Barack, We Hardly Knew Ye

From most of Obama’s fans there’s been a deafening silence — the sound of people feeling stunned — rather than a real response to his handling of the Mohammed rendition lawsuit: his green lighting of the CIA’s continuing authority to carry out secret abductions to certain Washington-selected countries. But the fact that he has chosen to go along with this hideous Bush program surely must feel like a slap in the face to the vast majority of his supporters. Strangest of all is that he didn’t even request a delay, as many expected, to at least go through the motions of reconsidering the policy. Instead he bowed to the tenured spooks, who insist that rendition is the second most effective way to “take terrorists [sic: the nomenclature suggests that all, or most, or even any, of those apprehended are proven violent criminals; the evidence suggests otherwise] off the streets”. The very best way, they claim, is missile strikes.

Morality aside, what a tone-deaf move for Obama to make right now. Even in the cynical terms of PR, if a guy’s going to break a campaign promise, why break one this charged, and why do it this early? Similarly shocking-and-appalling was his decision a couple of weeks ago to retain Bush’s civilian wiretapping program.

For Obama to disappoint his base with these two retrogressive decisions was a one-two punch. It is having the effect in some circles of raising to the fore other disturbing policies which might otherwise have stayed underneath the radar; such as the fact that despite his stated intention to slash “billions of dollars in wasteful spending” at the Pentagon, his team is now demanding a $40 billion dollar increase in the defense budget. With moves like these, the door of the Obamafest is being opened to doubt. Will more critical challenges arise to crash the party? Will there will be, for example, a challenge from the Left of his support for more bank bailouts?

One senses that the millions of deservedly-exultant Obamaphiles out there are still too victory-drunk to be paying much attention to what’s going on; too giddy as yet to come up with a unified response. But this poses a problem not only from an ethical point of view but from a tactical one. It means that the only criticism our man is getting at the moment is from the idiot Right, and for the wrong reasons.

In the psychology of one-to-one relationships there exists a particularly poignant type of pain that is felt by lovers when the object of their infatuation betrays expectations that were too high in the first place. Herein lies the danger that Obama faces, a danger that is particularly acute during his first critical weeks, when he needs to (read: we need him to) hang onto every shred of his political capitol to make changes in the recalcitrant Washington establishment.

The Neptune/Chiron/Jupiter conjunction (see the Skywatches for February and upcoming, on MotherSky.com) will conjoin the USA’s Moon this Spring, indicating utopian visions borne aloft by a collective yearning to believe. These are the ingredients of savior projection (Neptune), one that is triggering a set of needs that originate in a very personal (Moon) part of the national soul — a part characterized not by logical thinking but by blind faith, and its shadow side, disillusion. The transit describes a populace-disempowering potential more alarming than that of the straight-up bullying by a tyrant.

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Anonymous
Anonymous

Watch The Obama Deception....As it has been said, "You will know them by their deeds..."I'm sorry folks, but Obama is a hoax. He is a pretty face on the "New World Order"When has politics ever solved a problem? Politicians create more problems than they solve. Our salvation is up to us and our communities, not the American Empire.Jay

Anonymous
Anonymous

Loved every profound , truthful word of this article. The people have to do the changing.I love Jessica Murray too!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Last Tuesday night (Feb 24th) I couldn't help but think"same old same old" as I watched Obama speak & in the process display the two less favorable attributesof LEO & Aqurius===Arrogance &detachment (Aloofness???) while holding up the rear we had Nancy The Jack (ess) in the box (I love that last sentance!) & Joe wishing she would quit being ejected from her seat so he could just relax & look important.I Sincerely pray for my Children & Grandchildren & their's & all coming generations for a speedy reality awakening on the Washington front. (Miracle???)The reality is here now & screaming WAKE UP AMERICA!And as for those mealy mouthed broadcasters that absolutely insist one go on a media fast for shear sanity ( ? ) sake. GOD BLESS NOT ONLY AMERICA but THE WHOLE WORLD!LIKE RIGHT NOW------PLEASE!Anonymous

