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 Post subject: Mr. Obama's Speech (5/21/09)
PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 8:30 pm 
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Speech excerpt:

"I have studied the Constitution as a student; I have taught it as a teacher; I have been bound by it as a lawyer and legislator. I took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution as Commander-in-Chief, and as a citizen, I know that we must never - ever - turn our back on its enduring principles for expedience sake.

I make this claim not simply as a matter of idealism. We uphold our most cherished values not only because doing so is right, but because it strengthens our country and keeps us safe. Time and again, our values have been our best national security asset - in war and peace; in times of ease and in eras of upheaval."


Breakdown and commentary:

OBAMA: "I have studied the Constitution as a student; I have taught it as a teacher; I have been bound by it as a lawyer and legislator."

[Reality]: And now you allow those who violate it to escape the accountability prescribed by our laws, and purely for political expedience. (That is, as long as those who violate it are former Executive Branch officials.)

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OBAMA: "I took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution as Commander-in-Chief..."

[Reality]: Then why are you doing exactly the opposite, Mr. Obama? You're neither preserving, protecting, nor defending the Constitution by allowing those who have so gravely assaulted it to roam free with impunity. In fact, it's been said by some fellow constitutional scholars -- like Professor Jonathan Turley -- that by not upholding your constitutional and legal obligations in this regard you are as guilty as the perpetrators themselves. It's called aiding and abetting criminals.

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OBAMA: "and as a citizen, I know that we must never - ever - turn our back on its enduring principles for expedience sake."

[Reality]: Unless, apparently, it's for your own expedience sake. In that case, turning your back on its enduring principles and past events so you can exclusively look forward appears acceptable in your eyes.

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OBAMA: "I make this claim not simply as a matter of idealism. We uphold our most cherished values not only because doing so is right, but because it strengthens our country and keeps us safe."

[Reality]: It keeps us safe only until the next rogue president takes office and, as a result of your effort to obstruct the creation of a needed deterrent, commits more atrocities in the name of the United States.

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OBAMA: "Time and again, our values have been our best national security asset - in war and peace; in times of ease and in eras of upheaval."

[Final questions]: Then why won't you honor those values, Mr. Obama? Why won't you apply them toward Justice for war criminals who have desecrated our Constitution, which you claim to so treasure and have promised to protect and defend? Why can't you embrace what our laws prescribe, as opposed to being such an apparently violative manipulator?


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