Skip to main content

Keith Olbermann's Special Comment on passage of the Military Commissions Act Of 2006 (10-18-2006) is an eloquent, direct explanation of the reasons every American should care about drone strikes, "enemy combatants," due process, and the responsibility of our elected leaders to uphold their oath to "preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution."
President Obama has been quoted as wanting to be a "transformative" president. There's still time to pull it off, but George W. Bush has made that ambition a heavy-duty lift--one that the president has yet to approach. The essential question the president must answer is: Will he or will he not act to restore the rule of law in America?

It's the most important issue we have on our plate as a nation. Someone's going to have to start a fight about it and it might as well be him. Otherwise, the rot's just going to get deeper and deeper until something breaks. There isn't just a "cancer on the presidency" this time--it's on democracy as we've practiced it for some 237 years.

Can the president have you killed?

Yes, he can--for about twelve years now.

That is not right.

That is something dreamed up by a guy who paints portraits of his feet being carried out by a man with a Nobel Peace Prize.

It's time to stop.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site