This blog is written by a guest writer in the USA, John Klawitter. We both worked at Leo Burnett in Chicago, but I missed him by a couple of years. I asked John if he’d write me a piece on the 2012 US election. His piece is below, which I would summarise as being a BOHICA, meaning Bend Over Here It Comes Again. It’s a terrific post:
“My old Nam buddy Charley Magonia once told me he was an anarchist at heart. But then, a few weeks before he was murdered, he denied he had ever said it. He was angry at me, actually, for bringing it up. I have been puzzled by that. I think maybe he said it the first time when he was in the full flush of his early years working with the drug lords, you know, the thrill of flouting the law and getting away with it. And maybe when his big shipment from the Orient went sour and he
was badly in debt to people who kill without conscience, maybe then he decided to reject his earlier theories of what was morally acceptable. He told me in those last days his family was provided for and they would be okay (this profoundly proved to be not true). Point is, the things we decide casually can have consequences beyond all imagination.
Anarchists, of course, openly wish to tear down systems. Socialists only wish to change them for the common good. Eric Hoffer, the dockside worker/philosopher tells us change is the natural order of things. Now the thing I like best about President Obama is that he is not afraid of change. But change is one of those volatile substances that often splits off or fuses into unintended consequences. More difficult still, it is an addictive compound.
Combined with his bible-belt delivery, the amorality of a Chicago street thug (I grew up in Chicago so I can say these things) and a pronounced inclination to fictionalize, President Obama is a force to be reckoned with in the upcoming November election. And he has the mass media in this country lockstep at his side.
There is much to admire in Obama, but what I dislike most about the man is his ability to earnestly declare one thing and then quickly and callously move to do the opposite. Also, I do not trust the intentions of his leftist band of advisors, teachers, friends and acquaintances, his inability to hire people of talent, and his failure to separate lesser incidents from matters of great concern. He is like Woodrow Wilson; with Obama, it is theory over reality, practicality or even common sense. And, on a minor note, as the guy who personally refused to bow before the Duke of Wellington (Detroit in the early 1970s when Henry Deuce did that ponderous documentary with the Duke), my lip curls a bit at the thought of our top dude bowing to petty potentates, even if it is only because he does not know any better.
Obama is certainly a man for our times, if you feel any sort of tug toward big government. There is a debate raging in this country that will affect what sort of a nation we will become at least for the near future. Should Obama be reelected, there is a good chance the Supreme Court will be shifted to the left. With this shift comes a move away from constitutional preservation. Love it or hate it, a monumental choice to be made.
As for Romney, he has plenty of faults, chief of which seems to be his tin ear for the opinion of the masses. Since he so neatly savaged Gingrich in the primaries the consensus is that he may be tough enough to stand up against the tsunami of fear and loathing a billion dollar campaign will buy for Obama. Romney does understand business and approves of capitalism in a way contrapuntal to Obama and his hoard of regulators, so he may be able to right the economy. At this point, in spite of some initial thrusts from the oppositional attack dogs as to his character and integrity, he seems to be holding up okay.
Stay tuned: no matter who is right or who wins, the stakes are enormous and this will be the most vicious, most bitterly fought, most interesting – and most important American election since Lincoln first gained the White House a century and a half ago. Eric Hoffer said it before, but my old pal Charley may have said it best, “It makes no sense to be scared of the future – no matter what you think, it’s coming anyway.”
Great post, John. Many thanks. Keep the articles flowing, please.
John’s blog is at http://www.johnklawitter.blogspot.co.uk/
His website is http://www.johnklawitter.com/
I highly recommend both.