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by Stephen Lendman
America represents the greatest pure evil force in world history. Rutherford Institute’s John Whitehead blasted Obama’s deplorable agenda, calling it:
“more bureaucratic, more debt-ridden, more violent, more militarized, more fascist, more lawless, more invasive, more corrupt, more untrustworthy, more mired in war, and more unresponsive to the wishes and needs of the electorate.” 
“Most of all, the government, already diabolical and manipulative to the nth degree, has mastered the art of ‘do what I say and not what I do’ hypocrisy.”
Annual US presidential State of the Union Addresses are exercises in duplicity, hyperbole, self-aggrandizement, promises made to be broken and bald-faced lies.
Obama’s final annual address to Congress and the US public was like his earlier ones, beginning-to-end demagoguery – a con man concealing his ruthless agenda, exclusively serving wealth and power interests, waging endless wars on humanity at home and abroad, an imperial agenda threatening life on earth.
His remarks make painful listening, ignoring America’s deplorable state. Economic recovery is pure fantasy. 
Protracted Main Street Depression conditions persist, Washington failing to address them. The vast majority of households are worse off today than when Obama took office.
America was systematically thirdworldized, a nation governed by police state laws, subverting constitutional and international law protections, benefitting the elite few at the expense of the vast majority, nearly one-fourth of its working-age population unemployed, millions more underemployed. 
Phony government data conceal reality. America’s privileged class never had it better. Half the population is impoverished or bordering it. Most households need two or more jobs to survive. 
Most available ones are insecure rotten low-wage, poor-or-no-benefit part-time or temp ones. The struggle for ordinary people to survive is greatest in modern times. So is the unprecedented wealth disparity, revealing oligarchy, not democracy – a gangster state run by a bipartisan criminal class at the federal, state and local levels.
Obama willfully broke every major promise he made throughout his tenure. Hope and change became dirty business as usual without mercy on steroids.
America run by crooks, thugs, scoundrels and war criminals is too debauched to fix. Its agenda threatens life on earth. Endless imperial wars risk the unthinkable.
An economy benefitting its privileged class exclusively is no fit place to live in. Full-blown tyranny is a hair’s breadth away.
Obama will be remembered as a leader who took the world to the brink, risking global war for unchallenged dominance, waging phony war on terrorism, supporting the scourge he claims to oppose.
He allies with a rogue’s gallery of despotic regimes, wants all sovereign independent governments eliminated, recklessly challenges Russia and China, supports Israeli genocidal crimes in Palestine.
Arguably he’s America’s worst ever president, a war criminal belonging in prison, not high office, achieving the impossible, exceeding the worst of George Bush, air-brushing his high crimes from reality.
Oligarchs enjoy enormous wealth and power. Criminality in high places is rewarded, not punished. Ordinary people are exploited, essentials to life largely dependent on their ability to afford them.
America spends countless trillions of dollars on militarism and endless wars. People needs increasingly go begging. 
Hunger and homelessness in the world’s richest nation are at unprecedented levels. Democracy is pure fantasy. 
Rule of law principles are quaint artifacts. Washington rules alone apply, justifying the unjustifiable.
Mark Twain once said he opposed “the eagle put(ting) its talons on any other land,” subjugating nations, plundering them, exploiting their people.
Things in his day paled compared to endless new millennium horrors – risking life on earth ending nuclear war, Obama a front man for imperial madness.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at
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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.