Skip to comments.Open letter to Roger Ebert: Please read this and explain how you can still support President Obama
Posted on 08/18/2012 8:54:40 PM PDT by grundle
Open letter to Roger Ebert: Please read this and explain how you can still support President Obama
August 18, 2012
Before I get to the political stuff, Id like to point out that as far as Im aware, you have never reviewed Drop Dead Fred or Princess Caraboo, films which I consider to contain Phoebe Catess two best performances. Please review them.
In the 2008 United States election, I wrote in Ron Paul for President. In the 2012 election, I will be voting for Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson. Those who are of a more leftist persuasion than myself might want to consider voting for Green Party candidate Jill Stein.
Roger, please read this list of things that Obama has done, and then explain how you can still support him:
1) Carried out military interventionism in Libya without Congressional approval
In June 2011, U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) said that Obama had violated the Constitution when he launched military operations in Libya without Congressional approval.
2) Gave a no-bid contract to Halliburton just like Bush did
In May 2010, it was reported that the Obama administration had selected KBR, a former subsidiary of Halliburton, for a no-bid contract worth as much as $568 million through 2011 for military support services in Iraq, just hours after the Justice Department had said it would pursue a lawsuit accusing the Houston-based company of taking kickbacks from two subcontractors on Iraq-related work.
3) Has an administration full of lobbyists, after promising he wouldnt have any
While running for President, Obama had promised that, unlike Bush, he would not have any lobbyists working in his administration. However, by February 2010, he had more than 40 lobbyists working in his administration.
4) Has close ties to Wall St., but pretends to support Occupy Wall St.
Although Obama claims to support the Occupy Wall St. movement, the truth is that he has raised more money from Wall St. than any other candidate during the last 20 years. In early 2012, Obama held a fundraiser where Wall St. investment bankers and hedge fund managers each paid $35,800 to attend. In October 2011, Obama hired Broderick Johnson, a longtime Wall Street lobbyist, to be his new senior campaign adviser. Johnson had worked as a lobbyist for JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Fannie Mae, Comcast, Microsoft, and the oil industry.
5) Allowed abuse of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay to become even worse than it was under Bush
Under President Obama, abuse of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay became even worse than it had been under President Bush.
6) Supported the $700 billion TARP corporate-welfare bailout
While Senator, Obama voted for the $700 billion TARP bank bailout bill. The bailout rewarded irresponsible and illegal behavior. It redirected resources from more productive uses to less productive uses. It punished the hard working taxpayers who had played by the rules and obeyed the law. It created horrible incentives, and sent the wrong message. The bailout was evil because it rewarded the bad people and punished the good people. No society that does this can expect to remain free or prosperous. Instead of bailing out these corrupt corporations, we should have let them cease to exist, like we did with Enron.
7) Waged the biggest war against medical marijuana of any president, which was the opposite of what he had promised
In May 2008, Obama campaign spokesperson Ben LaBolt said that Obama would end DEA raids on medical marijuana in states where its legal. Also in 2008, Obama said that he supported the basic concept of using medical marijuana for the same purposes and with the same controls as other drugs and that he was not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws. However, in February 2010, DEA agents raided a medical marijuana grower in Highlands Ranch in Colorado, a state where medical marijuana is legal. Also in February 2010, DEA agents raided a medical marijuana dispensary in Culver City in California, a state where medical marijuana is legal. In July 2010, the DEA raided at least four medical marijuana growers in San Diego, California. Also in July 2010, the DEA raided a medical marijuana facility in Covelo, California. Then in September 2010, the DEA conducted raids on at least five medical marijuana dispensaries in Las Vegas, Nevada, where medical marijuana is legal. In 2011, the DEA conducted raids on medical marijuana in Seattle, Washington, West Hollywood, California, and Helena, Montana, all places where it is legal. In April 2012, the DEA carried out several raids on medical marijuana in Oakland, California. In February 2012, Rolling Stone magazine wrote that Obamas war against medical marijuana went far beyond anything undertaken by George W. Bush. In April 2012, Mother Jones magazine wrote: The president campaigned on the promise that hed stop federal raids on medical marijuana operations that were in compliance with state laws, a vow that Attorney General Eric Holder repeated after the election. But then the Obama administration raided more than 100 dispensaries in its first three years and is now poised to outpace the Bush administrations crackdown record. In May 2012, the Washington Post wrote: Obama has become more