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A couple of months ago I was worrying that Obama getting assissinated by Corporate stooges might be the only way that America would be saved. Made me very sad to think so, given how moved my wife and I were when he took office. But one reads history, and sometimes national tragedies like that are the spark that sets a nation on the healing course.

Then that thought was replaced with a happier one: America could be saved if Obama loses in 2012, followed by the Republican who wins driving the country completely over the cliff, handing us over to the Corporations. Then Obama would come back to lead the People in its charge against the Corporations.

Of course, nobody makes a comeback like that.

And then along came Occupy Wall Street. Bingo! I now see how America will be saved.

The kids will drive this Occupy Us thing, bringing along the rest of the 99% — left and right, old and young, white and not so white, straight and gay … all of us. Then, when it becomes obvious that this movement will not subside, and can not be subdued, Obama will swoop in from the wings, and take over leadership of the movement, accepting credit for it too.

It will be just like Lincoln getting credited for the abolition of slavery when he was a laggard on the issue all the way through the 1850s and even into the first part of the Civil War. He came late to the party, but history gives him the lion’s share of the credit.

Obama will be serve an analogous role on People vs. Corporations.

If you know anything about the Enneagram, you’ll recognize this as a classic “7” play. And as I blogged years ago, Obama’s 7-ness is core to the reason why I predicted in 2006 that he’d win the presidency and lead us on this epic struggle.

Man, I feel so much better. Hated my first idea about Obama’s role in saving America. Was dubious about my second idea. Am bullish about this third one. Bullish enough to blog it.

That’s OK, Obama. Sit quietly while the Occupy Us movement grows. Stay quiet, just as you did during the Arab Spring. When it become obvious to everyone that this movement is prevailing, swoop in like it was your idea the whole time, and I for one will cheer you.

It will be a cynical cheer, to be sure. But a heartfelt one.

Update 12/11/10: Not so beautiful after all … Obama calls WikiLeaks “deplorable”


In my last post, I said that Wikileaks is “the final exam for Obama. And he’s going to fail it.”

Well, on second thought, perhaps for the gazillionth time in my almost 48 years, I was being a tad hasty. You see, the Wikileaks story has dominated world headlines for almost 2 weeks. What is Obama saying about it?

Nada. Zilch. Squat.

The silence is deafening. Everyone is chiming in. Just not the guy with the single most important job in the world.

I’m loving the silence. Given the howling shrieks coming from both Left and Right in America against Wikileaks and Julian Assange, I’m reading that silence as meaning what I believe rests in the heart of the big O.

What is that? Listen carefully to the man’s words at the start of the following hilarious, intelligent YouTube clip:

As I’ve said before, I’m nervous about the future of America. Not so much because things are and will be getting much worse. But rather because of the prospect that we might not recover from it. I’m nervous that America will end.

The guts of this sentiment concerns Obama. He came in too early. McCain/Palin should have won in 2008, and driven the country completely off the cliff. Then Obama could have come in to save the day.

Instead, when the country inevitably falls off the cliff, Obama’s fingerprints will be on it.

And now we have Wikileaks. I’m not going to bore you with analysis. Just say that this is the final exam for Obama. And he’s going to fail it. And when he does, he’ll lose the left for good — the left that put him into office. And we’ll have President Palin taking the oath in January 2013. When that happens, kiss this beautiful nation goodbye.

Well, if that was unsatisfying, read the following:


A week ago, on Christmas Eve, I walked over to our neighbor’s house with our daughter to bring over some gifts for their daughter. They were having a party. I joined the men sitting around a table on the outside deck, drinking wine, and chatting. One of the men was roughly my age, but on the other end of the spectrum, politically-speaking.

When the topic turned to health care reform, this fellow launched into one of those easily debunkable wacko right-wing nut-job strawman “death panel” “socialism” arguments.

That was the moment I finally started feeling good about Obama. Or at least a little better. This will take some ‘splainin’ …

You see, for a year, I’ve been receiving emails as a member of the “Obama nation”. (I had signed up in the summer of 2008 to join the chorus of people railing about Obama’s FISA-flip.) In these mails, the Obama team all but gloats about the great “changes” they’ve brought to this country.

These are things Obama won’t say to the nation. Just some stuff he says to his “base”.

But the irony is that it is his base that knows exactly what a putz Obama has been since January. What a weakling. What a loser.

I mean, coming from the Left, I’m fully aware that since March, when Obama kicked off health care reform, the health insurance industry as a whole has done quite well, thank you.

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In my last two blog posts, I note my belief that Obama’s speech this coming Wednesday is a major cross roads not only of his presidency, but of the nation. Racially speaking, Obama is a coconut who is mistakenly seen as a “Black Guy” by people over 65. Obama has spent his life trying his hardest not to be seen as the Angry Black Man.

