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  •  After watching Obama's amazing passivity (2+ / 0-)
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    joanneleon, allenjo

    in the recent debate, I am wondering if he acted the same way with his own appointees like John Brennan, Leon Panetta, David Petraeus, Eric Holder. It may well be that Obama has no understanding of how far his administration has undermined civil liberties. If he did, how could he have made the above comment?

    Unfortunately, no president ever gives up powers that have been usurped by his predecessors and a President Romney will have plenty of precedent for doing whatever he pleases in the way of abridging civil rights.

    If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one would remain in the ranks. -Frederick the Great

    by Valatius on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 12:23:11 PM PDT

    •  But the Blackberry! He kept his Blackberry! (0+ / 0-)

      That's gotta mean he doesn't live in a well insulated bubble, right??

      That said, they're his appointees. No matter how you slice it, he's responsible for this. Not that it isn't interesting to contemplate for a moment, but you don't get any clarity on how to interact with or interpret the President's actions from the answer to that question, even if we could have certainty, which we know we can't.

      "The Democratic Party is not our friend: it is the only party we can negotiate with."

      by 2020adam on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 05:21:10 PM PDT

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