Obama is not like Bush at all and I think you know that. And let's be honest, I think you'd rather allow a phone call of yours to be heard by the federal government than for you to walk on a plane that is going to be flown into some national landmark. You have to realize that the Patriot Act exists for a reason. Can it be overbearing? Yes, it is in some ways, but what people have to realize is that if you have nothing to hide, then it really can't do anything to you. Only if you are actually a terrorist do you have anything to be afraid of. I don't care of the government is listening to my phone calls or pumping some money into airport security that perhaps is a bit overbearing. I'd rather know that I'm walking onto a plane and that I will make it to my destination than be scared that some crazy person will manage to get on with a bomb and blow shit up. I did a lot of research on the principle of our individual rights vs. the common good, and to be honest, I think people need to calm down on this whole deal of feeling as though the Patriot Act is taking away some of your rights. I really could not tell you how in any way it has ruined my life, because it hasn't, and I highly doubt that it's ruined yours unless for whatever reason you've been trying to plot a terrorist attack. And I also want to add something my argument against this point of yours where Obama is basically just like Bush in virtually every way: You have to understand that Bush was a puppet of Dick Cheney and Karl Rove, and that the Bush Administration's decisions consisted of actions based on selective words and reasons that held no substance. Bush took us into Iraq for essentially no reason, whereas Obama has made it a point to remove us from Iraq. The Bush Administration spent 6-7 years searching for Osama Bin Laden and failed to find him, and the Obama Administration tactfully worked with the military to find him and kill him. The Bush administration spent so much money and helped to put the country into millions of dollars of debt, whereas the Obama administration has been trying desperately to reduce the deficit, but has struggled because the GOP doesn't know any better. Is it true that Obama struggles to make effective and decisive decisions? Yes, it is, because he wants to please everyone and he unfortunately cannot seem to just accept that. However, Obama has done a lot in his four years, and it only doesn't seem like a lot because people don't fucking get that it takes longer to fix things than it does to ruin them. What the Bush administration managed to fuck up in 8 years will take decades to repair, and requires not only the effectiveness and efficiency of our government in regards to spending and political decisions, but also the intelligence and willingness of the population to be careful with its money and educate themselves before they go and vote in the polls. Now, this really isn't to say that things are perfect, and that Obama is our savior, because he isn't, and I think I've made this clear enough. But he is not like Bush and I think you should be able to do the research to see just how much he is not like Bush. He has done a lot, and it is difficult as a president when you have a whole party and a lot of the uneducated population against you simply because you're not the same old white guy that people are used to seeing in Office. People are also so afraid that Obama is "socializing" America and that we are becoming a fascist nation. Everyone needs to just hold their pants and realize that this isn't some sort of fascist dictator, but a President who is trying to repair some aspects of our country that have long needed change. Many people have lacked proper healthcare coverage, and so he has made an effort to help people get that healthcare. He has tried to lower taxes for lower income families and raise taxes for higher income families because honestly, it's a balance that will help the government pay for what it needs to in order to help the population, because as we all should know and should start to understand, an income tax that is a bit more based on income than it already is is necessary. However, the GOP wanted to extend the Bush Tax Cuts, which, while it does lower tax cuts for everyone, does the same for big corporations and the highest income families that really would feel no indent if their taxes were a bit higher, and because Obama knew that he wouldn't be able to pass tax cuts for lower income families apart from extending the Bush Tax Cuts, he was sort of coerced to do so. If you want to tell me that Obama is oppressive in some way, then maybe you should look at the GOP, and how by extending the Bush tax cuts they are actually adding 4 trillion dollars to the national debt over the next decade. A former Obama budget director came out sometime later and said that if they had not passed the Bush tax cuts, it would have done a serious amount of work in balancing the budget, if not have actually done so, which as we know was a major focus of GOP Idol Ronald Reagan. There's so much more to be discussed but you guys have to stop making these comparisons to Bush and Obama, because the actual comparisons need to be made to what Bush did and what the GOP wants, which are essentially the same things. The GOP only knows how to say no, and to be honest, there was a CNN article he other day talking about how people really haven't approved of what the GOP's done so far. Progress was being made when Obama had a better grip on what was going on. Oh, and let's not forget that Obama also helped eliminate "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," something Bush never did or probably even thought about doing during his administration. He's increased national fuel economy standards, allowed people to see where the money is going for the Recovery Act (don't think you ever got to see where Bush was spending money, did you?), provided healthcare to millions of people including 11 million children, removed restrictions on stem cell research which could cure life threatening diseases, prevented companies from denying healthcare based on preexisting conditions, has appointed more openly-gay officials than any other President in history (think Bush would have done that?), and has created more private sector jobs in 2010 than Bush did for the entirety of his administration. So, in other words, get off of your high horse thinking that Obama is anything like Bush, 'cause he's not, and the only reason Obama has failed to do more and a lot of what he set out to do was because of the damned GOP that doesn't have the willingness to budge on some issues. Oh, and that quote came from Thomas Jefferson, I believe. Let's keep in mind that Thomas Jefferson did not know that nuclear weapons could exist and that airplanes could be hijacked to kill thousands of people. Yeah, I think we also all need to understand that the Constitution cannot be applied as clearly as it was in the early 1800s, so let's stop trying to stick to strict construction, and maybe make some of the necessary changes in regards to the interpretation of our Constitution in order to be able to apply the Bill of Rights in this modern day. That means people not freaking about their gun rights, since that was only for the militias during that time period and not to every fucking household in the damn country, and that means perhaps passing an amendment on the clarification of privacy, as opposed to sticking to the penumbras and emanations of the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 9th, and 14th amendments, which is broad and somewhat unclear.