Thursday, 19 September 2013

Parody Video Lampooning Obama Warmongering Goes Viral

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Quick! President Obama needs your help raising big money to fund World War III. The justification for the war: “Because Obama!” Fortunately for the embattled administration, even as public and congressional opposition to its agenda soars, the self-styled progressive group “Americans for Whatever Barack Obama Wants, Did You Know He’s Friends With Jay-Z?” has launched a major (parody) campaign to fund the president’s long sought-after, highly progressive World War. China and Russia are both reportedly set to participate, too.

The massive global war, which will apparently feature “millions of troops, thousands of organic grass-fed bombs, hybrid Prius tanks,” and much more, is expected to cost $1.6 trillion, with a T, supporters say. However, donors to the cause can expect great rewards, like a piece of rubble from a war-torn Middle Eastern country kissed by warmonger extraordinaire Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

For a donation of $100 or more, World War III supporters can even get a day-pass to leave their refugee camp once the progressive destruction begins. A U.S. senator can be purchased on an annual basis for a mere $10 million, explains the advertisement by “Americans for Whatever Barack Obama Wants, Did You Know He’s Friends With Jay-Z?”

“World War III is a very important, very progressive war that Obama tells me is very important, so it must be!" declares Tom, a “barista” coffee maker who styles himself a “scholar on social policy” and fervent Obama supporter. “I mean, there is no way that he or the cabal of corporate interests, spy agencies, and shadow bankers that tell him what to do would ever mislead us.” Obama’s war, Tom assures viewers in a nod to the “Occupy” movement, will be much different from Republican wars.

Well, not really. The political ad-style video (watch below) is actually just a parody apparently intended to ridicule Obama supporters — at least the few that remain — who continue to blindly back the administration’s agenda in the face of a long trail of broken campaign promises. Despite its hilarious name, the group, made up of stereotypical “progressive” activists, is not real either. Neither is the effort to solicit donations for another major war.

Obama, of course, ran as a “peace” candidate who would work to end the unconstitutional wars waged by his predecessor. In reality, the current president’s warmongering — Libya, for example, or Syria, Afghanistan, drugs, terror, and more — has surpassed even the Bush-era lawlessness. The brazenly broken promises have occurred on unconstitutional spying, drone murders, violations of individual rights, increased taxes, respect for the Second Amendment, supporting government transparency, and numerous other issues.

So far, the short YouTube initiative has been a remarkable hit with the public. In less than a week and a half, it had already garnered almost 2.5 million views on YouTube. Ten times more viewers gave the parody a “thumbs up” than gave it a “thumbs down.” It has also attracted a great deal of news coverage — especially in the alternative media. Despite jokingly claiming to have been paid for by Koch Industries, the phony ad was produced by the Second City Network, which describes itself as the digital media branch of the “biggest sketch & improv school in the world!”

“America is dead-a-- broke, so our goal is to raise $1.6 trillion on behalf of the U.S. government," says one of the ad’s fake Obama supporters, identified as a college freshman named Lisa. Another supporter of “Americans for Whatever Barack Obama Wants, Did You Know He’s Friends With Jay-Z?”, a “stay-at-home mom with a full-time job” named Irene, explains why she knows Obama’s plan is good: “When I first saw the president speak in 2008 in a YouTube clip posted to my Facebook page, I knew he was going to be right all the time, so I support World War III, and IIII, and any moon war the president may want to start.”

Image: screenshot of parody WWIII video