Change You Can Believe In (Vol. III, No. 3, March 2011)

Apparently this is becoming an ongoing monthly feature.[1] Here’s this month’s. You may recall back around fall 2010, a lot of voting Progressives were passing around links to a site called WhatTheFuckHasObamaDone.com. When I went to the website, some cosmic force decided that this is the first thing the random number generator would throw at me:

A screen from a website, reading: "What the fuck has Obama done so far? Issued executive order to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay." A button below the text reads, "Big fucking deal. What else?"

And I closed the browser window, because, well, what else can I ask for after that? To be sure, Obama did sign an executive order to close the prison at Guantanamo in January 2009. And with that piece of paper under his belt, Obama went on to keep the prison at Guantanamo open and running for the next year and a half while voting Progressives were marking that one up as a win. Now, in March 2011, after two years of running the prison at Guantanamo, the Hopester’s got this to serve up:

NEW YORK – President Obama today issued an executive order that permits ongoing indefinite detention of Guantánamo detainees while establishing a periodic administrative review process for them. The administration also announced it will lift the ban on bringing new military commissions charges against detainees that don’t already have ongoing cases in the substandard system.

The American Civil Liberties Union has long called for Guantánamo to be shut down and opposes the indefinite detention of prisoners there, some of whom have been imprisoned by the U.S. without charge or trial for nine years. The ACLU has also long called for an end to the illegitimate military commissions and for the government to prosecute terrorism suspects in the federal criminal courts.

— ACLU (7 March 2011), President Obama Issues Executive Order Institutionalizing Indefinite Detention

The more things Change….

(Link thanks to Cheryl Cline 2011-03-08.)

  1. [1] Here’s January 2011; here’s February 2011.

Advertisement

Help me get rid of these Google ads with a gift of $10.00 towards this month’s operating expenses for radgeek.com. See Donate for details.

7 replies to Change You Can Believe In (Vol. III, No. 3, March 2011) Use a feed to Follow replies to this article · TrackBack URI

  1. Kevin Carson

    Shit, somebody at Auschwitz probably issued an executive order against killing Jews. I know the management at every place I’ve ever worked had a “written policy” against just about every damn thing they actually did.

  2. Marja Erwin

    Kevin,

    The Nazis must have dropped the pretense by the time they set up Auschwitz, but they tried to find legal cover when they set up Dachau. Those who collaborated with the Nazis while trying to limit their evils only ended up legitimizing them.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Gurtner

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postenpflicht

  3. Gary Chartier

    Y’know, my memory’s vague, but I seem to recall looking at this site and thinking, really thinking, that it was obviously intended to be ironic. That, or someone else parodied it. I know I never remember supposing that it did anything other than point out the Obama administration’s manifest failures.

    • Jesse Walker

      There was a parody site that highlighted the administration’s failures. You may have seen that one while missing the original.

    • Rad Geek

      Gary,

      The parody site was WhatInTheFuckHasObamaDoneSoFar.com (note the In). The original one (sans In) engaged in the occasional self-parody, like the above, but not, as far as I know, intentionally. The other items are mostly things like Appointed the first Latina to the Supreme Court, Reversed the global gag rule, signed off on some new credit-card regulations, turned cigarette regulation over to the FDA, blah blah blah.

· October 2011 ·

  1. Discussed at radgeek.com

    Rad Geek People's Daily 2011-10-22 – Change You Can Believe In (Vol. III, No. 10):

    […] GT 2011-03-30: Change You Can Believe In (Vol. III, No. 3, March 2011) […]

· December 2011 ·

  1. Discussed at radgeek.com

    Rad Geek People's Daily 2011-12-08 – Change You Can Believe In (Vol. III, No. 12): Emergency Contraception.:

    […] GT 2011-03-30: Change You Can Believe In (Vol. III, No. 3, March 2011) […]

Post a reply

By:
Your e-mail address will not be published.
You can register for an account and sign in to verify your identity and avoid spam traps.
Reply

Use Markdown syntax for formatting. *emphasis* = emphasis, **strong** = strong, [link](http://xyz.com) = link,
> block quote to quote blocks of text.

This form is for public comments. Consult About: Comments for policies and copyright details.