14.5.13

GOVERNMENT IS FORCE.

THE SELF-STYLED PROGRESSIVES will argue that government is in a position to be a force for The Good, facilitating Improvements in the Human (pronounced youman) Condition.

Every so often, though, they rediscover what happens when you strike "in a position to be a", and ask what is the good.
Since the day he took office, the Obama administration has undertaken an assault on government whistleblowers -- people informing citizens of what their government doesn't want them to know -- that surpasses anything that Nixon or any other president has done.
Particularly instructive:
To the conservatives reading this, who warn so much about big government running amok...here it is. To the liberals reading this, who thought that one man named Barack Obama could change the system, he couldn't. Only we, the citizens, can truly change things.
Yes, Insta Pundit and Reason and National Review and Rush Limbaugh and the like are all over Chicago Democrats behaving like Chicago Democrats. It's so g*****n refreshing to see writers at Common Dreams maybe, just maybe, discovering that Chicago Democrats behave like Chicago Democrats.

So refreshing, indeed, to find a second one on the same day.
And you'd have to be a toddler or a fool to believe that Eric Holder could go off on his own and take as politically volatile a step as this. But, let us take the White House at its word. Eric Holder did this by himself. He should be gone. This moment. Not only is this constitutionally abhorrent, it is politically moronic. Nobody likes the press, I will grant you that, but the administration is soft if it thinks the public distrusts the press that much. And to have this genuinely chilling revelation emerge simultaneously with the Benghazi, Benghazi!,BENGHAZI! mummery and the IRS dumbassery is pretty much a full broadside below the water line of this administration's credibility. Good god, this is going to be one long-ass summer.
And Egil Krogh and the Plumbers come up, repeatedly.

Does it really come as any surprise to people who push for more Presidential Power because Electing The Right Democrat President Is Good leads to the Mifufe of Prefidential Power?

SECOND SECTION.  Much more at Betsy's Page.  In particular, check out Chris Cillizza.
 Group Benghazi, the IRS and the AP into a single narrative and it reads something like this: The government knows better than you. As a result, the government can do whatever it likes.
It's not malice, it's not stupidity, it's simply believing that Acting For The Greater Good is Licenfe to Do Whatever.  Politico co-authors draw the proper inference.
The narrative is ideological. For five years, this president has been making the case that a growing and activist government has good intentions and can carry these intentions out with competence. Conservatives have warned that government is dangerous, and even good intentions get bungled in the execution. In different ways, the IRS uproar, the Justice Department leak investigations, the Benghazi tragedy and the misleading attempts to explain it, and the growing problems with implementation of health care reform all bolster the conservative worldview.
After National Greatness Conservatism comes a cropper in nation building where the concept of nation is still too modern, and after Liberating Tolerance shows itself for what it is, perhaps all that remains is to try something more modest.

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