Friday, January 16, 2009

Looking All Around

When I look forward I see hope. I don’t see as much as I would like to, however. I would have more hope if we didn’t have a president-elect who seems intent on wanting us to blindly go forward. If all you do is look forward, then you end up having tunnel vision. Obama wants us to put the blinders on and not look back. Never mind looking from side to side. The Bush administration needs to be held accountable!

From Forgive and Forget? by Paul Krugman:

Now, it’s true that a serious investigation of Bush-era abuses would make Washington an uncomfortable place, both for those who abused power and those who acted as their enablers or apologists. And these people have a lot of friends. But the price of protecting their comfort would be high: If we whitewash the abuses of the past eight years, we’ll guarantee that they will happen again.

Meanwhile, about Mr. Obama: while it’s probably in his short-term political interests to forgive and forget, next week he’s going to swear to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.” That’s not a conditional oath to be honored only when it’s convenient.

And to protect and defend the Constitution, a president must do more than obey the Constitution himself; he must hold those who violate the Constitution accountable. So Mr. Obama should reconsider his apparent decision to let the previous administration get away with crime. Consequences aside, that’s not a decision he has the right to make.
I am already growing tired of Obama’s evasive and indecisive statements that don’t really say anything at all.

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