Ed Driscoll

'Limited Dictatorships' of the Americas

Oh, that Liberal Fascism!

Roger L. Simon ponders, “Separated at Birth: Harry Reid and Hugo Chavez:”

Two national leaders — Harry Reid and Hugo Chavez — are attempting to ram bills through the legislatures of their respective countries before newly elected representatives arrive next year. These bills are expressly contrary to the wills of their peoples and squarely in the fascist tradition.

Ah… he used the f-bomb (fascism) next to Harry Reid… Unfair, unfair, you say. How can you lump him with Chavez? Well… from the Associated Press:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday asked congress to grant him special powers to enact laws by decree for one year, just before a new legislature takes office with a larger contingent of opposition lawmakers.

The measure would give the president the ability to bypass the National Assembly for the fourth time since he was first elected almost 12 years ago.

The Anchoress in her post titled “‘Limited Dictatorships’ of the Americas,” imagines a conversation that took place “in the White House yesterday, probably between Valerie Jarrett, Michelle Obama and Robert Gibbs,” ending thusly:

Jarrett: (to Gibbs) If I can find one American citizen who would support making Obama dictator for a year, would you play along?Gibbs: (reverting to his normal level of smugness) Sure, if you can find one American to go along with it…

Enter Woody Allen talking on a cell phone:
I think it would be good…if Obama could be a dictator for a few years because he could do a lot of good things quickly. Yes, I think Michael Moore would agree, and I think you would too, wouldn’t you? Yes? Let me put you on speaker…”

Voice of Tom Friedman wafts through the room:
I have fantasized . . .what if we could just be China for a day? I mean, just, just, just one day. You know, I mean, where we could actually, you know, authorize the right solutions, and I do think there is a sense of that, on, on everything from the economy to environment!

Obama: China! Oh, let’s be China! We could suspend all our debt by giving them Alaska!

The room echoes:

Come on…you know somewhere along the mall, that conversation happened!

It’s certainly happened, as the Anchoress notes above, in the offices of the New York Times, not to mention the offices of Newsweek, NPR, MSNBC, AP,…

Related: Radley Balko poses “An honest question for lefties,” in which he asks,  “If your answer is no, that is, that the Constitution puts no real restraints on the federal government at all, why do you suppose they bothered writing and passing one in the first place?”

Tutto nello Stato, niente al di fuori dello Stato, nulla contro lo Stato.