Okay, now that the easily understood national glee at the death of bin Laden is starting to subside, I thought I’d chime in with some observations about this president and his character. And why we should all be very very worried. (see? aren’t you glad I didn’t post immediately and wet blanket the moment?) People are getting swept up in the moment, carried along in a manufactured moment of national unity (just like the farce this administration made of the Arizona shooting memorial service/pep rally/campaign stop). Was no one stunned when BO started talking about national unity? From a man who has spent the last two years creating the greatest divides in my lifetime? A man who wields the dual weapons of race and class warfare as easily and naturally as most of us say “please” and “thank you.” A man whose presidency has spawned a deeply-divisive, sharply bitter partisanship in this nation’s people (far beyond the hallowed halls of Congress and the executive branch), a divide so vehement and so widespread that it makes the Bush years look like a kumbaya summer camp.
I get that people are credit where credit is due-ing this guy (it’s because we are basically good people, people who look for the good in others . . . even if we have to squint really hard and stare into murky space for ages to find it), but let’s stop and think about all this.
Remember when BO was strutting around (before his strut became more of a shuffle-and-lurch) in 2008 and proclaiming that he would ignore Pahhhhkistahhn as our sometime but definitely on paper ally and, without their knowledge or approval, stage military strikes or whatever it took within their borders? Remember how everyone said that was naive, at best (that link goes to Firedoglake, the home of suddenly war-mongering progressives who cheer this president’s violation of Pakistani sovereignty, but they did the work of finding relevant 2008 quotes from Bush, McCain, and Palin). And remember how he stubbornly stuck to his guns, promising to violate any and all agreements and laws, international or U. N., to get bin Laden? And remember how that just seemed so strange, particularly coming from someone who spends most of his time burbling endlessly about how America is actually just the nifty but benevolent military and economic arm of the
new world order international order he envisions?
Remember how we all marveled at his transparent hypocrisy (the only thing that is actually transparent about this administration): he holds up the need to humble America, disarm, diminish, bankrupt, and humiliate her on the one hand, but then promises to use every ounce of her considerable power to achieve his goal? Even if that means ignoring the sovereignty of a nation to do it? Can you even begin to imagine the horrified shrieks of “murderer!,” “war monger,” the accusations of hubris and arrogance, and who knows what if it had been President Bush who unilaterally authorized, on ally soil, a military operation that can only have been a kill mission? There would be no cheers from the left, no songs of praise, no dancing in the street. There would be condemnation and calls for his removal from office.
I’m certainly not arguing here that getting bin Laden was bad, or that it was anything but necessary, or even that performing that mission without informing or getting permission from Pakistan was necessarily wrong. What I am arguing here is that it reveals, yet again, the contradictions in this president’s worldview and the heartless pursuit of his own ends at the expense of any and everything. He bypassed Congress to (illegally, according to the laws of this land and our Constitution) go to war (er, “kinetic military action”) with Libya, with a far smaller coalition that President Bush had for Iraq. BO ignored the clear will of the people in forcing that health care monstrosity on the American people in what can, in its strictly partisan passage, only be considered an affront to the American Constitution, its governance, and we, the people. He has repeatedly used strong-arm tactics, bribes, elaborate plots, intimidation, and bullying to get his way. Has there ever been a less-principled, more aggressively corrupt, self-aggrandizing administration (in this country, I mean)? I think not. Certainly not in my lifetime.
So ask yourselves this: given what we now know about BO’s disdain and contempt (even dripping hatred) for America and her citizens, the moves this administration has taken to demonize and label conservative, Christian patriots as “terrorists,” do you sleep more soundly knowing that he will stop at nothing to destroy his enemy (and that you and I are among his enemies who must be punished), that no treaty, no U. N. power, no human rights laws, indeed, no law of any land (including both our own and even the international law he favors . . . when it suits him) will stop him?
Some big picture parting questions to ponder: What is BO’s ultimate vision of a “fundamentally transformed” America? Where do you think you fit into that? How will he achieve it?
And on a less-weighty note: how long before the increased terror threat (in the wake of possible, I’d say likely, retaliation for the death of bin Laden) is used as an excuse to further limit, even eliminate, our civil rights? Isn’t this just the impetus needed to fulfill Nappy the Tyrant‘s promise to roll out TSA gropers and molesters to shopping malls, train/bus/metro/ferry stations, and sports arenas? How long before he gets his internet kill switch, his gun bans for law-abiding Americans, his silencing of the conservative media, indeed of any dissenting voice?
How long before he gets his wish and fundamentally transforms America from the land of the free and the home of the brave to the land of the oppressed and the home of the cowed?