Reformed Obama Supporter Laments

He should have known better.  How does an obscure state senator from Illinois, who never proposed any legislation, get to give the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention?  How does a student become editor of the Law Review at Harvard without ever writing a single article?  Not without the help of very powerful friends!

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is a crime against our constitution. It allows for the indefinite detention of US citizens by the military inside the US — without a trial. It’s one of the worst laws ever passed in the US and it passed with nary a peep of opposition. I’m positive that a huge percentage of the population is not even aware of it, partly because the establishment media didn’t even bother covering it.

But it appeared for a while that the one guy fighting against it was President Obama. I was incredibly encouraged by that. I shouldn’t have been. It turned out at the end that he was threatening to veto the bill because he wanted it to have even more executive power, not less. This president has been a disaster for civil liberties. Every time I think about the fact that he used to be a constitutional law professor, I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry. Indefinite detentions, summary executions of US citizens abroad without a trial, warrantless wiretapping and much, much more. All of the things we were outraged Bush did — and then some. Honestly, it makes me feel a little sick that I voted for him.

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