As part of the fallout from the 9/11/2012 terrorist attacks, we had yet another example of the utter fecklessness of Mr. Obama's administration with respect to its sworn duty to protect and defend individual liberty. In specific, the freedom of speech; including the right to make confrontational, offensive, and what some might consider blasphemous statements about any religion.
The Blogfather has the core of the issue precisely right.
“Just after midnight Saturday morning, authorities descended on the Cerritos home of the man believed to be the filmmaker behind the anti-Muslim movie that has sparked protests and rioting in the Muslim world.”Where are the voices concerned with civil liberties? Where are the people that reject any limits on speech that criticizes religious abuses? Where are the people that bristle at any suggestion that they moderate their tone in the service of civility?
When taking office, the President does not swear to create jobs. He does not swear to “grow the economy.” He does not swear to institute “fairness.” The only oath the President takes is this one:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.By sending — literally — brownshirted enforcers to engage in — literally — a midnight knock at the door of a man for the non-crime of embarrassing the President of the United States and his administration, President Obama violated that oath. You can try to pretty this up (It’s just about possible probation violations! Sure.), or make excuses or draw distinctions, but that’s what’s happened. It is a betrayal of his duties as President, and a disgrace.
A few years back such folks could readily be found having a case of the vapors over the suggestion of by a Whitehouse(1) press secretary that people ought to carefully consider the words they use.
But now that real live police have yanked a real live film maker out of his home, these folks are strangely quiet.
The phrase "Have you no sense of decency" has been sadly used, abused, folded, spindled, and mutilated to the point where it has lost any power it might once have possessed to call attention to uniquely offensive actions by government officials. We are a shameless nation. And we are poorer for it.
(1) I had yet to use the word "Whitehouse" on this computer. The spell-checker suggested other options. The last one was "whorehouse". Amusing.
And just in case, it would have been amusing if this had happened 5 years ago, or 5 months(2) from now when someone not named Barack Obama was in the Oval Office.
(2) A guy can hope, can't he?