George Graham

Obama Tries to Reason with Obdurate Oppressors

I look at those tiny eyes and I wonder, who is this man? Is he really from planet Earth? Or is he some infiltrator from outer space lacking any trace of human decency or any concept of the common good? All those science fiction tales of “lizard men” and “body snatchers” flash through my mind. Surely, no being born and raised on this earth would be so morally and logically bankrupt.

The creature calls himself  Scott Walker, and misguided Wisconsin voters elected him their governor. Now, he has turned on them.

Incredibly, he is not unique. Replicas have appeared in state houses across America – in Ohio, Virginia, New Jersey…

These alien invaders are intent on destroying society as we know it, on revoking every advance achieved in the past century… make that past centuries.

They are attacking the people who make civilization possible – teachers, cops, firefighters, utility workers, librarians, social workers, municipal clerks …

By describing them as “public employees,” they dehumanize them and create a climate in which they can more easily be stripped of their rights and reduced to subservience and poverty.

By demonizing them as overpaid and lazy, they hope to turn their fellow-citizens against them, making it easier to divide and rule.

If they succeed, the world will be controlled by a small and omnipotent elite, and the rest of us will be no better than serfs subject to their whims and caprices.

In an attempt to reason with the creatures, shock troops of the super-rich in their coordinated assault on humanity, U.S. President Barack Obama had this to say:

I don’t think it does anybody any good when public employees are denigrated or vilified or their rights are infringed upon. We need to attract the best and the brightest to public service. These times demand it. We’re not going to attract the best teachers for our kids, for example, if they only make a fraction of what other professionals make. We’re not going to convince the bravest Americans to put their lives on the line as police officers or firefighters if we don’t properly reward that bravery.

How eminently reasonable.

But against the obdurate forces of oppression, the president’s calm voice of reason sounds like a whisper.

Perhaps the roars of the crowds that have taken to the streets in protest against this assault on civilization will be more effective.


About the author


I am a Jamaican-born writer who has lived and worked in Canada and the United States. I live in Lakeland, Florida with my wife, Sandra, our three cats and two dogs. I like to play golf and enjoy our garden, even though it's a lot of work. Since retiring from newspaper reporting I've written a few books. I also write a monthly column for