Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Bush is Gone and Obama's Here to Stay.......Oh Yay...

So, Obama is now officially the President of the United States...what joy. Personally, I didn't really like any of the candidates, but, nothing can be changed now. One of the things that strikes me as interesting is Obama's choice for Secretary of the Treasury. He is pushing hard for Tim Geithner, which is interesting because Geithner is a crook who cheated repeatedly on his own taxes, for example deducting the cost of summer camp of as childcare.

However, Obama defends Geithner, saying, "Tim Geithner, when I nominated him, was rightly lauded by people from both sides of the aisle, from the market, from labor, as somebody who was uniquely qualified". I wonder, is competence worth having to deal with a corrupt person? Obama obviously thinks so. But, hey, I've been telling people not to vote for him for a year, so, it's nothing new to me.

Something else that was interesting to me, I saw a news story talking about Bush and his usage of the Pardon system, which, in the past, many Presidents have used in their last hours in office. The timing of course, being to avoid any consequences in the event of an unpopular pardon, such as those of President Clinton in 2001. Bush, from everything I have read and heard, barely touched the power, using it to communte the sentence of two Border Patrollers who shot several suspected drug runners who were fleeing. Aside from that, he has issued nothing, and no complete pardons at all.

This comes as a relief to many Democrats who were afraid of large mass pardons for prison guards, holding suspected terrorists in camps such as Guantanamo Bay. Yes, the ones who were torturing suspects. Gladly, he didn't, so those who were responsible can face justice. Just because someone is a suspected terrorist, or, even uf that person Is a terrorist, does not give us the right to torture them. Because, we then go down to their level. We are supposed to be the good guys. Even killing someone, should never be done for revenge. Their are two reasons to kill someone. A, because that person is dangerous, and if we allow them to live, he or she will do us more harm. B, to teach others a lesson, of what will happen if they attack us. However, we should never do anything out of anger, or hatred. Or, especially, revenge, even as tempting as that may be in some situations.

Again, we just have to remember; we are America, we need to remain the good guys.

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