My response to a Democrat/very Pro-Obama friend in a discussion of Obama’s drug policies after she theorized that the crackdowns on medical marijuana facilities was “a holdover from Bush’s policies”. -Rusty
Obama’s policy has been more harsh than Bush’s. Considering that the GOP looks at drug arrests in a manner akin to the way a Mongol warrior would view an enemy’s severed ear, I highly doubt th
at it would be a holdover so much as a revamped policy in and of itself.
(Source Huffington Post)http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/25/obama-marijuana-raids-rolling-stone_n_1451744.html
“Since then, the administration has unleashed an interagency cannabis crackdown that goes beyond anything seen under the Bush administration, with more than 100 raids, primarily on California pot dispensaries, many of them operating in full compliance with state laws. Since October 2009, the Justice Department has conducted more than 170 aggressive SWAT-style raids in 9 medical marijuana states, resulting in at least 61 federal indictments, according to data compiled by Americans for Safe Access, an advocacy group.”
What he has a record of saying is that he thought Bush-Era policies were questionable or draconian when it came to personal liberties, not just on marijuana, but in general, he has ratcheted those “questionable” practices up. Examples:
Not only did he ask for a longer extension than the GOP asked for, he signed the NDAA of 2012 which has enough vague language to allow the indefinite detention of American citizens without trial. Of course, there are many in the Obama camp that assert that the NDAA never authorized such to begin with, but the concern was valid enough to be addressed by a Federal District Judge in New York City. (Source: World Socialist Web Site) http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/may2012/ndaa-m18.shtml
Additionally, one of Obama’s (and the Democratic Party’s) greatest concerns about the PATRIOT Act was the ease by which the federal government could add people to various lists of suspicion, subjecting them to wiretapping and being arrested without due process. Suddenly, however, he is okay with taking that a step further, personally overseeing what opponents have dubbed a “kill list”…which includes US citizens and children. (Source: The New York Times) http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/29/world/obamas-leadership-in-war-on-al-qaeda.html?pagewanted=all
This was something that Bush…even Dick Cheney would have never tried to get away with.
You will find that I used liberal-leaning, typically pro-Obama sources for all of the examples I cited. This, of course, was so that anyone reading would know that my intention was not to stack the deck. Of course, for dramatic effect, I could have included stuff from The Daily Caller (more libertarian than conservative, but still…not very friendly to our esteemed President), Fox News, The Washington Post, etc., but such hostile sources invite dismissal from his supporters.