It’s such a practiced stance that it seems very difficult for him to get all righteous and angry. The only time we saw it on the campaign trail was when the Clinton campaign started with their desperate attacks on him, as their own campaign began to falter. Obama’s ire was roused, and he got sarcastic and combative.

Come Wednesday, he’s got to bring out the wood. Shut down the crazy right wing and send them back to the caves from which they come. Then turn his gun sights on the Heath Corporations. And fire away.

He has to make it clear that we are in a war for the survival of this nation. And the enemies of this nation are the massive Corporations that value money over humanity, and their follow travelers. There is no more facile example of this dynamic than that concerning the Health Corporations.

The vile Health Corporations touch the lives of each and every American citizen. This is in contrast with the investment banks and the military industrial complex, the dark workings of which are hidden, and unseen by the masses. But Health Corporations commit their crimes against the People each and every day. We People know that.

Obama is either going to stand up for the People on Wednesday, or he will be remembered as the worst — and who knows? maybe even the last — President of the United States.

I have blogged and told friends that Obama is the next in line of Washington, Lincoln, and Roosevelt. What all of these people had/have in common is that their presidency involved a struggle for the survival of the nation. Another thing all four had/had in common is that each man came relatively “late” to the struggle of his time.

Washington came relatively late to the revolution against the British. But he is remembered as the ultimate revolutionary.

Lincoln was not an abolitionist until quite late. But he is remembered as the man who freed the slaves.

Roosevelt did not build his career as a labor organizer. But he is remembered as a true man of the People.

Obama is very, very late in engaging the Corporations who control Government and Media. This current health care debate, stretching across the summer of 2009, is the most obvious example yet of the Corporations wielding their control of American society.

If Obama is going to be remembered as “next in line” to Washington, Lincoln, and Roosevelt, then he will be remembered by history as the man who brought the Corporations to heel.

Yet as I write this blog post on September 6, 2009, it feels to me like Obama is going to shrink from this battle once again.

You know, if he stands up to the nation on Wednesday, and backpedals again, he will have lost me as a supporter. And I suspect that if he loses me, his approval ratings will drop far south of 50% (due to the demographic I represent), therefore his impact on the 2010 elections will be neutered, and thus this nation will be all but hopeless.

In that case, the horrors of “1984” will visit us. We will become USA, Inc.

All of that riding on a speech coming up in 3 days. History says Obama will answer the call. But the past 9 months of behavior says something different.

I’ll be watching.

Back in 2006, when I predicted that Obama would become the next U.S. president, I explained that the basis for my prediction rested in part on the apparent Ennegram personality type of Obama. In my view, Obama is an Enneagram “Seven”.

Now, what a great many people seem to misunderstand about the Enneagram is that, at its core, it’s a theory of what we don’t like about people, not what we like. It’s about how we fail, not necessarily about how we win.

For example, I am an Eight. What that means is that, when I’m being an asshole, I’m a bully who pushes others, spins the truth for my own interests, and just can’t seem to shut up. Like I said, an asshole.

But when a Seven is being an asshole, that looks very different. For example, a Seven might be an asshole when a he is pursuing his pleasure addictions (e.g. smoking), acting like he thinks he’s God, and avoiding confrontation of any kind to the point of debilitation.

That last point brings me to the health care debates, and Obama’s upcoming speech to the nation this Wednesday. When the pundits who are your most ardent fans start mocking you for your annoying habit of avoiding all confrontation, you know that your Enneagram type has become obvious to all.

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I can’t wait for the photo of Sergeant Jim Crowley, sharing a beer with President Barack Hussein Obama and Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., on the White House lawn, to be juxtaposed with this eponymous photo of a dark and ugly time in our history.

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I am a 6’4″ (shrunk to 6′ 3 1/2″), middle-aged, mostly bald, white male, of athletic build, and advanced education. Gotta say, that over my 46 years on this Earth — 24 in Canada, 2 in Europe, and 20 in America — my relations with cops have been very, very smooth. Almost like the cops I’ve met are “my guys”.

Here’s my most recent story. A couple of years ago, I got a speeding ticket. It was my first in a decade. And before a couple of speeding tickets I got in the late 1990s around the time of my divorce, it had been 14 years since my previous speeding ticket. Until testosterone started declining in my 40s, I was usually one of the fastest cars on the road.

I used to track the patterns of cops looking for speeders (e.g. end of the month), and recognize the make and model of undercover vehicles (e.g. Caprice Classics). But even with this counter-surveillance, I got the feeling that I just did not fit the kind of profile the cops were looking for. Now I’m content to just follow the speed of traffic.

But a couple of years ago, I was pulled over going 65 in a 50 zone, rushing to a meeting. I was driving my beat-up 1990 Honda Accord. It’s dirty inside and out. I work at home, shave rarely, and dress somewhere between casual and slovenly. At the time I was pulled over, my insurance was paid up, but my tags were 2 or 3 years expired. (DMV hadn’t sent me bills, and I never noticed the tag on my car receding over time.)

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for the money has gone too far

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