Barack Obama, the cool “rock star” President of the United States and 2012 Presidential Candidate, has many in the United States worried about America’s future should he be re-elected in November. Gays, Libertarians, the ACLU, the Tea Parties and a growing list of Americans are becoming more nervous as President Obama takes on more power and limits more freedoms. Like his predecessor, former President Bush, Obama now has more power over U.S. citizens.
Prior to President Obama being elected, ACLU’s executive director, Anthony Romero was supporting his candidacy, however now Romero said he was “disgusted” how the Obama administration is hurting civil liberties of Americans. Earlier this month Mark Hinkle, Chairman of the Libertarian Party had harsh words for Obama and his administration over his poor record of liberty and broken promises.
Earlier this year, President Obama signed the NDAA, which is normally just a formality bill to fund our military, however in 2012 additional language was added to include the ability for the President and his administration to hold and indefinitely detain without trial, American citizens they “suspect” to be terrorist or helping terrorists.
The President has continued his war on gays by keeping them from marrying even though early in his administration he had the ability, and still has the ability, to quash the restriction. On his 2012 election website the President attempts to appease the LGBT community with this timeline of how good he’s been for them, yet it is full of holes and platitudes. As an example, gay federal employees and their partners do not recieve full health benefits as their heterosexual brethren – treating them as second class citizens. It is clear through this and his marriage inequality stance he views the LGBT community anything but equal American citizens.
Last year, the President ordered an American killed in another country who was suspected of being a terrorist – without trial or the ability of the American to defend himself. By most accounts American, Anwar al-Awlaki, was a bad actor in the state of terrorism, however to order him killed without trial seems to be against the values of America.
Obama has continued and exceeded the incarceration of thousands of Americans in his stepped up War on Drugs. Putting patients in jail for longer periods of time than rapists and thieves. He could stop this injustice with the stroke of a pen, however he has chosen to escalate the War on Americans who are simply wishing to get relief for their cancer, multiple sclerosis and other serious ailments. The Obama administration is on target to more aggressive on jailing those involved in the drug trade or the use of certain drugs than George Bush.
Obama’s administration has expanded the wiretap capabilties over Americans, diminishing their privacy. The NSA now has the most sophisticated system for spying on Americans ever. The privacy lost by Americans under the Bush administration, and now even more so, under the Obama administraction, has many worried what is store for them in the future.
The President spoke at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton, Florida on April 10, 2012, he used examples of Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg as examples of what can be accomplished by going to college, yet both of them dropped out as they realized it was a waste of their time and went off to create their multi-billion dollar companies. In speaking about the benefits of the government backing studet loans, the President said, “If one of you goes on to become the next Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg, or one of you discovers the next medical breakthrough, think about all the people whose lives will be changed for the better. We made an investment in you…”