"The standard Beltway dogma is that there would be serious political costs from reversing the Bush/Cheney abuses of the Constitution and civil liberties. The success of Obama's campaign - which emphatically and repeatedly vowed to do exactly that - ought to have permanently retired that excuse."http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2009/11/27/civil_liberties/index.htmlSp8tzel
IMHO, It's not so much a dogma (in that anyone inside the beltway actually believes this) as a mantra repeated for the masses to ensure that interested parties on all sides, democrat and republican, don't face repercussions for their indefensible actions over the past decade.AlexWhite
Except Obama has not done anything to reverse those abuses since taking office. He requested the Patriot Act be extended, continues warrantless wiretapping, wants indefinite detention without trial, changed the law to bury photos of the military committing illegal acts of torture, has refused to investigate Bush/Cheney abuses, and now commits war crimes of his own routinely, having blown up more civilians along the Af/Pak border in the past ten months than Bush did his last three years in office.
So much for emphatic vows made while campaigning.http://www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/a97av/the_standard_beltway_dogma_is_that_there_would_be/
Q: How do you know that a politician is lying?
A: His lips are moving.
It just makes me laugh like a loon to see otherwise intelligent liberals continue to like and even support Obama in spite of his obvious continuation of pretty much all that was evil about the Dubya administration.
But even funnier is how the slightly more intelligent people, who at least have the intellectual integrity to not deny or blind themselves to Obama's flaws, continue to express how shocked - SHOCKED!! - they are over his obviously evil actions.
People are fucking stupid
and they don't learn.
Like the battered wife, they keep running back to politicians, in spite of the mountains of historical proof that it'll never change anything. "Obama's *different*! He's not like all the other politicians! He won't fuck us all over in the name of maximizing his own power, pandering to special interests inside the beltway, and ensuring his own re-election!"