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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Who knew?

As a matter of fact, I did. You could look it up in these pages.

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“In my dumber days between 2001-2008, I used to wonder why the Left relentlessly hammered the war on terror (e.g., renditions, tribunals, predators, preventative detention, Patriot Act, intercepts, wiretaps, Guantanamo Bay), when (1), these measures had proven quite useful in preventing another 9/11-like attack; and (2), they had been sanctioned by both the Congress and the courts. In those ancient times, I was not so cynical as now. So I assumed that a Harold Koh or, though mistaken, were worried about civil liberties, or measures that they felt were both illegal and without utility. But, of course, the Obama (who attacked each and every element of the war on terror as a legislator and senator) Left never had any principled objection at all. Instead whatever Bush was for, they were in Pavlovian fashion against. I can say that without a charge of cynicism, because after January 2009, Obama embraced or expanded every Bush-Cheney protocol that he inherited. In response, the anti-war Left simply kept silent, or indeed vanished, or went to work extending the anti-terrorism agenda. Guantanamo Bay, in other words, was a national sin until the mid-morning of January 20, 2009. […] What is going on? Two things, really. One, the media believes that the noble ends justify the tawdry means. […] Two, the Left has always operated on the theory of medieval penance. We surely must assume that Warren Buffett has never had problems with the ethics of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. or had a company he controls sued by the IRS for back taxes. Why? Because he has confessed his sins, and accepted the faith and paid his tithe to the Church. Ditto a Bill Gates or a multi-million-dollar a year celebrity like Sean Penn or Oprah. In the relativism of the left, if the one-percenters will simply confess that their class is greedy and needs to pay their fair share—even if they are entirely cynical in the manner of GE’s Jeffery Immelt and penance is written off as the cost of doing business—then they become exempt from the wages of them/us warfare, and the ‘you want to kill the children’ rhetoric. […] But at least 2012 won’t be a default campaign. In other words, to quote Obama, Romney will get in “their faces” and “bring a gun to a knife fight” in a way McCain more graciously and nobly lost by putting all sorts of concerns off the table.”
— Victor Davis Hanson, April 22, 2012 (

Unfortunately, it is of little consequence that I saw Obama for the charlatan he is, almost from the moment he alighted from his heavenly abode (as if). What mattered then was that so many otherwise-intelligent people were snookered into believing that his was the second coming.

What matters now, more so than ever before, is that intelligent people wake up from their inexplicable catatonic state and help get rid of him come November. We must not allow this wrecking-ball another four years in which to turn the entire country into an extension of the failed State of California.

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