Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Marginalization of Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama just lost the initiative. Republicans seized control of the House, effectively sending a dire message to Obama that Americans are losing their patience with him. Obama won by using the rhetoric of change. Now, he is as traditional as those he once criticized. Fact is, Obama is even more traditional than Palin or Bush.


Obama's highly criticized economic policy has done nothing to improve the job environment in the United States. His plan to improve the health care system is nothing short of a failure while his fiscal policy remains largely criticized due to its ineffectiveness.


With the Republicans practically in power, Obama right now is as marginalized as an Inouki tribe. Obama can't seem to weave himself out of the rut he is in. The state of the economy is still bad. 


A think tank says that Aquino will likely suffer what Obama is now suffering--a marginalization of power. 


Well, to the credit of Obama, Aquino seems unlikely to tread the same path of Obama for one reason---from the very start of his administration, Aquino has been marginalized already. 


The on-going clash between the Balai and Samar blocks, all traditional political players, is proof positive of the marginalization of Aquino. The existence of these groups only show how marginalized Aquino is. 


For one, Aquino's promise of ridding the bureaucracy of graft and corruption continues to be that--a promise, fact is, an empty one. 

BIR Chief Kim Henares in an article (http://www.mb.com.ph/node/285500/not-our-lifetime) admitted that graft will remain in the BIR even beyond her lifetime, directly admitting her failure to rid her own agency of the scourge that afflicts our government. 


Aquino won largely on the platform of anti-graft and corruption. The people responded with positive approbation, only to realize later on, that Aquino is unable to fulfill such a campaign slogan. 


The only possible way out of the graft and corruption scourge is simply rid the entire bureaucracy of all its personnel and replace all of these scoundrels with new ones. It takes great political will to do this. Early on, however, Aquino has shown his unwillingness to tread the straight yet narrow path towards change. 


And the problem is simply not Aquino, really. The problem is the lack of an ideological platform for this administration. There is no rule nor concrete policy to follow. 


Actually, all regimes, with the exception of the Marcos administration, have no ideological platform to follow. That explains these regimes failure to effectively rid the country of poverty and graft and corruption. 


And it seems highly likely that the same thing will happen in this administration.