by Scott Creighton
The level of outright hypocrisy exhibited by the Obama administration is absolutely staggering. It’s as if they fully expect their product, Obama™, to be able to get away with anything while the election is creeping nearer and the Demadrones are quaking in fear over Mitt and the “Republican War on Women™ ”
Over at the New York Times they are doing their best to present yet another Obama betrayal as a kind of victory for the American people. They claim that even though President Obama is thwarting the will of congress and the American people by constantly doing “end arounds” with his signing statements and various “executive orders”, he’s actually doing it … for us.
They are calling it a “shift” to the unitary executive authority and they provide some University of Chicago professor who claims it’s just fine. Remember, Obama is from Chicago and so are the neoliberal “Chicago Boys” who are currently busy wrecking the country and the world by trying to make everything into Pinochet’s Chile.
Do any of the Obamaites out there remember how outraged we all were when Dick Cheney claimed the authority to expand the unitary executive powers during the Bush years? And now Obama’s doing that exact same thing with absolutely no resistance being offered by the so-called “progressives” flirting around Think Progress or Move On?
One thing the Times article talks about is how Obama will continue to expand these unitary executive powers in his next term in office if the republicans continue to hold a majority in the House of Representatives or even take control of the Senate.
Aides say many more such moves are coming. Not just a short-term shift in governing style and a re-election strategy, Mr. Obama’s increasingly assertive use of executive action could foreshadow pitched battles over the separation of powers in his second term, should he win and Republicans consolidate their power in Congress. New York Times
He’s claiming that in order to help those “dissidents” in Iran and Syria (you know… the ones who aren’t from Iran and Syria but they pretend to be so they can get the paychecks from institutions like the National Endowment for Democracy and the State Department for committing acts of terrorism?) they are now claiming the authority to penalize various institutions and individuals who make it possible for the official governments of those countries to monitor the “dissident’s” activities.
Obama is actually hypocritical enough to make the claim that Iran and Syria are oppressing their people, committing “human rights violations” by trying to keep track of the foreign terrorists who are killing civilians on behalf of NATO countries in an effort to destabilize those countries.
How hypocritical is this? Let me count the ways:
- This is what Obama does just a few weeks after his “justice” department prosecuted a blogger for translating dissident writings that they felt were derogatory of American policy.
- This is what Obama does after pushing to get the NDAA passed in congress which enables his administration to arrest and arbitrarily detain any American citizen indefinitely under military jurisdiction.
- This is what Obama does just after signing into law a provision that enables the federal felony arrest of protesters who just happen to be protesting in or around anyone who is under the protection of the Secret Service (meaning President Obama and his administration)
- Not only has illegal wiretapping and surveillance continued under Barack Obama, but it has flourished beyond the wildest dreams of the most fascist neocons on the planet.
- And do we need to talk about the fact that Obama is currently prosecuting the CIA spook who went public about torture in a book long after George bush admitted approving torture programs? Long after everyone in this country knew we torture people in spite of the Geneva Conventions?
- Do we need to mention the fact that Bradley Manning is still in solitary confinement while CIA asset Assange is doing his own TV show from some mansion in London?
The Obama administration is making it very clear: they don’t care about being held accountable by their constituents because they, like the fans of the Cheney/Bush days before them, put identity politics ahead of anything resembling a conscience.
Obama is continuing his administration’s attempts to force yet another illegal regime change.
Obama is pushing forward with the unconstitutional notion of the unitary executive authority while signing off on programs that do nothing for the people and serve big business and the financial hawks of Wall Street (take the recent “JOBS Bill and the current mad rush to completely privatize the public education system, prison system, and the postal services)
This recent executive order of Obama’s targeting Iran and Syria is plain enough to see for all those who can get beyond their emotional attachment to product Obama™ : they are saying that anyone interfering with their destabilization plans in Syria and Iran will be penalized to the extent that the Obama administration and the State Department can locate and seize assets. They have no authority to do this, to inflict penalties on citizens of other countries for completely legal actions taking place abroad, yet, this is the claim Obama and his handlers are making through their “unitary executive” orders.
“The approach also exposes Mr. Obama to accusations that he is concentrating too much power in the White House. Earlier this year, Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa, delivered a series of floor speeches accusing Mr. Obama of acting “more and more like a king that the Constitution was designed to replace” and imploring colleagues of both parties to push back against his “power grabs.”” New York Times
Another 4 years with this man in charge of the left-cover administration is almost assured. Another four years with him having nothing to lose and everything to gain for himself and his family after they leave office, just as Clinton and Bush did before him.
Now that he has no objections to wielding almost dictatorial authority, we can expect the complete Chicago Boys treatment of the nation to start very soon without a peep coming from the so-called left.
The “Greatest man of our generation“? Right. The Miracle of Chile is coming to America. Don’t say you weren’t warned. We now have our very own Augusto Pinochet.
He’s “king of the world” now isn’t he?
Congress doesn’t matter, the will of the people doesn’t matter. Like Pinochet and every other puppet dictator we have installed before him, nothing matters to Barack Obama except what his owners demand of him and we can see that clearly in his most recent JOBS Bill which did nothing to create jobs and did everything to allow Wall Street to swindle more money from their own clients while creating the next big bubble to burst and destroy the economy for good.
The Miracle of Chile is coming to America to the sounds of cheers and applause.
Talk about going out with a whimper….