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Old 08-17-2009, 01:23 PM
nikkibong nikkibong is offline
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Default Is the Prez's chief responsibility "Security" ?

...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.)
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