Hope and Change: Obama protects wiretap program secrets

posted at 8:55 am on February 23, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

For over three years, since the New York Times exposed an NSA surveillance program that tracked conversations from suspected terrorist phones to points within the US, the Left has pilloried the Bush administration for “shredding” the Constitution.  Early in Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, he made that a central reason why America needed Hope and Change.  Eventually, however, Obama voted for the FISA language that essentially made the program explicitly legal, but promised to make significant changes to it once elected.

Now that he’s President, however, the perspective looks a little different:

President Obama’s administration is moving aggressively to protect what the government insists are “state secrets” from a Bush-era wiretapping program.

Justice Department lawyers filed an emergency motion Friday with a federal appeals court in an effort to block a lower court’s order that the government must show lawyers for the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation a copy of a document indicating that the group’s communications were being intercepted. The document has been the subject of a running legal battle since the papers were accidentally sent to attorneys for the group in 2004 and subsequently retrieved. …

The government wants the wiretapping lawsuit thrown out on the basis of the state secrets privilege, but a federal judge in San Francisco ruled that the privilege is overruled by a law Congress wrote, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

It’s an interesting case.  Many of the lawsuits filed against telecoms in relation to the NSA’s Terrorist Surveillance Program got tossed for lack of standing; the plaintiffs had no proof that their communications had been surveilled.  The DoJ helpfully handed that proof to Al-Haramain during discovery when they accidentally released a “Top Secret-Compartmented” document to their legal team.  The government wants to unring the bell here, and the judge has thus far not allowed them to do it.

If Obama meant what he said on the campaign trail, one would expect him to side with Al-Haramain.  After all, he spent a great deal of time talking about how the Bush administration ran roughshod over the rights of Americans and American residents with his NSA program.  Wouldn’t that include Al-Haramain in this instance, according to Obama’s own construct?

Now, suddenly, Obama seems to appreciate the need for “state secrets” and surveillance on international communications involving suspected terrorists.  That suits me fine, as I think the TSP program was on solid ground from the beginning, but it’s more than a little hypocritical for the Obama administration to suddenly switch sides and support the Bush position without so much as an “oops”.   It certainly seems that Obama has endorsed the Bush policies that he once criticized in harsh terms, a remarkable turnaround for someone in office only a month.

How does that Hope and Change feel now, Obama voters?  Anyone ready to give President Bush an overdue apology?


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acat on February 23, 2009 at 9:00 AM

It’s no longer convenient to attack a successful program because the Bush is no longer using it. It’s got to be in the Rules for Radicals or the Communist Manifesto, right?

DL13 on February 23, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Anyone ready to give President Bush an overdue apology?

Not a chance. It’s an article of faith that Evil Booosh is just evil. Never mind what the man behind the curtain is doing now.

Mr. D on February 23, 2009 at 9:01 AM

FASCI…..er….I mean, wow, what a visionary leader Ogabe is; he really knows how to lead.

What do you bet Ogabe has seen some recently intercepted conversations which show terrorists discussing him and his family?

Bishop on February 23, 2009 at 9:01 AM

An apology to “McChimpy Hiter?” Yeah, right. They still won’t admit that Reagan was a great president.

Babino on February 23, 2009 at 9:02 AM

Ed, it would be great if HA kept a running log of BO’s policies pre and post election. It is astounding (not really) the number of flips already…

joepub on February 23, 2009 at 9:03 AM

It’s got to be in the Rules for Radicals or the Communist Manifesto, right?

DL13 on February 23, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Almost, but not quite. Protecting the ability to do these wiretaps would provide cover for activites that would be supported by either of those.

Marine_Bio on February 23, 2009 at 9:04 AM

Obama has an approval rating of 62%. That will only start to go down as his side of the political spectrum starts to eath their own. That will take time. But stories like this will start the process. At some point, people will need a reason to back track on thier strong support of Obama. Superstars like Obaama are tough to diminish. When his star does fade, it will fall fast.

