The Unfolding of the Obama Fraud

Adolph Reed, Jr. has never been fooled by Barack Obama:

“He’s a vacuous opportunist. I’ve never been an Obama supporter. I’ve known him since the very beginning of his political career, which was his campaign for the seat in my state senate district in Chicago. He struck me then as a vacuous opportunist, a good performer with an ear for how to make white liberals like him. I argued at the time that his fundamental political center of gravity, beneath an empty rhetoric of hope and change and new directions, is neoliberal.”

This has been confirmed ever since Obama chose his cabinet, and the reality just keeps getting repeated by Obama himself. The neoliberalism (not my favorite word — I prefer plain old “capitalist,” or even “market totalitarian,” both of which are less confusing and more penetrating) is an article of faith with this empty vessel/mainstream Democrat.

First, there was the recent “We believe in capitalism; we believe in people getting rich” profession of the Faith.

Now, it’s quite literally church time.

And the head preacher’s core message is the same old tired, outdated, utterly disproven one that capitalists and their minions always preach: capitalists need more money.

This claim has been around for ages. In Das Kapital, Marx ripped into its expression as the early 19th-century businessman’s dogma known as Say’s Law. A century later, when the dim war criminal Ronald Reagan took office and began fronting for corporate capitalism’s Great Restoration, “Say’s Law” was repackaged as “supply-side economics.” Ever since then, as Big Money has enjoyed unbroken market-totalitarian conditions, all “serious” politicians have had to pass this litmus test. Even if they don’t openly preach “supply-side economics,” each aspiring “major” leader must adhere to capital’s insistence that the one and only possible cause of economic problems within capitalism is insufficient money at the top, in the hands of the overclass.

Think Obama sees through this sociopathic mantra? Think again. Here is what he is now preaching to us from in front of stained-glass windows:

And since the problems we face are all working off each other to feed a vicious economic downturn, we’ve had no choice but to attack all fronts of our economic crisis at once. The first step was to fight a severe shortage of demand in the economy. The Federal Reserve did this by dramatically lowering interest rates last year in order to boost investment.

How do you combat a severe shortage of demand — i.e., the lack of buying power among the masses of ordinary product-purchasers? That’s right: You make sure the investing class has more money! Then they’ll…

And there’s the rub. The obvious problem is that the rich are too rich for their own good. Capital, as it usually does, got what it asked for, and now it is too powerful. The overclass has, once again (think 1873-1893 and 1929-1940), won its own poker game.

As a result, there are really only two possible ways out of this New Depression: 1) the temporary fix of a new round of credit-cards for the commoners, or 2) major economic reforms plus a big new dose class-struggle-from-below.

Alas, Obama, for all his supposed smarts and “community” compassion, is unable and/or unwilling to understand this, being the social-climbing mainstream Great Restoration/market-totalitarian politician that he is. He simply ain’t gonna do it, folks, no matter how much pain he has to pretend to feel. Like all good New Democrats, he will choose ignominious defeat over opening the slightest crack toward questioning the system. Just listen to him.

Despite the continuing complacency of his entranced supporters, Obama is proving, as Reed has long argued, that he’s 100 percent hopeless in this core area of our collective conundrum. He is indeed a vacuous neoliberal opportunist.

I have the strong feeling that 2010 is going to look a lot like 1994. And God only knows what we’ll get in 2012, if people don’t rise up and fight this corporate bullshit . . .

Michael Dawson is author of The Consumer Trap: Big Business Marketing in American Life (2004). He is the publisher of the blog The Consumer Trap, which aims to expose capitalism, marketing and market totalitarianism. Read other articles by Michael, or visit Michael's website.

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  1. rg the lg said on April 14th, 2009 at 12:51pm #


    O’Bama an opportunist?


    Gee … you think?

    Of course he is … and he fits the stereotype that you know when a politician is lying: his lips are moving.

    So, what else is new?

    But, I suppose it is refreshing to see that a slight dose of reality is beginning to sink in.

    Maybe …

    Cynically skeptical,

    RG the LG

  2. John S. Hatch said on April 14th, 2009 at 1:14pm #

    I think that Mr. Obama’s refusal to deal with the Bush/Cheney era crimes against humanity says it all.

