Obama’s Record

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This blog, at its core, has always been about civil liberties. Historically, I have focused on the threat to those liberties by Christian fundamentalists, because I viewed them as the biggest threat to those liberties. I have included politics since the beginning, although I have tried to de-emphasize it where possible. Coverage of fundamentalism cannot be completely uncoupled from politics, because the fundies and Republicans have merged so completely that it is often impossible to tell one from the other.

I have recently expanded the scope of this blog to the coverage of all civil rights abuses and threats. I still plan to focus on fundies, I’m just no longer excluding other stories.

Since January 20th of 2009, the biggest threat to our civil liberties has been Barack Obama.

I am not going to change the focus of this blog away from the Christian fundamentalist threat. That is where this blog belongs. I’m just not going to ignore the other threats.

So for clarification of that last article, and to more precisely enumerate the reasons for my displeasure, here is an excerpt from an article by Conor Friedersdorf at The Atlantic:

How would you have reacted in 2008 if any Republican ran promising to do the following?

  1. Codify indefinite detention into law
  2. Draw up a secret kill list of people, including American citizens, to assassinate without due process
  3. Proceed with warrantless spying on American citizens
  4. Prosecute Bush-era whistleblowers for violating state secrets
  5. Reinterpret the War Powers Resolution such that entering a war of choice without a Congressional declaration is permissible
  6. Enter and prosecute such a war
  7. Institutionalize naked scanners and intrusive full body pat-downs in major American airports
  8. Oversee a planned expansion of TSA so that its agents are already beginning to patrol American highways, train stations, and bus depots
  9. Wage an undeclared drone war on numerous Muslim countries that delegates to the CIA the final call about some strikes that put civilians in jeopardy
  10. Invoke the state-secrets privilege to dismiss lawsuits brought by civil-liberties organizations on dubious technicalities rather than litigating them on the merits
  11. Preside over federal raids on medical marijuana dispensaries
  12. Attempt to negotiate an extension of American troops in Iraq beyond 2011 (an effort that thankfully failed)
  13. Reauthorize the Patriot Act
  14. Select an economic team mostly made up of former and future financial executives from Wall Street firms that played major roles in the financial crisis.

6 Responses to “Obama’s Record”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Draw up a secret kill list of people, including American citizens, to assassinate without due process.

    Yeah, what is this about? I heard someone on CSpan say something about this the other day. I had no idea of what he was talking about.

  2. Ron Britton Says:

    Jeff:

    In September, Obama assassinated terrorist and U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki with a drone strike in Yemen. As a U.S. citizen, he is guaranteed the right to due process under the Constitution. As a terrorist, he was dangerous and needed to be stopped.

    The problem is that Obama asserts that he has this power to label Americans as terrorists and assassinate them without due process. He does not have this power. It is not in the Constitution.

  3. Jeff Says:

    OK. When I heard it mentioned the other day, then read this, I was afraid it might be something on the order of an “Enemies List”, a la Nixon.

    On the one hand, this doesn’t bother me all that much. I’m not opposed to taking out dangerous people. It’s quicker, easier and less costly in terms of human life than is the alternative. We should have done it with Hussein. We should probably do it now with Kim Jong Il.

    On the other hand, it sets a dangerous precedent if the target is a US citizen.

    In any case, I can’t vote for a Republican. All of the political and economic issues aside – I won’t validate the evangelicals. It violates every principle I have left.

  4. Diane Says:

    Republicans didn’t ask, they just did it.
    2 wars, rendition, Guantanamo, the list gos on and on.
    The Patriot was signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 26, 2001.
    A mere 1 month and 15 days after 9/11.
    Do you honestly believe that the concept, writing, of this act and all that it encompasses could be written in such a short time?

    I will not sit out this election because I am not happy with what POTUS Obama has or has not done when the choices are Gingrich or romney or ANY other republican.

  5. Ron Britton Says:

    Diane:

    I cannot and will not vote for the man who has turned this country into an even bigger police state than George W Bush did.

    The Patriot Act was RE-SIGNED into law by Barack Obama. You cannot tell me he’s better than the Republicans.

    Voting for Obama is an endorsement of the 14 abuses listed above, and many, many more to come.

  6. Coty Says:

    The problem is, the next election will boil down to two choices: Bush 2.0 or Bush times 9000. In this case, a vote for Obama would be a vote for the lesser of two evils. While he’s far from the greatest president, I can’t imagine a nation led by Newtie or Mittens.