What hypocrisy? Obama’s voting record clearly indicated that he was a proponent of extending wiretapping?
You’ll note I specifically referred to the hypocrisy of the Left - i.e., his gullible, doe-eyed supporters that swore that Bush was a “fascist war criminal” for engaging in “shredding the Constitution”, only to vote for a man who is advancing those policies and…remain curiously silent.
Now, Obama’s voting record on FISA looked like a politically-timed switcheroo, but even if it wasn’t, he campaigned over and over on “restoring the rule of law” - telegraphing the Bush administration ruined it - and yet, continues wiretapping, has expanded the “state secrets” doctrine, and though promising to change Gitmo, etc. has only engaged in Orwellian Newspeak to put the proverbial “old wine into new bottles”.
I recall the hysterics on the Left saying Bush’s policies in these regards would be the Seventh Reich or whatever - wasn’t Hopenchange supposed to deliver us from Chimpy McHitler’s reign of terror?
It would be funny were it nor tragic.
I see where you’re coming from. Obama rode the anti-Bush wave and milked it for all it’s worth. I don’t " recall the hysterics on the Left" in this forum. The Obama supporters were mainly saying that he’s the least evil (remember, he was running against McCain/Palin).
Obama didn’t just swindle the American populace. He managed to sell his vision of “change” to the whole world. That alone should be admired. Political rallies in Sweden (Left and Right) are recycling his “Yes, we can!”. Homosexuals in Morocco are using Obama as living proof that “change” can occur. Even Iranians were ecstatic about his victory.
To tell you the truth, this wiretapping crap pains me because the US sets trends in policies. But, ultimately, the US deserves a little lesson for its post-9/11 paranoia. Maybe this extension will trigger real change and get people to think out of the box (i.e: R. vs. D.) next election.
Or, maybe not. How many people read about this? How many people even care about wiretapping? How many will give you the “if you got nothing to hide…” line? How many have other priorities in this economy? We’ll see.