    And now we know for a fact that nano-thermite brought down the WTC buildings, so everything that followed was just more crime.

    But we’re supposed to ‘look forward’.

    To what?

  3. Nuages de Nuance said on April 14th, 2009 at 4:26pm #

    Now really, Mr Reed; how un-nuanced:(

  4. Tennessee-Chavizta said on April 14th, 2009 at 8:31pm #


    hahaha wow Obama said this:

    hahaha, what a crook Obama is:

    “…The point that I’ve been trying to make consistently has been that we believe in the free market, we believe in capitalism, we believe in people getting rich.”


  5. Tennessee-Chavizta said on April 14th, 2009 at 8:47pm #

    HEY YOU ALL: Is it true that the Ninjas Motorcycles was a weapon used against US imperialism by Japan as a weapon of revenge for the Nagaski and Hiroshima bombs.

  6. Deadbeat said on April 14th, 2009 at 10:06pm #

    I guess Reed feels good about himself. Too bad Reed doesn’t seem able to offer a useful alternative.

  7. Andres Kargar said on April 15th, 2009 at 1:00am #

    The American ruling classes are so racist that there is no way they would have accepted a black man as their spokesperson, even an Uncle Toming one, if they weren’t hurting. The fact that Obama is the president means the capitalist class in this country is in trouble and is attempting deception as its initial tactic to save its own skin.

    If the Obama experiment fails, their next attempt will be war, repression, and fascism; they will have no other alternative but to contain the masses of homeless and starving people. That is what Rush, Newt, and other lizards are psyching up the people for, and they will succeed unless we, the people organize and show them the sharp end of our pitchforks.

    “Political power comes from the barrel of a gun,” said Mao, and if Jacobo Arbenz, the democratically-elected president of Guatemala had listened to the advice of Comandante Ernesto Guevara, he might not have been so violently overthrown by the CIA and Guatemala’s ruling classes: “Either we crush them, or they will crush us”.

  8. Don Hawkins said on April 15th, 2009 at 6:09am #

    Philip K. Dick:
    Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.

    Salvador Dali:
    I believe that the moment is near when by a procedure of active paranoiac thought, it will be possible to systematize confusion and contribute to the total discrediting of the world of reality.

    Saul Alinsky:
    As an organizer I start from where the world is, as it is, not as I would like it to be.

    Do we see paranoiac thought? Oh yes we sure do. The problems we all face can only be solved by working together and so far far from that. The stuff that just in this Country told to people has nothing to do with reason but ratings it’s nut’s. Oh sure it goes to more than that the money the power. That of course is where the optical delusion of reality comes in. Systematize confusion and contribute to the total discrediting of the world of reality has started in a big way. Today we see these tea party’s does nothing to solve anything and started by people who are not what they seem. To systematize confusion and contribute to the total discrediting of the world of reality is one way to go but reality doesn’t go away. It’s getting hot in here to say the least.

  9. Don Hawkins said on April 15th, 2009 at 7:13am #

    The current standard of living is not going to work out well we have to give it up and try. So far the fight is the other way around. A little secret on this present path same thing happens without the fight. A few have made the decision to go out without a fight and they act so nice and think they are so tuff. Those few are neither tuff or nice and very sure they don’t know what a radiator is used for in there car or where it’s at. There is a radiator for the Earth and last time I checked it is melting. They like white shoes to hit the ball down the green that they know. That’s fightin words yes it sure is. The decision has been made to not try by only a few and a good part of those few are old in age and old in there mind. They think with an old way of thinking with what we now know and the augments they use to keep this old way of thinking so they can hold on to the money and power is pathetic and they still fool many. To give up this so called standard of living for the few drives them mad as well it should because this so called standard of living is for only a few our standard of living that would be we the people hasn’t changed much. The fight is on and so far nobody is winning. Unless people start working together this will not work out to well. Capitalism will crush Socialism I heard someone say on TV. Well the Earth is getting ready to crush the human race and yes it will be somewhat slow 20 than forty than 60 years in 60 survival is the game. Still time to slow this down think in months 98 months.

