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The Bullying of America

Life as an over-the-road trucker affords precious few opportunities to actually watch television news, but thanks to an unfortunate encounter between my truck and a deer in the mountains of western New York, I’ve been able to take a fresh look at events from the relative comfort of a motel room while the Ride of Pride is in rehab.  (Re: The Accident; The truck sustained damage to the grill, bumper, and driver’s side fender. The driver is fine. Bambi, on the other hand, had a very, very bad night.)  It is one thing to hear radio newscasts of events and read breaking news online, but it is another thing entirely to watch newsmakers in action.  

Stripped of the trappings of his office and the pretensions of his leadership, Barack Obama’s demeanor during Monday’s press conference was indistinguishable from that of any standard-issue autocrat, Chicago politician, or (pardon the redundancy) schoolyard bully. In a display of brazen hypocrisy that would leave breathless even the most accomplished double-dealer, the man who in 2006 said that raising the debt ceiling would be a “leadership failure,” and, “… a sign that the US Government can’t pay its own bills,” now stands defiantly before the American people and, without propriety or shame, says that such positions as he took in 2006 are, “irresponsible,” and “absurd.”  Thus did 2013′s Barack Obama retroactively rebuke 2006′s Barack Obama and, in the blunt and taunting language of the bully, add that, “Now, if the Senate and the House want to give me the authority so that they don’t have to take these tough votes, if they want to put the responsibility on me to raise the debt ceiling, I’m happy to take it.”  

Any other man, with even a mediocre capacity for introspection, would go to a quiet corner someplace and discuss these contradictions with himself rather than call a national press conference and put his inconsistencies on parade. But not this President. Huey Long would be proud. Even when a member of the press summoned the rare courage to ask the President about his inconsistency, His Majesty remained unbowed and reminded one and all that we just had an election. “And by the way,” he jeered, “the American people agreed with me…”  And so they did, but, as Mark Levin reminded us, the Constitution was not up for election, though you couldn’t tell it by the way the President and his party (and certain factions of the Republican Party) cede ever more ground to the encroachments and whims of the bully state. 

Years ago, H&R Block had 17 reasons for you to do business with them, but President Obama will up the ante with 19 fresh executive orders, the cumulative effect of which will be to make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to procure the means to defend their lives and property. This underscores the Administration’s view that, outside of the Department of Defense, heavy firepower can only be entrusted to the Secret Service and Mexican drug cartels.   

Meanwhile, in New York, a new law includes a ban on semi-automatic pistols and rifles with detachable magazines and one military-style feature (such as a pistol grip), in addition to semi-automatic shotguns with one military-style feature. Unless the new law contains a sufficient amount of pixie dust to evaporate those weapons from the hands of criminals, it is only the law-abiding who will see their defensive capabilities diminished.  

Not to be outdone, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is encouraging President Obama to go around the people’s representatives in Congress on the gun issue, has boldly gone where no lunkhead has gone before by regulating the amount of pain medication a doctor can administer to his patient, the operative assumption being that government knows better than the physician. As someone who received stern lectures on pain management during my most recent hospitalization and surgery for kidney stones, I can’t imagine any politician with the stupid audacity to step between Dr. Sausville and I to curtail that which was needed to control the agony.  Bloomberg responds with typical liberal compassion, to wit:  “… so you didn’t get enough painkillers and you did have to suffer a little bit.” The problem with the bleeding heart types is that it is always someone else who does the bleeding.   

Do you think Michael Bloomberg’s meds will be curtailed if, heaven forbid, he should be hospitalized? I wonder if his security detail will be required under New York’s new law to turn in any semi-automatic pistols or weapons with at least one military-style feature? For that matter, I wonder if, in his old age, Barack Obama will hear the same words he spoke to the lady who practically begged for her elderly mother’s life, namely, “Maybe you’re better off not having the surgery … but taking the painkiller.” This assumes, of course, that Hizzoner the Mayor hasn’t already prohibited the painkiller.

Will these politicians have to live in the world they are building for the rest of us? Somehow, I rather doubt it. Are the lives and wellbeing of our politicians and their families more valuable than our own? If their security concerns warrant the possession of weapons designed to neutralize the threat, why should lawful citizens sublimely consent to be outgunned by criminals who don’t abide by gun laws?  

