Change You Can Believe In?

I am throughly disgusted and astonished at the blind lovefest for the president-elect, Barack Obama. While I am glad that these people are excited about politics ,in their excitement they neglected the most important aspect of any election,namely the issues. People got caught up in the well worded speeches and the catchy campaign slogans, which is understandable in a sense considering the direction that the current administration has taken the country over the past eight years. This lack of attention to the issues has me particularly concerned me because I have been paying attention to what he and people in his camp and other prominent people have been saying (such as Colin Powell and Joe Biden, but more on that later), and it did and continues to alarm and concern me on many levels.
Several months ago, While we were not paying attention an important act called the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) was passed. This act was sold to the American people as using wiretapping to spy on “terrorists” but it has been turned on the American people,a clear violation of our 4th Amendment rights, and it gives complete immunity given to the telecom companies. The now President-elect Obama initially said that he was against domestic wiretapping, however he voted in favor of the legislation.
We are all familiar with the $700 billion banker bailout bill.Pres. Bush, McCain and Obama got in front of America and grandstanded and told the country how this bill had to be passed for the good of America. When this unconstitutional bill passed(after Treasury Sec. Paulson threatened congressmen with martial law if they didn’t pass the bill), the bailout money was not utilized for that which it was asked. It was being used for junkets, executive salary bonuses, and buying banks. Several members of congress (it was the subject of congressional hearings)and others spoke out against what was going on; Mr.Obama was not among these voices who spoke out in favor of the American people.
I hope President-elect Obama sticks to closing the black eye that is Guatanamo Bay. That will be one of few positive moves we would have to look forward to under the new administration. Some coming attractions of the new regime include a civilian national security squad as powerful and well funded as our military, taxes on carbon, potential war with Pakistan, and expansion of the North American Free Trade Agreement just to name a few. I encourage and suggest you look into these issues for yourself so you can see how they will affect us individually and collectively as a nation and world. Also pay attention to who our new President is surrounding himself with. In a speech in October, which the audio of is posted on this blog, Vice President elect Joe Biden said that within months of Obama taking office there will be an international,generated crisis to test the new president. He also said they will have to do things that will be unpopular with the American people. What is this generated crisis? What unpopular decisions will have to be made? Colin Powell said on an interview on “Meet the Press”, that there will be an “event” on January 21 or 22 that they do not even know about yet. You might want to ask yourself what these people are talking about!
A further look at the potential key members of an Obama administration is like reading a CFR members’ list. Many of them are formers members of the Bush and Clinton administrations. Does that sound like change, bringing in members of the old guard? It seems like more of the same to me.
You may get change but it won’t be change you want and certainly not change you can believe. Business as usual in a different way is NOT change!

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