PAUL STREET – Hit the Road, Barack: Some Farewell Reflections

The lying neoliberal imperialist Barack Obama’s nationally televised Farewell Address from Chicago last Tuesday was a fitting monument to the deceptive, fake-progressive oratory he wielded so elegantly in becoming a national phenomenon and a U.S. President. As usual, his oratory was plagued by a deep disconnect between his words and his deeds.

“When Ordinary People Get Involved”

“Now this,” Obama said, speaking of Chicago, “is where I learned that change only happens when ordinary people get involved, and they get engaged, and they come together to demand it.”

Nice words. But as president, Obama moved to crush the Occupy Movement in the fall and winter of 2011 (more on this below). He did nothing as president for card check union authorization — the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA,), which he campaigned on and which would have re-legalized serious union organizing in this country. He kicked EFCA to the curb from day one, along with single-payer health insurance (long supported by most Americans) or even a small health insurance public option. He failed fail to offer one iota of support for the great pro-public worker Wisconsin Rebellion of early 2011.

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