Once again, the deed belies the word. Credence in the President’s argument for ending the so-called Global War on Terror is undermined even before it registers in public consciousness and in the political arena.
Obama criticizes and calls for change, but his loyalty to the basic features of the power structure gets in the way. The system — increasingly a plutocracy — generally prevails. The only remedy is public anger over the extraordinary incursions against civil liberties. The new disclosure of “Patriot” Act atrocities makes it even more urgent to defeat the reactionary bloc in Congress that refuses to allow any measure of progress or consideration for the people.
Only a storm of defiant protest can translate words into respect for civil liberties and action to terminate the crushing reign of the Global War on Terror. That’s what we know from those movements that “overcome”: those that actually move the country for change in favor of civil rights, gay rights and equality for immigrants.