View Full Version : Is the Prez's chief responsibility "Security" ?

08-17-2009, 01:23 PM
...I'm not so sure.

I've got Obama's address to the VFW on in the background here in my hotel room right now, and the Prez has just claimed that his "number one responsibility is the safety and security of the American people." (Note: perhaps not a direct quote.)

But is this even true? Or should it be?

The last time I checked, our official documents call the President's chief responsibility the safeguarding of the constitution. And, presumably, that duty would sometimes come into conflict with the "security" of the United States. (Not a distinction that the Bushies seemed to care about.)

But, further, I think this speaks to something disturbing: the government-mandated Climate of Fear that we still find ourselves in.

I think it's equally important, and equally the Prez's responsibility, that he, say, see to it that health care is affordable for all.

The "security" and "safety" obsession is not only dangerous: it's pathetic. What kind of "strong" nation spends so much time fretting over its "safety"?

(A few jet-lagged addled, bleary-eyed thoughts.)

08-17-2009, 11:12 PM

... otherwise I agree with you.

08-17-2009, 11:29 PM
What kind of "strong" nation spends so much time fretting over its "safety"?

Your post reminded me of these 3 minutes of discussion on Bill Maher's show.

(Oops, just realize it features your favorite, Andrew Sullivan. But watch anyway, Maher makes a great point that fits the theme of your post.)

— Bill Maher on keeping threats in perspective (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sG1xawxXzy0)

08-17-2009, 11:52 PM

I take your questions to be almost entirely rhetorical, since I agree with your POV so much.

I would point out, however, that you're being a bit naive to rail about this being done by Obama, specifically. Like it or not, it is a distinguishing characteristic of life in the US that forelock-tugging towards The Troops™ by politicians is de rigueur. Especially since the wingnuts managed to win the PR battle that resulted in mainstream awareness and near-acceptance of the idea that the Democrats are "weak" on "defense."

This is not to say that you should not continue to point how how stupid it is. Just don't act like it's something new. Been going on since "the liberal media lost Vietnam for us," at least.