Obama’s Broken Pot Promises Are Best

Apr 20, 2012

Among the many bro­ken promises of the 2008 cam­paign rests the widen­ing destruc­tion that was a key cam­paign promise for the even­tual win­ner.  Then-Sen.  Obama promised in his cam­paign and even­tu­ally issued pol­icy mem­o­ran­dums promis­ing not to inter­fere with state-sanctioned med­ical mar­i­juana. I sin­cerely hope those of you who voted for him based on those promises of hope, change and trans­parency —- not to men­tion the end of civil rights vio­la­tions —- have rec­og­nized the only trait the man car­ries that dis­crim­i­nates him from his pre­de­ces­sors is his skin color. Con­grat­u­la­tions, Amer­ica; we finally have true equal­ity when a black pres­i­dent can be just as hor­ri­ble as his white pre­de­ces­sor.  Truly, equal­ity has arrived.  For those of you still zeal­ously sup­port­ing Com­rade Zero, you haven’t done enough read­ing. In the his­tory of the U.S., few pres­i­dents have vio­lated the Bill of Rights and Con­sti­tu­tion as fre­quently as this alleged former-Constitutional Law pro­fes­sor.  I’m not a cheer­leader for Col­orado State’s Polit­i­cal Sci­ence Depart­ment, but I learned from two pro­fes­sors more knowl­edge­able of the Con­sti­tu­tion than he’s demon­strated.  Then again, it’s likely he doesn’t care about the Con­sti­tu­tion, which seems cer­tain. Regard­less of his hate for checks and bal­ances, Con­gres­sional author­ity and a litany of other areas in which he has unabashedly dis­ap­pointed his vot­ers, the hypocrisy is what aggra­vates me.  Not his —- he’s an Illi­nois politi­cian edu­cated in the Ivy League, hypocrisy is his first lan­guage, but the hypocrisy of his sup­port­ers. I con­tinue to point to the con­tin­ued fail­ure that is the drug war as proof the Amer­i­can voter has less influ­ence on fed­eral leg­is­la­tion than cor­po­rate enti­ties.  In the year since I wrote about the con­tra­dic­tions of the fed­eral alco­hol and pre­scrip­tion painkiller laws com­pared to mar­i­juana, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment not only rein­vig­o­rated their idi­otic cam­paign against cannabis, but they’ve done so as a direct vio­la­tion of exec­u­tive pol­icy.  Want to guess why? The pres­i­dent is run­ning for reelec­tion from slightly-right-of-center.  He’s con­tin­ued the inter­ven­tion­ist for­eign pol­icy of the 20th cen­tury, he attempted to extend the occu­pa­tion of Iraq, he’s going to sup­port what­ever ver­sion of SOPA Con­gress gives him as the Amer­i­can peo­ple slum­ber on and never mind the assas­si­na­tions of Amer­i­can cit­i­zens. Mean­while, Ron Paul creeps along like the Con­sti­tu­tional Sep­tu­a­ge­nar­ian Ninja Tur­tle, not for three years, but for three decades of con­sis­tently call­ing for an end to the drug war, illus­trat­ing the folly of inter­ven­tion­ist for­eign pol­icy and, with an eerily accu­rate under­stand­ing of eco­nom­ics you usu­ally won’t hear from him. But this year is dif­fer­ent —- 2008 proved the “new media” of the Inter­net can­not be con­trolled by the “old media” of news­pa­pers, TV and radio but the old media mir­rored the new. In 2012, young vot­ers are real­iz­ing there is only one man in either party they can trust to keep his word to end dra­con­ian fed­eral acts, and they are doing so almost entirely uti­liz­ing new media, as the old media has inex­plic­a­bly failed to accu­rately cover the pop­u­lar­ity of Paul’s cam­paign. Admit­tedly, there are com­pli­cated rea­sons —- most of which revolve around the fail­ure of pri­maries to iden­tify the can­di­dates most appeal­ing to unde­cided, unreg­is­tered, third party and Inde­pen­dent vot­ers. In that spe­cific area, Paul beats every­one.  Add reg­is­tered Democ­rats to the mix and he’s the only Repub­li­can can­di­date to con­sis­tently beat the pres­i­dent in non-partisan polls.  But that runs counter to what the GOP actu­ally wants. Pri­maries are decided by the polit­i­cally active mem­bers of each party, then the gen­eral elec­tion starts and both can­di­dates race to the cen­ter.  This estab­lishes a pat­tern of can­di­dates chang­ing posi­tions like fright­ened rab­bits, while pro­vid­ing as much lead­er­ship as the trail­ing end of a lem­ming migra­tion. But not my man Ron Paul —- this week­end his and a recently with­drawn candidate’s del­e­gates took the major­ity of Colorado’s del­e­gates to the national con­ven­tion.  This isn’t over, and con­sis­tency of mes­sage may very well upset the apple cart of empty rhetoric. Source: Rocky Moun­tain Col­le­gian, The (Col­orado State U, CO Edu) Copy­right: 2012 Rocky Moun­tain Col­le­gian Con­tact: http://​www​.col​le​gian​.com/​h​o​m​e​/​l​e​t​t​e​r​t​o​t​h​e​e​d​i​t​or/ Web­site: http://​www​.col​le​gian​.com/ Author: Seth Stern

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