Obama, a former Constitutional law professor, promised during his campaign to curb the unconstitutional practices of the executive branch.
If he is serious about this, he must appoint vigorous advocates for constitutional principles and the rule of law to serve as heads of the following agencies:
- Department of Justice
- Treasury (which oversees the Secret Service and – of course – the bailouts)
Our first order of business must be to pressure Obama to make decent appointments in these areas, to make sure that liberty is protected.
Obama is already appointing cabinet members, so we must exert pressure now.
The Sec Def should ideally also be someone who respects the rights of civilian populations, especially since army units are being deployed by Bush on U.S. soil.