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?
- Codify indefinite detention into law
- Draw up a secret kill list of people, including American citizens, to assassinate without due process
- Proceed with warrantless spying on American citizens
- Prosecute Bush-era whistleblowers for violating state secrets
- Reinterpret the War Powers Resolution such that entering a war of choice without a Congressional declaration is permissible
- Enter and prosecute such a war
- Institutionalize naked scanners and intrusive full body pat-downs in major American airports
- Oversee a planned expansion of TSA so that its agents are already beginning to patrol American highways, train stations, and bus depots
- 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
- Invoke the state-secrets privilege to dismiss lawsuits brought by civil-liberties organizations on dubious technicalities rather than litigating them on the merits
- Preside over federal raids on medical marijuana dispensaries
- Attempt to negotiate an extension of American troops in Iraq beyond 2011 (an effort that thankfully failed)
- Reauthorize the Patriot Act
- 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.