Thursday, April 15, 2010

profound ambivalence in Obama's pledges to swiftly restore the rule of law:

Why Did Obama Let GOP Threats Torpedo OLC Nominee Dawn Johnsen?

 Obama's choice to allow a one-party bloc of Senators to unilaterally scuttle nominees without a vote rewards partisan obstruction with political leverage.

Greenwald suggests, as his administration began adopting several sweeping theories of executive power that Johnsen had long opposed. "I find it virtually impossible to imagine Dawn Johnsen opining that the President has the legal authority to order American citizens assassinated with no due process or to detain people indefinitely with no charges," 


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As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.