It is instructive that so much adulation has been given to liberal prescriptions while scant attention is paid to life where those prescriptions are practiced. Chicago had the toughest gun laws in the country before New York’s most recent law was passed, and it had more gun deaths last year than Afghanistan. The liberal prescription for healthcare is lauded, but if you want to learn of its application, you have only to look to Great Britain where, according to the Independent, “In spot checks on 100 hospitals earlier this year, the Care Quality Commission, the NHS regulator, found patients in a fifth of trusts were stripped of their dignity and left hungry and unwashed, in breach of the law.”  

This is what happens when the bullies of the state proceed unchecked. It isn’t just the feckless leadership of the Republican Party that the President is taunting and mocking. It’s you. Have you noticed that the language and actions of the left have become more aggressive, more insulting and belligerent, while their disregard and contempt for the Constitution grows ever more shameless?  

Any child in school soon learns that every pass a bully gets only strengthens his confidence, and putting a stop to it becomes more difficult with each unanswered assault. And so it is that with each battle conceded, Republicans find it increasingly difficult to stand their ground even as they emptily promise that “next time” will be different. Bullies are surprisingly vulnerable when confronted, but the time is rapidly approaching when Republicans will have no ground left to hold, and any chance of the political class recovering its fortitude will be lost for good. By that time, it will be left to the states and citizens to put the bully in his place, and there will be very few good options left.

  1. Matt Travis

    Great piece Dave, spot on.  We’ve got a community agitating Alinskyite communist in the White House, and our first line of defense is headed up by a guy who cries like Oprah, and tans like George Hamilton.  God help us.  PS  Sorry about that bad ass truck, I know if those wheels aren’t turning, you’re not getting paid.

  2. liberal jim
    This is what happens when the bullies of the state proceed unchecked.  It isn’t just the feckless leadership of the Republican Party that the President is taunting and mocking.  It’s you. 

    Obama beat your Republican party and now he is rubbing their nose in it.  He has a liberal agenda and he is pursuing a political strategy he thinks will be effective in getting it enacted.    I don’t agree with his agenda, but at least he is willing to go all out in trying to enact it.  I find him far less irritating than the GOP.  

    Since Reagan you and you fellow Republicans have nominated and supported moderate big government politicians.  Every four years the mantra is “hold you nose and vote.”     If you don’t like what you got now, you only have yourself to blame.  

    Limited government is best for ordinary people.  Big government favors the elites.  Unfortunately we have two parties looking out for the elites and no party concerned with the ordinary working guy.

  3. KayBee
    Dave Carter   The liberal prescription for healthcare is lauded, but if you want to learn of it’s application, you have only to look to Great Britain where, according to the Independent, “In spot checks on 100 hospitals earlier this year, the Care Quality Commission, the NHS regulator, found patients in a fifth of trusts were stripped of their dignity and left hungry and unwashed, in breach of the law.”  [emphasis added]

     

     

    It is a sad day when the law will be telling how to help maintain someone’s dignity. That is apparently not working so well in Great Britain. Can’t wait for it here.

  4. Percival
    Dave Carter

    Any other man, with even a mediocre capacity for introspection, would go to a quiet corner someplace and discuss these contradictions with himself rather than call a national press conference and put his inconsistencies on parade. 

    So, if Obama were to have a discussion with himself out loud, and the White House Physician sees him doing so, won’t the physician have to report that there is reason to believe that the President is non compos mentis and therefore shouldn’t have access to weapons?  Including nuclear ones?

    Under the provisions of the 25th Amendment, we’d have to hand off the nuclear football to… Joe “Crazylegs” Biden.

  5. Nick Stuart

    The Left (e.g. what we saw in Madison Wisconsin two years ago, in Michigan a few months ago, all the “activists” in Guy Fawkes masks, &tc.) pushes, pushes, pushes, and pushes. Abetted by Leftists in government and the major media.

    At some point a large number of the citizenry will push back. It won’t be pretty.

  6. Tran Quil

    Your posts are always so succinct!

    The GOP leadership are not leading… big problem.  We keep shuffling Congressmen and they keep blowing us off.  I have a new nickname for John Boehner:  “BendOver.”

