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December 22, 2010 - 12:05 am
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Candidate Barack continually condemned and promised to close George Bush’s “secret prisons,” including one at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.  In January of 2009, Obama acted on this campaign pledge by issuing an Executive Order No. 13491, designed to shut down these secret prisons, ban Bush-era torture practices, and direct that the Red Cross would have access to any detainees. But this turned out to be short on substance. It turns out that only CIA prisons were ordered shut down, not those operated by the Department of Defense.  Then, in February of 2009, in a stunning reversal from his campaign rhetoric, Obama secured his own secret prison when he indicated his intention to continue the Bush administration policy of holding detainees at Bagram. He added insult to injury by declaring that the detainees have no right to challenge their detentions in U.S. courts, effectively denying them legal status altogether – in violation of the aforementioned Supreme Court decision. Today, the Obama administration is indefinitely detaining terrorism suspects at Bagram, even though they are captured far from any battlefield and despite not being charged with a crime – without any judicial oversight.

Obama’s impersonation of Bush gets even better. Despite endless criticism of Bush for “warrantless wire-tapping,” the Obama legal team began defending the practice and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in the name of national security. The Obama Justice Department took a legal position that was even more aggressive than Bush’s position. It argued that the court-ordered disclosure of the surveillance programs would cause “exceptional harm to national security” by exposing intelligence sources and methods.

“The Obama Administration stepped right into the shoes of the Bush administration, on national security generally and on this case in particular,” said San Francisco attorney Jon Eisenberg, who won a landmark decision against the government in California federal court earlier this year. “This is Obama. Obama! Mr. Transparency! Mr. Change! It’s exactly what Bush would have done,” Eisenberg complained after declaring that Obama is even worse than Bush on secret wiretapping.

Obama also continued the Bush administration policy regarding Posse Comitatus, ignoring the Act passed in 1878 and placing the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat team under the direct control of the U.S. Army Northern Command (NORTHCOM).  Barack’s night club impersonation includes ordering the continued training of the United States military to participate in purposefully undefined “emergency” situations within the borders of the United States, in contravention of the U.S. Constitution.

Obama’s impersonation of Bush drew rave reviews when Obama continued deadly airstrikes in Pakistan with unmanned U.S. Predator drones. Obama has also reauthorized the Patriot Act, despite the evil, Orwellian attributes it was given by Michael Moore and the ACLU, when Bush was in charge. Despite cries for Obama to abandon Bush’s agenda for the North American Union (NAU), the president has rebranded the NAU into the “Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America” (SPP), advancing the same agenda as Bush had with the NAU. Obama also did a great Bush when he backtracked on his campaign promise to renegotiate NAFTA. Bush was heavily criticized by the left for seeing NAFTA as the model for any free trade agreement in the region.

The act goes on and on, and Obama’s impersonation of George W. Bush has been honed to virtual perfection. Most of the standing-room only crowd had come to see Barack Obama play Barack Obama, not their arch-enemy, the evil George W. Bush. It should be no wonder then that the performance is now interspersed with “boos,” Obama’s fans are abandoning him by the droves, and his approval ratings continue to fall into the cellar. Obama’s reviews are also in the tank. The latest – by Maureen Dowd in the New York Times – read as follows:

“We’ve known that the Left was mad at Obama, but now we know Obama is mad at the Left. Obama and Gibbs are upset that the Lefties won’t recognize the necessity of compromise. The Left is snapping back: What necessity? You won 365 electoral votes.”

The Barack Obama Show promises to only get better in January, when that precious majority becomes nothing more than a memory with a 14% approval rating, the worst in Gallup history. It seems that despite winning the White House in 2008, the American people got what liberals feared most – four more years of George W. Bush.

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Gary Wickert is a board-certified trial lawyer, living in Cedarburg, Wisconsin with his wife and two sons. He has a political column in Reality News and has been an op-ed contributor for Ozaukee County's News Graphic as well as a feature writer for several Wisconsin magazines. He is also the author of several legal treatises on a variety of subjects and currently serves as supervisor in the town of Cedarburg. In 2011, Gary lost a bid for the Wisconsin Assembly in the Republican Primary by 72 votes.
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