movement, movement

Empire, Still.

Posted in politics, quotes, religion by amoslanka on January 21, 2009

From Inhabitatio Dei:

…the imperial pretension of the American national project are not in any way reducibile to partisan differences within the American political apparatus. The differences between republicans and democrats, between Bush and Obama, as real as they might be are ultimately only differences of degrees.

(referring to the book American Empire by Andrew Bacevich)

For far too many “progressive” Christians being anti-empire just means being anti-Bush.

What is needed now, in light of the (false) hope of the newly inaugurated Obama presidency is ongoing critique of the problems of American empire.

We lived in an empire yesterday. We live in an empire today.

Not only is it foolishness to remove ourselves from our nationwide/worldwide complicity in charges of imperialism, placing them instead on the heads of public scapegoats, but it is equal foolishness not to remember  it is a reality whose weight is not lost with the coming of January 20, 2009.

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  1. rachell said, on January 21, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    ‘Tis true, my friend. ‘Tis true.

    Obama’s election to public office does not diminish or “Change” the nature of the American Empire. One does hope, or at least I do, that a politician who (seemingly) seeks to acknowledge and address the issues at large in the World- not just those within the borders of his own country- is at least a step in the right direction. Even if it is just a matter of a few degrees.

    I think the most beautiful thing to have come from all this political hoorah, is that people have begun to shed the cynicism and apathy and feelings of powerlessness that have made so many throw up their hands and do nothing at all. Obama is not a Savior, nor someone or something to put our Hope in, but he has stirred up something in the American people.

    I just hope that those folks don’t put their faith in him, as a figurehead/Savior President/etc. I hope those folks take that energy, that renewed sense of possibility, a belief in their ability to create change- and do something with it. In the way that they live and in their own communities.

    We shall see, eh? :)
    Much Love-

  2. ash said, on January 21, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    rachell- you said, “but he has stirred up something in the American people…” and this is incredibly true. i’m more of third party(ies) persuasion, but i’ll tell ya, i got a little excited on inaug. day. as a country we did something good, we finally broke the racial barrier. and that is HUGE. now he’s not a savior or infallible. BUT i do pray for the man, that God will guide him and that he will take the years he is in office and just perhaps, make some positive and nec. changes….being inspired is important, even if the empire will not drastically change, it can begin to move forward, don’t you think??

  3. rachell said, on January 22, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    I certainly hope so, ash. :)

  4. Nicole said, on January 23, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    I knew I could count on you for some interesting Obamaspectives . . . I’d be interested in your thoughts on my most recent posts if you have any time to browse. If not, no big deal. Hope you’re well!


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