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President Obama, you’ve put your foot in it.

Much as I like you, Mr. President – and I definitely do – you have really put yours foot in it this time. I’m not a sycophant. I don’t agree with all of your positions. For instance, I think your stance on gun control is outright unconstitutional, while at the same time, I understand why you’d prefer that it were otherwise, and, since the system itself is corrupt and largely unconstitutional these days, why you’d be willing to violate your oath in order to see things done the way you’d like them to be done.

This isn’t stupid; it’s calculating and it is very much political, “just the way things work today.” For instance, if you actually think the government presently is authorized to restrict citizens from owning arms, I’d love to sit down with you and show you why you’re 100% wrong. I think you’re far too smart to buy the standard arguments for your own position, though, and I suspect that in private, you’d simply admit that is the case. I understand political expediency. I also understand an urge to do good, and that the legalities of the system can frustrate that urge if not pushed to the side.

But this time… I’m disappointed in you.
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The Sotomayor Nightmare

ConstitutionBurningThe role of our constitution has been eroded to an already frightening degree by decades of congressional and judicial malfeasance. The 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th and 10th amendments have all been roundly scorned; the commerce clause outright inverted; the ex post facto directives ignored; and the article 3 authorization to judge constitutional issues perverted into a de facto power to amend.

Now comes Obama’s nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, a judge with a history of outright constitutional bewilderment. If she is confirmed, as seems likely, there can be no doubt that the injuries to the basis for our constitutional republic will accelerate. Just look at her history:

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Obama administration disenfranchises torture victim

In an article in the New York Times today, lawyers representing the Obama administration told judges that a case alleging the US government was responsible for utterly horrific torture “could not be litigated” because it would “reveal state secrets.”

This event, if accurately reported by the NYT, should be taken as the very brightest of red flags.

The fifth amendment of our constitution says that “no man… shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself” – this is the clearest of prohibitions against using coercion to force a person to speak. The eighth amendment of our constitution prohibits “cruel and unusual punishments”. The sixth amendment says “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial”.

I cannot express how disappointed I am in the Obama administration.

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Finally.

Bush is finally gone.

It’s like having one of those embedded, infected splinters that was just too tiny to grab finally pulled out of your flesh.

I can’t really express how grateful I am not to have to wake up in the morning and face the Next Stupid Thing he had said or done.

Further, Obama has already pretty much put his foot down on the discrimination faced by the gay and transgender communities, including speaking directly against the absurd “don’t ask, don’t tell” military cowardice.

His inauguration speech contained solid declarations against much of what the Bush administration stood for; and he has put a halt to all pending regulations until they can be reviewed by his administration.

It’s as if we have an actual leader.

I still have little faith in congress or the courts, but Obama… as far as I’m concerned right now, he is “the man.”

Welcome, Mr. President. Welcome.

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The Economy

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