hostile to medical marijuana patients than any president in U.S. history. In May 2012, U.S. Congressperson Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said she had strong concerns about Obamas forced closure of five medical marijuana facilities in Pelosis congressional district. In April 2012, commenting on Obamas crackdown on medical marijuana, U.S. Congressman Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) said, Im very disappointed They look more like the Bush administration than the Clinton administration. In July 2012, federal prosecutors filed civil forfeiture actions against Harborside Health Center, a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, CA, which claims to be the worlds largest, and which claims to serve more than 100,000 medical marijuana patients. In April 2012, federal agents raided Oaksterdam University, an educational institution in Oakland, CA, which teaches people about medical marijuana. In April 2012, federal agents raided a medical marijuana facility which had been serving 1,500 patients near Lake Elsinore, CA. In June 2012, the Obama administration filed asset-forfeiture lawsuits against two landlords who rented their buildings to medical marijuana stores in Santa Fe Springs, CA. The Obama administration also sent warning letters which threatened similar legal action to dozens of other, nearby landlords. During the first seven months of 2012, the DEA shut down 40 medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado, all of which had been operating in compliance with state and local law. In May 2012, ABC News reported that during Obamas youth, he often smoked large quantities of recreational marijuana. Obamas marijuana smoking wasnt even medical it was recreational. And yet now, he is taking large scale, widespread action to prevent people with AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, and other illnesses, who have prescriptions from their doctors, from using their prescription medicine how cold hearted can a person be?
8) Nominated a tax cheater to enforce the tax laws
Obama nominated Timothy Geithner, a repeat tax cheater, to head the government agency that enforces the tax laws.
9) Gave tax dollars to AIG executives, then pretended to be outraged
Obama signed a stimulus bill that spent money on bonuses for AIG executives. Prior to signing this bill, Obama had said, when Im president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely. However, after reading line by line and signing the stimulus bill that protected the AIG bonuses, Obama pretended to be shocked and outraged at the bonuses, and said, Under these circumstances, its hard to understand how derivative traders at A.I.G. warranted any bonuses at all, much less $165 million in extra pay How do they justify this outrage to the taxpayers who are keeping the company afloat? and also said that he would pursue every single legal avenue to block these bonuses.
10) Expanded Bushs unconstitutional government faith based programs
Obama expanded the federal governments faith based programs which had been started by President George W. Bush.
11) Supported Bushs unconstitutional Patriot Act
In May 2011, Obama signed a renewal of the Patriot Act.
12) Increased the national debt more in one term than Bush did in two
The national debt increased more during Obamas first three years and two months than it did during all eight years of George W. Bushs presidency.
13) Agrees with Bushs support of unconstitutional, indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without filing any charges
In December 2011, ACLU executive director Anthony D. Romero criticized Obama for signing a bill that gave the U.S. government the power to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens without any charges being filed or any trial taking place.
14) Agrees with Bushs support of unconstitutional, warrantless wiretapping
President Obama has defended warrantless wiretapping.
15) Avoided prosecution of Wall. St criminals
Although Obama had promised to prosecute Wall St. criminals, as of May 2012, the Obama administration had not filed any criminal charges against any of the top financial executives.
16) Had U.S. citizen killed without judicial process
The ACLU accused Obama of violating the U.S. Constitution by having a U.S. citizen killed without judicial process. U.S. Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) said that Obamas actions might be an impeachable offense.
17) Illegally put thousands of guns into hands of criminals
In Operation Fast and Furious, the Obama administration ordered gun storeowners to illegally sell thousands of guns to criminals.
18) Fired Inspector General for discovering that Obamas friend had embezzled government funds
In June 2009, Obama fired Inspector General Gerald Walpin, after Walpin accused Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson, an Obama supporter, of misuse of AmeriCorps funding to pay for school-board political activities. In a letter to Congress, the White House said that Walpin was fired because he was confused, disoriented, unable to answer questions and exhibited other behavior that led the Board to question his capacity to serve. A bipartisan group of 145 current and former public officials, attorneys, and legal scholars signed a letter that was sent to the White House, which defended Walpin, said the criticisms of him were not true, and said that his firing was politically motivated. The letter can be read here.
