Guest Post: Two Unlikely Patron Saints: Seve and Obama

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Ben Tanosborn of Tanosborn Online blog,

I am well aware that Calvinists consider patron saints a form of idolatry, but for the most part Christians and many non-Christians alike, some out of faith but most out of habit or circumstance see with favor having an advocate intercede on their behalf in the many problems that beset their lives.  Yes, a patron saint!

Team Europe (golf) had one in Seve (Ballesteros) this past Sunday in Medinah, Illinois, as the Europeans overcame a record insurmountable lead (away from home) to retain the Ryder Cup.  Seve, the Myth, became Seve, the Patron Saint of European golf, just short of four months after his death.  The miracle of Medinah was viewed by millions of golf faithful and unfaithful alike, but even pagans had their deist doubts after looking at teary-eyed Captain “Chema” Olazábal, Seve’s best friend and protégée.

Watching this epic afternoon of golf, I couldn’t help but think of President Obama… and, although he doesn’t “metaphysically” qualify as a patron saint, his election four years ago to occupy the White House is as close as one might come to crossing to the great beyond.  And I started to think of him as the patron saint of “gentler capitalism.”

Four years ago, progressives fooled themselves into believing that having a lesser evil occupying the White House would help transform our rampant imperial eagle into a friendlier bird of prey, not just in matters of war, but in moderating the ugly face of predatory capitalism as well.  At least such was the hope – mine was.  It didn’t occur to us that electing Barack Obama to the presidency might yield quite the opposite result. Which it did… and it did in a major way!

Had John McCain been the victor in 2008, one can rest assured that his administration would not have done any better in defusing the financial crisis, changing the politics of war, or creating any more jobs.  If anything, conditions for the bottom 80 percent of Americans would likely have deteriorated at a faster pace, and in a larger scale. And, as a result, people throughout the nation would be up in arms and instead of a milquetoast Occupy movement, we might be out in the streets in these pre-election days with a modern version of Julius Caesar’s Veni Vidi Vici… “Occupy Obviate Obliterate” being the cry to arms, the cry to justice this time around.

And we would be asking for the heads of Wall Street banksters, politicians and others, who combined to perpetrate a multi-trillion-dollar, world-wide, financial assault.  No, we have no need for jurists to tell us whether this holocaustic defalcation is or is not a crime; and just as the French stormed the Bastille to declare their freedom, Americans would be assailing the Wall Street fortress and its capitalist prison.

By chance or circumstance, Obama was the perfect man to have at the White House… perfect for this band of thugs that had raped the nation. They were safe from prosecution knowing that neither the president nor his chosen attorney general, Eric Holden, had the stomach to conduct a criminal investigation against the very people who had provided major help in getting Obama elected to the high office.

Elected Obama became the perfect shield/defender for past criminality in acts of war (Bush-son, Cheney and their lackeys) and in acts of financial defalcation (Wall Street blue-bloods)… he seemed believable when he claimed that apparent business misconduct, or misuse of US bullying power, could not make it in a court of criminal law.  A “President McCain,” without a lily-white personal and business background, would not have held the same credibility throughout the nation.

We could say that Obama, by not having the Justice Department bring to trial key members of the Thug-elite, became the patron saint of “gentler capitalism”; that’s probably what he will prefer to be known, using the pretext of further endangering an already divided nation.  But that is precisely where he is wrong.  It isn’t “gentler capitalism” that he has helped.  By his lack of courageous action, he has interceded on behalf of the Thug-elite… and, although we are sure such was not his intention, he has become, de facto, St. Barack Obama, Patron Saint of Predatory Capitalism.

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AU5K's picture

Epic fail of an article.  His pathology is a 1000x worse.

Bananamerican's picture

"St. Barack Obama, Patron Saint of Predatory Capitalism."

O is a Marxist Socialist Collectivist™......haven't you heard?

 (sarc off)

All the Rightists on ZH are as easily bamboozled as any Liberallz™ in thrall to the "black dude", by the ancient Red Menace rhetoric of the Right.


Anyone else with half a brain can see he's just another pre-packaged bagman for the CorpoRAT elite... just like Bush before him...

The genius of the amerikan oligarchy was in pre-selecting a NEGRO to ocuppy the white house this time.

knukles's picture

daz razist... he not a negro, he be a mulato

tickhound's picture

... particularly when he needs the white vote.

Richard Chesler's picture

"St. Barack Obama, Patron Saint of Predatory Capitalism."

The pig-elite actually refers to him only as "the  help".


tickhound's picture

Yeah... 'So here's the role you're gonna play, O.  Any questions?  As the Zapruder film rolls...

Oh regional Indian's picture

An obomination. An obamanation.

Roaming on my Knee? Your hand? That's a bath-house trick, dick.

Chick? Ah Go...

