Is Obama facilitating change or forcing it? Here's today's quote.
Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. ~ William Pitt
In our recent political history, this might be applied to some of the actions of GW Bush, such as the war on Iraq, wiretapping, suspending habeas corpus for Gitmo detainees, etc.
It could also be applied to the Obama Administration, in the way that they forced through their various enormous spending bills, as well as their upcoming "carbon offsets" (a.k.a as 'cap and trade') legislation. Trust me, it will be urgent and necessary.
As we have seen in the Obama administration, you don't need time to read or openly debate legislation, you just need time to manipulate a majority vote.
Anti-incumbent or Anti-liberal?
BTW, if you really want to get a feel for how abusive the powers that be is, you can look at the currents in the current election and political cycle.
I am amazed, but not surprised, at how the liberal media is slow to see the current primary results as a judgement on Obama's far left liberalism. Instead, the look for and find (minor) evidence for anti-incumbency - they think that people are primarily fed up with Washington DC corruption and pork-barrel spending.
But part of the confusion arises from the fact that the 'attacks' are occuring from two sides. On the right, both conservatives and moderates are joining the Tea Party movement, and are essentially removing moderates and replacing them with conservatives and libertarians.
From the far left, however, libs are also aiming at removing moderates, mostly moderate Democrats who are not 'liberal enough.'
While there may be some anti-incumbent sentiment due to the economy and the general negative mood towards Washington, I believe that the liberal media is really missing the anti-liberal core of the current electorate changes. Just like they initially dismissed the Tea Party as inconsequential (as did the GOP when it put forward RHINOs who have been pretty much universally defeated by Tea Party candidates), they really can't read the writing on the wall – most Americans are waking up to the bankruptcy, both fiscally and intellectually, of the liberal tax and spend legislation pushed through with panic politics.
If you still don't believe me, watch not only the November elections, but the subsequent push for repealing much of Obama's legislation. While the libertarian Reason.com doesn't think this will happen, I think they are again underestimating the groundswell of discontent with Obama and the growing conviction that conservative economics are more common sense. See:
- Repeal: Obamacare as the New Prohibition (American Spectator)
- The Senate Conservatives Fund's Repeal ObamaCare Pledge
- National Bankruptcy will Repeal Obamacare (ronpaul.com)
- Nearly two-thirds of Americans want Obamacare repealed. (firstthings.com)