Barack Obama Going Back on Another Campaign Promise: And Why You Should Expect More Of the Same

Two sides, same coin

Readers of my blog know that I am very critical of President Barack Obama. I’ve said for months that his handling of the financial crisis (the 700 billion dollar bailout) which is still fucking us; his prosecution of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (the only reason why we are escalating in Afghanistan probably has something to do with Pakistan); and his use of unmanned drone attacks abroad (this deserves an entire blog post in and of itself) all seem very Bush-like to me. My liberal friends tend to think I am overreacting when I say that George Bush and Barack Obama are playing for the same team, but I believe the proof is in the pudding and the last two years under Obama are only a foreshadowing of all the bullshit we are about to go through as a nation. The latest example of the extension of the Obama/Bush doctrine was the news today that President Obama was “creating an indefinite detention system” at the secret military prison in Guantanamo Bay.

Ill goahead and repeat that for posterity’s sake. He is using his executive power to create a system of indefinite detention at our (and by our I mean the US’) very secret and very unconstitutional secret prison that is located in a “hostile” country.

Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said the order vindicated Obama’s predecessor. “I commend the Obama Administration for issuing this Executive Order,” he said in a statement. “The bottom line is that it affirms the Bush Administration policy that our government has the right to detain dangerous terrorists until the cessation of hostilities.”

Republicans will tell you that this is an affirmation of the Bush doctrine. Bush/Cheney/Rove continually say that history will prove them right on their foreign policy stances. Based on the comment section trolls (no Charlie Sheen) in the Washington Post article, this seems to be the interpretation of events by the political right. Obama has realized that governing a country isn’t all roses and negotiations, sometimes the executive has to move unilaterally. We are, after all living, in a post-9/11 world that blah blah blah blah blah….. This coming from the supposed small-government political side of the same coin, I mean spectrum.

Democrats will feel betrayed because this was one of the main sticking points in their hatred of Dubya. They accused Bush of rolling back our liberties with the Patriot Act and acting against the will of the people in opening and maintaining a secret prison not under the jurisdiction of United States laws. They (formally we) were right. Bush was absolutely destroying our freedoms right in front of us all the while setting us on a precarious slope in terms of domestic surveillance (Patriot Act). Since all of our information is on the web these days anyway via Facebook, Twitter, Google, our smartphones etc etc we were right to be alarmed.

But much like his predecessor the reason why Obama was picked is because he is the kool-aid (is that racist?) that allows us to swallow these bitter pills. Liberals, like the conservatives before them, will not only trust a President who they think is fighting for them, but will also make excuses for that President when it is clear he is not working in their best interests. If it were Obama that had signed the Patriot Act, something that would be typical in the view of a conservative who believes liberals are big government, there would have been riots in the streets. But since the man implementing the new laws was “on their side” then it was defended rather foolishly by the political right. Not to be outdone in terms of the herd mentality, when its liberals turn to raise hell about the government fucking the people, they are eerily silent.

It takes a strong and mature political audience to admit that it was wrong when it comes to a leader in whom they have invested so much hope. But liberals, its time to wake up and smell the roses. Obama doesn’t work for you. You knew that Bush wasn’t working for you, why is it so impossible to think that Obama is the same way? The proof is in his policies!

I will absolutely be watching the Daily Show tonight to see what John Stewart thinks of this situation. Chances are he plays a bunch of clips where Obama vows to close Gitmo, then plays a clip of today’s announcement makes a few jokes, calls it dissapointing and moves on. I personally think he should be raising a stark alarm, but hey, as I said, liberals tend to think I overreact.

“And though it seems heaven sent/ We aint ready to have a black President”

 

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