I supported Obama but I neither liked nor trusted him. I never thought he was progressive or even liberal. I never got what all the Obama supporters saw in him, especially since I saw him as being more conservative than Bill Clinton.
In deed I saw him as being more like his self professed hero Ronald Reagan than like a real Democrat. Perhaps it was his saying how Ronald Reagan was needed to undo the “excesses of the 1960s and 70s”. Never mentioning that those vary “excesses” are the reason why African American, women and LGBT/TQA people have a place at the table.
I knew he was going to throw LGBT/TQA people under the bus when he sucked up to McMega Church, pastor/con artist for Jesus, Rick Warren.
The toss under the bus for us came immediately after the votes were counted.
Obama the wonderful. Obama, who will end the wars.
I have listened to the LGBT/TQA folks who blame congress. Well I do too. I want more Alan Graysons, more Al Frankens, more Anthony Weiners, more Bernie Sanders. Less triangulating spineless dipshits.
If you believe in something fight for it.
If the Democrats keep on playing at being Republican lite perhaps it is time for Progressives to start our own version of a freaking Tea Party.
In the mean time I am freaking sick and tired of Obama continuing the same violation of our rights started by Chimpy and the Republi-Nazis.
The PATRIOT Act was wrong then and is still wrong.
Then ask us to believe in “Hope” Because at this point it looks like Obama is about hype rather than hope.
From Alternet: http://www.alternet.org/rights/148428/progressive_dissent_is_in_the_fbi%27s_crosshairs/
By Lydia Howell, Catalyst
Posted on October 6, 2010
Is free speech worth the constitutional paper it’s written on?
After the September 26 FBI raids on peace activists’ homes in Minneapolis, Chicago and North Carolina, it appears to depend on who’s speaking and what they’re saying.
The pretext for the raids was investigating “material aide to terrorists”, resulting in grand jury subpoenas and confiscation of computers, books, music CDs and from one home, a Martin Luther King poster. The targeted Minneapolis activists have openly protested US military policy since the 1980s. The FBI certainly knows they have nothing to do with terrorism. These activists simply have the audacity to challenge bi-partisan US invasions, occupations and support for dictatorships and human rights abusers. Dissent on the left has long been seen as ‘criminal behavior’. Where once “the communist threat” was the argument for such repression, now, “terrorism” is.
When it comes to war, US government sees three roles for the American people: 1. Pay hundreds of billions for the largest military on Earth 2. Kill and possibly die or be maimed for US military and corporate dominance of other countries 3. Cheerlead war. The US government — bought and paid for by weapons-makers and mercenaries (‘contractors’) — does not think that We The People have the right to even question, much less challenge and resist permanent war, which is bankrupting our country and civilian deaths ignite more violence.
Just days before the raids, the Department of Justice Inspector General released a report about FBI abuses of peace groups under the Bush Administration — abuses that President Obama continues. Republicans and Democrats rubberstamp domestic spying on peace organizations, Quakers, and solidarity groups visiting countries that the US bombs or subsidizes death squads in.