[dropcap]A[/dropcap]nd I’ve had a lot of bad things happen to me in my life. I’ve gone through hell and back, from deaths in the family to abusive relationships. And I mean really freaking abusive. I watched as one of my parents mercilessly beat one of my siblings as a child. My ex-husband choked me in a drunken rage on New Year’s Eve 14 years ago, leaving bruises around my neck, but I survived. I was mad. I was scared it might happen again. But I got out and never looked back.
But those things weren’t disappointments. They were traumatic experiences.
Disappointment is something or someone that lets you down, that doesn’t live up to expectations. In a way, major disappointments are just as traumatic as abuse, because you’re lifted up, expecting something good. You’re hopeful, happy. You’re expecting roses and instead get a steaming pile of rancid shit. It’s a kick in the gut and knocks the wind out of you. And you get up confused, wondering what the hell just happened.
The Obama of 2016 is not the Obama I voted for in 2008. The Obama I voted for was committed to doing his best to fight political corruption. The Obama I voted for wanted to close down Guantanamo Bay. He wanted to bring peace to the world. Instead, President Obama has perpetuated Bush’s war policies. He’s taken us into bloody conflicts in seven nations. He has killed innocent men, women, and children via drone strikes, and even illegally killed four U.S. citizens, two of which were supposedly not targeted.
Remember Anwar al-Awlaki? He was an American citizen born in Las Cruces, New Mexico. In 2011, he was targeted by a drone strike while riding in a vehicle in Yemen. Two weeks later, his 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman Anwar al-Awlaki was also killed in a drone strike in Yemen, but officials say his death was a mistake. Glenn Greenwald has been critical of the drone strikes, and said that the elder Awlaki’s constitutional rights were violated because he was not given due process at the time he was killed.
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What makes President Obama’s crimes even worse than Bush’s is that he taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago. He knows he has violated the Constitution on multiple occasions. And still, he does it. And I find myself confused because, really, what the hell?
In 2011, Obama was sued by Reps. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and Walter Jones (R-NC) for overstepping the bounds of office by starting a military conflict in Libya without first consulting Congress. Because of his disastrous intervention, Gaddafi was kidnapped, tortured in horrific ways, and brutally murdered by NATO-supported rebels.
His interventionist policies essentially sent Libya into a spiral of chaos and violence.
President Obama speaks about giving undocumented children a chance to gain citizenship. They’re called DREAMers for the DREAM Act. But the cold, hard truth is that he has deported more people during his administration than any other president, including George W. Bush.
Remember when Bernie Sanders criticized Hillary Clinton during the primaries for her support of deporting unaccompanied minors fleeing violence in Latin America? Yeah, part of the Obama administration’s work. President Obama deported children fleeing certain death in Honduras, a country that is in the throes of violence AS A DIRECT RESULT OF U.S. INTERVENTION.
Obama ran on a platform of transparency, but his presidency has been one of the most secretive in modern times. He has prosecuted more whistleblowers than most presidents combined. He has stacked his administration with lobbyists and members of multinational corporations and banks.
Remember Broderick Johnson? Name doesn’t ring a bell? He was President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign advisor. He’s also a long-time Wall Street lobbyist. So, while he was pretending to support Occupy Wall Street protestors, Obama was working with the very people they were protesting against. Oh, and let’s not forget Obama’s October 2012 Wall Street fundraising event, at which donors paid more than $35,000 to attend.
After he won re-election, he came out with the so-called JOBS Act, which doesn’t actually help people find work, but is meant to help small start-ups. Instead, it just weakened already weak regulatory protections for investors, who could be taken advantage of by unscrupulous people or businesses using the JOBS Act as a way to fleece unsuspecting donors.
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One of the first things President Obama did after being inaugurated in 2009 was appoint Timothy Geithner as Treasury Secretary. Geithner was the President of the New York Federal Reserve Bank prior to his appointment. Geithner was supposed to protect Americans from losing their homes through mortgage relief during the crash of 2008. Instead, he let them suffer, and Americans across the country lost their homes.
And this was the man newly-minted President Obama chose as Treasury Secretary.
I could go on about the Affordable Care Act ending up being not so affordable. I could go on about how his policies forced more than two million people off food stamps. I could rail about his attempt to force the Trans-Pacific Partnership through before leaving office. I could go on about any number of things but I want to get to the most pressing and recent cause of my outrage:
His silence on the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.
Since this past summer when the water protectors were just getting started with their protests against the DAPL, I don’t recall President Obama expressing support for them. Except for that one time in September during the White House Tribal Nations Conference. Then he placatingly told them, “You’re making your voices heard.”
Yet earlier this month, Obama said he wants to “let it play out” for a few more weeks.
Her dad, Wayne, has been all over social media discussing the events that took place at Standing Rock, and now the mainstream media has begun to cover the pipeline protests. Interestingly, Wayne is also an NYC attorney, which means he knows where and who to get help in fighting for justice for his daughter and for the water protectors.And yet, there sits Obama, doing shit for people who are legitimately concerned about the future contamination of their water source (because let’s be real here, it WILL be contaminated if the pipeline is completed). Despite outcries from anti-DAPL protestors, pleas and calls for action from people at ground zero, Obama has not done a damn thing to help the Standing Rock Sioux fight against the mercenaries and law enforcement officers attacking them with water in freezing temperature and so-called “non-lethal” weapons.
Source: Reno Berkley