When I first seriously looked at Barack Obama as a candidate for President, the thing I liked best was that he took civil liberties seriously. He really got it that freedom is what America is realy, really, all about. If he became President, our government would take the Constitution seriously again.
Since then, of course, I’ve been quite disappointed in how reality has played out. At first, it could be chalked up to inexperience and needing to respond to things immediately before Obama’s new policy positions could be fully worked out. But after a year and a half in the White House, Obama owns whatever it is the government is doing outright, and if anything, it’s worse than it was under Bush because not only has nothing changed, Obama has in some cases literally taken things up to the next level.
Here, I’ll let my man Jon Stewart lay it out for you, using video to compare Candidate Obama to President Obama in the way that only The Daily Show (and its spinoff Colbert Report)* ever seems to actually do:
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Respect My Authoritah|
I’ve said it before — where Bush would have read your e-mail without a search warrant, Obama will just plain f-ing kill you. That’s rather a more serious civil liberties problem.
This guy does not take civil liberties seriously. He talked the talk as a candidate and not only did nothing, but consciously made it worse. The one thing I really, really was looking forward to in an Obama Administration turns out to to have been a cynical lie.
But on that super-accelerated deficit spending plank of his platform in exchange for little tangible increase in government or medical services, I’ve got to give the guy credit — he followed through on that campaign promise with gusto.
I can’t say I’m surprised. I am, however, quite disappointed.
* Once again, I throw my hands up in frustration that it seems to take a comedy show to do what the news ought to be doing.