As Paul Ryan goes on Sunday shows saying that, “we have an increasingly lawless presidency” in the Obama administration, and the right wing is ablaze with “Comrade Obama” talk after his executive order to lift the minimum wage for federal contract employees, I wanted to write something about the blatant hypocrisy in all of this. Then I came across what Hunter said over at DailyKos, and I didn’t have anything to add:
“I watched Gen. Colin Powell hold up a little vial and make the case that Iraq and al Qaeda were close enough to being the same thing for the world to just pretend for a little while that they were, I watched the teevee as people who pointed out flaws in a White House story were retaliated against aggressively, and sometimes illegally. I remember a scandal in which the Justice Department was considered partisan prize to be won, and litmus tests created to treat it as such. I listened to a very new, very old interpretation of executive power that declared a president could nullify individual portions of newly passed federal laws by attaching an addendum to his signature saying so. I remember some sport noting that the color-coded terror warnings output by the government coincided superbly with the periods of time the White House was facing bad or unwelcome news on other fronts. I remember countless hearings, and a few indictments, and a few pardons, and I have lived long enough to no longer even be able to remember all the politicians and staffers that have been run from office or thrown in jail for being cheap crooks in a line of work that seems to collect cheap crooks like leaves on a fall lawn. And I am not very old.”
Every time the right talks about the tyrant Obama, and the over-reaching Federal Government, I want to gouge my own eyes out from the chutzpah.
I suspect they know this and find it funny to say it as often as possible.