By Jeremiah W. Pinkard | Blogger from The Blue Scholar Blog | Monday, May 14, 2012
Novemer 2008 Photo by Mandel Ngan / AFP/Getty Images.
George Dubya Bush and Obama are more alike than either would publicly admit. When Obama first took office I had cautious optimism. I hoped that unlike so many of his predecessors that he would actually deliver on his promise of hope and change. As his administration grinds on I have realized that Obama has just been four more years of Bush.
Both administrations are similar because they have both been financed by the same people. At the heart of both presidents is a little firm they call Government Sachs, I mean Goldman Sachs. Goldman Sachs contributed $394,600 to the 2004 Bush campaign and $1,013,091 to the 2008 Obama campaign. The firm has been instrumental in bankrupting our economy and corrupting our electoral process. Both Presidents have had their hands deep in Wall Street’s pocket, and as we all know one cannot serve two masters. At the end of the day Main Street has gotten the short end of the stick.
Warmongering is a another common trait between Bush and Obama. Under the Bush regime we entered into armed conflict with Iraq and Afghanistan. Much like Russia Afghanistan has become our Vietnam and we were in Vietnam! We have been in Afghanistan for over a decade and there seems to be no end in sight. Obama has promised to have us out by 2014 stating “By 2014, this process of transition will be complete, and the Afghan people will be responsible for their own security.” With the recent debacle of Quran burning followed by the massacre of innocent civilians the time to leave is now. If our troops were withdrawn tomorrow it wouldn’t be soon enough.
Since Obama has taken office we have doubled down on our failed policies in the Middle East. Not only are we still embroiled in a bitter stale mate in Afghanistan and Iraq, we have engaged in hostilities within Pakistan, Libya, and Yemen. Making matters worse there are talks about violence with Iran. The old rhetoric about weapons of mass destruction has raised it’s ugly head again. Israel is threatening Iran with bombings while we are saber rattling in the Straight of Hormuz. Iranian and American naval forces are staring each other down and are poised to strike at any moment.
Under the Bush presidency the powers of government were increased at the expense of the liberty of we the people. Obama has continued this agenda of totalitarianism by further limiting the freedoms you and I used to have. Bush enacted the Patriot act which Obama kept. Making matters worse Obama has signed off on the NDAA which he had promised to veto. The NDAA is a terrible affront to liberty which will allow the United States military to detain, torture, and evil kill American citizens who are “belligerent” towards the central government.
As if the NDAA was not enough CISPA is on the horizon which would allow companies to share your personal information with the government. The legislation would also make it easier for the NSA and the military to spy on American citizens. Colorado Democrat and founder of American Information Systems, Rep. Jared Polis has described CISPA this way “(CISPA would) waive every single privacy law ever enacted in the name of cybersecurity. Allowing the military and NSA to spy on Americans on American soil goes against every principle this country was founded on.” Obama has threatened to veto this legislation as well, but like his predecessor he has a track record for saying one thing and doing another.
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