Jessica Murray
Jessica Murray

Karen, Thank you for this. It is so exciting.Jessica

Karen
Karen

I caught now having to appreciate that we are getting very mixed signals from B.O., so much so that I it's extremely challenging to articulate just how his being and actions are going to shift the karma of our country and perhaps allow for the quality of lives to improve. It's not going umnoticed that he's making choices to discern just whose quality of life will be preserved in ways that undermine and discredit the legacies that have tried to topple tyrany, the history and visions that he has claimed as is own and articulated and enlivened in the collective psyche. That's why I especially love that your astrology seeks to create an awareness of the forces in and around him, so that we may better choose to steer ourselves away from imbedded tyranny. Thank you, Jessica.I'm attaching a post below that represents more of the actions that "the people" are taking now to legitimize our claims that we can manifest right livelihood. See "PowerShift '09" for more:Power Shift 2009FEBRUARY 28, 2009 | -1 DAYS UNTIL POWERSHIFT Watch the Power Shift Power Shift Climate All-Stars Power Shift Lobby Day Watch more Power Shift 2009 Power Shift '07 History of Energy Action Staff Organizing Committees Supporters Join the Team! Read the Blog Road to Power Shift Video Blog Twitter updates Stories of Power Shift Power Shift 2007 Agenda Housing Transportation Speakers Scheduled Sessions Career and Graduate/Opportunity Fair Lobby Day Caucuses Power Shift on Screen FAQ Recruiter Portal Sign Up Spread the Word Online Raise the Funds Materials Volunteer News Media Tools Feb 26, 2009 The Guardian: Power Shift climate protest gathers momentum in Washington February 26, 2009 Thousands of young Americans are converging on Washington to demand clean energy policy and action on climate change. The sun sets on the US Capitol. Tomorrow, 10,000 young climate change protesters arrive. Photograph: Paul J Richards/AFP/Getty Images I've just arrived in the middle of the embassy district in Washington DC, where an entire building crammed full of youth climate organisers is finalising plans for Power Shift. Last night, they opened the champagne. There are now more than 10,052 young people coming from all over America to the largest ever youth climate event in history, where they will lobby US political leaders to enact bold climate and energy policies that will rebuild our economy and halt global warming. It will be the largest climate lobby day in the country's history, and the first mass lobby of Obama's term in office. Coverage is set to be widespread with national TV crews and newspaper journalists arriving on Friday, including BBC Newsnight. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, environmental leader Van Jones and dancehall artist Santigold are headlining and, with over 270 panels and workshops, organisers have had to hire the largest venue in the whole city. The massive sign-up drive has generated a fierce rivalry between different universities to see who can bring the largest number of participants. With only 48 hours to go, Middlebury College trails the University of Vermont by only four participants with 194 coming. "We are bringing over 10% of our whole student body, which is pretty phenomenal," said Ben Wessel, who is leading the recruitment drive at Middlebury. Inspirational stories continue to pour in from every corner of the country. One sorority in Texas has rescheduled its initiation because the dates conflicted with Power Shift, while a group in California has started its epic train journey across the States to avoid having to fly. Mostly, though, it is the large list of first-time climate activists which is really exciting the organisers. Many of these young Power Shift organisers have come fresh off the Obama campaign. Cory Warfild, who worked for Obama in Michigan, sees a lot of similarities. "There's an energy, a sense of possibility here right now. We saw what success looks like last year, and we're back for more," he said. On Monday, all this preparation will start to pay off. Meetings are scheduled with over 350 members of the House of Representative and the Senate – Capitol Hill won't be able to avoid seeing what this generation needs. Around the world, solidarity actions for Power Shift are taking place – from Armenia to Ecuador, and the Philippines to Russia. Earlier today a team of young people handed in a letter of support at the US Embassy in London, to demonstrate the international support to set bold national climate policy. We know that with the Copenhagen talks just months away, the decisions taken by the US government on national climate policy will make or break the UN negotiations. Let's hope they listen to what these youth leaders have to say. • Casper ter Kuile is the co-director of the UK Youth Climate Coalition. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/ethicallivingblog/2009/feb/26/powe...

Anonymous
Anonymous

I LOVE Jessica Murray!!The reach of your work into the heart of humanity may exceed your expectations. I hope it does because yours in a wonderful world.Perhaps soon a science from our misty past may be re-born, a science of all things.Barrak was born to help usher our world into an age of darkness, it is up to us to manifest a world of light and introduce higher available frequencies.

Jessica Murray
Jessica Murray

Hey Anonymous (catchy name there), Yes, Obama is Neptunian, which makes him a perfect match for the times (transit to the USA Moon). 350,000 U.S. troops and mercenaries still occupy Iraq; and when B.O. announced last week that another 17,000 troops are on their way to Afghanistan, the report described Pres. Karzai as being not consulted but "informed"! Another flat-out colonial war. Apparently the great majority of his smitten fans are not registering any of this, despite news reports of afghan citizens being being slaughtered daily. As to what forces motivate Obama the politician, the jury is still out, but I think you are right that he is a smooth poker player.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I guess Neptune hovering close to Obama's asc. allowed him and the public to believe him to be the savior. He already perhaps feels he is with his natal sun squaring neptune. But bottom line is Obama is a real leo sun and gemini moon - Perform and Act. Hey- isn't he also a successful Chicago Poker player?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Some would think Obama unaware or a victim of the system himself. Bush was excuse by a lack of intelligence, but Obama must seek another path of separation. A hands tied victim staged, but in time we will recognize his fully aware hands at work behind the backs of the American people. The systems of power are failing, the rule of the mind of man ending. Like we look back on a past primitive age so too we will reflect on this one, infantile, but soon stepping into humanities capacity. When we realize that our greatest strength is the difference between us, then as a race of individuals, expanded, the mind of humanity will mature. The heart of humanity recover and soul find it's door.

Jessica Murray
Jessica Murray

I agree, Tony. Some call this body The Permanent Government. Hardly a conspiracy theory, this is what any of us could figure out by observing Washington's workings, whatever the administration. Though the media loves to talk about political parties, when it comes to how something like the stimulus package ends up, these much-touted congressfolk have nowhere near the clout of the career bureaucrats who run Washington. It's the permanent cadre that has big money telling them what to include in whatever legislation reaches the voting stage. If it didn't work this way, how could the lobby system still be in place, despite flying in the face of everything we learn in our schoolbooks about democracy?

Tony
Tony

Very well presented points. I wonder if it isn't more a case of the "real government" dictating what President Obama will do over what he promised to do. Amongst us hobbyist conspiracy theorists is the story that once the swearing in is over the next day's closed door meetings inform the new President that it no longer matters what he said on the campaign trail... the "reality" is he will do this and that primarily based upon information he was not privy to before that moment in time. In other words, I know what it may look like to the public, Mr. President but once we present to you the true picture and facts behind the previous administration's decisions we are sure you will also agree that those actions, were in fact, the best ones for the Country and its People.