Barack Obama has served as nothing more than a placebo for steadily-eroding civil liberties in the United States. What was billed as the "most transparent" administration in the history of the United States has turned into its most opaque, with Obama prosecuting more government employees for violating the 1917 Espionage Act than any of his predecessors combined. The "crimes" of those being prosecuted were simply communicating to journalists the malfeasance and law-breaking of the federal government.Madsen also makes some very cogent observations about Michael Brown's murder by Officer Wilson.
Obama was also billed as the first African-American president of "post-racial" America.
We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up