  7. Dave Carter
    C
    liberal jim  Obama beat your Republican party and now he is rubbing their nose in it.  He has a liberal agenda and he is pursuing a political strategy he thinks will be effective in getting it enacted.    I don’t agree with his agenda, but at least he is willing to go all out in trying to enact it.  I find him far less irritating than the GOP.  

    Since Reagan you and you[r] fellow Republicans have nominated and supported moderate big government politicians.  Every four years the mantra is “hold you nose and vote.”     If you don’t like what you got now, you only have yourself to blame.  …

    I’m used to explaining to folks that I left the Republican Party during GWB’s tenure, because the party had become hopelessly unmoored from the Constitution.  I’m really not used to explaining it multiple times to the same person, Jim.  We’ve had this conversation before.  In any event, good morning to you.  

  8. Dave Carter
    C
    Mole-eye: As others, I’m glad that you’re OK and sorry about the truck.  Any chance that Bambi’s remains were dressed and toted off a local soup kitchen or shelter? …

    Interesting story about that.  When I pulled onto the right shoulder of the highway that night to check things over, I saw steam coming from the impact area.  At first I thought the radiator had been damaged, but a further search revealed that it was remnants of the deer causing the steam in the cold weather (along with patches of fur here and there).  Just thought I’d “share” that with the group.  Lunch anyone?  

  9. The Mugwump

    Dave, your character analysis is spot on.  The mask has slipped yet again revealing the man-child beneath.  This gives me hope for a number of reasons.

    1.  The quality of petulance is endearing to no one.  Obama doesn’t realize that the media made him, and they can break him, too.  He seems to think that everyone loves him as much as he loves himself.

    2.  Obama plays his hand like a poker player who reveals his ace in the hole to taunt his opponents.  Let’s see how well he does when he has to draw to an inside straight.  Maybe – just maybe – we have a few players on our side who can exploit his vanity.

    3.  Lyndon Johnson was reputed to be a bully, too, but he knew how to get legislation passed.  Obama has nothing but disdain for the co-equal branches of government.  He doesn’t care that members of his own party have careers to protect and will act accordingly.

    If character is destiny, then Nemesis is waiting in the wings.  I’m starting to entertain just a glimmer of hope.  The aforementioned lack of self-awareness might very well be his downfall.     

  10. Illiniguy
    Dave Carter

    In a display of brazen hypocrisy that would leave breathless even the most accomplished double-dealer, the man who in 2006 said that raising the debt ceiling would be a “leadership failure,” and, “…a sign that the US Government can’t pay its own bills,” now stands defiantly before the American people and, without propriety or shame, says that such positions as he took in 2006 are, “irresponsible,” and “absurd.”  Thus did 2013′s Barack Obama retroactively rebuke 2006′s Barack Obama

    “You are a slow learner, Winston.” “How can I help it? How can I help but see what is in front of my eyes? Two and two are four.” “Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane.” – George Orwell, 1984
  11. Ansonia

    Mr. Carter, Thank God you weren’t hurt. Great post, as usual.

  12. Anne R. Pierce

    “In a display of brazen hypocrisy that would leave breathless even the most accomplished double-dealer, the man who in 2006 said that raising the debt ceiling would be a “leadership failure,” and, “…a sign that the US Government can’t pay its own bills,” now stands defiantly before the American people and, without propriety or shame, says that such positions as he took in 2006 are, “irresponsible,” and “absurd.” Thus did 2013′s Barack Obama retroactively rebuke 2006′s Barack Obama and, in the blunt and taunting language of the bully, add that, “Now, if the Senate and the House want to give me the authority so that they don’t have to take these tough votes, if they want to put the responsibility on me to raise the debt ceiling, I’m happy to take it.”

    So well said. Without propriety or shame, indeed. Without propriety or shame, the President of the United States again casts aspersions onto not only “Republicans in Congress,” but also onto the institution of Congress itself .. and indirectly onto the separation of powers and checks and balances.

  13. Sandy

    Great piece, as always.   Sorry about the truck, but glad you’re ok.

