March 21, 2011

VDH on BHO

Filed under: Economy,Environment,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:57 am

The incomparable Victor Davis Hanson, at Pajamas Media last night (links are in original):

President Obama ran on promises of a new respect for the law. [1] But the law is now malleable and predicated on its social utility. [2] The government, along with the nation of Mexico, sues the state of Arizona for trying to craft legislation that enforces federal immigration statutes. The government takes over Chrysler and then violates the contractual obligations to its debtors. [3] We announce that the careless BP simply put up $20 billion to ensure proper cleanup of the Gulf. [4] The Defense of Marriage Act is the law, but deemed unconstitutional by the administration and thus by fiat not enforced, in the manner of the abandoned prosecution of the Black Panthers whose violations of election laws were considered not violations.

If we think the country is topsy-turvy, the president offered an explanation the other day to a group of donors and supporters:

The first time around it’s like lightning in a bottle. There’s something special about it, because you’re defying the odds. And as time passes, you start taking it for granted that a guy named Barack Hussein Obama is president of the United States. But we should never take it for granted.

In short, all of the above was “special” because it “defied the odds” and was brought to us by “a guy named Barack Hussein Obama.” [5]

My notes:

  • [1] — And a new level of transparency.
  • [2] — As is the promise of transparency; a Washington Examiner editorial Thursday correctly asserted that the administration’s record makes a mockery of the President’s transparency promises.
  • [3] — This also occurred at General Motors. GM’s and/or Chrysler’s “success” at emerging from bankruptcy and becoming profitable will never, ever be fully legitimate. GM alone has depended on at least $80 billion of direct government aid, a loss-carryforward tax break worth up to $45 billion, and ongoing heavily subsidized access to low-cost capital to finance vehicle loans.
  • [4] — And then the Justice Department sues BP anyway.
  • [5] — It’s all about us getting used to and making grudging psychological peace with the idea that our country is run by an insufferably narcissistic Punk President and a lawless Gangster Government. Never, pal.
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