What if the Obama of the campaign trail was a swindler?
The Huffington Post's Cenk Ukgur says it's OK if Obama tries and fails, just so long as he was not playing us all those months on the campaign trail:
I agree with the journalist: To find there have been some false steps with tactics and methods is alright, as long as the subject is sincere. There is an old saying from James Legge's I Ching: "His footsteps go criss-cross, but as he takes it seriously, he treads reverently, and there is no blame.".
But if we have been taken for a ride, then that becomes a question not simply of political competence but of honor.
To paraphrase Eminem, "Will the real Barack Obama please stand up? Please stand up?" That is the central question of our time -- who is the real Barack Obama?
If he's the guy who got us all excited that anyone could become president, that anything was possible, that real change was coming and the one that was going to stop the same old power players in Washington from controlling everything to the detriment of the people, then we're in great shape. That means he is one of us.
You can question his tactics, but as long as he has the right goals and the right agenda, we'll be fine. We're all hoping (with the audacity of hope, I suppose) that he's the master chess player who is carefully finding ways to play the system but in the end will do the right thing.
I don't even mind if he tries but fails. As long as he is pushing for us, working for us and wants to actually challenge the status quo (the central message of his campaign). Even if we fail in the short term, if we all fight together and we have the president on our side, we will ultimately prevail.
What I do mind is if he is not that guy. If he just played us to get elected and will give us just enough change to placate the masses but leave the system completely intact. That's the kind of guy who would push for a trigger for the public option and pretend he actually gave you the public option. It's not about the trigger, it's not about the public option it's not even about health care reform -- it's what it says about him. Is he playing the politicians and lobbyists in Washington or is he playing us?
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