “change is coming”, and “yes we can”. Hell, I honestly believed it myself back then. But let’s not forget. Since 2008, the economic situation has gone worse, the conflicts in the Middle East didn’t end, and America is still divided.
What did he do in four years? Well, he sent drones over to the Middle East to try and kill terrorists, but they ended up killing innocent people. He spent a lot of time visiting foreign countries like Japan, Ireland, and many others. He made many appearances on American TV (including one cringe-worthy moment on the Ellen DeGeneres show).
What promises did he break in four years? All of them.
- He promised that the war in Afghanistan would end within his first term. It didn’t. And it looks as though it won’t end for another year.
- He promised that America would recover. It hasn’t, to the point that even African-Americans are disappointed in him.
- He promised to end American dependency on oil from the Middle East, but why do you think America went to war with Afghanistan, and Iraq?
- He promised to use diplomacy to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, or any nuclear reactor. But with the help of Russia, Iran’s only nuclear power reactor reached full capacity over 3 months ago.
That’s not to mention some of the other promises that were broken. The rich are getting richer, while the poor are getting poorer, all while the state of world is only getting worse.
And yet the writers of Family Guy and the Simpsons treat him like a god, and his 2008 slogan is the name of an insufferable pop song.
I think I’ve made my point. Nothing will change in the next four years, but I suppose I shouldn’t expect much from a guy who was handed the Nobel Prize in 2009, for political and racial reasons. I suppose I should also not be surprised if our promises our broken by a man who gets his slogan from Bob the Builder’s catchphrase.
It’s very easy to be swayed by a man with lofty ideals, but the real truth is that he’s a politician, and a politician wants nothing more than the power to decide what is right and what is wrong, and a big fat paycheck to boot. That is why Obama’s second term will be no different to the last one, and I challenge Obama to prove me wrong.