"[W]hat’s not up for debate in this election is the continuation of the post-911 security state Bush instituted and Obama expanded. No matter who wins tomorrow, that state aparatus will continue to roll right along, because no-one in the corriders of power – industrialists, mainstream media or politicians – has any good short-term reason to do otherwise. The only losers are we the mooks, at home and abroad, who lose lives and liberty."
Obama criticizes Hilary’s healthcare “penalty” in 2008 mailer.
Just to remind everyone that both candidates have flip-flopped on health care, based on political efficacy.
When you cast your ballot, I just ask everyone to evaluate politicians by their actions, not their promises or their claims. Obama has flip-flopped on a multitude of issues, just as Romney has; Romney’s just not intelligent or eloquent enough to pull it off.
When you explain why you support who you support, don’t say that it’s because Romney isn’t just like Obama or because Obama wants to make college affordable or is good on civil liberties. Make sure your justifications are backed with actual policies signed off on. Political promises are just field-tested rhetoric designed to maximize their share of votes.
Probably the most disturbingly clear indictment of Obama’s very real acts to do away with all civil liberties and rights of american citizens - and it comes from Obama’s own mouth, clear as day, no euphemisms necessary.
Every supporter of Obama should take a few minutes to watch this, and ask themselves why they’re still rationalizing all this, and whether they felt these things were acceptable under George W. Bush.
Also, I’m proud of Rachel Maddow for actually acting like a journalist, asking difficult questions, something that can’t be said of her peers very often.
"First, in addressing global terror and violent extremism, we need the kind of comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy I called for last August. We need to strengthen security partnerships to take out terrorist networks, while investing in education and opportunity. We need to give our national security agencies the tools they need, while restoring the adherence to rule of law that helps us win the battle for hearts and minds. This means closing Guantanamo, restoring habeas corpus, and respecting civil liberties."
Candidate Obama, 2008 (eBooks, Databases, and other searchable on-line content from askSam)
I wish we had elected this man.