First posted more than a year ago.
Several years ago, during President Obama’s first term, I was warning about of “creeping fascism” in America.
We now have a president who tries to govern through fear alone. (I think he failed in the matter of sequestration, until next time.) He keeps volunteering he is not a dictator. (If I affirmed repeatedly that I am not a sex pervert, would you leave me alone with your teenage daughter?)
His wife highjacked the Oscars ceremony in a manner strikingly reminiscent of Evita Peron’s setting up of a cult of personality for herself based on a mixture of showy do-gooding and conspicuous consumption.
There is a broad attempt by his followers to annul a historically central part of the constitution ( the Second Amendment) in a way that would leave Americans at the mercy of any federal government gone rogue. (Not necessarily the present administration.)
The Attorney General has opined that the government has the right to execute Americans summarily, even inside the US. In another country, his title would be “Minister of Justice.” The government has already executed American citizens abroad without trial or even the bother of an indictment, including a teenager. The Attorney General also said that it would be OK to do it on US soil too. As of this writing (3/7/13), I am not sure whether he has walked back or not from that opinion. (Update 3/13/13: He walked back from the comment the next day but not clearly enough. Perhaps he is just inarticulate.)
In a rare display of tin-ear, the Wall Street Journal has an editorial today defending the Attorney General’s opinion and attacking Rand Paul’s brave filibuster designed to draw attention to the administration’s contempt for constitutionality and for common American decency.
What’s creeping about all this? Or is it only creepy?
PS (3/13/13) I still don’t dislike much Barack, the man. He is man of deep convictions, the kind of convictions that the bright but poorly educated often carry in their hearts. He is not fundamentally evil. I think of him as sort of French. Although he probably knows little about the country, he thinks that the US should be more like France where the government bestows and withholds most good things. (The same country where farmers burn railroad cars annually to protest the fact that the price of cauliflower is too low.) The president even has a French-like cavalier attitude toward the spirit of the law. (This is a little unfair to the French today, I admit. The French have become better about this in the past ten years. I think it comes from watching American crime serials: “Vous avez le droit de demeurer silencieux…..” )