I was lukewarm at best already. Samantha Power got me interested, but her candor and common sense made her a campaign liability. Then there’s Barry’s religious pandering on faith based initiatives and death penalty posturing. And now he’s joined the Beloved Leader’s piss fest on the Constitution. Talk about flip-flops:
I have consistently opposed this Administration’s efforts to use debates about our national security to expand its own power, whether that was in regard to the conduct of the Iraq war or its restrictions on our civil liberties through domestic surveillance programs or suspension of habeas corpus. It is time to restore oversight and accountability in the FISA program, and rejecting this unprecedented grant of retroactive immunity is a good place to start. Giving retroactive immunity to telecom companies is simply wrong. Thankfully, the most recent effort to pass this legislation at the end of the legislative year failed. I unequivocally oppose this grant of immunity and support the filibuster of it. I have cosponsored Senator Dodd’s proposal that would remove it from the current FISA bill and continue to follow this debate closely. In order to prevail, the proponents of retroactive immunity still have to convince 60 or more senators to vote to end a filibuster of this bill. I will not be one of them.
This Administration has put forward a false choice between the liberties we cherish and the security we demand. When I am president, there will be no more illegal wire-tapping of American citizens; no more national security letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime; no more tracking citizens who do nothing more than protest a misguided war. Our Constitution works, and so does the FISA court.
–Senator Barack Obama, in a mid-June, 2008 (!!!) campaign email
This vote speaks volumes more about Obama’s integrity, common sense, and the intelligence level of the voting public who seem to blindly accept this, than a thousand monkeys could churn out, writing thousands of blog postings for a hundred years. Well, he was never my candidate to begin with, so I can’t say I’m heartbroken, or even the slightest bit disenchanted.
Just sorry to see my cynicism confirmed so decisively.
What was that George Carlin line? Something like, “I’m proud of the freedoms we used to have in this country…” Yeah, truth to power, George.
I guess it’s gonna be more of the same for some time to come.