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October 20, 2012

Obama is not our best hope

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The Daily Star

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The only thing worse than the pernicious prattle of the Tea Party Republicans is the inane mantra of Obama supporters that “he’s our best hope.”

Their best hope poses a clear and present threat to our civil liberties, but they remain willfully indifferent to the truth, preferring instead to cling to the illusion that Obama’s really a stand-up guy who cares about “we the people.” 

He’s not. And he doesn’t. Obama has ramped up the infrastructure of the Bush-Cheney surveillance state, and the legal framework needed to crush any serious protest against government policies. His most recent effort is the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012.

In her article, “Cruel & Unusual Punishment: NDAA,” Jacqueline Marcus writes that the Constitutional rights abolished under the NDAA include, but are not limited to:

• The right to know specific charges against us

• The right against unreasonable searches and seizures

• The right to a speedy and “public” trial

• The right to an impartial jury

• The right to confront witnesses against us

• The right to a lawyer

In addition, Obama wants the power to indefinitely detain journalists who are only trying to get all sides of the story; or those who criticize the president’s foreign policies.

Glenn Greenwald, a constitutional lawyer and columnist at The Guardian, reported that Obama’s Department of Justice will not deny that the law could not be used to indefinitely detain journalists who offend the administration.

These chilling facts don’t faze the majority of Obama’s wilfully ignorant supporters — nor the Tea-Party Republicans in the House and Senate, who have yet to demonstrate any interest in defending our civil liberties, which raises the question: Are they fools or fascists?

Walter F. Wouk

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