Obviously, Obama is attempting to emulate FDR’s “Fireside Chat” broadcasts during the Depression. Certainly, the objective is to tell us, the American people, what his administration plans to do, mostly concerning the economy. The difference being modern-day technology brings him directly into our homes through the medium of television rather than radio. Fortunately, there are more than enough channels to switch to – on the radio and the television – than there were back then in order not to listen.
While it is one thing to keep citizens informed, I have always been one to believe, as the 17th century philosopher John Locke did, that “the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.” In other words, show us don’t tell us. Understand, despite being a writer, I have never ascribed to the notion that “the pen is mightier than the sword.” Words can be manipulated, if not manipulative, and they can be hollow when not backed by the substance of action. Indeed, a vast lexis exists from intellects through the ages, yet truly measurable achievement (agriculture, exploration, industry, etc.) has only come from the hard-working backbone of humanity.
So, while it might be cozy for Obama to keep reminding us of his already-exhausted promise of “hope and change,” many from both sides would prefer he delivered upon it. But he cannot, and he knows it. That is how a con artist operates, building up their mark’s confidence with talk until the moment the swindle is ripe to payoff. As it currently stands – in spite of his incessant cry of “inheriting” a one trillion dollar deficit – Obama’s swindle of the American people stands at a pork-bloated budget of $3.4 trillion. It only aims to get worse before it gets better.
©2009 Steve Sagarra