The whole continued militarism thing is tied into the MIC. This power center is out-o-control. I just question whether Obama will have the guts to confront it.
I spent time reading Obama's "defeat terrorism worldwide" plan last night. http://obama.3cdn.net/417b7e6036dd852384_luzxmvl09.pdf
If he follows through with this plan to the T, it may restore my belief in a better gov't and a much better approach to foreign policy.
In this he even acknowledges the need to revise the Patriot Act and the FISA Act - among many other things.
• Revise the PATRIOT Act. Barack Obama believes that we must provide law
enforcement the tools it needs to investigate, disrupt, and capture terrorists, but he
also believes we need real oversight to avoid jeopardizing the rights and ideals of all
Americans. There is no reason we cannot fight terrorism while maintaining our civil
liberties. Unfortunately, the current administration has abused the powers given to it
by the PATRIOT Act. A March 2007 Justice Department audit found the FBI
improperly and, in some cases, illegally used the PATRIOT Act to secretly obtain
personal information about American citizens. As president, Barack Obama would
revisit the PATRIOT Act to ensure that there is real and robust oversight of tools like
National Security Letters, sneak-and-peek searches, and the use of the material
• Eliminate Warrantless Wiretaps. Barack Obama opposed the Bushcommittees to prevent future threats to the rule of law.
Administration’s initial policy on warrantless wiretaps because it crossed the line
between protecting our national security and eroding the civil liberties of American
citizens. As president, Obama would update the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
to provide greater oversight and accountability to the congressional intelligence
This also gives me great hope about restoring our privacy from gov't intrusion. I also think I understand why he voted for the FISA bill - although I could be wrong. Him signing the bill had everything to do with positioning himself so as to not look weak on the war on terrorism. If he didn't sign it the Repubs would be jumping down his throat about his not supporting the war on terror. I think we, however, would need to hold him to this plan of revising the bill once (or if) he is elected.
You know, Ron Paul's campaignforliberty is more about organizing at locals levels to hold the people in power accountable.
Read more about here.. Ron Paul's Campaign For Liberty | The Revolution Continues
As for why he doesn't run as a Libertarian: He explains it somewhere, I just can't find it right now.
And, sorry SJ for highjacking your thread. I'm done now.
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