Strawman: "Trust Me"
1 year, 4 months ago
When liberal publications Mother Jones and the Huffington Post are up in arms the crosshairs are usually focused on the Republican Party.
Not this time.
Obama’s signing of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012---on New Year’s Eve no less writes a $662 billion check to the Pentagon. Swell. But, gee Wally, what about the 500-plus-page document that came with it? In those pages the executive branch has now been given the power to indefinitely detain any person it accuses of being a terrorist without charge or trial. Under this bill it’s inferred that possessing ammunition or weapons or a food supply to feed your family for up to seven days could be understood to be an act of terrorism—among other things. And yes friends, this was a bi-partisan effort—again underlining the fact that both parties are one in the same.
But Mr. Obama made us all feel better by writing,” The fact that I support this bill as a whole does not mean I agree with everything in it. In particular, I have signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation, and prosecution of suspected terrorists.” (Insert sigh of relief here) I do feel better and thank you Mr. President.
In his letter, Mr. Obama goes on to indicate a number of issues in various sections of the bill that he doesn’t’ agree with and, in not so many words, for us not to worry about this stuff. “Trust me?” This guy?
And that’s the real red flag for me. You and I are supposed to trust this administration? With the understanding that the implementation and oversight of the moving parts of this bill will be turned over to this administration’s Department of Justice—we’re supposed to feel good about this? Eric Holder? Really? Remember the raids (in both 2009 and 2011) on the Gibson Guitar Company? How about Fast and Furious? Eric Holder is making Janet Reno look like Mother Teresa.
Bottom line, get ready folks—because there’s nobody in Washington man enough to get in the way of our fearless leader and his pack of czars. And that’s not good for fine citizens like you and me.