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When will Obama resign or will he wait to get thrown OUT of office?

May 30, 2009

MIAMI — We expected broken promises. But the gap between the soaring expectations that

Obama is Bush III

Obama is Bush III

accompanied Barack Obama’s inauguration and his wretched performance is the broadest such chasm in recent historical memory. This guy makes Bill Clinton look like a paragon of integrity and follow-through. (If you remember correctly. Every proposal made by Hillary Clinton during the Primary was backed by a sound well thought our plan, she was more than willing to explain in detail.)

From health care to torture to the economy to war, Obama has reneged on pledges real and implied. So timid and so owned is he that he trembles in fear of offending, of all things, the government of Turkey.

Obama has officially reneged on his campaign promise to acknowledge the Armenian genocide. When a president doesn’t have the nerve to annoy the Turks, why does he bother to show up for work in the morning?

Obama is useless. Worse than that, he’s dangerous. Which is why, if he has any patriotism left after the thousands of meetings he has sat through with corporate contributors, blood-sucking lobbyists and corrupt politicians, he ought to step down now — before he drags us further into the abyss.

I refer here to Obama’s plan for “preventive detentions.” If a cop or other government official thinks you might want to commit a crime someday, you could be held in “prolonged detention.” Reports in U.S. state-controlled media imply that Obama’s shocking new policy would only apply to Islamic terrorists (or, in this case, wannabe Islamic terrorists, and also kinda-sorta-maybe-thinking-about-terrorism dudes). As if that made it OK.

In practice, Obama wants to let government goons snatch you, me and anyone else they deem annoying off the street.

Preventive detention is the classic defining characteristic of a military dictatorship. Because dictatorial regimes rely on fear rather than consensus, their priority is self-preservation rather than improving their people’s lives. They worry obsessively over the one thing they can’t control, what George Orwell called “thoughtcrime” — contempt for rulers that might someday translate to direct action.

Locking up people who haven’t done anything wrong is worse than un-American and a violent attack on the most basic principles of Western jurisprudence. It is contrary to the most essential notion of human decency. That anyone has ever been subjected to “preventive detention” is an outrage. That the president of the United States, a man who won an election because he promised to elevate our moral and political discourse, would even entertain such a revolting idea offends the idea of civilization itself.

Obama is cute. He is charming. But there is something rotten inside him. Unlike the Republicans who backed George W. Bush, I won’t follow a terrible leader just because I voted for him. Obama has revealed himself. He is a monster, and he should remove himself from power.

“Prolonged detention,” reported The New York Times, would be inflicted upon “terrorism suspects who cannot be tried.”

“Cannot be tried.” Interesting choice of words.

Any “terrorism suspect” (can you be a suspect if you haven’t been charged with a crime?) can be tried. Anyone can be tried for anything. At this writing, a Somali child is sitting in a prison in New York, charged with piracy in the Indian Ocean, where the U.S. has no jurisdiction. Anyone can be tried.

What they mean, of course, is that the hundreds of men and boys languishing at Guantánamo and the thousands of “detainees” the Obama administration anticipates kidnapping in the future cannot be convicted. As in the old Soviet Union, putting enemies of the state on trial isn’t enough. The game has to be fixed. Conviction has to be a foregone conclusion.

Why is it, exactly, that some prisoners “cannot be tried”?

The Old Grey Lady explains why Obama wants this “entirely new chapter in American law” in a boring little sentence buried a couple of paragraphs past the jump and a couple of hundred words down page A16: “Yet another question is what to do with the most problematic group of Guantánamo detainees: those who pose a national security threat but cannot be prosecuted, either for lack of evidence or because evidence is tainted.”

In democracies with functioning legal systems, it is assumed that people against whom there is a “lack of evidence” are innocent. They walk free. In countries where the rule of law prevails, in places blessedly free of fearful leaders whose only concern is staying in power, “tainted evidence” is no evidence at all. If you can’t prove that a defendant committed a crime — an actual crime, not a thoughtcrime — in a fair trial, you release him and apologize to the judge and jury for wasting their time.

It is amazing and incredible, after eight years of Bush’s lawless behavior, to have to still have to explain these things. For that reason alone, Obama should resign.

