Today’s Lesson from the White House: Take Hostages

As we celebrate President Obama signing into law the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, I’d like to congratulate the activists who made it happen. This is the progressive high point of Obama’s presidency so far, and it came because of the hard work of a lot of people who relentlessly fought to win civil rights.

May this civil rights victory lead to full equality for gay men and women.

But I wanted to also note what this moment says about Obama’s system of governance: that the only thing he responds to is hostage-taking.

FDL has written a lot about Obama’s serial capitulation to those — whether the Republican caucus or people like Joe Lieberman and Max Baucus — who hold legislation hostage.

But this victory, the biggest progressive victory under Obama, is largely due to the fact that a number of men and women chained themselves — took themselves hostages, effectively — to the gates of the White House.

And while I doubt the optics of environmentalists or housing activists chaining themselves to the White House (with their consequent arrest) will be so toxic to the White House, the lesson does seem to be that the only thing Obama (who bills himself a pragmatist and loves to claim he listens to all sides) listens to is hostage-taking.

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bmaz NORAD, FLOTUS and POTUS blatantly lying to children about Santa Tracker just inures them to a future of US Govt lies when they are adults.
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emptywheel @davidgreene No MLAT: Santa has to worry about Putin annexing the workshop. Putin especially likes industrious regions.
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emptywheel @davidgreene Huh. Had decided NSA just has Santa on a perma-FISC order as an agent of a foreign power and HUGE counterintelligence risk.
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bmaz Also NK hacked Sony RT @markknoller "I do believe in Santa," Mrs Obama tells Sarah, adding, "The President believes in Santa very much, yes"
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emptywheel @davidgreene http://t.co/jFQ8Z3NVbu Working on theory Verizon also tracking Santa using Super Cookie, bc cookie.
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emptywheel @davidgreene While you're at it, as for NORAD data sharing MOU w/Google, which is also tracking Santa.
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bmaz Bail them out+give bonuses RT @JamesRisen What would banking regulators really do to George Bailey after Uncle Billy lost all that money?
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bmaz How is it that the best Christmas movie ever, Die Hard, is not on any of my five million channels??
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bmaz @KellyCDenver Don't know if I ever knew that. I assume if you published NORAD's number these days, even mistakenly, you'd get sent to GITMO
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