RedSoxNation on February 23, 2009 at 9:05 AM

I would have been more excited if after he got a briefing or two, he would have had a watershed moment and confide to the American People that the Bush Administration was right. He could further prove that he might have worth as a Commander In Chief if he used his political capital to expand the program in ways that the previous administration couldn’t because of the politics that was played by liberal politicians.

hawkdriver on February 23, 2009 at 9:05 AM

This has become a total farce. Everything, literally everything, Obama and the libs bashed Bush on, they’ll doing a 180. The only areas which they aren’t are taxes and abortion. And where are all those war protesters. There are still troops in Iraq. At least I’m glad to be a part of a party that has some principles.

IR-MN on February 23, 2009 at 9:06 AM

Ed, it would be great if HA kept a running log of BO’s policies pre and post election. It is astounding (not really) the number of flips already…

joepub on February 23, 2009 at 9:03 AM

Excellent idea.

hawkdriver on February 23, 2009 at 9:07 AM

Just another example of the FAILED policies of the Urkel-McObama-Hitler administration…..

Caper29 on February 23, 2009 at 9:07 AM

What happened? Mbama got a briefing about this from People Who Know What’s Really Going On In The World, which ended with him exclaiming, “Holy shit!”

Akzed on February 23, 2009 at 9:08 AM

I actually miss hearing bush say terrorist

workingforpigs on February 23, 2009 at 9:08 AM

Obama has seen the right..

OT: Phila Inquirer files for bankruptcy. Who’s next?

fogw on February 23, 2009 at 9:08 AM

When his star does fade, it will fall fast.

RedSoxNation on February 23, 2009 at 9:05 AM

The higher the pedestal upon which the idol stands, the longer the fall and the harder the landing. Obama’s going to make a “splat” heard round the world.

AZCoyote on February 23, 2009 at 9:09 AM

CHANGE HYPOCRISY YOU CAN ARE FORCED TO BELIEVE IN ACCEPT

alexraye on February 23, 2009 at 9:09 AM

The black jimmy carter speaks.

workingforpigs on February 23, 2009 at 9:10 AM

Obama can do whatever he wants, and the Hard Left will never abandon him. His approval ratings will tank only when the middle of the country turns on him because of the economy.

BuckeyeSam on February 23, 2009 at 9:13 AM

the next thing we will start doing is letting everyone know where we are going to attack and soon we will see helicopters burning in the desert just like the carter administration.

workingforpigs on February 23, 2009 at 9:13 AM

……….this is the first time (well at least since Bill Ayers showed me his first bomb) that I’ve been proud of America……….now excuse me while I polish my Flag lapel pins……..

Cinday Blackburn on February 23, 2009 at 9:14 AM

Growing up is a pain. Isn’t it, Mr. President?

Your ego can not overcome the world. There are horrible people out there that want to completely destroy this country, including you and your family. Your empty words and promises can not change that fact. I just pray that your advisors can keep you from leaving us vulnerable top to these evil people.

kingsjester on February 23, 2009 at 9:15 AM

“For over three years, since the New York Times exposed an NSA surveillance program that tracked conversations from suspected terrorist phones to points within the US…”

At least the New York Times hasn’t CHANGED their policies:

U.S. Unit Secretly in Pakistan Lends Ally Support

BARA, Pakistan — More than 70 United States military advisers and technical specialists are secretly working in Pakistan to help its armed forces battle Al Qaeda and the Taliban in the country’s lawless tribal areas, American military officials said.

Rovin on February 23, 2009 at 9:16 AM

The “change” was all about changing which political party was in power. Everything else was politics.

backwoods conservative on February 23, 2009 at 9:21 AM

The more I listen to Obama the more I hate the guy.

What a jerk. Spewing lies and enticing disrespect against President Bush by his little supporters, yet he keeps all of Bush’s policies of which he was so critical of.
He is a horrible human being.
Yes he kept President Bush’s policies, but he was a despicable man for engaging in, along with his followers, in destroying a good man who protected this country.

jencab on February 23, 2009 at 9:25 AM

not to be missed, Obama was a popular figure of the ACLU in many ways.