    There is still time and mush start now. To systematize confusion and contribute to the total discrediting of the world of reality is not going to work out well. In the Senate the next few months we will see confusion that will contribute to the total discrediting of the world of reality or ongoing discrediting of the world of reality and this is a big one sort of the beginning of giving up then of course we get to see more systematize confusion to contribute to the total discrediting of the world of reality. It is amazing to watch if you have those glasses that let you see the World the real World and very sad at the same time. Working together is needed now more than ever and not to start another war but to fight a war with ourselves to use reason and try not hide from the truth. I know what’s the truth one and one is two we could start there.

  10. James Keye said on April 15th, 2009 at 10:05am #

    To arrive at this level of power, the US presidency, the candidate must either be an opportunist or an acceptable ideologue; this begs the question: Acceptable to whom? It is most unlikely for a person who has the potential power and willingness to act on behalf of the multitude to be selected for the part. However, I prefer an opportunist to an ideologue.

    Basically, I believe that appeals to the existing power structure will follow well-worn paths to la basura if they are not of an innocuous (to the elite) form. It is not reasonable to expect support for the multitude and other earthly concerns to come from central powers.

  11. bozh said on April 15th, 2009 at 12:25pm #

    it can be also noted that if well-groomed candidate for prez wld win the presidency and then starts to rock the boat, he’ll end like nixon or johnson.
    nixon was forced out by the gang for trivial misdeeds in comparison to truman’s or bush’s misdeeds [crimes really, but against aliens]
    johnson had been overly criticized by MSM and scapegoated for all US perceived failures in Nam.
    he then declared he’d not run in ’72. tnx

  12. Michael Dawson said on April 15th, 2009 at 1:04pm #

    Bozh, Johnson was rightly criticized for his war crimes, and chose not to run in 1968.

    Nixon was every bit as bad as Bush, too. Dude killed millions in Indochina, and planned a felony burglary plus a cover-up. That’s not to minimize Bush’s immense war crimes. But this crap has been happening for a long time.

    Obama’s already a war criminal himself, on several fronts.

  13. bozh said on April 15th, 2009 at 3:41pm #

    m dawson,
    it seems i haven’t made myself clear or you may have read the post to quickly.
    no prez had ever been deposed or hounded out of running for presidency because of crimes against aliens.

    nixon was deposed for trivial reasons and not for his crimes. that he shld have stood trial along kennedy, truman, johnson, bush 1, bush 2, nixon, clinton for crimes against various peoples, is another matter.

    jonson had been chased away from running for his mostly PERCEIVED failures and not for his crimes. Of course, i am not saying that the slaughter of anywhere btwn 2-4 mn people is a failure or success.
    and neither is the gang!
    we all can without loss of face dare say that no prez and his gang will ever face trial in US let alone in Nam, iraq, afgh’n, and elsewhere. tnx

  14. Darius K said on July 28th, 2009 at 9:05am #

    And while all of you are wrapped up in your meaningless diatribes, Washington spins further out of control. It’s about time all of you woke up from your tired, outdated idealogues and start learning what the U.S. was really meant to be. Where is our independence? Amazing that many of the founders were atheists, yet founded a country based on judao-christian law. Why is that? Read a history book…….it’s the only thing that keeps us from going the way of every other republic throughout history. It has nothing to do with religion. Strip that and you have anarchy. Why spurred the revolution? High taxes, yet we pay far more today than our founding fathers ever did. Blindly you follow, mesmerized by each new talking point. You cling to your political beliefs, never realizing you’re being dupped. Both parties are corrupt. Have been for a long time, but nobody notices. You’re locked into the arguments Washington has fabricated for you. As Benjamin Franklin put it………..”If Government goes unchecked, Freedom will become merely an illusion.” You think yourselves intelligent, but are you really? Are perhaps you’re simply another puppet.

  15. Michael Dawson said on July 29th, 2009 at 8:15am #

    Wow, Darius, you caught us! We are indeed ideAlogues.

    Speaking of knowing your history: Fuck the founding fathers. Slavedriving land robbers.