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  •  I'm reluctant to even credit you with 2D thinking (11+ / 0-)

    How much simpler do you think you can make things?  Let's at least try a little complex thinking about the world, you know, the way it actually works, with 300M+ people in the US and 7B+ people on the planet.

    First, once again, for those keeping score:  Obama was never a dove on National Security.  He has been saying for years that he would use force with more though - he would have gone into Afghanistan but not Iraq.

    Second, Obama does not do everything by himself.  Obviously.  We have three mostly equal branches of government.  The president's job is to be the head of law enforcement, prosecution, and bill collection.  He also gets to play mayor sometimes, and attempt to rally the citizens.  His one vote to approve or disapprove bills gives him some legislative authority, which would be awesome of the major legislative authority were legislating.  You know, like to close Gitmo.

    It's easy to imagine what people think about this fact:  The SCOTUS Chief Justice appoints all FISA court judges.  Because of this, you end up with a judge that thinks that Obamacare is illegal approving a FISA request.  But their all in the same league because Obama doesn't want Obamacare because it's obviously a giveaway to the healthcare companies which means he obviously wants it.

    "Harass us, because we really do pay attention. Look at who's on the ballot, and vote for the candidate you agree with the most. The next time, you get better choices." - Barney Frank

    by anonevent on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 07:12:30 PM PDT

    •  Your comment is no more complex (0+ / 0-)

      than OPOL's diary. In fact, since you seem to assume that the President's political powers are all and only those explicitly enumerated in the Constitution, I'd say it's a good deal less.

      "He, O men, is the wisest, who, like Socrates, knows that his wisdom is in truth worth nothing."--Socrates

      by TealTerror on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 08:05:57 PM PDT

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