Does Barack Obama ever think about his words and actions and how they might be received coming not from the president but from some ordinary workaday stiff? Does he even care? At various times during the past four years, he has lectured wealthy Americans (read: rich fat cats) on the need for shared sacrifice in these financially challenging times, then turned around and taken his family on lavish vacations, partly on the taxpayers’ dime.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. — The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
In its halcyon days (read: when it was genuinely funny), MAD magazine had a recurring feature titled “Scenes We’d Like to See.” Most of the content appearing under that banner traded on well-deserved comeuppances and events so improbable that their likelihood of occurring was nil.
A present-day example of such a “scene” in the mind of this observer has long been the still-vaunted New York Times taking its journalistic responsibilities serious in the age of Obama.
On Tuesday, Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., told leaders of conservative groups appearing before the House Ways and Means Committee their groups should have been targeted by the IRS because of their involvement in politics.
McDermott started his comments by saying what the IRS did was wrong. He went on, however, to claim the groups were asking taxpayers to subsidize their work.
In a bizarre op-ed posted Thursday at the Charleston Gazette, Christopher Swindell, a journalism professor at Marshall University in West Virginia, falsely claimed the NRA “advocates armed rebellion against the duly elected government of the United States of America” and deserves to be executed by a firing squad.
“That’s treason, and it’s worthy of the firing squad,” Swindell wrote.
On Sunday, Kerry Picket reported at Breitbart.com that Susan Anderson, wife of former IRS Commissioner Douglas Schulman, worked on Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign, citing tweets she sent out last year. Jim Hoft of the Gateway Pundit also observed that she supported Occupy DC and bashed the Tea Party.
“Additionally,” Pickett added, “Anderson reportedly works for the Washington D.C. based liberal organization Public Campaign,” citing an article at the Daily Caller.
According to a report published Wednesday at Illinois Review, Lois Lerner, the embattled IRS official who ran the department that targeted some 500 conservative and Christian organizations seeking tax-exempt status, once told a GOP candidate running against Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., that she would drop all charges against him if he promised never to run for office again.
At this moment, no daily news cycle is complete without one hearing or reading the word “Watergate” in connection with the four Obama Administration scandals currently swirling around in various stages of unraveling.
For example, look no further than PJM yesterday with a piece by Ed Driscoll titled Obama and the IRS: Worse Than Watergate. That title perfectly illustrates the Watergate reference framework across all media platforms, regardless of ideological tilt.
Currently, the four scandals are categorized in one of three ways: nothing like Watergate, worse than Watergate, or just like Watergate.
What goes around, it is said, comes around. And liberals, their ears ever pricked for that elusive dog whistle, have become what they claim tediously often to despise. Two stories from the headlines demonstrate the alacrity with which the left have embraced the twin evils of stereotype and the politics of exclusion.
First, a headline from Mother Jones: “GOP Food Stamps Proposal Would Discriminate Against African-Americans.” The first paragraph neatly summarizes the article’s grievance:
Before the cries of “Allah Akbar” had finished echoing through the Woolwich neighborhood, which had just witnessed the butchering and beheading of a member of Her Majesty’s Forces in broad daylight, patriotic British citizens attempted to march in support of the slain Squaddie. They were met with club-wielding London police officers, as reported by The Daily Mail.