B’Man: And Barack’s priorities have ZERO to do with the American people… unless you consider Big Money the American People. I don’t know about you, but my obligation to Senator Obama is to hold that lying asshole accountable for stealing the votes with lies and deception. There is so little difference between McCain and Obama that I cannot believe that the Dems aren’t outraged at how they have been played by this man.
There is no amount of politcal maneuvering that makes this flip-flopping acceptable. There is no way that his indignant move to the right (he is not ‘center’ but has move hard right) is worth the flip-flop and the backstab to those who made him.
But Dems do not necessarily equal Progressives (which I consider myself and could never be a Democrat). It is totally unacceptable that this man is lying to us and shift-changing on the most important issue of the day. There is no amount of bullshit he can spew that will convince me that he simply did not cave on this and any asshole who wants to continue his defense is simply a fool.
He is screwing us, people. He has played America to the hilt. John Nichols lays it out well for us:
By John Nichols, TheNation.com
Arizona Sen. John McCain did not bother to show up for Wednesday’s Senate votes on whether to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to absolve George Bush of responsibility for initiating an illegal warrantless wiretapping program and to provide retroactive immunity to the telecommunications corporations that violated the privacy of their customers in order to collaborate with a lawless president.
But that’s OK, because Illinois Sen. Barack Obama cast the votes that McCain would have.
In addition to joining the majority in a 69-28 Senate vote to pass legislation that the American Civil Liberties Union describes as “a Constitutional nightmare,” Obama voted to silence debate on the FISA bill.
While most Senate Democrats — including New York Sen. Hillary Clinton — opposed the FISA rewrite and voted to keep the debate open, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president sided with the Republicans in saying that the essential Constitutional questions raised by this legislation did not merit extended or thoughtful debate.
The cloture vote split 72 in favor of shutting down debate to 26 for keeping it open. Two senators — McCain and ailing Massachusetts Democrat Edward Kennedy — missed Wednesday’s session.
The “no” votes on cloture were cast by Vermont Independent Bernie Sanders and 25 Democrats, including Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin, Obama’s Democratic colleague from Illinois, and Clinton, Obama’s primary competitor for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Leading the fight to keep the debate about the FISA rewrite open were Connecticut Democrat Chris Dodd and Wisconsin Democrat Russ Feingold, the two senators whom Obama promised earlier this year to work with in an effort to block this assault on the Constitution and corporate responsibility.
Said Feingold, “I sit on the Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, and I am one of the few members of this body who has been fully briefed on the warrantless wiretapping program. And, based on what I know, I can promise that if more information is declassified about the program in the future, as is likely to happen either due to the inspector general report, the election of a new president or simply the passage of time, members of this body will regret that we passed this legislation. I am also familiar with the collection activities that have been conducted under the Protect America Act and will continue under this bill. I invite any of my colleagues who wish to know more about those activities to come speak to me in a classified setting. Publicly, all I can say is that I have serious concerns about how those activities may have impacted the civil liberties of Americans. If we grant these new powers to the government and the effects become known to the American people, we will realize what a mistake it was, of that I am sure.”
Unfortunately, while Obama once promised to work with Feingold, he wasn’t listening on Wednesday when the Wisconsin senator explained to his colleagues that granting retroactive immunity to the telecommunications corporations would effectively block the ability of Congress and the courts to address not just massive corporate wrongdoing but attacks on the privacy rights of Americans.
“If Congress short-circuits these lawsuits, we will have lost a prime opportunity to finally achieve accountability for these years of law-breaking,” said Feingold. “That’s why the administration has been fighting so hard for this immunity. It knows that the cases that have been brought directly against the government face much more difficult procedural barriers and are unlikely to result in rulings on the merits.”
Feingold was speaking the truth about a moment in which the ACLU said the Senate was on the verge of passing “an unconstitutional domestic spying bill that violates the Fourth Amendment and eliminates any meaningful role for judicial oversight of government surveillance.”
But Obama did not want to hear it.
B’Man: So, when this man tells us one thing, then shifts 180 degrees, does that piss you off, or will you (just like a Bushie would do) just wave it off as some unknown strategic manipulation that will enable him to go after them after he is elected?
If so, I have a bridge in Jersey I’d like to sell you.
Let me tell you what this old redneck wants from someone who touts ‘change’ as his big “difference”.
I want FUCKING CHANGE!