If we can get this word out to the left/nuts they will either abandon Obama or this issue will be dropped and only left to the wingnuts on the far-right/anarchist fringes who already think their is a conspiracy between the GOP/DNC

jp on February 23, 2009 at 9:25 AM

..hold on, I’ve got Rev. Wright on the phone……..he wants surveillance on The Messiah’s Auntie’s whereabouts……NOT to deport her after 4 years and 6 Felony warrants……..but to give her the Porkalus Welfare check that’s her’s for being here illegally, never working, having free medical care, free housing, free utilities and of course cable………she is now also eligible for the Polosi/Reid amendment for Felonious Illegal Aliens, to wit, she can now “buy” a $500,000 house with no income, no assets and no brains…..default, then have Rick Santelli pay for it out of his kid’s college fund! That’s CHANGE you can believe in Auntie…….welcome to America!

Cinday Blackburn on February 23, 2009 at 9:27 AM

big question to me is if Obama was lying the whole time on this stuff, or he came around as he was informed while the campaign and/or after the election was over and he got ‘de-briefed’. We’ll never know

jp on February 23, 2009 at 9:27 AM

I am appreciating the hypocrisy of BHO if it keeps us safer.

OmahaConservative on February 23, 2009 at 9:27 AM

Letting the world know that we were listening to terrorists phone conversations is what did the damage here! I hold democrats and the NYT responsible for doing that. God help them if we are hit again and a family member of mine dies!

apco on February 23, 2009 at 9:28 AM

I would now be more concerned about the program being put to use in a nefarious fashion by the hopenchange administration, commies spy on their own population.

wheres the outrage??? any libs want to chime in??

Viper1 on February 23, 2009 at 9:30 AM

I’m curious as to how many promises Obama made during the campaign that have already “expired” during his first month.

The only ones I can think of that he’s kept is to have our tax dollars fund abortions again (here and abroad) and to spend our way out of the recession with our yet unborn great grandkids money.

Yakko77 on February 23, 2009 at 9:30 AM

DOUBLE STANDARD !! I know only white presidents spy on black people Bush, Kennedy, Obama

steviedfromnc on February 23, 2009 at 9:32 AM

Some on the left will be disappointed but the kool-aid minions will back the One no matter what and they will fail to see their own hypocrisy. To many this is like a big football game: the dems v. the repubs. Our political establishment has done an effective job of dividing us. I’m waiting for Americans to think of themselves as Americans first and stand on principles instead of as “team dems” or “team repubs.” Call wrong wrong and right right instead of looking at who is doing it. Being a conservative I sure was not happy w/ Bush nor am I happy now.

PrincipledPilgrim on February 23, 2009 at 9:33 AM

I think we need a running list of the things that Bush did that Obama is keeping:

– Keeping Renditions
– No Habeas Corpus for detainees
– Protecting Wiretapping Program

I’m sure there’s more, but I just can’t remember them all.

funsutton on February 23, 2009 at 9:34 AM

Anyone ready to give President Bush an overdue apology?

I apologize for shaking President Bush’s hand so hard the one time I met him for all he had done to defend our nation.

Does that count, Ed?

Sergeant Tim on February 23, 2009 at 9:34 AM

The higher the pedestal upon which the idol stands, the longer the fall and the harder the landing. Obama’s going to make a “splat” heard round the world.

AZCoyote on February 23, 2009 at 9:09 AM

Ya, but who’s going to push him off? The GOP? The MSM?

Right now there’s nobody with the muscle and cojones to do it.

RadioFreeUSA on February 23, 2009 at 9:34 AM

Another thought. People had better start thinking in terms of US v. THEM in D.C. or we will wake up one day with no one having any freedoms. Unfortunately it seems like the dems and repubs are two arms of the same wicked beast.

