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items tagged with Barack Obama

Ted Rall: Which Is Lamer?
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Ted Rall

2010-02-10 12:48:16


Ted Rall: Obama Gets Feisty
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Ted Rall

2010-02-05 21:16:15


Ted Rall: Defender of Vacations
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Ted Rall

2010-02-03 11:58:49


Ted Rall: The Jobs Obama Created
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Ted Rall

2010-01-28 13:16:59


Obama and the Global Police: More Friendly Fascism?
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Commentary/Politics

Category: Guest Commentaries

2010-01-11 14:59:01

"The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse." - James Madison

Over the course of his first year in office, Barack Obama has shown himself to be a skillful and savvy politician, saying the things Americans want to hear while stealthily and inexorably moving forward the government's agenda of centralized power. For example, in one breath, Obama pays lip service to the need for greater transparency in government, while in another, he issues an executive order that will result in even more government secrecy.

He is aided in this Machiavellian mindset by a trusting populace inclined to take him at his word and a mainstream media seemingly loath to criticize him or scrutinize his actions too closely. A perfect example of this is the media's relative lack of scrutiny over Obama's recent transformation of Executive Order (EO) 12425 from a document that constitutionally limits the domestic activities of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) to one that establishes it as an autonomous police agency within the U.S.


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