19) Ignored constitutional requirements for appointees
In February 2009, U.S. Senator Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia) expressed concern that Obamas dozens of czars might violate the U.S. Constitution, because they were not approved by the U.S. Senate. U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wisconsin) expressed a similar concern in September 2009.
20) Gave tax dollars to campaign contributors and lobbyists, and falsely claimed that the money was for green energy
The Obama administration gave $535 million to Solyndra, claiming that it would create 4,000 new jobs. However, instead of creating those 4,000 new jobs, the company went bankrupt. It was later revealed that the companys shareholders and executives had made substantial donations to Obamas campaign, and that the company had also spent a large sum of money on lobbying. In April 2012, CBS News reported that Solyndra had left a substantial amount of toxic waste at its abandoned facility in Milpitas, California. After Obama gave Raser Technologies $33 million to build a power plant, the company declared bankruptcy, and owed $1.5 million in back taxes. After Obama gave Abound Solar, Inc. a $400 million loan guarantee to build photovoltaic panel factories, the company halted production and laid off 180 employees. After Obama gave Beacon Power a $43 million loan guarantee to build green energy storage, the company filed for bankruptcy. After Obama approved $2.1 billion in loan guarantees for Solar Trust of America so it could build solar power plants, the company filed for bankruptcy. Although Obama stated that all of the green energy companies that received taxpayer money were chosen based solely on their merits, the truth is that 71% of these grants and loans went to Obama donors and fundraisers, who raised $457,834 for his campaign, and were later approved for grants and loans totaling more than $11 billion. By November 2011, the Energy Departments inspector general had begun more than 100 criminal investigations related to Obamas stimulus.
21) Had off the record meetings with lobbyists
In June 2010, the New York Times reported that Obama administration officials had held hundreds of meetings with lobbyists at coffee houses near the White House, in order to avoid the disclosure requirements for White House visitors, and that these meetings reveal a disconnect between the Obama administrations public rhetoric with Mr. Obama himself frequently thrashing big industries battalions of lobbyists as enemies of reform and the administrations continuing, private dealings with them.
22) Rewarded his fundraisers by giving them federal jobs
Although Obama had promised to have the most sweeping ethics reform in history, and had often criticized the role of money in politics, the truth is that after he was elected, he gave administration jobs to more than half of his 47 biggest fundraisers.
23) Auctioned off ambassadorship to the Netherlands
In April 2012, Obama nominated Timothy Broas, who had bundled more than $500,000 for Obamas 2012 campaign, to be U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands.
24) Made the TSA even more abusive and ridiculous than it had been under Bush
The Obama administration gave a very invasive patdown to a three-year-old boy in a wheelchair, which caused the boy to tremble in fear. The Obama administration gave an aggressive patdown to a seven-year-old girl with cerebral palsy. The Obama administration said that a four-year-old girl was a high security threat. The Obama administration placed an 18-month-old girl on its no fly list. The Obama administration gave a patdown to Henry Kissinger.
25) Violated Freedom of Information Act
The Obama administration demanded that the Goldwater Institute pay $78,935.80 before it would share public records which it had requested under the Freedom of Information Act.
26) Used off the books funding for military interventionism
In April 2009, antiwar activists who helped elect Obama accused him of using the same off the books funding as his predecessor George W. Bush when Obama requested an additional $83.4 billion from Congress for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan a provision which Obama had voted against when he was a Senator.
27) Defended Bush administrations unconstitutional, unwarranted use of GPS device
In January 2012, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the Bush administration for having put a GPS tracking device on someones car without having a warrant, the Obama administration opposed the court ruling
28) Supported Bush administration for fining CBS for showing Janet Jacksons breast
Obama came out in favor of the FCCs fining of the CBS TV network $550,000 for showing Janet Jacksons breast during the 2004 Super Bowl.
OK, Roger. Thats the end of my list.
Please explain how you can still support President Obama.
