But you can't make a fully informed vote that is representative of your constituents if you don't have all of the information. That sort of strips away any illusion of a representative government.
But to grant him 1% slack, I also think he realized (as every president has since Kennedy) that the office of the prez is nowhere near as powerful - or secure - as many would believe should a president get a little too big for his britches and really think he was gonna rock the boat on the corporate/intel/power-broker crowd.
The president may have a secret service. But these guys have the full resources of our unelected and virtually unmonitored shadow government at their disposal: private "contractors," black ops programs, secret prisons, clandestine field operatives, omnipresent surveillance technology - the works! And it's not just conspiracy theory either. We know this looking-glass world exists. The government has acknowledged it does - even if it refuses to give specifics. Like our former VP so famously said: The gloves have come off
I personally found it amazing how quickly Prez-O backed off on almost everything he said about transparency and accountability and repairing some of the damage caused by the excesses in the name of 9/11. Politicians don't usually betray everything they say, or do a complete 180, without fairly good reasons. And I don't think this guy was that
good a liar that he had everybody conned right up front.
So what happened?
Compare the early days of this administration with the sudden change in its behavior and attitude about almost everything
related to "national security" less than two years later.
I'm guessing "somebody" got cautioned
. And in no uncertain terms.