A Small Part of the Legacy of President Obama

A Small Part of the Legacy of President Obama

president obamaPresident Obama was celebrated by the left because he was able to bail us out of the horrible financial situation that GW Bush left us in. President Obama was able to bring about one of the biggest economic recoveries in this country’s history. His reforms on Wall Street and the entire banking system could have been revolutionary if they had ever been carried out properly. Unfortunately, they were not because the right kept spreading lies about how his proposed reforms would wreck our economy, despite the fact that he pulled the automobile industry out of a financial disaster by loaning them federal money in what amounted to a bailout. This bailout of the automobile industry saved it from self-destruction and guaranteed it would survive. It, in itself, is proof that President Obama was responsible for a very large economic recovery. He was willing to take a gamble that federal loans to the automobile industry would eventually pay off, which they did. The automobile industry paid back these loans within a couple of years. When have Wall Street bankers ever been able to say the same thing?

His reforms on Wall Street and the entire banking system could have been revolutionary if they had ever been carried out properly. Unfortunately, they were not because the right kept spreading lies about how his proposed reforms would wreck our economy, despite the fact that President Obama pulled the automobile industry out of a financial disaster by loading them federal money in what amounted to a bailout. This bailout of the automobile industry saved it from self-destruction and guaranteed it would survive. It, in itself, is proof that President Obama was responsible for a very large economic recovery. He was willing to take a gamble that federal loans to the automobile industry would eventually pay off, which they did. The automobile industry paid back these loans within a couple of years. When have Wall Street bankers ever been able to say the same thing?

Also, he was able to lower the unemployment rate much compared to his predecessor who only helped create the situation of high unemployment. Under President Obama, people started finding more jobs and working more. Granted, many of these jobs were substandard ones that paid substandard wages, but nonetheless, they were still jobs. Perhaps if the big businessmen that run this country would not have shipped all the good jobs overseas, things would have been different. However, President Obama was not responsible for this shipment of jobs overseas.

Another thing that President Obama is responsible for is extricating us from a costly and unjust war in Iraq. This war was not only costly in the amount of money that was spent on it, but more importantly, the cost in human lives. Over 4000 American GIs were killed in this ugly atrocity, created by President George W. Bush. An estimated 300,000 to 400,000 Iraqis were killed in this horrible war. For what reason were all these people killed?

The answer is, absolutely nothing. Present GW Bush accomplished absolutely nothing with his war on Iraq, but to create the current level of instability in the entire Middle East. This entire region remains unstable to this very day. There is very little that President Obama could do about the situation other than to do as much as he could to insulate the United States from it and protect this country from the terrorists created by it. Expecting him to solve it, would be asking a miracle.

An estimated 300,000 to 400,000 Iraqis were killed in this horrible war. For what reason were all these people killed? The answer is, absolutely nothing. Present GW Bush accomplished absolutely nothing with his war on Iraq, but to create the current level of instability in the entire Middle East. This entire region remains unstable to this very day. There is very little that President Obama could do about the situation other than to do as much as he could to insulate the United States from it and protect this country from the terrorists created by it. Expecting him to solve it, would be asking a miracle.

The unfortunate thing is that President Obama continued the violence with his drone stop strikes on supposed “terrorists”, even though there was often times very little if any, evidence that these people on the ground were actually terrorists.  He is also responsible for starting up many “secret bases” from which our military work.  President Obama is somewhat guilty of maintaining the quest for an “American Empire”.Will this country never stop his quest for “Manifest Destiny”?  This type of mentality should have disappeared along with Theodore Roosevelt, but unfortunately, President Obama was guilty of playing into it.

Most of us on the left consider Obama to be mostly moderate and considered him to be a liberal only on occasion. However, we still celebrate the fact that a person of color can advance themselves to a position where they are able to hold the highest office in the land. Most of us on the left celebrate the fact that Obama symbolizes that white people of European descent no longer have a stranglehold on who controls this country. Obama’s symbolizes an end to the Eurocentrism that has always dominated the United States. There is nothing that scares wealthy old white man of European descent more than the thought that a person of color could actually be legitimately put in a position of power. Power is something that these people of Eurocentric values wish for more than anything, just as long as it remains in their hands.

Our current president or as many of us like to call him “the great pretender”, Donald Trump is a perfect example of this racist Eurocentric mentality.

 

 

Author: Blane Beckwith

I was born on December 22, 1955, in a small Pennsylvania town named Corry. I was raised in Bear Lake, Pennsylvania. I graduated from Corry Area High School in 1973. After that, I attended Edinboro State College from 1977-79. I moved to Berkeley, California in 1980, in search of an independent life. In 2006, I graduated from Berkeley city College with two degrees, one in English and the other in Liberal Arts. I have been active in the disability rights movement for well over 20 years.