We Ain’t Meant to Survive, ‘Cause It’s a Setup…

Is it just me, or did things go from bad to worse after Barack Obama won the election? With each passing week, the news shows have added yet another branded crisis to the roundup for the talking heads to opine on for hours on end, and folks are growing more and more worried about the future. Tell me: Am I the only one who thinks B.O.’s being setup?
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Need examples? Well, take the economy (please). Already in a yearlong downward spiral, the U.S. (and by extension, the world) took an excruciating turn as we closed out the year with the largest drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average since the Great Depression. Bump all the debate about where Obama should start; it will be difficult, but this is definitely the first mess he needs to clean up. Check out his plan here.
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And the auto industry’s crap really hit the fan after November 4th, when the Big Three automakers visited the Hill for the second time. Yup, these companies begged for money to keep their factories open out one side of their mouths, while they used the other side to brief the oil lobbyists on how to help them keep oil king.
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And then there’s Israel. The United States is once again showing its colors, continuing to send weapons to this made-up country, even as the military kills hundreds of innocent people in Gaza. Pretty ironic for a nation that includes the following phrase in it’s founding declaration: “We extend our hand to all neighbouring states and their peoples in an offer of peace and good neighbourliness, and appeal to them to establish bonds of cooperation.” But what can be expected from a nation that has enjoyed the U.S.’s unconditional support for years as it has waged war with the surrounding countries for…what? And everyone is looking to Obama for a comment, a plan. Wisely, he has kept his mouth shut so far, but what on earth will he say when he takes over the reins? With Israeli Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel at his elbow, I’m honestly not holding out hope for him speaking the tough truth.

So what should we do? Well, if you feel the way I feel about Israel bombing Gaza, um, I guess you can contact the President-Elect, as well as your representatives—good luck with that. As for the other stuff, I’ll just ask you to do the same stuff I asked for both before and right after the election: be easy. Don’t make a Magical Negro out of B.O., give him some time to work things out, understand that he is just one man and don’t operate out of fear. Hold him accountable, yes, of course, but know that magic wands only exist in the world of Harry Potter, and last I checked, Barack didn’t speak with an adorable British accent.

What do you think?

—Kenrya

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