Monday, June 6, 2011

President Obama and Bill Hicks

You know when I read this the other week, I got kinda angry....

After Congress hurried to pass an extension to the USA Patriot Act on Thursday (May 27th, 2011), President Obama signed the extension into law minutes before the midnight deadline.
“I think it is an important tool for us to continue dealing with an ongoing terrorist threat,” Obama said Friday, after a meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

One of the high hopes I held for Senator Obama before he became President Obama was because of this...

"Yes, I would vote to repeal the U.S. Patriot Act, although I would consider replacing that shoddy and dangerous law with a new, carefully crafted proposal that addressed in a much more limited fashion the legitimate needs of law enforcement in combating terrorism (for example, permitting a warrant for the interception of cell phone calls, and not just land-based phones to accommodate changes in technology)."
- Illinois Senator Barack Obama (2003)

Then I thought about something my hero Bill Hicks once said....

"No matter what promises you make on the campaign trail - blah, blah, blah - when you win, you go into this smoky room with the twelve industrialist, capitalist scum that got you in there, and this little screen comes down... and it's a shot of the Kennedy assassination from an angle you've never seen before, which looks suspiciously off the grassy knoll.... And then the screen comes up, the lights come on, and they say to the new president, "Any questions?'"

So maybe it's not really the Presidents fault.

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