I was getting pretty angry last night when I watched the Anderson Cooper special on the next 100 days.
It started with Obama making reference to the Constitution and how we need to “uphold those values.” OK, both you and Cheney need to re-read the Constitution if you think either of you are following it!
The documents that we hold in this very hall – the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights –are not simply words written into aging parchment. They are the foundation of liberty and justice in this country, and a light that shines for all who seek freedom, fairness, equality and dignity in the world.
I stand here today as someone whose own life was made possible by these documents. My father came to our shores in search of the promise that they offered. My mother made me rise before dawn to learn of their truth when I lived as a child in a foreign land. My own American journey was paved by generations of citizens who gave meaning to those simple words – “to form a more perfect union.”
I have studied the Constitution as a student; I have taught it as a teacher; I have been bound by it as a lawyer and legislator. I took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution as Commander-in-Chief, and as a citizen, I know that we must never – ever – turn our back on its enduring principles for expedience sake.
Thanks, Obama, really, now the American people believe that this is what the founders wanted! Excessive government and daily usurpation of our freedom!
And I’m really angry that these “memos” that they speak of are not transparent — why are there government secrets?
Personally, I feel like this: If the terrorists are using torture on us, then according to Cheney, it’s an eye for an eye. We should be able to torture them, kill them like they have done to 20 American soldiers, and keep the cycle going like that. I’m not quite sure that is going to solve our problems, however, and perhaps we should try out a new strategy. It’s almost the same theory with our government (democracy), itself. It’s not working, so let’s try something new!
Oh, and a little known fact: Obama and Cheney are actually related! 8th cousins to be exact! Can you believe it?