Thursday, July 3, 2008

Change we can believe in

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“Sorry about that?” says Obama.

Not really, but he did give this pretty fucking lame explanation after he voted this week for a bill that endorses warrantless domestic spying and also basically hands immunity to all the communications companies that helped the government out so far:

Given the legitimate threats we face, providing effective intelligence collection tools with appropriate safeguards is too important to delay. So I support the compromise, but do so with a firm pledge that as president, I will carefully monitor the program.

This, even after he said a few months ago he’d oppose the bill:

No one should get a free pass to violate the basic civil liberties of the American people — not the President of the United States, and not the telecommunications companies that fell in line with his warrantless surveillance program. We have to make clear the lines that cannot be crossed.

Anyway, I know everyone including you and me and even probably one of your parents was feeling really good about Obama for a while because he took the bold stance of opposing a war that most of the country also opposes. But, really, it’s probably time for everyone to realize that Obama is just another dick politician — everyone, including those who will take their own bold stances by voting for him over a 114-year-old warmonger even most conservatives hate.

Specifically, Obama is just another Bobby Kennedy. Some people think that is great because they get excited about play-monarchies or want to believe that the Kennedys were progressive heroes. Both Bobby Kennedy and Barack Obama, however, are mildly worthless at their best.

I know right-wingers snicker to themselves about this all the time, but their challenge to Obama supporters to name what’s so grand about him is legitimate. Consistently, no one can name anything concrete besides his opposition to the Iraq War.

Even this is lame, though, because Obama just wants to send Iraq War troops to other sweet wars around the world.

So if you want a change, don’t vote for Obama. If you want a change and you’re anti-war, vote for any of the major third parties. All of them — Libertarian, Green, Constitution, Socialist and Reform — are non-interventionalist and talk about it in their platforms.

For instance, this is from platform of the Constitution Party, yeah the Constitution Party:

Since World War II, the United States has been involved in tragic, unconstitutional, undeclared wars which cost our country the lives of many thousands of young Americans … The Constitution Party has consistently opposed American involvement in conflicts in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, and Central and South America. The United States has no interest in these areas which would justify the sacrifice of Americans on foreign battlefields.

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