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Mr Obama, We Promise not to Detain You Indefinitely.


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For some time I have held to the mantra – Never Believe in the Candidate – and it has served me well thus far.  But, in 2008, the idea of an unseasoned candidate running on the promise of hope and change held a bit of shiny glimmer. After all, the country and the world for that matter were entering the worst economic period since the Great Depression and at the same time the US was fighting two foreign wars. Considering the haphazardness and bunglings of the Bush administration and the thought of whatever deranged entity that possessed the then recently deceased body of John McCain running the country, many of us were left with little choice but to cast our votes for the other guy.

For those of you who are about to give me the hardest time of my life; watch this:



Unfortunately, that shiny glimmer of hope and change turned out to have several fish hooks attached to it. One such hook is the legislation Mr Obama signed into law over the holiday break. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2012, signed by Mr Obama on December 31, 2011 represents one of the most invasive encroachments on our civil liberties in the history of our nation (or since the Patriot Act depending upon whom you ask).  This law allows for the indefinite detention of American citizens arrested on American soil.  Not only does it allow for the indefinite detention of Americans, it also allows for American citizens to be held without charging them with any crime.

Granted, there are scores of other worthwhile provisions in the bill (not the least of which is funding for members of our military and their families) but I am sorely disappointed that the White House did not make a political issue of the repercussions of indefinite detention contained in the bill.  I am aware that Mr Obama issued a signing statement to convey his disapproval of the provision but – correct me if I am wrong (and I know I’m not since I recently wrote an article about it) – didn’t the White House just make a political issue of an otherwise necessary bill because a few Republicans wanted to attach a provision for an oil pipeline to it? Are we to believe that delaying the construction of an oil pipeline is a more worthy endeavor than upholding the 4th amendment?

Mr Obama, I have defended the healthcare bill, the repeal of DADT, and troop withdrawal from Iraq because, given rational thought, it was fairly easy to do so.

The healthcare bill eliminated the health insurance companies discriminatory practices of exclusion due to pre-existing conditions and the dropping of coverage for people whose treatments they no longer wanted to finance. It also removed lifetime caps on medical expenses and allowed for children to stay on their parents’ insurance for a few more years in order to prevent lapses in coverage between graduating and finding a job that provides coverage as a benefit. And from what I can tell via the scientific method, the most vocal critics of the bill are insurance companies, their proxies and, again, people who are perplexed by our relationship with Puerto Rico (see: Al Iburton article below).

The idea of the military allowing gays to serve as long as they don’t tell anyone they are gay makes about as much sense as allowing women to serve on the condition that they don’t tell anyone they are women.

If you still believe the US should have invaded Iraq for the reasons we used to justify the invasion then you should stop reading here and return your head to its original position inside your anus.

I will not, however, defend the indefinite detention of American citizens arrested on American soil (or anywhere else for that matter) and to prove it, Mr Obama, I would like to do my part to make sure that you will not be detained by us a second longer than January 2013. Unfortunately, given the choice of Mitt Romney (who has neither a credible first nor last name), Rick Santorum (whose last name is synonymous for what he is), Newt Gingrich (see: Mitt Romney), Michelle Bachman (that dude is Crazy) and Ron Paul (who in no way deserves to be lumped in with that band of cannibals), I might have reached an impasse.





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