PrincipledPilgrim on February 23, 2009 at 9:36 AM

At least the New York Times hasn’t CHANGED their policies:

U.S. Unit Secretly in Pakistan Lends Ally Support

BARA, Pakistan — More than 70 United States military advisers and technical specialists are secretly working in Pakistan to help its armed forces battle Al Qaeda and the Taliban in the country’s lawless tribal areas, American military officials said.

Rovin on February 23, 2009 at 9:16 AM

Expecting the NYT to act in a manner that is best for America and protects the lives of those who defend this country is like expecting Obama to keep his promises.

Yakko77 on February 23, 2009 at 9:37 AM

jencab on February 23, 2009 at 9:25 AM

jen, I would love to sit down and write an entire book about the way the entire Democratic Party used the Iraq War and the Bush policies to bring about their return to power. It’s obvious now that they’re back in power, the policies are starting to look reasonable again to them.

The fact that they did and said all the things they did against the war, with their countrymen on the battlefield, would lead you to believe they’d move quickly on all these things they harped on. Now, they’re not only not moving quickly, they are falling in line with Bush policies and Holy Crap! no more timetables to leave either theater?

They were playing politics with our lives.

hawkdriver on February 23, 2009 at 9:37 AM

next thing you know, the MSM may start running stories about how George Washington did similar intelligence gathering techniques(HE DID, its how he got the British Spies and Traitors) and go through the rest of our war time history up to sainted FDR.

Reagan ran these types of programs during the Cold War, though the secret never got on the NYT front pages to stir up the gullible sheep in the country. per Ed Meese

jp on February 23, 2009 at 9:38 AM

This is what Democrats want to investigate Bush for? Remember what I said- the sooner the better.

Nothing would rehabilitate Bush’s legacy faster.

drjohn on February 23, 2009 at 9:39 AM

DeathToMediaHcks? TomShipley? Come on guys, surely you want to contribute! Have you no thoughts on this thread? You freaking fill up PAGES AND PAGES of other threads with your garbage, let’s have a comment ole chap. Hello????

JustTruth101 on February 23, 2009 at 9:41 AM

i miss George W. Bush. i really, really, really do.

Ghoul aid on February 23, 2009 at 9:42 AM

JustTruth101 on February 23, 2009 at 9:41 AM

They’re in a video teleconference right now discussing talking points and deciding the best angle to spin this.

hawkdriver on February 23, 2009 at 9:45 AM

http://vdare.com/guzzardi/090220_california.htm

RealDemocrat on February 23, 2009 at 9:45 AM

The great thing about sitting here on the Rethuglican side is that if Obama sticks to his campaign promises, it proves he’s an America-hater hell bent on destroying this country.

If he reverses himself and does any of the sensible stuff Bush did, it proves he’s a fraud. Damn, it’s good to be the loyal opposition. I’m still rooting heavily for “fraud”, by the way.

LibTired on February 23, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Does this make if official according to libtards..President Sock Monkey is evil…(I know, I know…I’m now officialy a racist) But I’ll be darned if he doesn’t look like one.

sdd on February 23, 2009 at 9:46 AM

They’re in a video teleconference right now discussing talking points and deciding the best angle to spin this.

hawkdriver on February 23, 2009 at 9:45 AM

best angle is simply for the MSM to lightly report this and do a spinjob on it, thus brush it aside and drop the issue. With out the status of the MSM fools giving the issue stature, it will fade.

We should be reminding them constantly that “Obama is Bush” on the issue they hated Bush the most for and the heat should be placed on the NYT.

jp on February 23, 2009 at 9:48 AM

The DoJ helpfully handed that proof to Al-Haramain during discovery when they accidentally released a “Top Secret-Compartmented” document to their legal team.

Yeah, I really believe that someone “accidentally” released that information. Maybe the same person “accidentally” released other secret information to the NYT.