It's older, my taste. And white haired to boot.

Yes yes, the one I lick.

Go on, be a Dick.





rocker's picture

Just sayin'.    Chicago Bears and White House fans, (Bambi and Rahm Emanuel) beats Cowboys and Texas FED, (Fisher and jerry jones) to a pulp fragment.

Fisher a stage show fed oficial and jerry jones a want to be coach got their asses kicked again. It's too funny, Really !!!  Correlation, Yes, Maybe, Thinks so.

sunaJ's picture

This article is important because it is in the voice of one who believed in Obama.  In the realm of the sometimes persnickety ZH (and any, really) comment board, the subtler possibilities may be lost in the pursuit of the hyperbolic up-arrow zinger. 

This is one of the best articles on ZH, but unfortunately will most likely remain one of the least read (or "liked").  Such is the degree of polarization in America: believing that Obama is a Muslim soldier; illegitimate non-U.S. citizen; financial corrupt insider or simply a nigger of the Jews, makes you blind to more alarming possibilities.  Instead of allowing for the possibility that he is just a man (a fellow primate) - no more superhuman or diabolical than you, trying to interpret what the hell is going on - you miss the terror of his failure and ignorance, along with the tremendous encumbrance of this corruption.

This author was a believer and now he isn't.  I was one too, and perhaps this article is written for us, by him like us.  We, as you, end up with much the same conclusion about this "system." Until people unite against the system, the blatant corruption will continue to flourish and reign supreme.  Having this opinion does not excuse anything about Obama's actions.  I no longer "hope." I demand revolution and redress.

OpenThePodBayDoorHAL's picture

I agree. But for me, something didn't smell right from the start. An inexperienced junior senator? As young as he is? and BLACK? Why on earth would the powers that BE let this happen? Unless he was the Manchurian Candidate. Perfect air cover for the thieving to continue as usual.

The tell for me came before the inauguration, when he said Tim Geithner and Larry Summers would be his financial "Picks". I said oh shit here we go again.

And now it's perfect: they can bomb and spy and steal to their heart's content and the Left doesn't say a thing about it.

GetZeeGold's picture



OK....we'll try marxism one more time....but then that's it.


Urban Redneck's picture

I've always been an iconoclast.

The Calvinists were hardly the first, and certainly are only a small minority of the practitioners.

The worship of the Federal State as Saviour of the People is heresy against both religion and logic.


LongSoupLine's picture

I believe the whole analysis and analogy is a waaay overreach.  Lets break it down to its real root:



Chicago politician...bought and paid for by special interest long before he took presidential office...highly corrupt...possibly the best speaker to lemming voting public in US history.

LMAOLORI's picture



Bullshit they refer to him as Godfather the few fine's he has gotten from a few of them was just a reminder of who really is in charge.  Anyone who tries to make trouble for the Banks or puts a damper on his spending he persecutes like Egan his administration is going after Egan-Jones the only ratings agency that isn't paid by the banks again. Obama's been working hand in hand with the banks since he was a nothing junior senator. His populist rhetoric was a joke. Some liberal's knew and warned about him (below) but they were drowned out.

Obama’s Money Cartel How he’s fronted for the most vicious firms on Wall Street


Barack’s Wall Street Problem is Now America’s


SEC Sues the One Rating Firm Not on Wall Street’s Take Why Can't Obama Bring Wall Street to Justice? snip

" Two months into his presidency, Obama summoned the titans of finance to the White House, where he told them, "My administration is the only thing between you and the pitchforks."

The bankers may have found the president's tone unsettling. Candidate Obama had been their guy, accepting vast amounts of Wall Street campaign money for his victories over Hillary Clinton and John McCain (Goldman Sachs executives ponied up $1 million, more than any other private source of funding in 2008). Obama far outraised his Republican rival, John McCain, on Wall Street--around $16 million to $9 million. As it turned out, Obama apparently actually meant what he said at that White House meeting--his administration effectively would stand between Big Finance and anything like a severe accounting. 

McCain’s attempt to fix Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac in 2005



What was this bill?  The act would have done the following:

(1) in lieu of the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), an independent Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Agency which shall have authority over the Federal Home Loan Bank Finance Corporation, the Federal Home Loan Banks, the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae), and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac); and (2) the Federal Housing Enterprise Board.

Sets forth operating, administrative, and regulatory provisions of the Agency, including provisions respecting: (1) assessment authority; (2) authority to limit nonmission-related assets; (3) minimum and critical capital levels; (4) risk-based capital test; (5) capital classifications and undercapitalized enterprises; (6) enforcement actions and penalties; (7) golden parachutes; and (8) reporting.

