Senator Barack Obama, the junior senator from Illinois, a Democrat and the presumptive nominee of his party for the office of President of the United States, assassinated himself yesterday on the floor of the United States Senate.
In the eyes of The Lion, Senator Obama might as well have done so.
He voted with sixty-eight other Senators to support the bill that gives the President of the United States unprecedented powers to wiretap pretty much anyone he wants to. The current President has admitted to violating the wiretap law thousands of times, and has suffered no punishment other than some mild verbal slaps from pundits who wouldn’t know the death of a democracy if it fell on them.
Contained in the bill is a provision granting retroactive immunity to the telecommunications companies that conspired with the President to violate the wiretap law. Neither they nor the President will pay a price. Forty lawsuits currently in process against the telecom corporations will become void when the President signs the bill, which he is ‘eager’ to do. Let us hope we will not be subject to the spectacle of the thug drooling on his signature as he rushes to free himself and his telecom cronies from legal responsibility for their crimes.
As for Senator Obama, The Lion expects some twists and turns on policy in the midst of an election campaign. As the Senator has brought more and more of the Clinton family’s personnel into his campaign he has twisted more and more toward the right and increasingly abandoned his natural constituency among Democrats and the people generally. Even that might be understood and grudgingly accepted.
But not this.
He said he would filibuster this bill.
He said he would not vote for this bill.
He condemned it.
He struck a blow at the heart of democracy, at our Constitutionally guaranteed right to be safe in our own homes from government intrusion.
The fourth amendment to the Constitution reads:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Senator Obama and the other Democratic Senators who voted for the bill gutted this provision of the Constitution. They approved the actions of a lawless President and lawless corporations, and apparently expect that those entities will now behave like good law-abiding citizens because there’s a new law.
The Democrats who did this are fools. The Republicans are thugs from whom we expect this sort of behavior. Now they have joined forces.
It is obvious to anyone except a Republican or Conservative that the last eight years have shown that Republican government is lawless government, is government of lies and deceit, is government of incompetence and destruction, is government of greed, is government whose only goal is to satisfy the lust of powerful men for money and power.
And with the passage of this bill, with “Support from key Democrats [that] ensured passage of the measure“, the Democrats have shown that they are not different from the Republicans. The Democrats refuse to stand with law and principle. And Senator Obama surrendered his integrity as well when he cast his vote.
He will do his best to spin his action into something acceptable. That’s what people who have no integrity do these days. They dress up their failures of principle in words of deceit that seek to comfort the people betrayed.
And because he has done this, and because he is adopting other positions somewhat less egregious, he will continue to betray the people who support him.
Senator Obama is dead to me.
I will not vote for him, but will waste my vote on a third party candidate.
I will no longer support the Democratic Party in any way.
I will not acquiesce to the destruction of my country by supporting lesser evils.
Republicans and Conservatives can take what joy they want from decisions like mine as they continue their thuggery and their destruction of democracy and liberty, but they should know that sooner or later they will face me and mine in the streets and we will have our country back from them.