Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

Shame on Obama & Dems!

Okay, I’ve been taking a break from political postings and haven’t yet gotten around to my analysis of what progressives could expect from an Obama admin. on domestic issues (I did analyze strengths and weaknesses of his likely foreign policies).  But, because some people claim that I never criticize Democrats (which a perusal of my archives would show to be false), I have to rush this one out, now:

Shame on Democrats in the House and Senate for compromising on FISA Telecom immunity! Shame on Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) for breaking his promise to filibuster any such compromise.  This gives legitimacy to some of Bush’s crimes–spying on Americans without a warrant in violation of the 1978 FISA law (not to mention the Bill of Rights) and giving immunity to Telecom companies who cooperated with this illegality!

This comes on top of yet another authorization for more war spending! C’mon, Dems, grow some backbones–including you, Sen. Obama!

This is deeply disappointing.  How can a president with the lowest approval rating in modern American history continue to intimidate House and Senate Dems who were elected to stand up to him by a public tired of his lawlessness! 

While I continue to push for Obama’s victory, it is clear that this is NOT “Change We Can Believe In” and we will have to hold him accountable, now and after the election. Sigh!

UPDATE: Thank God, Senator Dodd is planning to filibuster this “compromise!” I continue to urge Sen. Obama to do the same.

June 22, 2008 - Posted by | civil liberties, U.S. politics


  1. PErhaps it is because Obama realizes he have to govern and protect his country and thus si letting some of the Bush Derangement syndrome not affect that. It is a theory.

    Comment by jh | June 23, 2008

  2. I would suggest this post as to what all this means


    Th emisinformation on how this all works and indeed worked before 9.11 has been breathtaking

    Comment by jh | June 23, 2008

  3. If Obama had an courage he would not have thrown his spritual mentor and pastor under the bus to start with.

    “If you want to understand where Barack gets his feeling and rhetoric from,” says the Rev. Jim Wallis, a leader of the religious left, “just look at Jeremiah Wright.”
    -Rolling Stone

    But then, they don’t call him “Fast Eddie” Obama for nothing:


    “God, Republicans are saps. They think that they’re running against some academic liberal who wouldn’t wear flag pins on his lapel, whose wife isn’t proud of America and who went to some liberationist church where the pastor damned his own country. They think they’re running against some naïve university-town dreamer, the second coming of Adlai Stevenson.

    But as recent weeks have made clear, Barack Obama is the most split-personality politician in the country today. On the one hand, there is Dr. Barack, the high-minded, Niebuhr-quoting speechifier who spent this past winter thrilling the Scarlett Johansson set and feeling the fierce urgency of now. But then on the other side, there’s Fast Eddie Obama, the promise-breaking, tough-minded Chicago pol who’d throw you under the truck for votes.”

    Comment by Roger Pace | June 24, 2008

  4. The idea that we have to violate civil liberties in order to “protect the country” is nonsense.

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | June 24, 2008

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