Our Awesome God King

Our Awesome God King October 15, 2012

Counterpunch asks:

“During his election campaign in 2008, Barack Obama promised to close the prison at Guantánamo, repeal the Patriot Act of 2001 that authorised new domestic surveillance, and protect military and intelligence whistleblowers against government reprisals. It was a pledge to rein in much of the security state apparatus that had been expanded after 11 September 2001 into an enormous, often unaccountable, bureaucracy.

But four years later, Guantánamo is still open, its military tribunals have resumed and Obama has approved the renewal of the Patriot Act. His Department of Justice has launched six Espionage Act prosecutions of security whistleblowers — twice as many as all previous administrations combined. Also the no-fly list of individuals prohibited from air travel — a designation that is often arbitrary and always opaque — has more than doubled since last year, to 21,000. In 2011, the president signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which gives the federal government the power to imprison indefinitely US citizens accused of terrorism, a major erosion of habeas corpus rights. The administration has authorised the assassination of an unknown number of US citizens abroad who are not directly engaged in armed hostilities but who have been designated as “terrorists”, with minimal legal process. Last September, American drones in Yemen hunted and killed radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and Al-Qaida propagandist Samir Khan; two weeks later, a separate American drone strike killed Awlaki’s 16-year old son: all were US citizens. Obama has also radically expanded the ostensibly “secret” killing of non-US citizens by drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia; as many as a third of the victims are non-combatant civilians, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

What happened?”

The answer, of course, is that the Left was never serious about the Constitution or civil rights–and certainly never concerned about the murder of innocents as its commitment to abortion demonstrates. Meanwhile, the Thing that Used to be Conservatism’s morph into the Rubber Hose Right with a fetish for lawless brutality in the service of American Greatness has resulted in a party that has screaming conniptions over things like the economy, but is quietly and consistently approving of Obama’s acquisition of power to indefinitely detain and secretly murder–because someday a Republican will be wielding that way cool lawless executive power. So for all the screaming about Obama the Socialist Communist Atheist Muslim Dictator, the Mainstream right is strangely silent about that aspect of his administration that is actually most dangerously dictatorial, ruthless and deadly.

That’s because it’s not Left vs. Right, but our Ruling Class vs. the rest of us.

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  • Sam Wood

    Yyyyyyyyup!!! Nothing more needs to be said.

  • Of course Democrats aren’t serious about civil rights. They weren’t fifty years ago either. As African-American Thomas Sowell points out:

    “It has long been a matter of official record that a higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats, in both Houses of Congress, voted for the landmark civil rights legislation of the 1960s. Yet the great legend has come down to us that Democrats created the civil rights revolution, over the opposition of the Republicans.”

    Unfortunately, however, this traditional conservatism is dead. The “neo-conservatism” of the Republican Party is nothing more than corporate fascism. Civil rights? Pro-life issues? Pff, all neo-conservatives care about is expanding the police state and killing Arabs.

    • The other side of that same lie is that it was those brave secularist white college kids who won the Civil Rights battle, not a bunch of colored preachers basing their call in the Imagio Dei.

      You see this today in the abortion debates, whenever a leftist wants to go down the “you can have your religious opinions but you can’t base your vote on them” rabbit hole. When you quote Dr. King, they’ll close their ears and tell you about their brave roommate at Amherst. Or their mama’s brave classmate at Cornell.

  • dpt

    Here in California, some “progressives” ranted about BusHitler and John Ashcroft were going to use the Patriot Act to imprison liberals, homosexuals, and non-Christians.

    President Obama took the Patriot Act and ran with it, yet the same progressives are silent.
    Gee…go figure.