OBAMA HAS LOST ALL CREDIBILITY
By Mario Murilllo
“Obama has lost all credibility.” The New York Times said that. Sit down, take a deep breath and consider what that means. It is almost like a terrorist renouncing Allah. No one and I mean no one has worshipped Obama like the New York Times. They have bathed him in glorious immunity for even the most flagrant acts of arrogance and incompetence.
The New York Times is the proverbial she bear guarding her whelps, a she bear that viciously attacks anyone who would dare touch her love pup. It is possible that even this bastion of protection has finally had enough of the tyranny?
Some vestiges of idol worship remain: it seems that the original editorial read “Obama has lost all credibility.” By morning it was softened to read “Obama has lost all credibility on this issue.” However, that was no real comfort to the president who is used to Carte Blanc from the Gray Lady.
Here is an excerpt from their editorial:
“Within hours of the disclosure that federal authorities routinely collect data on phone calls Americans make, regardless of whether they have any bearing on a counterterrorism investigation, the Obama administration issued the same platitude it has offered every time President Obama has been caught overreaching in the use of his powers: Terrorists are a real menace and you should just trust us to deal with them because we have internal mechanisms (that we are not going to tell you about) to make sure we do not violate your rights.
The administration has now lost all credibility on this issue. Mr. Obama is proving the truism that the executive branch will use any power it is given and very likely abuse it. That is one reason we have long argued that the Patriot Act, enacted in the heat of fear after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks by members of Congress who mostly had not even read it, was reckless in its assignment of unnecessary and overbroad surveillance powers.
Based on an article in The Guardian published Wednesday night, we now know that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency used the Patriot Act to obtain a secret warrant to compel Verizon’s business services division to turn over data on every single call that went through its system. We know that this particular order was a routine extension of surveillance that has been going on for years, and it seems very likely that it extends beyond Verizon’s business division.
Essentially, the administration is saying that without any individual suspicion of wrongdoing, the government is allowed to know whom Americans are calling every time they make a phone call, for how long they talk and from where.
The senior administration official quoted in The Times said the executive branch internally reviews surveillance programs to ensure that they “comply with the Constitution and laws of the United States and appropriately protect privacy and civil liberties.”
That’s no longer good enough. Mr. Obama clearly had no intention of revealing this eavesdropping, just as he would not have acknowledged the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen, had it not been reported in the press.
We strongly object to using that power in this manner. It is the very sort of thing against which Mr. Obama once railed, when he said in 2007 that the surveillance policy of the George W. Bush administration “puts forward a false choice between the liberties we cherish and the security we provide.”
Even the New York Times agrees that Obama must be stopped. How much more then should Christians wake up to this man?
As mystifying and objectionable as it might seem to me, there are still Pastors and Christians who will stand by Obama. I will not judge their heart. However, I cannot help but say that there is not a shred of justification for supporting Obama anymore. There is, on the other hand, an overwhelming case for praying him out of office and working to protect our God given rights in the Constitution. Wake up, speak up before it is too late.