The Root.com: Why Obama Needs a Chilean Mine Rescue
I am learning that the best way to observe the range of thoughts of a given set of people and their ultimate agenda is to sit back and watch the product of their efforts.
The recent rescue of 33 miners in Chile after spending up to 70 days underground provided a fevered pitch of national pride within this South American nation, recently battered by a devastating earthquake and other issues. Whereas most of the news articles that I read focused upon the unifying effect that this event has had upon the Chilean people this one article from The Root.com stood out in my mind.
The author of the piece was less focused upon "national pride" but instead envisioned President Obama standing at the podium as 33 American miners were rescued from their would be tomb, 2000 feet under ground.
After I read the title of the piece my first response was: "So this author doesn't mind that 33 human beings would have to suffer under ground for 70 days, wondering if they would ever again see the light of day, just to raise up Barack Obama?". This is a perverted way of thinking. It subordinates and inferiorizes these equal human beings, using them as expendables for the sake of some staged political glory.
I read the story and the author proceeds to make note of several recent disasters or points of acute contention and does analysis of how Obama handled them. I failed to see the author mention that these conflicts are far more complex and expansive than was the challenge of drilling a bore-hole down 2000 feet on dry land for the rescue of these miners. It was clear that some people are already dreaming of a movie in which George Clooney will darken his skin and learn the language in order to play the staring role.
Obama The Hero Over The Rescue Of "The Least Of These"
I could not help but make the comparison between this author's (or whom ever wrote the title - not necessarily the same person) desire to see Obama's name in lights in a mining rescue against my knowledge that even after 4 years or 8 years of an Obama presidency and the communities housing "the least of these" not experiencing any advance in their organic competencies - the author of the piece in question along with an array of other living this vicarious life will still hold up their "Obama commemorative plate" in celebration.
For you see they are not actually lobbying for the best interests of these people in question. Their job #1 is to fight against Obama's enemies as these enemies are their own. If they can save face for Obama, craft some new talking points that they can hoist up for the future ("Obama saved the USA from a 2nd Great Depression") then this is the victory that they will hoist up on their flag pole.
It stands to reason that these same people also have a vested interest at maintaining their claims of failure and incompetency against their ideological enemies. Thus in a national disaster the actions of their enemy will never clear their goal posts. The actions of their friends will never be judged "wide left" and thus a miss.