The problems that President-Elect Obama will face in his first term may be beyond anything that he, or anyone else, can change or control.  Americans need to wake up and understand that it is the people, and not the government, that need to change.  Jim Kunstler’s article is a wake-up call to all of us.

The only “change” that America really wants to hear about is evicting George Bush from the White House. They’re sick of him and all the disturbance he has caused in their financial affairs. But beyond that, the American public is deathly afraid of the kind of changes we actually face — such as, the end of consumer culture, the gross loss of value in suburban real estate (which forms the bulk of the middle class’s private wealth), the prospect of food and fuel scarcities, the need to re-localize our lives, the need to physically shape up to stop the costly and unnecessary drain on our medical resources, to grow more of our own food, to work harder at things that actually matter, and to save whatever we can for a difficult future.

via Jim Kunstler : Does Mr. O Know?.