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January 23rd, 2014 - 6:42 pm

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Oh, that Paranoid Center of Power.

In addition to the man whom Rich Lowry dubbed “The Benghazi Patsy” having been arrested over a YouTube clip in 2012, add the following items currently linked together on the front page of the Drudge Report:


Cuomo subpoenas conservative activist James O’Keefe…

IRS targets conservative group in Hollywood…

Jill Abramson: ‘Most secretive White House I have ever dealt with’…

As Glenn Reynolds wrote at the start of the week in USA Today:

Spend a little while on Twitter or in Internet comment sections and you’ll see a significant number of people who think that the NSA may have been relaying intelligence about the Mitt Romney campaign to Obama operatives, or that Chief Justice John Roberts’ sudden about-face in the Obamacare case might have been driven by some sort of NSA-facilitated blackmail.

A year ago, these kinds of comments would have been dismissable as paranoid conspiracy theory. But now, while I still don’t think they’re true, they’re no longer obviously crazy. And that’s Obama’s legacy: a government that makes paranoid conspiracy theories seem possibly sane.

The problem with government is that to be trusted, you have to be trustworthy. And the problem with the Obama administration is that, to a greater extent than any since Nixon’s, it is not. Do not be surprised if the result is that people mistrust those in authority, and order their lives accordingly. Such an outcome is bad for America, but bad governance has its consequences.

Directly underneath the above-quoted items, Matt Drudge also links to Peggy Noonan’s column, which he paraphrases as “No one’s listening to Obama now.” That’s another byproduct of not being trusted — and forgetting that it’s you as a civil servant who serves the people, not the other way around.

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Where is the rage? The response to totalitarian criminal behavior is so meek, tepid.

Where are Republicans to step in front of this and defend us vigorously! Forming a committee to write a stern note?

Where is freedom?
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Your final paragraph makes an interesting point, one I haven't thought of in quite that way before.

We don't elect a President so that we can listen to him for four years. In a very real sense, we elect a President so that HE will listen to US. But our current President doesn't do much listening, does he?
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If I may chime in on the John Roberts angle --

'American Thinker' had a recent column that rang true for me. Namely that JR did conservatives a big favor with his ruling.

Here goes: Rightly or wrongly, JR decided he wanted to allow Obamacare to stand, then twisted into a legal pretzel to see that it did. Reason? Because if they (Supremes) killed it, one half the country would be all Roe v Wade over it until time ended, convinced that the only reason we did not all share the glories of wonderful health care, unicorns, and puppies for all, is because of bitter nasty conservatives on The Court who were hoarding all the puppies so that they could torture them for fun and merriment.

You all know, you all KNOW that would be the mantra for the left..... for-EVER. For-EVER. You know that, there is simply no dispute. But Roberts said to America "YOU voted for it (him), YOU live with it, good luck with that. Let it stand or fall on its own, not our business." And constitutional or not, WE (America) allowed it to happen, it is not for nine justices to save us from our own idiocy. We either learn that lesson or we don't. This is much bigger than those nine mortals.

And y'know what? I think John Roberts may have been right to do just that. We may owe him props for that when all is said and done.
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Wow! I thought I was the only PJM regular who believed this! You are truly onto something, Mr. X; it seems obvious to me that depending on the black-robed superheroes to save us has never worked (e.g., W signing McCain-Feingold and counting on The Nine to undo it). Even more obvious, we are dealing with the culture of "True Communism/Socialism has never really been GIVEN A CHANCE!" If Obamacare were "unconstitutional," it would instantly have become the secret to healthy, happy life unto immortality for All, and the Evil Conservatives' villainy would be confirmed yet again.

But back to Mr. Driscoll's main point: YES. It's almost impossible now not to feel like a serf subject to arbitrary punishment for getting uppity, at the mercy of a vast internal-security apparatus dedicated to protecting a class of masters - from "their own" people. Peter Schweizer's last two books are essential, but almost unreadably infuriating. The moment that distills it for me is: The point in "Hating Breitbart" when our hero realizes that the eneMedia is reacting to the unmasking of ACORN as a criminal conspiracy by investigating - wait for it - the whistleblowers: himself, James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles. It's impossible not to share his indignation and astonishment.
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I wrote that about Roberts decision on the day it came down.
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