It's a common idea that the President, and for that matter, Congress are all "puppets" and they are simply going through the motions, and doing the bidding of their "masters". I'm not just talking about Obama here, this goes back as far as I have been aware of politics, which for me is the early 1980's.
I've been thinking about this a lot lately as there has been so much blathering on lately about the "Liberal Agenda" and all the rallying cries around gun control. The implication being that somewhere, some group of unspeakably evil men are sitting around hatching plans to "Destroy America".
Now, don't get me wrong, I truly believe that things are REALLY messed up here. This is not the America I grew up in. This is not the America I was always proud of. It is a god-awful mess and nobody seems to have clue as to what to do about it.
But again, the very idea of some small group of men (And surely they are men, right? And probably white men too? For what is more evil than a white man?) controlling this great nation and influencing the entire world by extension, seems ludicrous to me.
So, who are these mystery men? Don't give me "bankers" or "look up Agenda 21" or "oil companies" - I want names. Who is really controlling the U.S. government and how do we know? What proof is there? If all you have are conspiricy theories, then you don't have shit. Where is the proof?
Personally, I think our problems come around because of two different reasons. Number one, politicians by and large have HUGE egos and they think all their ideas are brilliant and should be implemented, post haste. And number two, people are selfish. Especially nowadays. Citizens throw screaming hissie-fits in an attempt to get what they want. Politicians are more than happy to give them what they want, so they can keep their jobs. Which is what the politicians want. Selfishness and greed are what brought us here in my opinion. Not some shady evil doers hiding behind the curtain, pulling all the puppets' strings.
Then again, what do I know?