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President Obama: Becoming a Major Liability for the Democratic Party?

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How might a Democratic candidate, when meeting with likely voters, defend Mr. Obama's strong support and promotion of the NSA spying on American citizens and the fact that it is a clear violation of the 4th Amendment to the Constitution which states, "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated?"

 

How might a Democratic candidate explain and try to defend the "kill list" that President Obama and his advisers maintain in the White House, that can, believe it or not, include the names of American citizens; one that is in direct conflict with Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution of the United States that gives every American citizen, "The right to obtain a writ of habeas corpus as a protection against illegal imprisonment?" In more specific terms this is a means of safeguarding individual freedom against arbitrary state actions.

 

How can candidates admit that they are fully supportive of his war on whistleblowers and his approval of subordinates' actions to interfere with objective journalism in this country, a situation by which he is thinks that he has the power to disregard the 1st Amendment's guarantee of free speech?

 

At a time when Hispanics are becoming a very powerful voting bloc and have largely been supportive of Democrats, here we have a Democratic president that has deported 2 million unauthorized immigrants; not only that but his actions to date to bring about immigration reform in the Congress have been pathetic and lacking any great resolve. Don't think that Hispanics haven't noticed.

 

Can anyone think of a Democratic president in the past 5 or more decades who would offer up cuts to Social Security to his opponents in the attempt to appease them? Former Democratic presidents would never have dared to betray their party and the nation's people in such a way; but this president keeps putting the issue back on the negotiating table regardless of what the people might think.

 

Here's a link to an article that includes the letter that Senator Bernie Sanders, Independent of Vermont, together with 15 Democratic Senators, sent to the president to, once again, warn him against offering up such cuts. It's pretty clear that those who signed this letter no longer trust this president to do the right thing on this critically important issue. And they have every reason to think that way because they are well aware that he is quite capable of caving in to the Republicans.

 

He doesn't seem to comprehend that he is greatly damaging the chances of many of his fellow Democrats who may be defeated in these elections because they will be the victims of "guilt by association." He doesn't seem to understand how great of a liability that he is becoming.

 

It doesn't seem to bother him that the American people are quite troubled by the many questionable positions he is taking and that, on many, they totally disagree with him. And, as a result, they may well vent their anger and take out their wrath on Democratic candidates.

 

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