Why can't the Republicans figure out who they want to be president? Does Mitt Romney still have a chance against Newt Gingrich? Will Newt become the nominee for the GOP's presidential run in 2012? If he does, will he be able to defeat Barack Obama?
These are the questions that we're told are important, but as usual we're being asked to watch a dog and pony show, a distraction crafted expressly to divert our attention from what's happening right in front of us in real time.
The simple truth is that, aside from cosmetics, it doesn't really matter who the next president is.
The George W. Bush administration was arguably one of the most disastrous and anti-democratic in U.S. history - Barack Obama himself has said as much, and he was of course elected on the basis of his supposed differences from his predecessor. That being the case, it's a little disappointing (insert ironic emoticon here) that not only has he not repudiated the less savory policies of the Bush era, he has doubled down on them.
In the latest broken promise from the Obama administration, the White House has announced that, after threatening for months to veto a bill containing provisions that would strike at the civil liberties of every single U.S. citizen, Obama will instead sign the bill into law. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 codifies the arrest and indefinite detention without trial of anyone, including American citizens, anywhere, including on American soil, if the president deems it necessary.
Think about that for a moment.
Now go back to discussing the Republican frontrunners and why they don't measure up and the latest gaffe they made and how awful it would be if one of them won in 2012; that's certainly a lot more fun than contemplating the shredding of the Bill of Rights by our current president. Let's go on telling ourselves Obama means well and the only reason he does the stuff he does is because those sour ol' Republicans on Capitol Hill are such obstructionists. We all know he wants to do the right thing and if we give him a chance he'll prove it, maybe not this year but next year or the year after that. All we need to do is trust him and go to the polls next November and cast a vote for progressive values and things are gonna be alright, Barack's on our side, really he is, and besides we're Americans, we have rights, there's no way they'd ever use NDAA 2012 against one of us unless we were a terrorist or something, everything's fine...