Here is today’s schedule for Barack Obama:
It involves a lot of “Stand for Change” events, doesn’t it? The thing is, way back in October of 2007 Barack Obama committed to Stand for Change in reality, not just rhetoric. The Obama campaign committed back in October of 2007 to support Senator Christopher Dodd’s efforts to stop the FISA Amendments Act, including support for a filibuster. And yesterday, Barack Obama reiterated his commitment, saying:
I strongly oppose retroactive immunity in the FISA bill. No one should get a free pass to violate the basic civil liberties of the American people â€” not the president of the United States, and not the telecommunications companies that fell in line with his warrantless surveillance program…
So what will Barack Obama do today? As the FISA Amendments Act comes to the floor and Senator Dodd readies his filibuster, will Barack Obama stand up for the constitution and rule of law? Will he Stand for Change by resisting the bill’s effort to give telecommunications corporations immunity for their illegal acts? Or will Barack Obama abandon his responsibilities as a Senator and just give lip service to “Standing for Change” with some flowery speeches to adoring crowds?
Does Barack Obama care more about this country or his personal ambitions? We’re going to find out today.