Did the 2008 Election ever really happen?

Quite a good article posted at www.CommonDreams.org that sums up my feelings about the state of our Country some 8 months after we had been promised “change” (and voted for it).

See: Hey, Did You Hear That Democrats Won The Election?”

Some excerpts:

I’m not shocked that he’s not FDR. But why is this guy carrying water for George Bush, covering up his worst crimes?

Why are his civil liberties positions so bad that one attorney described them as “the good old Bush-Cheney inherent presidential power theory” all over again?  

Why is he working so hard to make sure Wall Street sucks every drop of blood it possibly can out of the pale-white corpse of the American middle class, even while it ruins the global economy in yet another get-rich scam, then turns to the government for a bail-out when it all comes a cropper, all the while – and without a hint of irony – still loudly singing its effusive praises of Ayn Rand?

I might also add, why is he so personally heavily invested in the legal protection of Dick Cheney?

Shown below is the record of the man liberals scrambled to put into office, the guy who promised big-time change, and the guy whom foaming-at-the-mouth regressives run around screaming is “a socialist” ruining America:

…steered hundreds of billions of bail-out dollars to the very people who drove the country into the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, required nothing of these sharks in return, and did almost nothing for ordinary Americans struggling to survive this disaster?  

…opposed congressional legislation limiting financial institution incentive pay packages that put the whole global economy at risk?  

…opposed legislation allowing shareholders the right to have even a non-binding say on salaries, even though executives took home billions in bonuses last year while their companies were hemorrhaging money so badly they required a trillion bucks in taxpayer bail-out?  

…actually threatened Britain, America’s closest ally in the world, with withdrawal of intelligence data that could prevent terrorist attacks unless the British government blocked one of its courts from accepting documented evidence of torture at Guantánamo?  

…sent droves of Predator-launched missiles into Pakistan – supposedly one of America’s allies – killing groups of civilians, even at weddings, thus intensifying hatred toward the United States?

…tried to shut down a charity’s illegal-surveillance suit against the government on the basis of a supposed constitutionally-grounded state secrets privilege which would allow the president to kill any legal case before it is even heard?  

…undertook a blitz of immigration enforcement without reform of civil rights violations so nasty that one professor of immigration law described the policies as “literally the worst of all worlds”?  

…refused to set legally enforceable immigration detention rules covering such basics as health care and legal representation, instead relying on a flawed contractor-based monitoring system?  

…dramatically increased the influence of religion in government, directly violating the First Amendment, by lavishly spending federal dollars on “faith-based” programs, and giving religious groups massively increased power and access within the White House to shape policy questions?  

…stood by silently, allowing climate legislation to be watered down to nothing, to include generous pollution allowances to coal utilities, and to undermine the EPA’s authority to control carbon emissions?  

…backed healthcare legislation that did little for the public and actually increased wasteful federal expenditures, while continuing to enrich insurance, medical, hospital and pharmaceutical corporation vampires?  


The President that extended the hand of peace to the Muslim world has murdered hundreds of Pakistani men, women and children. The President who promised accountability in Government has filled his staff with lobbyists, banksters and warmongers. His Attorney General refuses to prosecute some of the worst war crimes committed in modern history and continues to give legal cover to criminals who tortured with impunity.

The country has been further bankrupted by the continuing theft of taxpayer money as the Wall St. campaign donors receive their quid pro quo. Obama has stood by idly as Bernancke states that the private Federal Reserve is not answerable to either Congress of the American public. The U.S. taxpayer is now on the hook for $14.3 Trillion and rising. Foreclosures and unemployment are rising with no meaningful efforts by the administration to alleviate the symptoms, never mind the cause. The new image of America is one of tent cities, lengthening soup kitchen lines, sherrifs evicting countless thousands of young and old from their homes, once prosperous towns descending in to an eerie stillness and an increasingly disillusioned populace.


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  1. be gained by talking this level of shit about the president. Like him or hate him, he is head and shoulders above what Sen. McCain would have been as president.

    Some points on the legal issues. First off every administration is going to try to defend the prerogatives it inherits. That is true for all Dems and all Republicans. There is a difference in that than what the Bush administration did in attempting to expand them.

    Second, we don’t know they are not going to investigate and indict folks like VP Cheney. In fact things are moving in that direction. That it has taken this level of time is unfortunate, but you don’t rush into something which is guaranteed to split the nation, and be as nasty as these investigations and prosecutions will be.

    Finally, did you think he would be very different form how he is? I did not. I never expected him to be other than what he is a; a slightly left of center centrist.  

  2. is true.  Well, not all of it, but some of it.  I’m just not sure which some that is yet, but I’m getting warmer.  I’ll update as I find out more.

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