Thanks so much to investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill and columnist Glenn Greenwald. We are indebted to them for so much exposure. In a very short time frame we've learned of about several policies from Obama that clearly demonstrate his right wing extremism.
1-Scahill discovers Obama's secret prisons in Somalia.
If you want to be a real journalist you have to be unembedded. It's dangerous. But to be embedded is to see only what the government wants you to see, which is nothing. Scahill spend 9 days in Mogadishu in order to report on what is common knowledge in the region. The CIA operates a black site there, where individuals can be rendered and tortured. The CIA is responding with disinformation disseminated to mainstream lackey media outlets, as Glenn Greenwald documents. Read that, then check out Scahill's appearance on Scarbaraough. This secret prison is a violation of Obama's own executive orders. Where is Congress? Where is the left?
2-Obama blocks investigation into anthrax attack
Once again Glenn Greenwald explains how the most respected sources are highly dubious of the government's claims regarding the source of the anthrax attack that occurred prior to the invasion of Iraq that was so instrumental in leading us to war. The questions are so credible that the House has passed a measure related to security that includes a call for an independent investigation. Obama has threatened to veto this bill because of the request for that investigation.
3-Obama supports bill that raises taxes on the middle class and cuts them for the wealthy to resolve the debt ceiling limit.
As reported by Democracy Now, Obama is throwing his support behind a bill that will raise revenue by eliminating popular tax deductions, like deductions for home interest and employer provided health insurance. He'd also slash Social Security and Medicare benefits.
After Wisconsin I was leaning towards the belief that support for Obama still may make sense. Sure, he's terrible. But the Republicans are just as violent AND they want to destroy the poor and middle class. Chomsky makes this point sometimes. He says he thinks Nader was making a mistake encouraging people to vote for him instead of a Democrat. Sure, there's maybe only a dimes worth of difference between Republicans and Democrats. But in a state as powerful as the US that can make a huge difference to suffering people.
That's fair. But there's a flip side. As Ralph Nader pointed out here (worth watching, Republican citizens can agree with a lot of this), if you have no breaking point, that is if you pledge to vote for the Democrat no matter what he does, then he will not be responsive to you. Obama's lack of response to the left is so extreme it's in fact hard for right wingers I know to swallow. And it's getting harder and harder to see even the dime's worth of difference. This guy is not only a right wing war monger. He's a right wing union busting welfare dismantling neoliberal. There's no way I can support this.
My brother Bill said something to me recently and I think he's right. I think we'd be better off if McCain had won. At least then there would be opposition to his violence and class warfare. As it stands Congressional Democrats don't even object to these clear violations of their supposed core principles.