I don’t see how anyone who confronts Obama’s record with clear eyes can enthusiastically support him. I do understand how they might have concluded that he is the lesser of two evils, and back him reluctantly, but I’d have thought more people on the left would regard a sustained assault on civil liberties and the ongoing, needless killing of innocent kids as deal-breakers. Nope. […] The whole liberal conceit that Obama is a good, enlightened man, while his opponent is a malign, hard-hearted cretin, depends on constructing a reality where the lives of non-Americans — along with the lives of some American Muslims and whistleblowers - just aren’t valued.
On stage, as he smiles into the camera, using words to evoke some of the best sentiments within us, it’s hard to believe certain facts about him:
- Obama terrorizes innocent Pakistanis on an almost daily basis. The drone war he is waging in North Waziristan isn’t “precise” or “surgical” as he would have Americans believe. It kills hundreds of innocents, including children. And for thousands of more innocents who live in the targeted communities, the drone war makes their lives into a nightmare worthy of dystopian novels. People are always afraid. Women cower in their homes. Children are kept out of school. The stress they endure gives them psychiatric disorders. Men are driven crazy by an inability to sleep as drones buzz overhead 24 hours a day, a deadly strike possible at any moment. At worst, this policy creates more terrorists than it kills; at best, America is ruining the lives of thousands of innocent people and killing hundreds of innocents for a small increase in safety from terrorists. It is a cowardly, immoral, and illegal policy, deliberately cloaked in opportunistic secrecy. And Democrats who believe that it is the most moral of all responsible policy alternatives are as misinformed and blinded by partisanship as any conservative ideologue.
- Obama established one of the most reckless precedents imaginable: that any president can secretly order and oversee the extrajudicial killing of American citizens. Obama’s kill list transgresses against the Constitution as egregiously as anything George W. Bush ever did. It is as radical an invocation of executive power as anything Dick Cheney championed. The fact that the Democrats rebelled against those men before enthusiastically supporting Obama is hackery every bit as blatant and shameful as anything any talk radio host has done.
- Contrary to his own previously stated understanding of what the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution demand, President Obama committed U.S. forces to war in Libya without Congressional approval, despite the lack of anything like an imminent threat to national security.
In the end, Conor Friedersdorf sums up my thoughts like no one else: “Romney revels in bellicosity; Obama soothes with rhetoric and kills people in secret. To hell with them both.”
To hell with you both.
Well this is horrifying to learn.
He’s abandoned some of our key allies like Israel, Poland and Czechoslovakia.
I’m pretty sure Czechoslovakia abandoned Czechoslovakia… 20 years ago.
History is hard. :/
Don’t get me started on Obama’s treatment of Prussia. A damned shame, that is.
Personally I’m annoyed about his policies towards Hyperborea, Narnia and Middle Earth.
He has been really harsh on the Hyporborians, hasn’t he?
He hasn’t even weighed in on the scandal in Bohemia.(via alexandraerin)
On her MSNBC show Monday evening, Rachel Maddow made the case that the Republican Party is attempting to win the 2012 election by “deliberately running against minority voters.”
Maddow explained that given his unpopularity with Latinos and blacks, Mitt Romney needs to obtain 61-percent of the white vote in order to win the election. She claimed that Romney seems to be trying for that large percentage of the white vote through several racially-tinged campaign messages.
“The Romney campaign is running ads about welfare,” she explained, “ads that are blatantly racially-charged charges, showing images of hardworking white people, telling them their black president is going to start handing out welfare checks to people who won’t even look for a job.”
Maddow also cited Romney’s defense of his seemingly debunked claims that Obama has tried to end the welfare work requirements, in which the former Massachusetts Governor accused the president of taking that action in order to shore up his base. “As if people on welfare are Barack Obama’s base,” she said with a wink. “Especially the lazy ones.”
Maddow continued to explain that the “welfare queen” strategy of the Romney campaign will surely continue as the “big media guy at the main pro-Romney Super PAC is the man who produced one of the most racist television ads in history, the infamous Willie Horton ad.”
“Maybe they can win with nobody else supporting them,” she concluded. “Which means we’re about to find out if you can win a presidential election in this country, in this year 2012, by deliberately running against minority voters.”
Maddow is coming for Romney’s whole life. I love it.
The Obama campaign released an embeddable voter registration form that you can insert into any of your websites, including tumblr.
I don’t think you guys understand, President Obama is letting you get registered to vote from tumblr.
This must be what life was like for The Jetsons.
Yeah, this is pretty rad.
Easy to do. SO DO IT.
sticking this on my page and passing it around
Better hurry up though there’s only a little while left before you become ineligible to vote for the upcoming presidential election