Why is it that I can never be happy to be a libertarian and a Libertarian and just shrug off crap like this by saying, "I have no respect for either half of the Republocrat Party"? To be proven correct, that Obama is no better than any of the Republican Presidents, is small comfort, when the proof of my correctness is that he's doing something illegal, immoral, and just plain stooopid. He is, arguably, worse. Backward Baby Bush at least had enough respect to lie to us and tell us that Saddam Hussein was responsible for 9/11, instead of admitting that he was merely enjoying the opportunity to take out the guy who insulted his Daddy by invading Kuwait on his watch. Obama is simply telling us to our face that he's gonna do whatever the hell he wants and Congress can't stop him. (He already knows that the Supreme Court won't intervene because for as long as I can remember they've been a bunch of pussies who look the other way when both the President and Congress use the Constitution for toilet paper, for example the unconstitutional "War on Drugs.") Especially now that Qadaffi (or whatever the oh-so-trendy transliteration of Arabic names is this week) is on his way out of power. If he was really a threat you'd think somebody would have dropped the hammer on him several years ago. This is such a damn shame. The only reason I could feel at all good about Obama was that at last the American people showed the world that we are not racists and elected a guy who doesn't look like most of us. (And for the record, yes indeed I would have felt the same way about the first President with a vagina, who even then I thought would do a better job and now I'm sure of it.) So here we have our first Afro-American President, and instead of being a MLK he's a combination of Adam Clayton Powell, Marion Barry, Jack Johnson (a local despot here in Maryland) and every other incompetent, disreputable Afro-American politician who grandstanded his way into office during my lifetime. He has made it more difficult for other Afro-Americans to rise into important offices, because the people who don't like Afro-Americans will be out in full force for the next ten elections, and us old hippies who still have our civil rights picket signs in the closet will wonder if the next guy is really a good guy this time or if the Afro-American community is just jinxed and can't offer us a politician with any sense of honor. The Korean War was just as illegal, and right there the Supreme Court became a bunch of pussies for not speaking out against it. The problem with the Korean War was that it was the top of the "slippery slope." Every warmongering politician beholden to the so-called "defense" industry lobbyists said, "Hey, we got away with taking sides in Korea's civil war. I guess we'll be able to get away with doing the same thing in Vietnam's civil war." The next thing we knew, America's economy was artificially inflated by the war industry. Half the people I knew in the 1960s and 1970s worked in "defense" plants, carefully manufacturing stuff that was destined to be blown up, the epitome of the "throwaway economy" that the nascent Green movement was trying to tell us was not sustainable. Don't we all wish now that we had spent that money on rebuilding and improving the nation's infrastructure, which is collapsing around us now that we've got no money to do it? And what little money we've got, Obama wants to keep throwing it into the bottomless pit of war. I recently read a statistic that it costs one million dollars per year to equip and support each American soldier who is participating in the War on Islam. Or as one columnist put it recently (paraphrased), "The U.S. military budget is eight times the size of the military budgets of Russia and China. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't lose any sleep if we cut that back to just seven times as large. We could use the money to repair all the broken escalators in the Washington subway system and replace our 125 year-old water mains, and have enough left over to fix all those ancient highway bridges that engineers refuse to drive over because they don't trust them any more."