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Press Release: Policy Positions of President-elect Barack Obama on the Oppressed World and National LiberationTuesday, November 25th, 2008
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False-promises of “change” don’t hide Obama’s true class loyalties
Nov. 25 - The hundreds of millions of oppressed peoples who thought the United States might embark on a new path of foreign policy, one respectful of national sovereignty, the right to self-determination, and most importantly, a step back from hegemonic intervention, will be sorely disappointed when the new President-elect assumes office in January 2009.
The future President has already made it perfectly clear that he’s going to represent “dramatic change” once in power. But, the differences between Barack Obama and George W. Bush are only peripheral.
In his outline for his policy towards Latin America – Barack Obama explained the need to refocus efforts on establishing mutual relations and diplomacy as a means of establishing stability, something that has been largely ignored due to Bush’s primary focus on Iraq and Middle-Eastern affairs.
Obama exclaimed that neglecting diplomacy in the oppressed world has resulted in a loss of US influence. Thus, through diplomatic rather than overtly militant means, the US under President Obama will try to regain the influence in the oppressed world to assure its interests are met.
On the subject of trade – Obama’s presidential campaign included myriad remarks indicating his preference for fair-trade over free-trade. However, he has also exclaimed the importance of investing American capital as a means of retaining influence in the oppressed world, and promoting friendly attitudes towards the US – which he believes is also an important effort for national security concerns. Let us not forget that former imperialist president, Bill Clinton, used slogans of fair-trade to gain favor with more stridently liberal voters before assuming office – only to later become one of the most ardent supporters of free-trade (including the overseeing of the implementation of NAFTA).
Obama has also indicated his intention to maintain the 46 year old trade embargo against Cuba – to use as political and economic leverage to influence a regime change, undoubtedly one favorable to American interests such as before the Proletarian Revolution.
Obama said he intends to have “respectful” dialogues with Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez. However, his hope and intention is to appeal to Chavez to “tone down” the anti-American and anti-imperialist sentiments that Chavez’s leadership has stirred in his country.
On matters of armed struggle for national liberation – Obama has vowed to continue supporting US funded programs and para-military agencies to combat legitimate struggles, such as the FARC in Colombia.
As the newly elected future president prepares to assume office in a just under two-months his actions are already failing to uphold the principles and values of his campaign speeches and promises.
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The election of Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama led many hopeful progressives to believe that “a new sense of change” was coming to America. Most of the credentials Barack Obama has laid out don’t indicate that there is going to be any sense of change. In fact, it’s most certain that very little will change in the next four years after Obama is inaugurated as president in January 2009.
There is little, if any, reason to believe that the legacy left after Barack’s tenure as Commander in Chief will resemble anything dissimilar to that of Harry Truman, Ronald Reagan, or George W. Bush. That’s not to say that these leaders were identical; hardly. They had their differences, but those differences need to be placed in the proper context – as does Barack Obama. The subtle differences between democrats and republicans are only important when you’re observing from the extremely limited, and narrowly defined political spectrum of American politics. While Barack Obama, the champion of bourgeois liberalism, is portrayed as a “radical leftist,” by his moderate and conservative opponents; in all actuality, in most systems he would be described as center-right.
Needless to say whatever promises and glittering generalities emerge from the mouthpiece of the Obama campaign, they are neither radical, unique, noteworthy, or more than likely, attainable. American politics is a system defined by its inherently conservative nature. The political infrastructure of this country is innately designed to prevent the rise of a faction, which served as the dominant fear of the original bodies behind Federalism and the Constitution.
But, more importantly, why would anybody believe that Barack Obama is going to be that sort of leader anyway? A campaign is an opportune time to talk idealistically about what one wants to do, without ever seriously mentioning how it’s going to be implemented or paid for. But I don’t really believe that the American people voted for Barack Obama because he was going to bring about change. In their minds, he was the “lesser of two evils.” The Republican brand had little chance of surviving 8 years of the Bush administration; the recent economic collapse deflated faith in Republican economic values; and the McCain campaign’s selection of Vice Presidential running-mates left much to be desired.
As to the ridiculous claims that Barack Obama is a socialist, his own words dispel any such nonsense. Barack Obama has been as aggressive a supporter for the free-market system as any Republican. An Obama administration will do more to preserve and prolong capitalism. Obama has been perfectly clear about this, defending the “wealth” that open markets have created, calling “free trade a cornerstone of our growth and global development,” and even on the need to “forge a trade that truly rewards the work that creates wealth, with meaningful protections for our people and planet.”
The idealism of Barack Obama will only be masked by his close ties with capital and his subservience in light of their global aims. Obama is not an idealistic fool who thinks he’s going to march into Washington and “set them straight.” He’s chosen his side – the side of the bourgeoisie, the class he has been chosen to represent by a system that inherently bestows power only to those who are willing to protect, preserve, and strengthen the capitalist system.