Monday, July 28, 2008

Obama and Cameron

Not quite peas in a pod – one may be green, but the other is most definitely black – yet there is something in the generational fusion which makes Senator McCain looks like a year of yesterdays, while Cameron and Obama represent the hope of a thousand tomorrows. The ‘special relationship’ no longer has to be a meeting of political minds – as it was for the momentous Thatcher-Reagan era – and neither does it need to be defined by a pseudo-religious crusade – as it was during the Blair-Clinton years. No, the Cameron-Obama relationship works (and will work) because both intuitively understand the zeitgeist of postmodernity. They have been hewn and buffeted by the same world events and issues, and these are a generation apart from those shaped Senator McCain and Mr Brown.

And no, Cranmer has not lost his marbles, for he knows Senator McCain to be a true Conservative, and it is undoubtedly his occupation of the White House which will solve more of the world's ills than Senator Obama even knows about. It is not simply the experience of years; it is that Senator McCain has conviction and is authentic – politically, intellectually, spiritually and personally. Senator Obama, on the other hand, is a creation of the media; a carefully-crafted and finely-honed product who heeds the polls, takes the pulse, measures the temperature and then blows with the prevailing wind. He is more of a mood than a set of beliefs, and one encounters him emotionally and intuitively more than rationally.

But thus is the nature of postmodernity: it evidences a willingness to combine symbols from disparate codes or frameworks of meaning, even at the cost of disjunctions and eclecticism. It is the triumph of symbolism over substance.

It is most likely that a President Obama would look more to Paris, Berlin or Brussels than London, if only because President Sarkozy, Chancellor Merkel and President Barroso eclipse the utterly insignificant and ineffectual Prime Minister Brown. President Obama would doubtless continue the Democratic fixation with the EU’s ever closer union, implement protectionist domestic policies, borrow and spend, divide America, and expand the tentacles of government. But what else would one expect of a Socialist?

Yet Senator Obama is as much New Democrat as Tony Blair was New Labour. He is as relaxed with people as Mr Blair and Mr Cameron are, and he reaches out with the confidence of familiarity. He looks good, sounds good, and, in an age where image is everything, this makes him good. He may not be a prophet riding on a donkey, but he increasingly embodies the hopes of a nation and is captivating the world. Like Martin Luther King Jnr, he speaks of dreams and freedom, of hope and optimism, of a time when there will be no black and white. Take this, for example:

“The walls between the countries with the most and those with the least cannot stand. The walls between races and tribes; natives and immigrants; Christian and Muslim and Jew cannot stand. These now are the walls we must tear down.”

He might as well be quoting from Isaiah. It is not quite a promise that the lion shall lie down with the lamb, but his narrative is messianic – he is the chosen one - and from the four corners of the world they come to kiss this shrine.

But how disappointed they all shall be when they realise that he is not the Messiah.

16 Comments:

Blogger Sam Tarran said...

Obama makes my skin crawl. It's so obvious he's just a puppet, but those that pull the strings are obviously socialist to the core.

Perhaps the main thing we should be worried about is his talk of US protectionism, not something you want to hear in the middle of a global food shortage. Not to mention the thousands of UK jobs that would be at risk.

28 July 2008 at 11:29  
Blogger Unsworth said...

Your Grace

Is there a difference between an American Conservative and a British Conservative?

I rather think there is.

28 July 2008 at 11:52  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Indeed, Mr Unsworth, indeed. For in the last analysis, Amercican Conservatives tend to be Republicans.

28 July 2008 at 11:59  
Anonymous Alberich said...

I seem to recall that in his leadership campaign David Cameron made two substantive points. He was going to share the proceeds of growth (canned laughter) and he wanted a bit more progress, optimism and hope. (Great. Hands up all those in favour of stagnation, pessimism and despair.)
Cameron's only redeeming features are (a) he is not in power and (b) unlike Blair, he did not presume to make a "covenant" with the British people.

28 July 2008 at 13:47  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I fear that Cameron is very close to Obama, built by spin for spin, all smoke and mirrors. I would like to believe he is going to do something about the parlous state of the Country but doubt he has the will or even knows what the problems are. His "green" credentials are worrying, here we are broke and he wants to spend billions we have not got to save the planet. Can he think he is God?, Surely not!

28 July 2008 at 14:41  
Anonymous hear o israel said...

it seems a quote from the life of brian will only do !

