I’m sure you could offer all kinds of counter-arguments to what I’ve been saying from your own grading perspective. And you should; we all need to step back occasionally and consider what motivates our strong opinions. And I’m suggesting that our position within the myth of American innocence is a strong motivator. From outside the myth, others may see us more objectively.
Perhaps Obama really has tried but been unable to reform a dreadfully wasteful and brutal militarism that has…Continue
Added by Barry Spector on March 13, 2016 at 5:44pm — No Comments
In the years since my book was published I’ve written many blogs about Barack Obama. How could I not? He has been anointed King in this version of our national myth. In each essay I attempted to temper my own expectations – I actually think that I had very few – as well as my continuing anger and growing grief, with a broader, mythological perspective and more questions than…Continue
Added by Barry Spector on March 9, 2016 at 5:58pm — No Comments
Part One of this essay listed four perspectives from which we grade the president, beginning with the most idealistic (that is, our most idealistic – and innocent – projections) and moving toward what some might call more cynical, or realistic. Here is number five:
5 – No intentions whatsoever, except to survive. In this scenario, Obama is simply…Continue
Added by Barry Spector on March 3, 2016 at 2:50pm — No Comments