Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Obama Channels Dubya

There are those who think that only the dead or even that only the ancient dead can be channelled. St. Obama shows us that it ain't so. Recently he's been channelling Dubya, and maybe even Darth Cheney.

Obama voted for the misguided FISA amendment, but assures us that as President he would ensure that it wasn't abused. Deja vu! Didn't we hear similar promises from Dubya? Dubya then went on to "authorize" (how exactly does one authorize an illegal act?) the illegal, warrantless wiretapping of American citizens.

Obama's call for government funding of religious organizations is just more of Dubya's faith-based initiatives. Obama even had David Kuo (a now disgruntled participant of Dubya's efforts in this regard) on hand to endorse his efforts. The Republic has gotten along perfectly well without any faith-based initiatives for some 200+ years (although some might argue that tax breaks for churches is really a faith-based initiative).

Then there is Obama's strange support for the recent Supreme Court decision striking down a Washington, D.C. gun law. The majority opinion in that decision pretends that the statement of the Second Amendment is "The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.". The preceding phrases of the actual amendement, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,", is blithely ignored or dismissed by the majority opinion and now by Obama. Dubya is surely proud of his brother in arms (puns intended) on this issue.

Just as odd and illiberal was the Senator's support for Louisiana's overly liberal use of the death penalty. The Supreme Court rightly struck that down. But the Senator is all for it, citing state's rights arguments, yet!

The Senator says he's "asking us to believe". The misguided have thought he was asking for faith in the rule-of-law, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the separation of church and state, and other such liberal shibboleths. He has now set them straight. In case you were in favor of the minor surgery on the Senator suggested by Jesse Jackson, the Senator has already had it done.

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