Seriously, if our last president hadn’t been George W. Bush, and if the only electorally viable alternative to another term of the Obama administration weren’t whatever candidate emerges from the shit show going on in the Republican party right now, I think people would be a lot less impressed. Yes, President Obama managed to get some moderate healthcare reforms passed despite a very hostile Congressional climate and successfully pushed for the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, but he approved a four-year extension on Patriot Act measures, and the Guantánamo Bay detention center is still open. He also authorized the extrajudicial killing of an American-born fugitive in the Middle East and similarly had Osama bin Laden assassinated in his home. These people are scary folks for sure, but hunting down and killing people this way is pretty scary too. President Obama has failed to reverse the erosion of habeas corpus and due process in the US. And despite initially expressing support for a reform of the failed War on Drugs policies in regards to cannabis, he allowed federal raids on state-licensed medical cannabis dispensaries.
But, you know, at least he’s not Romney. And it looks like those are the only choices we have right now. Mitt Romney, who has lately promised to oppose same-sex marriage and reproductive health rights, who recently said on the campaign trail, “Corporations /are/ people, my friends,” and President Obama, who might have been able to pass himself off as a moderate Republican in the not-too-distant past.
President Obama is an improvement on recent administrations, but he is not going to singlehandedly ensure justice for disenfranchised Americans or anybody else.
lunasspecto being beautifully articulate in a reblog.
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