Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Orange is the new Black: Hope and Change fail again


Trumps cabinet picks are quite disappointing to the alt-right.  Goldman Sachs billionaires and mainstream conservatives, standard Republican party fare.

In 2008, a well presentable and likeable Black man was elected to the presidency.  He was elected with the idea that he could bring "Hope and Change" back to America.  Reeling from the GFC and the interminable War on Terror, it seemed that maybe, just maybe Obama would be a change from the Wall Street loving establishment and neo-conservative war-mongers.  Black people thought they could get a break and many White thought they could get a change.

The media was all on board, thinking this would usher in a new era of race relation and pragmatic politics.

What happened were 8 years of status quo maintaining, more foreign interventions and foreign policy failures, more pandering to Wall St and no change.  Blacks were ironically probably the worst off, suffering more due to the economic down turn and the slow militarisation of the police force.  Ferguson and Baltimore do not represent improvements for blacks.  Obama was a career politician, like all the others.  Americans were projecting their hope onto him, with no real good reason to do so.  It was a huge bait and switch.

In 2016 its was White peoples turn to do the same.

A hard headed and uncompromising White man was elected to the presidency.  He was elected with the idea he could "Make America Great Again".  Reeling from 8 years of economic stagnation and a decline in living standards, and an interminable War on Terror, it seemed maybe, just maybe Trump might drain the swap, build that wall and would be a change from the establishment.  White people thought they could get a break from Political Correctness and any thought they could finally get a change.

The media was all on board with this, opposing Trump with great ferocity, thinking this would usher in a new era of isolationism, racism and sexism and whatever.

We have to wait 4 to 8 years to find out what the end result will be, but so far, Trumps appointments seem to indicate he's not that different.  After all, Trump is a billionaire himself.  White Americans were projecting their hope onto him, with perhaps no good reason to do so.  It seems like Trumps pulled off a big bait and switch.  After all, he's a Real Estate Mogul, and this tells me a lot.

I think there is a big risk that again, people who have put their hopes onto a candidate get dudded and shafted.  That the system has put out yet another candidate from within to make populist noises, only to pull people along by the nose.

We shall wait and see.

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