According to John Cusack, Obama has built on and continued many of Bush’s policies.
I suppose this qualifies as “better late than never.” The Washington Times reports,
Actor John Cusack argued Wednesday that President Obama is “as bad or worse” than former President George W. Bush for his policies concerning drones, the NSA, and an open and free press.
In an interview published Wednesday, the “Love & Mercy” actor was asked by The Daily Beast what he thought about a recent CNN poll that said Mr. Bush is now polling higher than Mr. Obama.
“Well, Obama has certainly extended and hardened the cement on a lot of Bush’s post-9/11 Terror, Inc. policies, so he’s very similar to Bush in every way that way,” Mr. Cusack said.
I’m impressed that Cusack included “an open and free press,” in his list of things on which Obama may possibly be worse than George W. Bush. I think many people forget about this, but we can’t forget that the Obama Administration has shown amazing hostility to the First Amendment. His attempt to use the FCC to monitor media content was as un-American and unconstitutional as anything he has done, which is an area with a lot of competition.
Of course, recently the Liberal media have admitted that the Nobel Peace Prize winner is an aggressive war leader, but they portray it as a recent change, when in fact he has out-Bushed Bush from the beginning in areas like drone killings, kill lists, and domestic surveillance.
“His domestic policy is a bit different, but when you talk about drones, the American Empire, the NSA, civil liberties, attacks on journalism and whistleblowers, he’s as bad or worse than Bush,” he continued. “He hasn’t started as many wars, but he’s extended the ones we had, and I don’t even think Dick Cheney or Richard Nixon would say the president has the right to unilaterally decide whom he can kill around the world. On Tuesdays, the president can just decide whom he wants to kill, and you know, since 9/11 there are magic words like “terror,” and if you use magic words, you can justify any power grab you want.”
I’m not sure why Cusack claims Obama hasn’t started as many wars. I thought Bush started two: Afghanistan and Iraq. And Afghanistan was understandable because of Al Qaeda in the region. Obama has started two wars in Libya and Syria—with no justification for fighting Al Qaeda. In fact, in both cases we empowered Al-Qaeda-related terrorists—leading to the rise of ISIS.
I’m not even sure if it is true that their domestic policies are that different. They both held to the same policies at the Federal Reserve and Treasury. Bush’s expansion of Medicaid wasn’t as financially and legally destructive as Obamacare, but it was the same kind of irresponsible attempt to give voters free stuff. Bush spoke against homosexual “marriage” but it is questionable if his rhetoric was any more sincere than Obama’s claim to oppose same-sex “marriage” in 2008. Where will Jeb lead us if he wins the Presidency?
But John Cusack is absolutely right to say that Obama is as bad or worse than Bush on wars and domestic spying and respect for the First Amendment. We can only hope that many people now share his opinion.