It never made it out of committee.  Chris Dodd, then the ranking member of the Banking Committee and now its chair, was in the middle of receiving preferential loan treatment from Countrywide Mortgage, one of the companies gaming the system in the credit crisis.  Meanwhile, Barack Obama took hundreds of thousands of dollars from the lobbyists McCain mentions in this speech, making him the #2 recipient of Fannie/Freddie money




jeff montanye's picture

you are so right.  the concept of prepackaged bagman for the corporate elite just like bush before him so totally sums things up.  when will we ever learn?

max2205's picture

There are 70 million semi intelligent baby boomers who can do the math and are not going to put up with zirp savings rates till long after they can't afford to retire.

Something is gonna break soon. The theft has gone too long.

MisterMousePotato's picture


To be exact, the Muslim homo is, in fact, a dark skinned hamitic caucasian.

Consider that his tribe in Kenya is as far removed (geographically speaking) from the Gold Coast (where there are 'negros') as Paris is from Moscow.

It would be like calling me Mexican or Canadian because we're all in North America.

tickhound's picture

You ain't gotta clue.

q99x2's picture

I'll be your Hulkleberry.

jeff montanye's picture

nice pun.  so obvious after the fact, as all great jokes are.

aka Gil's picture

The Ryder Cup was great metaphoric theater this year: "The Collapse of Team USA".

Dr. Engali's picture

That's the same comment I made to colleagues at work.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Medinah Star Tribune headline:

The Ryder Cup Runneth Over ..... to the other side.


Galahad Threepwood's picture

Yeah but your metaphor fails when it comes to the European recovery

vinayjha's picture

Obama  - the only non working president to last 4 year and hoping to last another 4 year.


Doomer's picture

One has to wonder if Obama gets some perverse pleasure in knowing he will get reelected as the country is being pillaged.  Those who vote for Obama are like the geeks and rejects who vote for the cool kid for class president, even though he stole their lunch money.

adr's picture

Amazing what a house negro can accomplish.

Of course he's always doin the biddin of the masta, gets to live in tha big house ya know. Eat dat fine cookin of tha misses.

Guess Obama got to love matzo soup and gefilte fish at a very young age.

otto skorzeny's picture

if you thought he was an arrogant prick for the last 4 years...

Sizzurp's picture

US team folded like a cheap suit.  Epic choke.  Poor captains picks by DLIII.  Furyk and Strick were awful.  Phil looked like he wanted to go give Rosie a big hug.  Pathetic.

tickhound's picture

Totally agree... Phil never minds taking it up the ass.  Otherwise he'd have won 12 majors by now.

ClassicalLib17's picture

"Golf sucks,"  Lt. Col. David Grossman

MisterMousePotato's picture

As a spectator sport, I think the Colonel might be correct.

However, playing it ... hitting a ball square, true, and hard with a driver is just a thrilling feeling. Much like the visceral thrill when a trout rises to a fly. A hunter once told me it's the same feeling as drawing a bead on a prize buck. (I've never hunted, but he was trying to explain to me why he enjoyed it, knowing of my passion for fly fishing.)

sosoome's picture

I blame Love mostly. His singles line-up was as loony as his picks. Yea, anchor with the two worst performers; the two who should have been benched Saturday afternoon.

Dr. Engali's picture

I love reading the political chat boards with the reds and the blues fighting it out , pretending like their guy is standing up for them. Idiot's... all of them, and they wonder why we are fucked.

TideFighter's picture

So true, when Bananas wears the black and white stripes, just like lingerie referees. It doesn't matter how polished the players are when fucked-up replacements are calling the "game", never officiated at that level, probably has a few bucks down on the bad calls, and makes calls like he knows he's going to be fired. Then there's that football problem...

Yen Cross's picture

Everytime I have the mis-fortune of stumbling across TOTUS on a television station, I feel compelled to toast a couple of frozen waffles! That jackass is the " MASTER" of say one thing, and do the other, "AKA WAFFLER".

MiltonFriedmansNightmare's picture

Just an aside, fuck you Bernanke.

LMAOLORI's picture



Bernanke just said screw you to Congress and since they supposedly represent us that pompous ass just told us all to F off


Vince Clortho's picture

Congress has become a lost generation.

The concept of representing the people died somewhere along the way.  Congress is nothing more than House Servants for the banksters.

These puppets only function is to maintain the facade of a republic to hide the reality of a bankster plutocracy.

Let's watch to see how many of the homies in congress jump to the podium to denounce Bernanke.

garcam123's picture

So VERY WELL said and had sad he threw away the mantle of greatness. God grant that he be given one more opportunity to rise to the real occasion and become a great president to sihine and compare for Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt.  America needs a breath of fesh air!

otto skorzeny's picture

remove "big gov fascist" Lincoln and insert "Old Hickory" Andy Jackson in there- that white-haired bastard could bust some banker balls.

