Friday, June 7, 2013

People and Systems

Everyone got mad when Bush wiretapped a few suspected terrorists, so we elected Obama, who wiretapped everybody and took their email as well.

Everyone got mad when Bush arrested, tried, and convicted a journalist who published state secrets, so we elected Obama, who sent Bradley Manning to prison and held him there for 1,100 days, most of that in solitary confinement.

Everyone got mad when Bush randomly imprisoned people indefinitely without trial, so we elected Obama, who has continued to imprison those people without trial while feeling bad about it.

Everyone got mad that Bush rushed to declare war against Iraq in defiance of international law, so we elected Obama who went to war in Libya in defiance of US law.

Everyone got mad that Bush tortured suspected terrorists, so we elected Obama, who ended torture and instead murdered those terrorists, and their families, and anyone nearby.

Thank god we got rid of Chimpy Bushitler, the awfulest president in the history of awfulness.

In 2008, we as a nation tested the theory that if we got rid of the people who are prone to abuse power and replace them with people who aren't prone to abuse power, then we will end abuses of power. I hope that in 2016 we as a nation can test the theory that if we drastically reduce the amount of power that can be abused, then we will end abuses of power.

1 comment:

  1. Maybe I've just gotten cynical about the democratic process, but I don't rate the chances of this one as being much higher than the chances of the last one. Limited government is dead, dead, dead, and the populace is largely glad about this, at least as measured by revealed preference.

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