Bad news for progressives who are trying their darndest to keep alive the hope that Barack Obama’s presidency is going to bring about the change they were longing for when George W. Bush was in the White House. President Obama has decided to use George W. Bush’s claims that he has the power to imprison people for as long as he likes without criminal charges.
Like Bush, Obama is claiming this right even when the people imprisoned have been considered for criminal prosecution – and then rejected for prosecution because there isn’t sufficient evidence of a crime. Obama is, like Bush, granting himself the powers of judge and jury, usurping the role of both the Judicial Branch and the citizenry to check Executive Branch power.
It’s a thoroughly anti-constitutional move that progressives denounced when George W. Bush made it. Will they oppose Obama, now that Obama has reiterated his intention to preserve Bush’s policies?
In another repetition of Bush-era attacks against the Constitution, President Obama has declared that he will maintain George W. Bush’s state secrets policy. Bush stopped lawsuits that were attempting to force the government to provide information about unconstitutional spying against Americans and torture programs by invoking the claim that state secrets were involved – without ever providing a court with evidence that the claims were true. This action gave Bush absolute power against any legal action, placing him in the position of a despot.
Obama has done the same thing, and his White House has now issued a statement that they’re going to keep on doing it, with only one minor change. The Obama Administration says its use of George W. Bush’s state secrets doctrine will be altered slightly, with the Attorney General of the United States giving his promise to a court that state secrets are involved.
Still, there will be no evidence in court of state secrets. There will be no opportunity for the judge, much less the plaintiff, to challenge the assertion by the President. It’s a cosmetic change, without any real effect.
When George W. Bush committed these kinds of acts, progressives called for impeachment. Should we not call for impeachment of Barack Obama now? Should progressives not hold Obama accountable to the law, simply because they like him better than Bush?
When Obama keeps continuing a huge number of rotten policies that were invented under George W. Bush, what’s to like? This isn’t a case of President Obama needing more time to get things right. Once again, the Obama Administration has taken the time to review policies, and has decided to keep the worst aspects of the Bush years going strong.