I offer this essay as an antidote to the poisonous cynicism present in many Liberals of the modern era on display of late as they make endless excuses for tyrannical abuses of power committed by their malignant champion, Barack Hussein Obama.
The excuse in question:
“All Presidents Do [INSERT ABUSE OF POWER HERE].”
I have heard this spoken to me several times in the last week as the cascade of un-American and outrageous acts by the Obama administration becomes too much to handle for his faithful flock of sheep.
Why the excuse is Wrong: This absurd statement is wrong on many levels, and in fact I could write a dissertation on it and publish it as a book. This project will get in line behind my expanded dissertation on (1) Why Ronald Reagan is as important a historical Great Man as the Founding Fathers, Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt, and (2) Why Bill Clinton’s selfishness imperiled our nation in profound ways that are even now barely understood. But I digress.
Here is a summary of why the excuse is wrong.
Because Such a Statement Enslaves Those Who Make It
Human beings have the high-functioning ability to discriminate this from that, and we do it thousands or millions of times a day, often without thinking. Understanding the differences between things is necessary for finding comfortable circumstances, for leading a moral life, and even for survival.
If you can’t (or refuse to) tell the difference between this and that, then you will be doomed to a lousy job, a bad marriage, or any other number of situations that you will imprison yourself in for lack of belief that it can be different and better elsewhere. This is so because, for example, in order to quit one job and go get another, you need to believe that the potential new one is better than the current one you have; if you believe that all jobs are the same, then you are robbed of any impetus to improve your situation, and so on.
Whoever likes being enslaved — on purpose, by their own hand — raise your other hand!
Because Such a Statement is Cowardly
When your political darling commits crimes it puts you in a tough position of having to defend him. Some people have no problem doing this, to their great shame: I just wrote about Kathleen Sebelius and her absurd actions and statements defending Barack Obama on the Stalinist tool known as Obamacare (Obama Makes Fools of His Cabinet), and, as the New York Times recently pointed out, Senator Diane Feinstein just made excuses for Obama’s spying on American citizens by saying that such citizens “might become terrorists in the future” (see Ernst’s nice piece on this, R.I.P. Hope and Change, in which he invokes a nice reference to the Stalinist regime in the movie Minority Report, where “pre-cogs” see your future and you are then arrested before you can commit the crime you haven’t committed yet…an Obama wet dream?).
It makes sense to me that other Obama supporters do not want to go this far: they do not want to defend their man when he does indefensible things and lose credibility as these other mouth-pieces have done and are doing.
But what to do?
The answer is simple: condemn their man’s actions for what they are instead of being cowards and saying that “all president do it”.
I was outraged over many of the things George W. Bush did as president and wrote about it extensively (in particular his wanton spending and weakening of American sovereignty through open support of illegal immigration).
Had George Bush been caught with 900 FBI files on political opponents that he could use for political intimidation, as Bill Clinton was, I would have been just as outraged; Had George Bush refused to use the word “jihadist” and then left an American ambassador without adequate protection in a Muslim country to the point where he was killed and his body dragged through the streets and then passed off the violence as having been the result of Western media, I would have been just as outraged; Had George Bush used his Justice Department to spy on the free press, I would have been just as outraged; Had George Bush used the IRS to target Liberal groups I would have been just as outraged.
We must be Americans first, and being cowardly is not in our nature.
Because Even If True, It Should Not Matter
Imagine that your spouse comes home and announces that he has been having an affair for the last five years and that he is deeply in love with another woman; you are outraged and hurt by this on a deep level, and you make accusations: HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO ME?
He answers, calmly and cooly, that “everybody does” what he does.
You consider this for a moment: “They All Do It.”
You think, Yes, it’s true, in most societies there seems to be a plague of infidelity.
Upon this realization, you jump into his arms and forgive him!!
Well now, of course you don’t, you throw the bum out.
And so to the Liberals still in love with the fantasy of Barack Obama (there was never a real Barack Obama that in any way related to the fantasy version) I say this:
1. He is not the same as other presidents in his abuses of power, for his are more numerous and far worse that any of his predecessors and certainly worse than those of Richard Nixon, who resigned the office;
2. Even if you believe other presidents have done as he is doing, you must accept that such actions are now out in the open, should be rejected in the strongest possible terms, and that we as a nation should “Throw the Bum Out”, which could be in the various forms of restoring a Republican majority to the Senate in order to strengthen Congress’s ability to protect and defend the Constitution and our rights as free citizens, and/or pursuing impeachment proceedings against him for what is now fully seen as a Soviet-style takeover of America life.