Well, Kids, I am sitting here just fuming over soooooo much that I am seeing my President do that I could just slap somebody!!! Okay, now correct me if I'm wrong, but we elected a President who stated that he would abolish "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"? He promised he would end the War in Iraq. He told us he would make sure that he'd close Guantanamo and end the holding of so-called "enemy combatants" indefinitely without charges or evidence? How about the idea that the candidate we elected would push for transparency and restore the constitution as it was written, and throw in The Bill of Rights while he was at it so we could follow the rule of law once more?Yes? I'm not imagining things, am I???
So, could SOMEbody explain to me how it is that we're firing some of our best and brightest military minds, great leaders who are willing to give their lives for their country and have brought nothing but honor to this land for such horribly homophobic reasons? And could SOMEbody tell me why we're still in Iraq, with no end in sight, and pouring money into a new front in Afghanistan? And, please, will SOMEbody explain to me how "prolonged detention" is any diffferent than what Bush/Cheney have been doing all along? Is he friggin' kidding me??? My God.
I don't know about you, but I voted for Barak Obama for President because he was going to allow my gay and lesbian friends to serve in the military, as they had their entire careers, with honor and dignity, in line with the military's own code of honor. I cast my ballot for Barak because he said he'd end the loss of American lives in preemptive wars that serve no purpose.
I was a supporter of Obama for President because he proposed the awesome concept of allowing people due process, demanding that inidividuals be charged with a crime and given a speedy trial before they are imprisoned, and not indefinitely. I sent my hard-earned contributions to Senator Obama's campaign because I truly believed that he would reinstate the rule of law, and abandon the "ad-hoc," on-the-fly, make-it-up-as-we-go-along "it's legal cause the President says it is" Nixon-esque governing we have been oppressed by for eight long years.
What is it that happens between the promise and the presidential podium, between the candidate and becoming POTUS? I'm not a Pollyanna; I am not naive and young and gullible. I am a student of politics and civics and costitutionality. I understand more about the workings of politics than your average citizen, and am a bit of a wonk. Okay, I'm a BIG civics geek and colossal wonk. My point is, folks, that I am seeing the President bend to the will of the right, avoiding controversy like the plague. I am not seeing the leader who inspird us to hope things could be made right. And I guess I just thought he had more balls than that. I thought this was a guy who was ready to start kickin' ass and takin' names. I am feeling sorely disappointed.
Mr. President, pick up the pen and pass an Executive Order to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" while the scattered-as-always-once-in-office Democratic Congress get their shit together. I ask you now: stop following in the foosteps of your predecessors in regards to the wars and the loss of American lives, for we have lost so many more than died in 9/11 by now. Say, "Enough!" to relabeling the way we imprison people indefinitely and devising new ways to try our prisoners of war. I voted for you, Sir, to restore these United States to the rule of law and make things right. Why? Because it's the right thing to do and things have gone so terribly wrong. Do not let hope fade again, as we will not get a second chance should you fail. President Obama, keep your word.
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