why we feel good supporting rightwingers
DrMarty | August 24, 2012 at 03:02 amby
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Conor Friedersdorf of The Atlantic this past January attacked his fellow liberals' hypocrisy in continuing to support President Obama in spite of Obama's erosion of civil liberties and expansion of executive power.
In a new article published yesterday, he escalated the attack:
"Barack Obama wasn't pressured to be executioner-in-chief. He asserted himself as arbiter of which human beings to kill without trial, at times far from any battlefield, sometimes without even knowing their identities. He decided to limit congressional oversight and totally exclude the judiciary.
"House Speaker John Boehner didn't define militants as all men of military age that American drones kill. The Obama Administration did that.
"Voters didn't clamor for an unprecedented war on whistleblowers. The Obama Administration decided to wage it.
"An intransigent Congress didn't force the Obama Administration to make frequent use of the state-secrets privilege, or to keep Bradley Manning in solitary confinement, or to keep secret the legal memo that outlines the theory behind his extrajudicial assassination of American citizens.
"No one made Obama violate the War Powers Resolution in Libya."
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