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.