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Why Don't Most Americans Seriously Care About ...

1. Why don't most Americans seriously care that the Obama faux-humanitarian war machine continues killing foreign peoples, that he is militarizing, destabilizing and plundering Africa, that he supports the dispossession and oppression of Palestinians, the crippling sanctions against innocent Iranians, etc.?

2. Why don't most Americans seriously care that Obama enabled and still does Al Qaeda/ISIS jihadists in Syria slaughtering and displacing hundreds of thousands of innocent citizens for the sake of the regime change of Assad?

3. Why don't most Americans seriously care that Obama enabled and still does neo-Nazi death squads in Ukraine that carried out an illegitimate coup and are presently carrying out ethnic cleansing of Russian Ukrainians in the east?

4. Why don't most Americans seriously care that Obama enabled and still does a violent Eyptian military junta by giving hundreds of millions of dollars and weaponry to it as it continues to execute and slaughter innocent and unarmed people who dare to protest human rights atrocities?

5. Why don't most Americans seriously care that Obama continues to detain and torture with force feeding innocent people at Gitmo or that he allows the kidnapping of citizens of the US or elsewere to be tortured and indefintiely detained -- even executed -- without trial?

6. Why don't most Americans seriously care that Obama defied the constitution and drone assassinated 3 Americans without due process and is defying the constitution with blanket mass illegitimate surveillance?

7. Why don't most Americans seriously care that Obama was the man who convinced Democrats to go along with the TARP bailout, who protected derivatives, did not impose caps on executive pay and bonuses, who has been Wall Street's frontman and protector since the get-go and refuses to have any of the Wall Street criminals held legally accountable for their massive crimes?

8. Why don't most Americans seriously care that Obama is leaving job creation entirely up to the avaricious private sector, that he is willing to surrender Medicare, Medicaid and social security to relieve the "deficit", that he is ultra protective of the profiteering opportunities of health insurance companies and vendors at the expense of citizens, that he does not support union organization and a living minimum wage, that he encourages free trade agreements and more outsourcing?

9. Why don't most Americans seriously care that Obama enables oil and energy companies to drill and frack anywhere they want, polluting land and watersheds and that Obama is willing to promote “clean coal” and “safe nuclear energy” despite cancer epidemics and other environmental and medical devastation?

10. Why don't most Americans seriously care that Obama continues on with the 40 year War on Drugs and enables a criminal prison industrial complex that holds 2.3 million people and he is willing to jail and deport immigrants in record numbers without due process, holding many in privatized immigration prisons with deplorable conditions?

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Submitted by lambert on

Which it will.

There's also a lot of ideological filtering ("ideology is lived experience") of which I think America exceptionalism is probably the worst. After that comes hostages to fortune, like families and children, combined with no easy way to resist. After that comes the minority that like to blow shit up and kill people....

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Submitted by jo6pac on

watch lame stream media but I truly doubt one subject you mentioned is talked about. If it is it's the spinning is the other countries, leaders are evil.

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Submitted by ToniG on

Just wondering on what basis you've concluded that "most Americans" feel this way. Seems to me that Obama's plunging poll numbers and the lack of electoral participation might be indications of something else. At any rate I'd argue that if on the left we've already concluded that most Americans don't want genuine job creation, an end to corporate and Wall Street privilege, a clean environment for their kids, a judicial system that is more fair and less skewed toward the wealthy, an end to pointless foreign wars, and respect for the Constitution, then we've lost the battle already. Maybe it just depends on what information they're getting and how the questions are asked.

Submitted by lambert on

nt.

That's huge part of this. It's a big "ask" for people to (say) abolish wage labor; you might do that with first generation workers who remember alternative economies, but two or three generations on, that takes imagination.

Submitted by Dromaius on

...because that would mean going negative on "teh team". And the Republicans would like that.

So clapping harder is the only answer.

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Submitted by nihil obstet on

ToniG and Lambert raise good points -- how do we know what most Americans care about? I think most people do not follow events closely enough to form the kind of opinion and follow-up action that would show that they care. Their opinions are subject to shaping through the creation of false contexts. I'd give as an example your number 6:

6. Why don't most Americans seriously care that Obama defied the constitution and drone assassinated 3 Americans without due process and is defying the constitution with blanket mass illegitimate surveillance?

Why does it matter that Obama assassinated 3 Americans? It's evil for a man to order the assassination of any person. However, the whole context of us-vs.-them pushes us all to accept that it's about who gets rights, especially the right to be safe and secure. And that context dulls all other morality.

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Submitted by ToniG on

I'd just amplify my comment to also suggest that if we presume that what "most Americans" (as opposed to those intelligent folks we already hang out with) think is what the mainstream media (or Fox News or, for that matter, MSNBC) tells us they think then we'll get too depressed or disgusted to ever go out and actually talk to those same Americans to find out what, in fact, they actually believe. Very few members of the media talk to anyone other than their colleagues or Acela corridor contacts, not that that stops them from telling us what all Americans (or critical segments of the polity, like white working class men, for instance) think. And not talking to people is exactly the opposite of what movement building is about, and so then the list becomes true.

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Submitted by V. Arnold on

...about what "most" Americans think. My metric is measured by action, by what is actually done.
While the U.S. is a broken democracy (I choke on that word), it's still a democracy and nothing happens without the consent of the people either by omission or commission.
A nation run by war criminals is only possible when the people fail their civic and humanitarian responsibilities.