This is a risky post in that I open myself up for accusations of racism, so let me start by saying that I do not care what your skin color is. I can find many reasons to dislike you, but that won’t be one of them.
I have had many friends and acquaintances over time who called themselves liberals and/or Democrats. I was one myself for a brief period. They were given this man, Barack Obama, who by two separate lines is descended from Edward I, King of England (d. 1307) and William I the Lion, King of Scotland (d. 1214). The former lineage includes James Madison, the latter, as I recall, John McCain.
That is pretty standard for our presidents, all but one (Van Buren) descended from British royalty. This is just an aside, but indicates to me that the American Revolution was a farce. The Brits (at least the aristocracy) have among them some cagey and smart people. When they sense a rebellion in the works, they don’t always use direct confrontation to put it down. Instead they retreat into the tapestry of time and are the shadow behind the leaders of the new government. I saw this done by Americans in Venezuela with Hugo Chavez. Josh did some nice work on Mahatma Gandhi, same strategy apparent. The MM group found Americans playing the same game with Fidel Castro. I sense a similar stink around Nelson Mandela.
The important feature about Barack Obama was that he was half African-American, making him uniquely useful. He was placed in the presidency to pull some nasty business on us, to put in place legislation that created a financial prison from which Americans cannot escape without leaving the grid. He did other stuff too – continuing the occupation of Afghanistan, setting a precedent for the murder of an American citizen without due process, and taking ownership of the Climate Crisis hoax. But I want to focus on the Affordable Care Act, called Obamacare, briefly. No Republican could have pulled that off.
Obamacare is neither right nor left, but rather corporate, and not “corporate socialism,” but rather fascism. Turning our entire health care system over to a few private corporations is the definition of fascism, the marriage of the corporation and the state. It is a financial prison because all of us (before escaping to Medicare) are forced to buy expensive and crappy health insurance policies from private companies. We are weighed down by premiums, often exceeding $10,000 per year. Add to that the “MOOP,” or maximum-out-of-pocket, currently $7,900/$15,800 for individual/family.
This means that as structured, a family can spend upwards of $25,000 before their insurance company is obligated to pay out $1. There are severe fines and penalties in place for failure to buckle under to this system. It is tyranny.
Let’s be real – Obama did not write it, did not shepherd its passage. He merely stood there and became the symbol for legislation that was written by a committee of private insurers headed by Liz Fowler (seen over Baucus’ left shoulder in this photo). She was a former Wellpoint executive now working for Johnson & Johnson. She left that position to work “under” Max Baucus (in reality she was the one on top) to oversee passage, and then moved to the White House to oversee implementation. (Knowing Max Baucus as I do, I suspect he had the hots for her. He was practicality drooling in praise when she left his office for the White House.)
Here is where the importance of being black plays in. I knew many liberals and Democrats in 2008 when Obama was raised to the presidency, and they were all wallowing in smug moral superiority. They had achieved something unprecedented, electing a black man to the office. With that annoying attitude in place, they turned off their brains, if ever they had been on. They blindly supported the man, and ergo supported passage of ACA, and to this day imagine that Obamacare is a good thing for us.
This is why I suspect that Obama was spotted, nurtured, given a fake background and a few ghost-written books. He had a good podium presence, spoke well, had a made-for-TV family (if it is real), and was used to cram this incredibly corrupt legislation down our throats. There was a chance, albeit a slight one, for real reform of our health care system at that time. California had jumped on board with single payer (vetoed by Jerry Brown), and it could have been the beginning of a trend. Obamacare ended any hope for reform.
Donald Trump, positioned to act as the anti-Obama, threatened to do away with Obamacare. He is not serious. He knows, as does everyone in office in DC, that it is here to stay. In this sense Trump is acting as controlled opposition.
Democrats now tell me that Obamacare fixed many problems, like preexisting conditions. It did so, but only in a racketeering sense, as every problem it solved was first caused by the health insurance industry. But Democrats are so smug about that, imagining that they first elected a visionary leader, and then remedied a huge national ailment. I am not prejudiced against black people or any other, but I do find Democrats hard to live with. They are so incredibly annoying.