Cheers to the House for blocking Patriot Act 

It was good to see the so-called Patriot Act get voted down in the House of Representatives. Liberal Democrats and tea party Republicans teamed up against the White House and establishment party leaders to help end unlimited government spying on the American public.

For the last 10 years, the government has used 9/11 as an excuse to undermine the Constitution and move America towards a police state. I’m glad to see that there are at least a few members of Congress who understand that freedom is more than a slogan and that “We the People” actually means something.

Marc Perkel

Obama’s re-election mode

I’m not sure why recent San Francisco Examiner opinion pieces seem surprised that President Barack Obama has moderated many of his positions.

First and foremost, President Obama is an outstanding politician, and as such he knew he had two years to successfully implement his “mandate.”

After that, there is the inevitable backlash and major new programs become impossible, so he begins his re-election campaign — as all good politicians do. To win the reelection he must push his opponent as far to the extreme as possible by making their core platform his own.

None of this should be surprising. It is exactly how Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Geroge W. Bush got re-elected.

Rich Knittel
San Francisco

No interest in endless war

Sen. Barbara Boxer introduced Senate Bill 186, calling for President Barack Obama to submit a U.S. troop withdrawal plan to Congress by the end of July — including the withdrawal end date.

U.S. military have been in Afghanistan almost 10 years. More than 1,450 American soldiers have been killed, more than 10,200 have been injured, and countless tens of thousands of Afghan people have been killed and injured. We U.S. taxpayers have spent over $336 billion to wage war in Afghanistan, propping up President Hamid Karzai’s corrupt government.

President Obama, during his December 2009 speech at the U.S. Military Academy, outlined a plan to begin withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan in July 2011 and stated that the U.S. “has no interest in fighting an endless war in Afghanistan.”

Anh Le
San Francisco

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