Three reasons to mourn Obama’s impending inauguration

Written by Aviva Stahl Tuesday, 08 January 2013
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Obama’s set to be inaugurated for his second term on 20 January. I am already dreading the many, many Facebook posts that I’ll inevitably encounter on that day.  I know I’ll sit there, staring at my newsfeed, wondering whether it’s worthwhile to argue with people who claim that “Obama might not be perfect but he’s the lesser of two evils” or how he’s just really “a nice guy but constrained by political circumstance” or how “we shouldn’t expect everything from him and he has made really important contributions to healthcare and I shouldn’t dismiss that”.


In the spirit of being proactive in 2013, I am going to pre-empt these inevitable Facebook posts, by announcing: 

I will be mourning Obama’s inauguration on 20 January.  And you are welcome to mourn with me.

Why am I mourning?  Here’s three of my most recent reasons:

30 December:  Obama extends the FISA warrantless wiretapping program.

Eh... who needs that ol’ Fourth Amendment?

 2 January: He signs the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act.

Gitmo will remain open, and busy (just like the rest of our prisons!).  And yes American citizens, you can still be detained by the military.

7 January: Obama nominates John Brennan as CIA director.

So he’s endorsed Bush’s torture tactics, falsely claimed that Osama bin Laden used his wife as a human shield, and spearheaded the “signature strike” drone killings.  Things could be worse... right?

To sum up:  Just in the last week, Obama has extended the unconstitutional surveillance of Americans; signed legislation that makes it impossible to close Gitmo; and put a torture-apologist and war criminal in charge of the CIA.  How can I possibly celebrate his second term?

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