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The Obama administration has to go. While I still hold out some hope that the Republicans might come to their senses, the likelihood is that Mitt Romney will be the nominee. Quite frankly, Romney’s views are not significantly different than Obama’s. The only real difference I can see is who they would nominate to the Supreme Court of the United States. Romney would probably defer to the American Bar Association and some Neocon groups in finding nominees. This would result in social conservatives who are vanilla on liberty issues.
Romney would probably be unable to formulate a coherent legislative strategy which is not a bad thing in itself–liberty groups would have to push against progressives and conservatives alike, but that is not a change in status quo.
Obama is a committed statist. He has, in addition to the enemies list most presidents have had, a kill list of those he has decided present a threat to the United States.
One of his re-elect campaign components is his “truth team.” The following link is an example of what the team does to elevate the tone of the campaign.
Obama’s appointees to the Supreme Court believe in an extremely low threshold for infringing on speech. They have also indicated a desire to return to the standards of US v Cruikshank on second amendment cases though not on first. Kagan also declined to recuse herself from a major case involving a statute she had a hand in writing.
Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, currently up for a contempt vote, has as little regard for freedom as the President. In the Reno Justice Department, Holder was aware of the Mt Carmel massacre and the mechinations to protect an FBI sniper from facing state charges. He was chief deputy when INS agents and Deputy Marshals kidnapped, using armed force, a six year old Cuban child legally in the country without a custody decision by the court with competent jurisdiction. (And no, Ms Reno, the child was not returned to his father but to the most repressive regime in this hemisphere.) Eric Holder has lied to Congress with impunity while prosecuting Roger Clemens for the same thing. When cornered, Holder’s general argument is that it is because his accusers resent a black man being attorney general.
Obama’s first chief of staff was an intelligence officer with the IDF during the first Gulf War. Is this a serious conflict realizing that American interests in the middle east may not be the same as those of Israel.
In NDAA2012, Obama made a show of a veto threat because of provisions permitting the indefinite detention of Americans on US soil without habeas corpus or trial. According to Sen Levin, the President had demanded the provisions. To make everyone feel better the President said this administration will not use these provisions–he did not say he would not. If reelected Obama will begin a new administration at noon on January 20, 2013. Another provision of NDAA is the tacit repeal of the Posse Comitatus Act which prohibits use of Army and Air Force personnel in civilian law enforcement.
Another blatant grab of federal power is an Executive Order which gives the President the power to seize industries when the incumbent judges that there is an emergency. In other words, the order gives the current or future president a power the Supreme Court told Harry Truman he did not have.
There will be more to come including a discussion of alternatives.