"he is not the messiah , hes just a very naughty boy"

what puzzles me is what all those people in berlin had come to see , he has a certain charm i agree , but you cannot define what he as achieved . he seems to be offering hope but on what policies ??

if the crowds had come to see a man who instead of glitzy adresses had a bit of policy , you might understand .

we are no further into understanding if obama means anything other than he is presidential candidate . or for that matter if the whitehouse will be run in any better manner.

slick presentation is a disaster without the faculties to deploy the right policies

28 July 2008 at 17:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just ask yourselves.

If this guy was white and ten years older, would anybody bother listening to him at all?

28 July 2008 at 18:18  
Blogger mongoose said...

White and ten years older? That was Bill Clinton, wasn't it?

And Cameron has one other redeeming feature - he is not Brown.

And while I am here, what is all this fixation with policies? It's blighters with policies that got us into this mess.

28 July 2008 at 19:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And while I am here, what is all this fixation with policies? It's blighters with policies that got us into this mess.

Quite

Although it could be argued,[ I certainly would ] that the best policies,[if one has to have any at all,] are ones that get rid of all the seriously evil previous ones, replacing them with nothing at all.

My BIGGEST worry with Cameron is his so called GREEN policies. Which are potentially the end of normal human existence as we thought we knew it.

Saving the planet is something ONLY god should ever even consider trying to do. When a politician, sporting any colour of tie, claims to want to do so, it is time to build a nuclear air raid shelter and stock up on food and other essentials.

Atlas shrugged and wondered why people have not already read his favorite book. "After all" he muttered hopelessly to himself, "if they did the brainwashed fools would understand much about their present situation, and therefore even more about whats left of their future."

28 July 2008 at 20:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"White and ten years older? That was Bill Clinton, wasn't it?"

No, Clinton was YOUNGER than Obama is now when he was elected. And he had done a real job in politics. (Still a scumbag, though.)

The unborn children of America cannot afford a fraud like Obama appointing the next few SCOTUS justices. Get out the Jeremiah Wright tapes!

28 July 2008 at 23:00  
Blogger mongoose said...

Clinton was younger? Yes, I believe you may be right. Just goes to show where the years have gone, doesn't it?

And as for the previous idea of having only one policy and that is to get rid of the nonsense done by your predecessors - well, I am all in favour of it. Citizen Dave could do a whole lot worse than do that AND replace all the civil-servant-employing drivel we have now with consumption (ie "green") taxes.

28 July 2008 at 23:42  
Blogger Margo said...

Quote from Alberich:

I seem to recall that in his leadership campaign David Cameron made two substantive points. He was going to share the proceeds of growth (canned laughter) and he wanted a bit more progress, optimism and hope. (Great. Hands up all those in favour of stagnation, pessimism and despair.)Sounds like Obama Kumbaya


Someone should tell Senator "Share the Wealth and Emasculate the Commonwealth" Obama that we no longer live in Sherwood Forest.

29 July 2008 at 20:06  
Anonymous Voyager said...

Obama is hardly the match for Vladimir Putin whose country holds the key to EU energy resources and at least $523 billion in US Treasuries.

The Americans let themselves become dependent upon Chinese, Russian, and Japanese capital to fund an orgy of consumerism and then think they can flirt with a one-term junior senator for their highest office....those whom the gods wish to destroy...etc etc

29 July 2008 at 20:13  
Blogger Margo said...

Obama is all smoke and mirrors. The world is approaching disaster in the food and energy crisis and all we get from Obama is nothing but idealistic twaddle and doublespeak. For the life of me, I cannot fathom the reason for the foreign jaunt on taxpayers' money. Does he think 200,000 Berliners screaming at a rock concert will translate into gravitas, influence young people and eventually votes? Perhaps he is trying to resurrect another "Children's Crusade." history is once more repeating itself, this time after 760 years.
The Obama campaign is another Children's Crusade, as foolish as the first and equally destined to fail. Sen Eugene McCarthy tried this tack in the '60's and he and the "Children's Crusade went down in flames.

29 July 2008 at 20:22  
Blogger Margo said...

Voyager said:

"Obama is hardly the match for Vladimir Putin whose country holds the key to EU energy resources and at least $523 billion in US Treasuries. The Americans let themselves become dependent upon Chinese, Russian, and Japanese capital to fund an orgy of consumerism and then think they can flirt with a one-term junior senator for their highest office....those whom the gods wish to destroy...etc etc."

You have an excellent grasp of the current American culture. I don't like being a pessimist, but
as a Yank, I agree with you. True, but sad. Putin (the real leader of Russia) will eat Obama Kumbaya for breakfast and spit him out. Russia wants back on the world stage just as the Soviets were, and Putin is the man to do it. America is on an orgy of consumerism and is now paying for it. Yes, the gods are laughing now. By the way, the Chinese also hold billions in US Treasuries.

30 July 2008 at 16:16  
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