Vince Clortho's picture

I hope you mean Teddy Roosevelt.

adr's picture

Wait so the author bought into the manchurian's campaign message?

Kinder gentler capitalism? That would be local business making enough to live well. The end of TBTF, not the expansion of it.

Obama was and always will be for absolute theft capital misallocation.

Lordflin's picture

Obama not intending to side with the thugs? Are you kidding? He is straight out of the Chicago mafia...

lailapa's picture

Global Debt Crisis - The greatest private fraud of human history


People should start getting ready for great trials ...for International Courts, where the current loan sharks shall give account. Monetarism criminals should sit on the same benches that once sat Nazi criminals. Rothschild, Rockefeller, Greenspan, Bernanke, Trichet, Soros, Buffett –and other “kids” of the loan sharking- should not sleep calmly from this point on.

honestann's picture

predators DBA government
predators DBA corporations
predators DBA central-banks

Until humans understand that governments, corporations and organizations literally do not exist, humans are royally screwed.  They are merely a confusing front for predators, which do indeed exist.  That's what DBA means, "doing business as".  It means some real predatory being is hiding behind a fiat, fake, fraud, fiction, fantasy name.

Until humans understand this to the core of their being, they will not understand that ALL that is happening is simply real, living, breathing physical predators are destroying them by sucking them dry.

How many humans really... I mean really... understand this?  How many humans have sat down and performed the following simple visualization or "mind experiment"?

1, 2, 5, 25 or 100 humans sit down at a table and decide to create a fiction called "SugarHighBakery"... or "UnitedStatesOfAmerica".  Now, tell me, did that cause anything real to "pop into existence"?  Obviously not.  To be sure, the humans at that table reconfigured the weightings in various neural net nodes in their brains in order to have their brain act differently when they encounter the term "SugarHighBakery" or "UnitedStatesOfAmerica".  But nothing else happened, and most importantly, nothing new "popped into existence".  All that exists is the same 1, 2, 5, 25 or 100 humans that came into that room in the first place.

Yet... what?  Everyone on earth is now somehow obligated to insert a BLATANT FICTION about something that doesn't exist into their consciousness?  And somehow people 234 years later who were NOT in the room, who were NOT signatories, who have NOT consented to be governed... are supposed to be enslaved by a bunch of insane monkeys with delusions of grandeur who claim some vague connection to those yokels 234 years ago?

Are you serious?

Imagine what this must look like to aliens orbiting above earth in their cloaked spacecraft!  Do you think they would decide to communicate with human beings?

HELL NO.  No way, no how.  But they might (and probably should) decide to poison or vaporize the planet just to make sure none of the clearly rampant "insanity disease" spreads to other planets or outer space.

Sigh.  It really is tiring.  About 99% of all articles and long involved discussions are answered by pointing out that the fundamental terms in the discussion are fictions, and treating fictions as if they are real is the most fundamental form of insanity.  That is exactly accurate by the way --- inability to distinguish real from nothing is the most fundamental form of insanity, where "anything goes".

And indeed, just look what the predators-that-be have managed to make the mind of mankind do... swirl endlessly around in completely baseless fictions, and let themselves be led around by their clueless brains by... NOTHINGs (fictions).  Or if you prefer, by the silly fictions in their brains, which refer to NOTHINGs.

How pitiful can it get?

BigJim's picture

I like it, but you appear to be missing something, which is that the belief actually makes it real.

If enough people within a (usually completely arbitrary) geographic boundary believe they are 'citizens' of a 'country' that needs 'defending', then sufficient numbers of them will act in such a way to perpetuate the fiction.. ie, it's no longer a fiction. They will be willing to die (or kill, to put it more honestly) to defend their 'nation', their 'leaders'... their mindset.

The idea that I, through some accident of birth, am somehow morally obliged to support all this nonsense is absurd, though, I agree.

honestann's picture

Let me get this straight.  You believe "SantaClaus" is real... because one billion kids believe he is real?  Somehow, I don't believe you are that far gone.

To continue the "SantaClaus" example, you bet your bippie that the "SantaClaus" mental-unit in the consciousness of one billion kids certainly does motivate them to take actions.  Kids who you practically have to drag out of the sack to get them up at noon are awake at 5am and tearing open gifts.  So, absolutely yes, mental-units in the physical brains of kids do motivate actions.

So yes, everything you say about billions of people taking insane actions because they assume various fictions is absolutely correct.

Which is why it is ABSOLUTELY CRUCIAL that humans learn to distinguish between what is real, and what is not.  If they don't, billions of humans will continue... forever... to be led around by mental-units that refer-to.... absolutely nothing.  Which leaves the very real predators who benefit from all this insanity free to enslave mankind forever.

sosoome's picture

They naming patron saints that ain't dead yet? That's a new one. Of course, they did give him a big peace prize just before he started making war...what's not to believe?