Open reply: Morgan Freeman, $1M/Priorities USA Action

Per my nephew:

Pres. Obama has done a remarkable job in historically difficult circumstances. He ended combat operations in Iraq, put in place sensible reforms of Wall Street, saved the auto industry and protected the health care of every American. He has led our nation to be more tolerant and placed impressive, accomplished women on the Supreme Court. In return, he is the target of hundreds of millions of dollars from right-wing sources. I am proud to lend my voice - and support - to those who defend him. Priorities USA Action is doing a great job of protecting the values I believe in. I am happy to help them and I hope others will join me. (Morgan Freeman after writing a $1,000,000 check)

"ended combat operations in Iraq" and in Afghanistan, Yemen, and elsewhere (clandestine and otherwise)? How about stating that under no circumstances will the US attack Iran without hard proof that Iran is doing what his administration claimed for so long (that they do have a nuclear-weapons program) until the administration was force by alternative media (through no small effort on my own part) to admit that they have no proof of that and now rather say "may have"? Is his Predator Drone program some great thing? He summarily executes people on his "list." How many wedding parties has he authorized be blown apart? How many women and children and old folks and other innocents has he killed as collateral damage? And what about the illegal siege of Gaza while the Zionists take more and more and more land out from under Palestinian Arabs – second-class citizens in Israel?

"sensible reforms of Wall Street"? What's been sensible about not bringing prosecutions of clear fraud? He prosecutes plenty of others for much lesser crimes. Where's the fundamental fairness? Where's the equal application of the law? It's not there, that's where. Do you see the Federal Reserve protecting the people or the major banks? Ben Bernanke bailed out the banks. He lent them funds at near zero and then let them earn higher interest by parking the borrowed money at the Fed rather than lending it out to Main Street. How many children were put out of their homes while Obama allowed the bankers (banksters) to not only continue but to make even larger bonuses? Obama doesn't take any of them to task.

What was sensible about not prosecuting the CIA-torture crew? He allowed the John Yoo memos to actually work even though waterboarding was and remains a war crime.

What was sensible about not prosecuting the dragnet illegal surveillance of American citizens speaking privately to their fellow Americans while both were in America? The NSA has had a field day creating what has properly been described as a turnkey police-state.

There are still people rotting in GITMO who should never have been there. He promised to get them out of there. That's not the only prison that remains. None of the higher-ups responsible for Abu Ghraib were ever held to account either. Obama simply turned away.

What about his administration going after WikiLeaks and Julian Assange for helping to leak the war crimes in Iraq? They blew civilians apart who simply stopped to render aid to other civilians shot by the US military when that military clearly did not take the necessary steps to be sure the people on the ground were involved in fighting. Besides, the invasion of Iraq was illegal under International Law in the first place -- based upon a pack of obvious lies. Barack Obama didn't touch it.

"protected the health care of every American" That's clearly not referring to the over ten million Americans who will still not have insurance coverage under Obamacare while Obama refused to even allow Single-Payer to be part of the debate at a time when some 60% of voting adults actually wanted it. Do you remember the "Public Option"? He caved even on that without the slightest effort to change hearts and minds about it.

"more tolerant"? Is he tolerating more of what is good and less of what's bad or...? I think he's given greater voice to many who are extremely intolerant -- fascist, in fact -- people who want certain religious types to go into the closet even where those people are not being fascistic at all in return.

I only touched the tip of the iceberg with all of this.

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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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