Oh. My. Word. Since Obama has to wait until November to see if he gets to be President, he thought he’d role play in the magic land of make believe in the meantime. The image is his new make-believe seal, modeled on the official presidential seal, except for the “Vero Possumus” and the fact that is is entirely blue. It’s as if he thinks Dems are some kind of color-blind bull, and once they see blue, it’s over. His campaign is, I think, officially more Orwellian than Bush’s was. I admit, I find the “Vero Possumus” funny (apparently Latin for Yes we can) if only because Possum would be a terrific mascot for his most vehement supporters. And that’s all I’m gonna say about that. Heh.
In the Ironic Department of Redundant Irony, we have Obama capitulating entirely on FISA legislation, and the Daily Kos (no link) actually claiming he didn’t. A number of kossacks failed to believe their leaders, and many are oh so disappointed in Obama for his lack of leadership in this effort. Why, one commenter actually had the gall to say it was time to get Hillary back. I’m sure they are banned by now. You can read a sampling of the hilarity over at Alegre’s Corner (h/t owl06) without ever having to grace the servers over at the Orange Cheeto. The truly beautiful thing (in an evil genius kind of way) was Obama’s statement, especially the end:
Given the grave threats that we face, our national security agencies must have the capability to gather intelligence and track down terrorists before they strike, while respecting the rule of law and the privacy and civil liberties of the American people. There is also little doubt that the Bush Administration, with the cooperation of major telecommunications companies, has abused that authority and undermined the Constitution by intercepting the communications of innocent Americans without their knowledge or the required court orders.
That is why last year I opposed the so-called Protect America Act, which expanded the surveillance powers of the government without sufficient independent oversight to protect the privacy and civil liberties of innocent Americans. I have also opposed the granting of retroactive immunity to those who were allegedly complicit in acts of illegal spying in the past.
After months of negotiation, the House today passed a compromise that, while far from perfect, is a marked improvement over last year’s Protect America Act.
Under this compromise legislation, an important tool in the fight against terrorism will continue, but the President’s illegal program of warrantless surveillance will be over. It restores FISA and existing criminal wiretap statutes as the exclusive means to conduct surveillance – making it clear that the President cannot circumvent the law and disregard the civil liberties of the American people. It also firmly re-establishes basic judicial oversight over all domestic surveillance in the future. It does, however, grant retroactive immunity, and I will work in the Senate to remove this provision so that we can seek full accountability for past offenses. But this compromise guarantees a thorough review by the Inspectors General of our national security agencies to determine what took place in the past, and ensures that there will be accountability going forward. By demanding oversight and accountability, a grassroots movement of Americans has helped yield a bill that is far better than the Protect America Act.
It is not all that I would want. But given the legitimate threats we face, providing effective intelligence collection tools with appropriate safeguards is too important to delay. So I support the compromise, but do so with a firm pledge that as President, I will carefully monitor the program, review the report by the Inspectors General, and work with the Congress to take any additional steps I deem necessary to protect the lives – and the liberty – of the American people.
Did you catch that? He’ll carefully monitor the illegal program, but he won’t dismantle it. You can just trust him on that. Just like you could trust Bush. So much for the new politics. I’m afraid the so-called activist left has just experienced an
Heh. Hey, we tried to tell ’em. Maybe we should try to poach as many from the herd as possible.
Now listening to: Like a Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan.
Update: Okay, KLRinLA takes the Orange Cheeto cake (yuck) with this little jewel about Obama’s capitulation on FISA and willingness to gut the 4th amendment for political expediency:
It is a progressive stance with a dash of pragmatism. It is actually the direction I was hoping he would take it
A progressive stance? Since when do progressives believe that security trumps privacy, that it isn’t illegal if the president does it, and it’s okay to break the law if the president asks you to?
Update II: h/t catfish at Alegre’s and via Change and Experience:
§ 713. Use of likenesses of the great seal of the United States, the seals of the President and Vice President, the seal of the United States Senate, the seal of the United States House of Representatives, and the seal of the United States Congress
(a) Whoever knowingly displays any printed or other likeness of the great seal of the United States, or of the seals of the President or the Vice President of the United States, or the seal of the United States Senate, or the seal of the United States House of Representatives, or the seal of the United States Congress, or any facsimile thereof, in, or in connection with, any advertisement, poster, circular, book, pamphlet, or other publication, public meeting, play, motion picture, telecast, or other production, or on any building, monument, or stationery, for the purpose of conveying, or in a manner reasonably calculated to convey, a false impression of sponsorship or approval by the Government of the United States or by any department, agency, or instrumentality thereof, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.
IANAL (I am not a lawyer, for future reference), but that would be hilarious.