Johan Klaus on February 23, 2009 at 9:49 AM

Image-wise right now, Obama’s kind of like Alex Rodriguez with the Seattle Mariners. He’s going to be A-Rod with the New York Yankees about a year from now if the stimulus plan doesn’t work, because the left will never admit their own ideology on economic recovery was wrong, as drawn up by Reid, Pelosi and others on the left, and will start blaming Barack for squandering money on continuing Bush’s foreign policy and the WOT.

jon1979 on February 23, 2009 at 9:50 AM

I guess I will not be able to reasonably understand the, probably, very good reasons for all of Obama’s reversals until someone like Shipley stops by to explain them.

Until then I will just have to assume that the President is nothing more than a typical low-life, lying politician.

Yoop on February 23, 2009 at 9:52 AM

hawkdriver on February 23, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Yup, Axelrod will tell them what to say eventually. Maybe they are waiting for the Soros check to clear.

PimFortuynsGhost on February 23, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Oh how much fun I’ve been having with my ultra-lib friends lately. They can’t stand it because they realize that they haven’t a leg to stand on. I can actually see the steam coming out of their ears. OTOH at least Obama has not proven himself to be a complete idiot…yet.

Jamewah on February 23, 2009 at 10:04 AM

He voted for it to protect the dems but think he loves all the power.

getalife on February 23, 2009 at 10:20 AM

He failed to surrrendo in Iraq and now this.

Say it ain’t so.

This actually makes President Bush look good. It makes Obama look better than terrible. Let me explain. Now that Obama has the ssame terrorist info and briefings, he makes the same conclusions. President bush was a good strategist in that he made decision on intelligentce briefings but did not reveal what he knew. Just what he decided to do.

seven on February 23, 2009 at 10:21 AM

Ghoul aid on February 23, 2009 at 9:42 AM

/sigh/

Me too!

hawkdriver on February 23, 2009 at 10:33 AM

This and other things make Bush look better…PLUS whatever intelligence information about the bad guys that Obama has been getting from the CIA, etc., must scare the heck out of him.

albill on February 23, 2009 at 10:39 AM

Grab your banners and take to the streets, libwads! The president is violating your constitutional rights!
Libwads? Libwads???

whitetop on February 23, 2009 at 10:45 AM

Hey Chris Matthews doesn’t THIS just send a tingle up your leg? What no response?

Hello. Anyone out there who cares to chide BO?

jbh45 on February 23, 2009 at 10:46 AM

ChimpyMcObamahitler strikes again!

The deafening silence of the Left is predictable.

Calculating hypocrites all.

profitsbeard on February 23, 2009 at 10:50 AM

I must have missed the MoveOn.org and NYT attacks on Obama and his shadow govt’s efforts to derail the constitution.

anyone have a link?

moxie_neanderthal on February 23, 2009 at 11:04 AM

But I thought this NSA program was violating the Constitution and it wasn’t useful at all!?

Cr4sh Dummy on February 23, 2009 at 11:06 AM

We’re all fascists now.

John on February 23, 2009 at 11:07 AM

How does that Hope and Change feel now, Obama voters? Anyone ready to give President Bush an overdue apology?

No, because they never actually cared about these issues – they just used them to generate some talking points. The issue that mattered was the Supreme Court vis a vis abortion. Obama will support them on that, and the left will all start justifying themselves by saying “at least he’s better than McCain”.

Gaunilon on February 23, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Intel briefings? Well, I guess it does tend to sharpen the senses when the ONE finds out HE is the subject of discussion, and the target.

For the rest of us, it’s probably a matter of expendibility or collateral damage.

Yoop on February 23, 2009 at 11:27 AM

Oh, I get it….

The policies are fine, it is just who was running it.

Starlink on February 23, 2009 at 9:10 AM

Hasn’t that been the case all along?

After all, if you say your going to do something isn’t that just as good as actually really doing it?

In LeftWorld, the perception of a “correct” intent permits the commission of a multitude of sins.

