Posts Tagged ‘Republican obstructionism’

Glenn Greenwald asks a question

September 28, 2010

President Obama has ordered the assassination of Anwar Awlaki, a Muslim cleric in Yemen who reportedly supports, and recruits for, al-Qaeda.  He is a U.S. citizen, he has not been charged with any crime and his father has filed a lawsuit asking for a court injunction against his son being summarily killed.  The Washington Post reported that the Department of Justice asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit without a hearing, on the grounds of “state secrets.”

If the President has the power to order American citizens killed with no due process, and to do so in such complete secrecy that no courts can even review his decisions, then what doesn’t he have the power to do?

via Glenn Greenwald – Salon.com.

What doesn’t the President have the power to do?  He doesn’t have the power to take action on global climate change.  He doesn’t have the power to enact a stimulus program sufficient to make a dent in 9 percent unemployment.  He doesn’t have the power to carry on the routine business of government.  He doesn’t have the power to get confirmation of appointments to key governmental positions or federal judgeships.  The Federal Reserve Board lacks a quorum, key positions such as director of Office of Management and Budget are unfilled, and vacancies in federal judgeships go unfilled because the Republican minority in the Senate obstructs votes on confirmations.

The Republican Party leadership and the Tea Party faction say that requiring all Americans to buy health insurance is tyranny.  But the Obama administration, even more than the Bush administration before it, gets a pass on actual acts of tyranny – torture, assassination, universal Big Brother-type surveillance of private citizens.

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