Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Obama's Magic Kingdom


Barack Obama's victory was less a triumph of color than it was a triumph of the American donkey, that pack animal tired of laboring under the heavy load of political mismanagement, corruption, and greed.

Obama now holds the keys to a crumbled kingdom that often seems as if it can only be transformed by magic. We have regressed--through desperation--to the fantasies and fairy tales of childhood, where pumpkins become coaches, straw turns into gold, and Dick Cheney wakes up as a frog. Yet how many of our dreams are illusory? Much like a vacation to Disneyland, we have now bought a ticket to a destination that will bear a near-crippling weight of expectation and demand.

America has pinned so much hope upon Obama that he now seems fictionalized, as if invented to answer an overwhelming need for niceness and equanimity. Will we allow him error? Will we allow him human qualities beyond the acquisition of a dog? Will we will allow him failure?

What were we really voting for? I think we were voting for happiness, as if we were ten years old and were immeasurably satisfied with Saturday morning cartoons. Or fifty years old and disgusted with torture and civilian murder. We weren't voting for more scary monsters, and we certainly weren't voting for the strange and terrifying thing America has become: the country where you can't afford the cost of the ride. Obama's election is a family event, G-rated, presumed safe, and assumed to bring a smile to your face. Or so goes hope.

10 comments:

enc said...

I'll allow error.

I'm just glad to have someone *else* to listen to for the next few years.

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Iheartfashion said...

I've heard people say that they find Barack Obama scary. Scary?! What could be scarier than Bush & Cheney?
I don't expect him to be perfect or accomplish everything on his ambitious agenda, but the next four years are bound to be an improvement on the last 8, no matter what!

deep_in_vogue said...

We have yet to see what change will bring. Happy New Year, babe! Hope it's a better one for all of us!

Make Do Style said...

Hope is a difficult one as you've identified it does become very fictious in execution but despite this, we'll see what he does and sometimes hope does exact a good outcome.

Anonymous said...

I think you hit the nail right on the head

onnikissa said...

AMEN!! I'm so glad to hear someone finally tell it like it is! You've told the truth! I didn't vote for him because I understood the fairy tale that was happening before our eyes. There was no way I was gonna be mislead.

...love Maegan said...

good point and a great read. I hope America {as well as the rest of the world} will allow for a few mistakes.

Agnes Deer said...

I love Barak but he's a human too, that is true!

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The Vancouverista said...

great post