Bruno Strozek on February 23, 2009 at 11:39 AM

CHANGE HYPOCRISY YOU CAN ARE FORCED TO BELIEVE IN ACCEPT

NICE.
WHERE THE HELL IS MSM ON THIS? UP THEIR SAVIOR’S ARSE GETTING A CHILL UP THEIR LEG.

UNREPENTANT CONSERVATIVE CAPITOLIST on February 23, 2009 at 12:07 PM

Ya know, I got to really believe, with fervent hope, those daily briefings from the ODNI have made an impact.

coldwarrior on February 23, 2009 at 12:17 PM

I Hope he doesn’t do something and Change it.

kanda on February 23, 2009 at 12:22 PM

I can’t figure why liberals think the Gov’t is inept and scary when it comes to protecting individual liberties with relation to protecting us from terrorism, but they can’t wait to hand over the reins to the Feds in converting us to socialism. Oh yeah, George Bush isn’t in office anymore…forgot.

Wyznowski on February 23, 2009 at 12:31 PM

Liberals truly are dangerous idiots.

Conservative_SAHM on February 23, 2009 at 12:46 PM

The democrat politicians know that their constituency is too stupid to remember what they were mad at Bush for last year. That’s the key, the dem politicians know how to use the idiots and then toss them aside once they obtain power (think CINDY SHEEHAN). It’s pretty amazing that their supporters fall for the same things repeatedly.

Security Mom on February 23, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Wow! Obama’s gonna be the “Worst person in the world” tonight for sure….And I bet the Bill Moyer and Frontline specials will just eviscerate him, but only after the NYT has their turn.

riiiiiiiiiiiiiiggghhhht…….

29Victor on February 23, 2009 at 1:01 PM

I”ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating.

After sitting down with the CIA, NSA, and FBI on a daily basis and getting the “real story” about how shitty the world is in stead of the Sheehans’ and Ayres’ of the world, The One is forced to eat crow.

Pass the salt.

BobMbx on February 23, 2009 at 1:17 PM

Well, it can be balanced out a la Nixon. Your Patriot Act, used against folks like Santelli.

sethstorm on February 23, 2009 at 1:17 PM

If any good has come out of Obama’s election to POTUS, it’s that he is getting a real-world education. What he does with it is the concern.

Grafted on February 23, 2009 at 2:12 PM

If I’ve said this once, I’ve said it 1000 times:

NO ONE inside this country….NO….ONE…has the authority to use our constitutional rights and protections to shield them while they willfully and knowingly communicate (and possibly participate) with those who’s only goal is to bring about the destruction of our country and its citizenry.

Once upon a time, that kind of action was considered treason.

What’s also against the law (but not enforced) are the ongoing efforts by those on the extreme left (which is most of the party) who wish to ensure our failure in our war against jihadi facists:

link

United States Code
TITLE 18 – CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
PART I – CRIMES
CHAPTER 115 – TREASON, SEDITION, AND SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES

(a) Whoever, when the United States is at war, willfully makes or
conveys false reports or false statements with intent to interfere
with the operation or success of the military or naval forces of
the United States or to promote the success of its enemies; or
Whoever, when the United States is at war, willfully causes or
attempts to cause insubordination, disloyalty, mutiny, or refusal
of duty, in the military or naval forces of the United States, or
willfully obstructs the recruiting or enlistment service of the
United States, to the injury of the service or the United States,
or attempts to do so –
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than
twenty years, or both.
(b) If two or more persons conspire to violate subsection (a) of
this section and one or more such persons do any act to effect the
object of the conspiracy, each of the parties to such conspiracy
shall be punished as provided in said subsection (a).
(c) Whoever harbors or conceals any person who he knows, or has
reasonable grounds to believe or suspect, has committed, or is
about to commit, an offense under this section, shall be fined
under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.
(d) This section shall apply within the admiralty and maritime
jurisdiction of the United States, and on the high seas, as well as
within the United States.

Talismen on February 23, 2009 at 2:16 PM

Passport please, Barry.