Dan from Squirrel Hill
This pro-abortion, pro-homosexual agenda, open borders libertarian party voting nut is a fruit cake.
This is the actual, 2004 text of the Libertarian Party Platform on immigration.
COMPLETE PLATFORM TEXT
INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS AND CIVIL ORDER
The Issue: We welcome all refugees to our country and condemn the efforts of U.S. officials to create a new Berlin Wall which would keep them captive. We condemn the U.S. governments policy of barring those refugees from our country and preventing Americans from assisting their passage to help them escape tyranny or improve their economic prospects.
The Principle: We hold that human rights should not be denied or abridged on the basis of nationality. Undocumented non-citizens should not be denied the fundamental freedom to labor and to move about unmolested. Furthermore, immigration must not be restricted for reasons of race, religion, political creed, age or sexual preference. We oppose government welfare and resettlement payments to non-citizens just as we oppose government welfare payments to all other persons.
Solutions: We condemn massive roundups of Hispanic Americans and others by the federal government in its hunt for individuals not possessing required government documents. We strongly oppose all measures that punish employers who hire undocumented workers. Such measures repress free enterprise, harass workers, and systematically discourage employers from hiring Hispanics.
Transitional Action: We call for the elimination of all restrictions on immigration, the abolition of the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the Border Patrol, and a declaration of full amnesty for all people who have entered the country illegally.
Dear Dan from Squirrel Hill,
It is very simple really, I am a communist.
Your vote for Paul did and your vote for Johnson will count for absolutely nothing.
Why do you do that? Let me guess: you've enjoyed the first nobama circus so much you want to be assured there will be another. Why else would you waste your vote?
I like his Phoebe Cates intro ;-D
Where is humblegunner when we need him?
Posting the full text is good. Phoebe Cates mention is both good and funny. Voting for candidates that cannot ever win an EC vote is stupid. In PA it’s the equivalent of voting for Obama.
Also, you probably should have filmed this blog post instead of writing it. I’m not certain Ebert reads. He gets all his information either visually or alimentarily. ;-]
Although you make some good points, a vote for Mr Johnson will have the same effect as voting for Obama. Mr Johnson has NO chance of winning. None. Zero. Nada. So what happens if your one vote for Johnson gives Obama the one vote he needs to win?
Romney is not exactly what I would call a supporter of limited government. I cannot in good conscience vote for him.
Answer: It's easy, he's black, sorta
There is no cure for mental illness only medication to lessen the uphoria. Look who they turn to for an opinion, a movie critic.
And you not voting for Romney will shrink the size of government how???
Do you vote in a swing state? If no, then vote as you wish. If yes, you’re voting for more Obama. If Obama wins how does government get smaller? The fight isn’t for Romney, but against Obama. Do you have children?
It is very simple really, my wife is a black woman and I must support Obama because he's black, too. Besides, I am a communist.
Do you vote in a swing state?
Do you vote in a swing state?
Then you’re throwing away your vote or giving it to the winner. If it is Obama you’re helping to reelect him. I’m certain you believe you’re doing it in good conscience, but think about the consequences of Obama’s last term.
MF Global wasn’t even mentioned - Buddy Jon Corzine steals $1.6 billion dollars from clients, and the FBI and DOJ can’t find anything to charge him with, despite numerous laws about the sanctity of customer segregated funds, and about 8 different badges of fraud.
Don't YOU dare talk to me about "throwing away" my vote.
I don’t know that they’re all complicit or that no one has demanded answers. It’s an enormous problem touching on the SCOTUS, the separation of powers, welfare, entitlements, economics and politics. Remember Obama won with an outright majority. Something Bill Clinton never did. That’s scary.
Perhaps, though, I am wrong and there’s another way. How do you see it going? How do we defeat Obama in November?
The republican party allowed this criminal to be installed. They need to be defeated and answer for their crimes of treason just as Obama.
I live in Pennsylvania, I have no children, and I know that Romney loves big government.
I don’t see how that makes things any better.
Then you have little vested in the future, but you’re wasting a vote. Romney and Obama are different. The mandate Romney gets will not be for bigger government.
Are you at least working for a more conservative Congress?
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