When faced with the perfest storm of endless global war, climate collapse, economic collapse and a government corrupt and owned by ruthless multinational corporations, it becomes clear that;
* signing petitions is nothing more than a momentary feel-good anodyne.
* contacting your elected leaders is a frustrating exercise in futility.
* standing in the street, carrying signs and yelling at the bad guys achieves nothing more than generating some nice pictures for the activist gallery and a chance to visit with friends not seen since the last march/protest/rally.
* getting cuffed up and hauled off to jail has become so ritualized that everybody plays the time honored roles and the system smiles at the cute children and their adorable make believe games.
Even before Obama, out of the smoke and mirrors, an image emerged of a country caught in a death spiral of power crazed greed and hate. Obama was marketed to quiet, for a time, the growing sense of rage and horror at what lies ahead.
What is left to do is the awesome challenge of living sustainably in our own communities - at this fearful time when we have lost the skills of both sustainabiity and community. Unlikely s/heroes may emerge. In the face of disaster, we will see what it is we are truly made of.