BHO Jonestown on February 23, 2009 at 2:36 PM

Here’s another “war crime” that they won’t be able to prosecute Bush with. It must drive those crazy Democrat congressmen more crazy.

Christian Conservative on February 23, 2009 at 4:14 PM

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Join Us In Peaceful Protest Against the Congressional Theft Act 2009

When: Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 10:00 am 12noon

Where To Meet: J.C. Nichols Fountain, 47th and J.C. Nichols Parkway K.C.MO.

1Mile Walk To: Senator Claire McCaskill (D) K.C. Office 4141 Pennsylvania Ave. K.C.MO.

Bring an extra pair of RESONSIBLE SHOES for Claires door step

Shoes will be donated to the Salvation Army after the event.

ATTENTION: KANSAS CITY TEA PARTY PROTESTERS

First I would like to thank you all for your support.

The purpose of this protest is against the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

or as I call it the CONGRESSIONAL THEFT ACT 2009.

Theme: “WALK A MILE IN MY RESPONSIBLE SHOES”

Stimulate the economy bring an extra pair of “Responsible Shoes” for Claires door step, the shoes will be donated to the Salvation Army after the event.

We are here to be heard but peaceful, so we must make specific points for this to be a successful event. I have chosen four points that I believe need to be made that will greatly affect us all in the future. If the media wants to interview you please stick to these talking points. We must present a united, professional, organized image or the media will make our image for us and it won’t be favorable.

(Any of your choice)

1. Broken Promises: The President and the leaders of the House and Senate have violated their solemn promises that the bill would be available for several days of public review prior to voting, so that the American people might have a chance to learn what is in the bill and to make their views known to their elected officials. Act responsibly and repeal the Congressional Theft Act of 2009 and let the American people voice their opinion before you vote or resign your position as our representatives.

2. Damages Our Founding Fathers Philosophies: Bailing out states that have spent irresponsibly by their elected officials at the expense of taxpayers in states that have been fiscally responsible.

3. Housing Bail Out: Those of us who both pay our mortgages and pay our taxes, while we are working hard and playing by the rules, there were a lot of irresponsible people spending more than they had and getting in way over their heads, and now those irresponsible people are having to be bailed out by the people that are responsible and playing by the rules.

4. Repeal Of Welfare To Work Program: Repeals the bipartisan and highly successful welfare reforms of 1996 and drastically expands the welfare state. It rewards states for adding people to their welfare rolls, rather than for helping them find gainful employment. Contrary to long-established practice, it will entitle able-bodied adults without children to receive cash assistance and encourages irresponsibility.

When you are making signs for this event please let them reflect these four talking points, the message is clear

Taking responsibility for yourself and expecting the same of your elected officials.

PLEASE DO NOT: Throw your trash on the ground and stay on pulic property we want this event to be clean and peaceful.

For More Information Contact

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Blind_Mule on February 23, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Somehow, BHO feels that the wire tapping just helps Michelle’s children…that’s all.

bluelightbrigade on February 23, 2009 at 4:56 PM

NO ONE inside this country….NO….ONE…has the authority to use our constitutional rights and protections to shield them while they willfully and knowingly communicate (and possibly participate) with those who’s only goal is to bring about the destruction of our country and its citizenry.

Talismen on February 23, 2009 at 2:16 PM

That applies to business as well – including the Benedict Arnolds that evade citizens.

sethstorm on February 23, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Obama has figured out how to quail disent with his new tool.

Blind_Mule on February 23, 2009 at 6:04 PM

Typical liberals
taking credit for something someelese has done
then screaming to the public how evil the previous men were..

These morons make me sick..

jcila on February 23, 2009 at 6:55 PM

This is yet more proof that all the rhetoric from the left was simply that. It was just another way for Dems to criticize Bush.
Obama is starting to sound more like Bush every day in some ways. Oh , I do smile when I think of all those silent lefties biting their lips !

jerseyjoe99982002 on February 23, 2009 at 8:08 PM