Paul writes – with Obama having become “President-Elect”, I found Brian Walsh’s reflection (my thanks to Jonny for bringing it to my attention) a helpful way into thinking about the larger (entrenched) systemic and cultural challenges that Obama and his new government face. This initial reflection led to some of William Stringfellow’s work, particularly, An Ethic for Christians & Other Aliens in a Strange Land, and Conscience and Obedience: The Politics of Romans 13 and Revelation 13 in Light of the Second Coming.
Anyway, here’s an excerpt from Walsh wondering about the possibility of a “Post-Imperial Presidency”:
“…It is no overstatement to describe the presidency of George W. Bush as imperial in character. You don’t have to be a left wing ideologue to observe that the Pax Americana of the last eight years, the centralization of coercive power legitimated in a post 9/11 America, and the American exceptionalism that has laced the rhetoric of the White House is all the stock in trade of empire…”
You can read the rest of Brian’s reflection here. And, if you’re able to get your hands on William Stringfellow’s written corpus, I strongly recommend it – not an easy read, but a needful and important read. Indeed, they would be good presidential reading for a “post-imperial presidency”.