    I grew up in Chicago under Mayor Daley pere and his forbears and I can tell you that this guy is worse than your average old Chicago pol, who was mainly just a low-level crook.    For one thing, Daley and his buddies were not leftists.    For another, there was no Republican party to speak of, so there was no need even to appear to be bi-partisan, and no GOP to sneer at.  No, in those days politicians were mainly annoyed at guys in the press like Mike Royko, who was particularly good at needling.   I have wondered whether, as the GOP weakens, the press might not come to life, but this generation all went to college, so fat chance.  One can only hope that people will draw the correct conclusions from the left’s actions on gun control, but the president is likely to be slippery on that issue, too, I fear.  

  14. Dave Carter
    C
    Sandy: Great piece, as always.   Sorry about the truck, but glad you’re ok.

    I grew up in Chicago under Mayor Daley pere and his forbears and I can tell you that this guy is worse than your average old Chicago pol, who was mainly just a low-level crook.    For one thing, Daley was not a leftist.    For another, there was no Republican party to speak of, so there was no need even to appear to be bi-partisan, and no GOP to sneer at.  No, in those days politicians were mainly annoyed at guys in the press like Mike Royko, who was particularly good at needling.   I have wondered whether, as the GOP weakens, the press might not come to life, but this generation all went to college, so fat chance.  One can only hope that people will draw the correct conclusions from the left’s actions on gun control, but the president is likely to be slippery on that issue, too, I fear.   · 0 minutes ago

    I remember reading some of Mike Royko’s work.  Feisty guy, as I recall.  

  15. Sandy
    Dave Carter

    I remember reading some of Mike Royko’s work.  Feisty guy, as I recall.   · 1 minute ago

    Royko is remembered for many things, but one of his most famous and most humorous was  his proposal to change the motto of the city from “Urbs in Hortis,” City in a Garden, to “Ubi est mea?” , Where’s Mine?  

    Now that I think about it,  “Ubi est mea” represents an old and, by comparison, and as crooked as the city was, benign version of politicking with which the Framers were well acquainted and which is well taken account of in the Constitution.  Mr. Obama is something else again.

  16. CoolHand

    Watch your six Dave, if/when things get sporty, the eloquent and visible will be the first that the opposition will target.

    You sir, are both.

    Luckily, you’re not some helpless waif.

    Just keep your eyes up.  I suspect that when the fecal matter does hit the air circulating device, there will have been ample warning, but only if we’re paying attention.

    I honestly can’t believe it’s come to this, but seeing as the only thing standing between us and open conflict is the house GOP, I’m not terrible sanguine about the future.

    Reminds me of an exchange on Firefly:

    Zoe – “Sanguine.  It means hopeful.  Point of interest; it also means bloody.”

    Mal – “Well, that pretty much covers all the possibilities, don’t it.”

  17. Mole-eye

    As others, I’m glad that you’re OK and sorry about the truck.  Any chance that Bambi’s remains were dressed and toted off a local soup kitchen or shelter?

    With his efforts to prevent the potential misuse of medically sanctioned painkillers in emergency rooms, I can only assume that Mayor Bloomberg has been so successful in the ridding his city of all other illicit drugs that this is the last and only frontier left for him to conquer. 

    How happy the lives of New York’s citizens and police officers must be!  At long last, the city is free of heroin, opium, and synthetic opioids.  Crack, freebase and powder cocaine are gone; crystal meth, ice, methedrine, MDMA, ecstasy, PCP, roofies, GHB, Special K, LSD, mescaline and magic mushrooms are no more to be found anywhere among the 5 boroughs.  The streets are clean of needles, syringes, vials and crackpipes and officers patting down suspects need no longer fear injury on these devices.  Marijuana is used only  by those suffering from the anorexic effects of terminal illness in the privacy of their homes.  No more junkies or pushers!

    Cont.

  18. Mole-eye

    Now, when will the NY Times publish the secondary benefits of the elimination of illicit drugs?  With no drug trade, surely theft crimes of all sorts and prostitution will plummet; domestic violence and other assaults will drop precipitously as well.  School attendance and achievement will rise as the students go to class sober and all the formerly addicted parents turn their attention from getting high to getting their kids a nourishing breakfast and supervising homework.  Oh Jubilation Day!

    Or could this all just be a cynical ploy to take lawful drugs out of the hands of lawful users, since the unlawful trade is uncontrollable?  Kinda like that saying about criminals and guns?

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