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Earth_First Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:24 PM
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If Obama closes Guantanamo Bay TODAY. He can have my vote TOMMORROW.
This was part of Change (Pt. I) that I believed in.
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dennis4868 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:27 PM
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1. Do you have the money?
Edited on Mon Apr-04-11 02:27 PM by dennis4868
That's the problem. Congress will not fund the closing of Gittmo.....Obama is probably not wealthy enough to use his own money to close Gittmo....your post implies that Obama has a choice.....
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Shiver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:27 PM
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2. He issued an executive order to have it closed his first week in office.
Congress blocked the funding to have it closed.
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Earth_First Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:29 PM
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4. I understand that...
Since then, what?
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Solomon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:30 PM
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You understand but still you persist!?
Oy....
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I Drink Water Donating Member (80 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:24 PM
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26. Obama could fight harder. Instead of rolling over to Republicans, Obama could
actually take his case to the public, but he has been doing a poor job of this. He could use a little more heart.
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jbnow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 12:45 AM
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34. That wasn't republicans! A 90-6 Senate vote in May 2009
first blocked the funding
After May 2009 vote they've kept at it renewing and adding to ban. On December 14th they added a provision to \omnibus spending bill blocking funds again, including them coming here for trial

He has spoken out about it since and Holder sure expressed his opinion at press conference
Holder blasts Congress for politicizing KSM trial
But he can't blast republicans even if he wanted to. He'd have to blast Schu,m,er and Reid and so many others.

Congress and Obama responded to the panic talk in different ways. Obama did it by reminding everyone of how well we handle trials and very dangerous prisoners
He looked for prison here to take prisoners. Congress banned it.
Congress added to the panic

I blame Obama for many things, this isn't one of them
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sudopod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:30 PM
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6. This. Congress cutting off funding didn't cut off his microphone too. nt
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Ignis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:01 PM
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16. Great point.
:thumbsup:
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Shiver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:39 PM
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11. That was with Democratic majority in Congress.
Now with the Teabaggers and the overall Repug majority, there's no chance in hell funding will be approved to close the place, if for nothing else than spite. Congress controls the purse strings, and unless the closing is funded, as is the transfers of the prisoners, there isn't much he can do about it besides talk.
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Davis_X_Machina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:51 PM
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15. Check out Bernie Sanders' vote...
Edited on Mon Apr-04-11 02:54 PM by Davis_X_Machina
...on the Senate bill here.

When you wake up on the left of Bernie Sanders on an issue, and it's still not good enough for DU, I mean, why bother?

You're dealing with people who refuse to be happy.
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sudopod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:10 PM
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22. You know how THOSE people are. nt
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emulatorloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:18 PM
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24. The Republicans took over the house among other things
n/t
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dennis4868 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:31 PM
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7. right....
but understand that DUers blame Obama for congress inaction....
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Davis_X_Machina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:04 PM
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18. Why not?
Edited on Mon Apr-04-11 03:07 PM by Davis_X_Machina
This was where you could find threads full of K&R calling on Obama to open Medicare to all by executive order, or add a public option to the PPACA via a signing statement.

Half the people here would be happy monarchists, so long as you could guarantee them up front the king was coming from the same place they were. The other half are anarchists, and can't conceive of any government they'd actually trust.

Precious little actual support for, you know, democracy at Democratic Underground.
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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:28 PM
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3. Take it up w/ Congress.
They're the ones who threw up roadblocks preventing the transfer of detainees.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:29 PM
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5. Blame the congress critters who are opposed to closing it, not Obama.
And this also entails finding stateside jails for some of these folks, which many Congress members are also opposed to.
This is another issue where Obama's intentions were purposefully blocked, but you can blame him til the cows come home.
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StarburstClock Donating Member (583 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:25 PM
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27. There are cows coming home? Alright!!!
Didn't Bush issues a bunch of worthless executive orders too? If an executive order can be easily ignored, what's the point? I'll tell you what the point is, political posturing.
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:33 PM
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8. He tried once . . .early on
And those meanies in Congress said, "Nuh uh." So Obama was all like, "'K. Nevermind."

I mean, what else could he possibly do? Yanno?
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JuniperLea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:34 PM
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9. Perspective is everything...
You can blame Obama for whatever you choose, but that doesn't make him responsible.

This is something to discuss with Congress, not Obama.

Rule number one in Obama bashing is to have something REAL to bitch about. Break rule one, and your entire meme goes down the spiral water hole.
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:38 PM
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10. No, then you'll go on to the next demand.
Obama will never be good enough.
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Davis_X_Machina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:47 PM
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14. There is a small but noisy claque..
Edited on Mon Apr-04-11 02:49 PM by Davis_X_Machina
...on DU for whom the only thing Obama could do, or could have done, and keep their respect, was resign as soon as he was sworn in.

After all, power corrupts, great power corrupts greatly, and the only thing for a good man to do faced with corruption of that magnitude is to refuse to become complicit in it.

A good third to a half of DU doesn't actually believe in politics.

Strange on a political board, but there it is.
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sudopod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:03 PM
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17. You're for us or you're against us! GRRRRRRRR
Stop questioning things and believe!
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Davis_X_Machina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:06 PM
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19. I just wanted to point out...
...that unicorns are endangered, and listed under CITES. You can't have one.

Instead you've got a government as good as the country that elected it.
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sudopod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:07 PM
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20. wat? nt
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Davis_X_Machina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:12 PM
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23. Look at the people in your checkout line...
...when next you go to your grocery store. Don't get your hopes up -- they actually buy those magazines they display there, too.

That's who's choosing your government. You'll get as good as they're content to give you. You'll get a Boehner for every Jan Schakowsky, a DeMint for every Whitehouse or Sherrod Brown -- if you're lucky.

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StarburstClock Donating Member (583 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:29 PM
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28. Yea, it's just a widdle ole torture camp, nothing of any real importance...LOL
Just like Abu-Ghraib, the entire rendition program of torture in 7 different countries, Bagram air base and the entire Bush administration that's never been held accountable for any of the war crimes. I wonder who's in power now who could have held the war criminals accountable?
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JustABozoOnThisBus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:43 PM
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12. Close it? Walk away and let Castro deal with the inmates?
I'll second that.
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shraby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:45 PM
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13. He was going to but the republicans raised such a stink
saying that they would escape and be loose in the country that he didn't have any alternative. They went on every talking head show and yelled at the top of their voices that the bad guys would be loose.
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Arkana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:44 PM
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32. Not just Republicans--Democrats did too.
Harry Reid, in particular, was rather NIMBY about the whole affair.
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shraby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:52 PM
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33. Mostly Dinos did that.
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gimama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:09 PM
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21. me, too
Promises are Sacred, I take 'em seriously.
I don't make many, & I DON'T make Promises I can't/won't keep.
it's simple.

I had very high HOPEs,& have been disappointed, over & over.
I *STILL* have HOPE~===]
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emulatorloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:20 PM
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25. Seems like we are starting early with the "Let's Sit Home in 2012" threads n/t
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:33 PM
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29. Expect MUCH more to come.
I predict a crisis for DU.
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emulatorloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:41 PM
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30. You're probably right.
It was bad enough in 2010. And now too many in denial about the pure hellishness of Republican rule (Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana),

I don't know how DU can go on this way
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Arkana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:44 PM
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31. How would you like him to do that?
Fly to Cuba and chain himself to the front gates?

He tried through executive order in like the first week. The OVERWHELMINGLY Democratic House and Senate got all NIMBY and said no. Without Congress, IT DOESN'T HAPPEN.
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