Monday, September 10, 2012

"Change" in the (D) Platform, Alright

God and Jerusalem are in.

The Constitution and your privacy?  Meh.

...Obama's 2011 military intervention in Libya was an applause line for John Kerry, who said Obama's Tomahawk strikes and bombing attacks -- none of which were authorized by Congress -- "made America lead like America again."

...Four years ago, Obama ran on a platform declaring, "We support constitutional protections and judicial oversight on any surveillance program involving Americans." That platform added, "We reject illegal wire-tapping of American citizens."

To borrow Biden's phrasing, those platform planks are dead, and illegal wire-tapping of Americans is alive.

 "We will revisit the Patriot Act," the 2008 platform promised, "and overturn unconstitutional executive decisions issued during the past eight years."

In May 2011, Obama signed a bill reauthorizing the Patriot Act complete with the provisions that most disturbed civil libertarians, including roving wiretaps and surveillance of people with no known ties to terrorist organizations. The 2012 platform omitted any mention of the law.

Where's "the Press"?

In the tank.


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