President Obama – A Hawk in A Wasteland

For a President who was given The Nobel Peace Prize before he ever did anything, during Obama’s reign this country has engaged in wars involving: Syria, Ukraine, Iraq, Sudan, Nigeria, Yemen, Libya, Afghanistan and Pakistan. We have been involved in destablizing coups or attempted coups in Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Turkey, and Egypt. And we have perpetuated the growth of ISIS for the purpose of genocide of Shiite Muslims and Christians in the Middle East. In addition, we have sanctioned the following countries: Belarus, Burundi, Central African republic, Iran, Iraq, Cuba, Russia, Ukraine, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, Burma, Libya, Lebanon, Somalia and the Balkans.

I’d say for a Democrat, that’s pretty Hawkish!

We are in the midst of world chaos and instead of noting this eruption, the media is disjointed by the prospect of a ‘wall between the US and Mexico’. The UK is building a wall to protect them against the migrants and we are silent. But they aren’t alone, since Obama’s term walls have been under construction in Hungary, Slovenia, Austria, Greece, Bulgaria, France, Ukraine, and Estonia. But the media is silent…

Those walls are ‘good’ and Trump’s wall is ‘bad’.

China’s claims to the South China Sea are bad, but Australia’s claim to the Timur Sea is okay.

The percentage of blacks living below poverty in the US has consistently risen since Obama took office with rates standing at about 28%. Racial tensions are at rates not seen since the 1960’s. And the proliferation of gangs and gang related crimes has virtually exploded.

ISIS didn’t exist before Obama took office, it is now active in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Algeria, Yemen, West Africa, and Chechnya with factions rising in France, UK, Germany, Italy and the US. But according to Obama, we needn’t worry because we have a bigger chance of dying in our bathtub…

US debt has risen from $10.6 trillion to over $18 trillion – and Obama isn’t quite done yet. In 2009 Obama promised to cut the deficit in half, and stated that if he didn’t accomplish this he would step down and defer as a ‘one term president’. Total Federal spending has risen from $2.9 trillion to $4.3 trillion, an increase of nearly 50%. The largest expense increases are in Pensions, Healthcare, Welfare and Interest, at rates nearly double what they were before Obama.

And then there is Obamacare, a debacle of astronomical proportions that has taken my healthcare deductible from $500 per year to $10,000 and raised my rates by about 150%. Well done great leader… Wages have stagnated while business profits are up and the middle class continues to shrink. Insurance companies are dropping Obamacare at record rates, and the projected cost is now expected to be nearly $1.4 trillion. Who will pay for that? We will when we see our deductibles double again and our premiums ratchet up yet another 50%.

GDP Growth is 1.2%, and while Obama makes the claim that he inherited all the problems in place by Bush, that would be the case for every succeeding president, including Clinton inheriting the Reagan legacy that stimulated our economy.

Whoever succeeds Obama, the chaos and sanctions and war mongering that has been put in place will be a voluminous bloated beast. And more hawkish notions will have one effect and one effect only – to line the pockets of the corrupt.

Walls or Bridges – A Trojan Horse

The Great Berlin Wall is down! Everyone was ecstatic and while many cheered and roared with jubilation, there were those who wept. Why? Because their dark world was free but the psychological impact would never quite be extinguished. Fear of being imprisoned again would haunt their lives forever despite it being over…

Or was it?

As Berlin began to rebuild, to embrace, to mend the hearts and economic stagnation that had permeated for decades, rumblings were erupting elsewhere. New walls are being built across the world, and no one seems to care. Ukraine has said it will be building a mote and wall around the entire country! Israel is planning to build a wall between them and Jordan. Hungary is contemplating building a wall to protect them from unwanted immigrants.

But will these walls stave off what these countries fear?

Historically, walls date back to the Trojans in which the Romans deployed all their armed forces to guard the wall only to have it breached with the gift of the Trojan horse. While walls have had certain success, their sustainability is compromised by a multitude of factors and variables – including technology and changing benevolence. In addition, where there is a wall there are those who develop means to breach its barriers. That is human nature.

Today, walls are everywhere; Gaza and Israel, Egypt and Gaza, India and Pakistan, US and Mexico, North Korea vs the South, Bulgaria and Turkey, Spain and Morocco, the wall of Cyprus dividing north from south, the Catholic vs Protestant wall of Ireland… Walls abound throughout our world and yet no one demands they come down. Why?

Saudi Arabia is already well on its way in building a 600 mile wall between itself and Iraq. No one condemns this wall, no country is outraged, no government rejects this division because it is defined to ‘protect’ not to imprison. Really? A wall by the fact that it exists is a form of imprisonment however justified – Communists build walls to imprison, Socialists build walls to protect… And that, my fellow citizens, is a manipulation of thought.

Do they work? Does the wall actually change the behavior of the supposed trespasser, or is it merely a psychological tool?

In reality, walls perhaps deter the weaker, such as women and children, but they have little impact on those driven by fear and survival. An immigrant facing a brutal death will brave the rage of the seas – do you think a wall is even remotely an obstacle in such circumstances? I doubt it. And therein lies the second stage.

A wall, in order to be effective requires military manning, a consequence of being shot. So now the true nature of the wall is revealed. It is a wall of death.

When we lived in East Berlin before the wall was built, we moved about freely, our presence was not mired in fear. By the time Checkpoint Charley was manned and machine guns followed our car as we very slowly drove away it was the military that we feared, not the wall, it was the variable of instant death.

In psychology, walls create barriers to trust and relationship. They cause a person to be unable to disassociate one kind of person from another as they focus on the large picture instead of the individual picture. While creating an initial protection, they end up creating a virtual prison.

While walls are built to divide, the division is already a reality, the wall is merely a symbol that confirms what exists. It then becomes an extension of internal feelings that won’t be extinguished until there is a change of heart.

In the meantime, walls are everywhere – 47 worldwide. While the fall of the Berlin Wall was hugely symbolic, more walls continue to rise as we seek to divide and alienate without resolution of the cause.