Ted Rall is a columnist for Universal Press Syndicate. Our friend Ted Rall says it ALL

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7 Comments
  1. May 30, 2009 9:10 pm

    Why don’t you let the man finish at least half of his term in office, and then evaluate him. Whatever credibility your points may have are lost in your impatience before he’s even had six months.

  2. May 31, 2009 4:12 am

    What makes you think we have the luxury of time (2 years) waiting and wondering if Barry can wean himself off of the training wheels people like you have given him?

    He doesn’t have a vision or a plan for the future of America. Except for taking the easy way out and handing our sovereignty over to the Global Union, abdicating his responsibility for the job he was selected to do-

    If Obama is the mental dynamo everyone who voted for him thought he was, he would have manned up and admitted he was not skilled enough in the ways of Finance, Health Care, Diplomacy and Global Politics to take on a job that entails a dire need of simultaneous remediation immediately, in all the areas mentioned above. Obama should have stepped aside before he used every ugly tool known to mankind scheming for the Democratic Nomination. His ego was more important to him than the welfare of the country.

    People are beginning to wake-up realizing Obama doesn’t have the mental acuity or the resolve and commitment required for this country’s welfare. You have been duped if you think Obama will ever have the gravitas necessary to be thought of as presidential.

    Obama is the laughing stock of Europe. His lack of knowledge of American history is quite obvious to them when they know more about our country than he does.

    Obama’s speeches are always scripted to a teleprompter. He can not elaborate on plans mentioned in his speeches because the words he speaks are compilations created by George Soros Think Tanks. The same applies to the Fed Reserve Chairman, the inept, Geithner. His marching orders come from the Soros enclaves as well.

    Haven’t you noticed, whenever Geithner and Obama speak, It’s always, the details will come later…
    Sure, because they haven’t a clue what “those” details are!

    No president in history has used Futures of Tax Payer money for Bank Bailouts. Never- I don’t think it’s legal!

    In the past, the Federal government has unequivocally shut down Banks facing insolvency. It might have been an inconvenience to the public for a while, but we would have survived.

    Actually, how bad would it have been for us returning to using our local small town Institutions for Savings and Credit Unions?

    As we’ve seen in news reports, most of the small town local Savings Banks refused Bailout money but were forced by the Obama administration to take it. Not only that, Obama forbade their repaying Bailout money so quickly, money they never needed in the first place.! Credit Unions and Savings and Loans are pretty miffed at Obama’s cram down, penalizing them, if they are not in compliance with his guidelines set up for Bank-Bailouts ie… (taking the money whether they needed it or not!).

    Insolvent Banks should have had been made to consolidate their debt and go into receivership like every other business must when faced with financial hard times and insolvency.

    Government involvement should have been limited to a team of Trustees appointed for the management and ongoing contemporaneous overview of selling off Bank assets and having the Banks focus on reconciliation of the debt they created themselves because of their reckless handling of derivative instruments when as tranches, they were inserted into consumer investment portfolios.

    Corporations, Banks, and Wall St. have found a reservoir of support from Obama. It’s a shame he hasn’t thought enough of the People who voted for him to do the same for them.

  3. May 31, 2009 11:43 am

    This, in addition to what I mentioned in the above post referring to Geithner / same goes for Obama.

    The Chinese are tired of the same lofty words coming from Geithner’s and Obama’s spew in their “feel good” speeches how they are promising America’s recovery.

    “Geithner, 47, needs to show how the U.S. can prevent the value of China’s investment from being eroded by a weaker dollar or by the inflation that might be stoked by the stimulus money being pumped into the U.S. economy, according to Yu.”

    “It will be helpful if Geithner can show us some arithmetic,” he said.”

    “Geithner told reporters on the way to Beijing that he’ll continue U.S. efforts to seek a larger Chinese role in organizations like the International Monetary Fund.”

    The Chinese “want to see some arithmetic”- as spelled out in tomorrow’s Bloomberg! Good luck to the Chinese. Geithner will used the same tired excuse. “I’ll send you a Fax in the morning after I get home.”

  4. May 31, 2009 12:19 pm

    Wow, I admire your passion. But I think you might want to take a few yoga classes to chill out. Its not as bad as you think.

    We do have the time and he is entitled to the time. The fact is every president comes in and needs to acclimate to the office. And the truth is he can hope to come in and create change. But he also has to deal with the decisions George Bush and Cheney made. No doubt, some of the decisions he has made are a result of their denial.

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