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It's the System Stupid! Selective Outrage Will Not End Government Abuses


The government is always terrible. It is terrible under Trump, and it was terrible under Obama. But the selective rage only ensures that the government will continue to be terrible into the next administration, and beyond.

Have you seen the picture floating around of the detained immigrant children in what looks like a dog kennel?

"This is happening right now," tweeted Obama's former speechwriter, Jon Favreau.

The only problem was that the picture was from 2014 when Obama was President.

But today saw an embarrassing climb down from the outrage of yesterday, as people realized the images actually date from 2014, under the former administration – although it still reveals some of the shocking conditions ICE detainees have been forced to endure by ICE, (Immigration and Customs Enforcement).

Suddenly Obama's abuses are outrageous… but only when people think Trump did it.

The truth is that freedom has been evaporating in this country for quite some time. But that doesn't quite fit the trope that things are quickly unraveling in the "land of the free" under Trump.

Am I excited to see people speaking out against abuses of power? Of course! The way that customs treats foreigners is disgusting. The way that ICE treats immigrants, denying them due process, is abominable. But if people think this is a problem only when Republicans are in power, the issues will never be solved.

Bush's wars and wartime powers continued under Obama. And Obama's swelling government expenditures and debt keep ballooning under Trump. All three of these Presidents have trampled individual rights and due process.

Yet ironically, as power swings from side to side, each faction only expresses alarm and dismay when the other side is in power. And this virtually guarantees that the system, from the ground up, never gets the blame it deserves.

The Huffington Post Recently ran an article called, This Administration Now Has The Power To Indefinitely Detain Americans Without Charge Or Trial.

The article was about the provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act which allow the President to detain indefinitely anyone suspected of terrorism, but not charged with any crime. Of course, the article readily admits that these powers were first included in the NDAA in 2012 under Obama. But only now should we be worried, according to the Huffington Post, that one man has such immense and unchecked powers.

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