Posts Tagged ‘Obama’

The Obama administration just invoked the “state secrets” argument to get a case dropped that was calling for a review of the National Security Agency’s warrantless wiretapping program.

This move reinforces the unconstitutional Bush administration position that the government has the right to spy on people at home or abroad without any court oversight. Actually, it goes even further… Obama has essentially just let Bush, Cheney, David Addington and Alberto Gonzales off the hook. It gets worse: companies like AT&T who were involved in collecting that information for the government have been protected from legal recourse.

So apparently we have a right to privacy but no protections (legal avenues) to ensure the right is upheld. As long as the government doesn’t “willfully disclose” a citizen’s information, We, the People, have no legal way to stop the government from spying on us.

I’m not sure Obama’s pedigree as a Constitutional law attorney was money well spent. I was already dismayed at his unwillingness to investigate–or even allow Congress to investigate–the crimes that may or may not have been committed under the Bush administration. Regardless of political affiliation or beliefs, most Americans believe in justice and the law, but it seems neither will be served today or any time soon. It seems Obama has picked up a portion of Bush’s “Break-The-Constitution” playbook and, instead of ripping it into shreds and tossing it into the garbage, he is making a few plays of his own.

This decision to dismiss was unconstitutional enough, but adding protections to previous government programs and officials is… well, mind-boggling.


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One of the latest things the McCain Campaign has been pushing is that middle-ground voters shouldn’t elect Obama because it would give the dems control of the Senate, House and presidency. Moreover, it looks like the dems are close to gaining the filibuster-proof 60 seats in the Senate.

I disagree with McCain that middle-ground voters should elect him over Obama. Put simply, I believe Obama’s plans for our economy and his views on the Iraq war are a bit better and more thought out than McCain’s.

However, I do agree with McCain and others that the Dems having a filibuster-proof Senate is a bad thing. I want legislation to be critiqued and challenged, refined and improved. I also want bills to be inclusive and mindful of conservative values and needs.

One of the main gripes I had with the Bush administration was that there was such an air of “my way or the highway” about policies. There wasn’t any middle ground sought. Either you fashioned bills precisely the way that the Bush camp wanted or he vetoed them. This severely limited the effectiveness of Congress and the Senate and a lot of important issues went unaddressed or were dropped from the agenda because there was just no point to bringing them up.

Now, electing John McCain when there’s a Dem-controlled Senate and House is also a bad idea because he’ll likely just continue the Bush-esque tactics of vetoing anything that comes across his desk that doesn’t fit with his world view–or worse, he may veto good bills just because he doesn’t want to be seen as being “pushed around” or giving into the Dems. On one hand, I imagine he’d veto things outright less than Bush. On the other hand, McCain has demonstrated he’ll act out of anger and spite… a toxic combination for good policy-making.

Put simply, not all Democrat ideas are good just as not all Republican ideas are good. However, when there’s a way to challenge an idea and it has to stand up to scrutiny of people with different views, you tend to get better, more refined products that then better serve the people.

I do think Democrats having the White House and majorities in Congress and the Senate is fine because we really need to be able to get a LOT of stuff done in the next four years and any ideological road blocks similar to what the Bush admin has practiced will really hurt us in the short- and long-run… people are losing their homes NOW. People are jobless NOW.

Yet there still needs to be checks and balances and there still needs to be a reality check provided by the Republicans to ensure the Dems don’t just pull the same shit the Bush administration did, but where the only difference is that their poorly-crafted ideologically-driven policies cater to the other side of the aisle.

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