Posted by revkharma on August 12, 2014
As the Obama Administration muddles through one more vacation, they take some military action which is completely representative of the entire regime and it’s mindset.
In a story posted to Stars And Stripes Lt. General William Mayville says the following:
“We assess that U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq have slowed ISIL’s operational tempo and temporarily disrupted their advances toward the province of Irbil. However, these strikes are unlikely to affect ISIL’s overall capabilities or its operation in other areas of Iraq and Syria,”
So, we will send our military to make lots of noise and flash, but the administration knows, in advance that is all for appearance, and no long term effect. They seem to believe that there are no real enemies which require engagement and long term attention.
Time and again this regime ‘pivots’ and applies a ‘laser like focus’ to a new issue, a new geopolitical crisis, only to move on once the headlines shrink away and the network cameras are pointed into another direction.
They believe their own hype, and are confident that we are in a ‘post-modern’ world. The US secretary of state blusters that the Russian leadership simply will stop, because ‘One simply does not do that in the twenty first century’.
You see, they just know more, they are better, they are undeniably more moral than any previous administration, or the hoi polloi over which they must rule.
Obama and his team simply imagine because they think it, because they want it, the world will bend to conform to their statements and judgments. ISIS is ‘The JV team’ and not worth attention.
Syria will comply with Obama’s demands, because they simply must.
This regime believes their own hype and acts as if all the evil in the world will stop merely because they will it. They act as if there are no bad actors on the world state, and if only John Kerry can get a ‘sit down’ then every tyrant and dictator will see the inherent wisdom of his words and follow the lead of Obama the Great and Powerful.
Recently I came across something written by WH Auden, which I think poetically reflects my thoughts better than my ramblings above.
So an age ended, and its last deliverer died
In bed, grown idle and unhappy; they were safe:
The sudden shadow of a giant’s enormous calf
Would fall no more at dusk across their lawns outside.
They slept in peace: in marshes here and there no doubt
A sterile dragon lingered to a natural death,
But in a year the slot had vanished from the heath;
A kobold’s knocking in the mountain petered out.
Only the sculptors and the poets were half-sad,
And the pert retinue from the magician’s house
Grumbled and went elsewhere. The vanquished powers were glad
To be invisible and free; without remorse
Struck down the silly sons who strayed into their course,
And ravished the daughters, and drove the fathers mad.
We cannot simply ignore evil, it will not vanish simply because we ‘don’t believe in it anymore’.
Another shorter quote which I also believe is appropriate may be more familiar.
In the words of Louis XV:
Après moi, le déluge
Keep the Faith!
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Posted by revkharma on August 13, 2008
I sat in the car the other day, listening to some news announcer drone on and on about various political battles going on. In this case, apparently there is some senate or house committee in charge of something or other who want, no they DEMAND that some member of the executive branch come and sit in front of them and answer all their grandstanding questions while cameras rolled. Some lawyers from the administration, following the precedents set by so many past administrations have claimed that private conversations between various officials are confidential and privileged. Thus they are covered under the cloak of ‘executive privilege’, and thus are entitled to ignore a ‘Congressional Subpoena”. And anyone who knows anything about the Constitution (so the executives say) just KNOWS that the legislators can’t order the executive to do anything.
Or there’s this:
The members of one party are complaining that as the majority of congress is currently held by the other party, and they have no way to obstruct them. They cry that the OTHER party, (the one in the majority) is thwarting the Constitution, by preventing “Checks and Balances”. It would seem that the political branches seem to feel that the “checks and balances” alluded to in the founding documents relate to party balance. See, if the donkeys outnumber the elephants in the legislative branch, they are required to show greater deference to the elephant party because they must have ‘checks and balances’. Imagine, they say, if one group of animals, were to get control of the legislative branch AND the executive branch, well then WHOAH it’s the end of the world!!! Because then there might no longer be any ‘checks and balances’ on the one group of animals. Thus, in order to restore the ‘balances’ the one strong group of animals is REQUIRED to do what the weak group of animals wishes. Of course none of this respects the fact that it is supposed to be the voters to whom these representatives answer, and not the big groups that dress up as donkeys or elephants.
No, none of this is actually faithful to the document to which all these animals swear allegiance. It has now become a game of checks and balances. Not for the purpose of restraining the power of the government as the founders intended. The checks and balances, like all the other games played by the zoo in DC are the games played for the cameras, to amuse the masses, while the animals take over from the zoo keepers, and run things for themselves. They have taken Mr. Lincoln’s famous description and stood it on it’s ear. We now have Government of the people, by the bureaucrats for the Party Elites. And unless something happens, it shall never perish from the face of the earth!
When the nation was founded, the House of Representatives was set up as the legislative branch to represent the will of the people. The Senate was to represent the interests of the several States. ( Article 1, Sec 3) This assured two things: First that the federal government would be restrained by the interest of and power of the states, and second there would be a brake slowing the legislative branch, preventing action out of passion or populist overreaction.
The executive branch would have restricted power, as the legislative branch(es) represented the people and states respectively. The legislative branch was divided, acting and representing different interests. The Supreme Court would resolve disputes arising between the branches, and when issues of the Constitution arose.
The 17th amendment, severed the ties between the Senate and the states, and established new ties to popular votes; and the nature of the Senate was altered.Direct popular vote altered the essence of the body. Now pandering for popular votes became a necessity. This eventually bore the monster child now known as ‘gerrymandering’ which creates virtually permanent seats by dividing districts by party affiliation. (Here come those animal suits again) Now we begin to see why the style of costume is becoming more important than the district or state represented. If the donkeys are in control, they can draw the lines to create more and more donkeys. When the elephants are in control they do their best to stamp out grazing land for donkeys. Once your herd holds the upper hand, either legislatively, or in the executive branch, you can create grazing land for your kind. You can create lots of pet projects for your pals, or a new bunch of bureaus in the executive branch for the folks who wear your kind of coat. None of this benefits the citizens of the Republic. The Judiciary has earned life time jobs for themselves, and found it safe to defer to the legislative branch rather than the document all this is supposed to be built upon. Why risk upsetting the other two branches, who after all are responsible for appointing and confirming you to your job.
See, the problem seems to be that these elected representatives, who are voted into office by the people in various districts and sundry states have developed very strong ties to their animal suits. If one of the representatives, (or members of the multitudinous manifestations of the executive) comes under fire for doing something stupid, like say, hiding hundreds of thousands of dollars in his freezer, or attempting to rebuild his house with diverted campaign contributions, then all the animals who wear the same costume bray or trumpet and rush to defend the besmirched honor of their fellow animal. Matching animal suits take priority over almost everything else. The good of the people whom they purport to represent, or the Republic, for which they are supposed to support is ignored, except when more funds are required to keep the party going for another couple of dances. Then they screech and dance and point fingers at the other kind of animals and plead that with just a few more dollars they can keep the other animals at bay for a little while longer.
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