Jim Jones hits Palo Alto

(Couldn't make it to Palo Alto)

(Couldn’t make it to Palo Alto)

Obama explains his spy program to his billionaire Kool-Aid groupies: look how much better I am than Bush!

OBAMA: Now, having said all that, you’ll remember when I made that speech a couple of weeks ago about the need for us to shift out of a perpetual war mind-set, I specifically said that one of the things that we’re going to have to discuss and debate is how are we striking this balance between the need to keep the American people safe and our concerns about privacy because there are some tradeoffs involved.

I welcome this debate and I think it’s healthy for our democracy. I think it’s a sign of maturity because probably five years ago, six years ago we might not have been having this debate. And I think it’s interesting that there are some folks on the left but also some folks on the right who are now worried about it, who weren’t very worried about it when it was a Republican president.

It’s hard for those of us who aren’t lickspittle Obama fans to parse the meaning of all his great orations, but I think he’s saying: (a), it’s all Bush’s fault; and (b) “aren’t you glad I created the opportunity to debate the issue by continuing and expanding Bush’s program and thus gave a British newspaper an opportunity to discover it and open up the discussion? Am I great or what?”

The primary difference I see in the two wiretap programs is that Bush in fact did use his executive powers to go after terrorists while Obama (IRS, DOJ and now, NSA) uses them against his political enemies. The left hollered about the potential for abuse under Bush; now that Obama’s been exposed for actually doing it, they’ve gone silent.

(Obama’s concluding remarks: “And by the way, some of those people who think they have listening devices implanted in their brains? Well . . . ”)

UPDATE: This commentator sums it up nicely: Obama can’t be trusted with power

[T]he PRISM program, in the right hands and used with discretion, can be justified based on the threats to America. But in the wrong hands–in executive branch hands that have abused power and punished political enemies–it has the potential to be misused. Which brings me to the current chief executive.

My views on President Obama are such that very little would surprise me in terms of the ethical lines he would cross in order to gain and maintain political power.

That may seem like an overly harsh judgment, so let me take a moment to explain what I mean. I have become convinced, based on what I would argue is the increasing weight of the evidence, that Mr. Obama is a man whose sense of mission, his arrogance and self-righteousness, and his belief in the malevolence of his enemies might well lead him and his administration to act in ways that would seem to him to be justified at the time but, in fact, are wholly inappropriate.

I would include as evidence to support my assertion the president’s routine slander of his opponents, his serially misleading statements (including flat-out falsehoods about the lethal attacks on the Benghazi consulate), the IRS scandal and the public signals the president sent to that agency over the years, the unprecedented targeting of journalists by the Department of Justice and the attorney general’s nasty little habit of misleading Congress, Mr. Obama’s unusually dishonest campaign against Mitt Romney, and his overall contempt for the rule of law. He just doesn’t think that rules should apply to him, that he is above all that. Those who see themselves as world-historical figures tend to do that.

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  1. Pinzgauer

    This is not a new debate:

    But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.
    John Adams

    They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
    Benjamin Franklin

  2. Walt

    Dude –
    Absolute power corrupts absolutely. And that is where we are now. The current Commie in Chief is beyond reproach. He is protected by the MSM. Held up as the Chosen One, and beyond reproach.

    Any criticism of him makes you a RACIST!! What a bunch of BS. Placing ANYTHING or ANYONE on a pedestal, that cannot be questioned, or challenged, or made fun of, is a dangerous precedent.

    It is our responsibility to question our President. It is part of the checks and balances required to maintain a democracy. Is it racist to point out he has Dumbo ears? Is it racist to point out he married a wookie? NO!! I don’t think it’s racist to point out that he likes grape soda.

    Plus he isn’t even really black. He is only half black. So does anyone care about that? I could care less about the color of his skin. It’s his beliefs that scare the SHIT out of me.

    And his appointment of Susan Rise as National Security Advisor? In the midst of numerous scandals that would have toppled any other President? A GIANT F&^% YOU ALL!!! This woman is a disgrace, a liar, a puppet, with no credibility. But she is bangable, BTW. But he appoints her now, just to show he can.

    And this jug headed, wookie loving, rabble rousing, community organizing, half white COMMIE tells us if we don’t trust the Government, there is something wrong with us!! AND PEOPLE BUY IT!!

    It does make me cynical, and I start to think people really are stupid.
    What do you think, you moron?

    Your Pal,
    Walt

  3. Add in EPA…..
    Perhaps my new Post Name should be PROUD TARGET !

  4. yeah, Dear Leader, passed through here (Palo Alto) headed to the tonier settings to hoover up cash, etc., etc.

    and, no, debate is not welcome.

  5. Anonymous

    LOL! The Guardian paper has broken 3 of the last 5 US govt scandals

    • Unlike our American reporters, the Guardian’s have not abandoned their original purpose and become mere White House scribes. I’m sure our country’s “journalists” will recover from their unquestioning acceptance of authority once the Dear One leaves office. And maybe sooner – hell, even Chris Matthews admits that the tingle up his leg is fading.

  6. It never ceases to amaze me what an ass the President is.

    Apparently in community organizer training they don’t learn to act with any class, i.e. if you want to bash the other party – have an underling do it.