Instigators using the shooting of Trayvon Martin as another excuse to run amok for the media act as if they are borrowing from the same playbook used by angry Muslims in Afghanistan. Just as rioting Muslims responded to the unintentional Koran burning by making their outrage the issue, we are hearing cries for justice that are as gross a violation as whatever happened in Sanford, Florida.
Democrats have been soiling themselves over Citizens United ever since the January 2010 decision opened corporate America’s coffers to election spending. Pushing for the failed Disclose Act to nullify the decision, the president claimed Citizens United would ruin our system of government:
A vote to oppose these reforms is nothing less than a vote to allow corporate and special interest takeovers of our elections.
Do federal legislators feel the slightest twinge of shame that they are finally being forced to consider an insider trading bill like the Stock Act, or is this just another inconvenience like campaign finance reform, ethics reform, earmark reform, or something we will never see, term limits?
Two years of Democratic enabling followed by an ineffectual, gridlocked Congress have helped condition President Obama to believe that he must have whatever he wants, when he wants it. While Democrats amused themselves watching GOP presidential hopefuls hurling criticism at one other, the president again went behind their backs, striking out on his own without the consent of the legislature.
For those dreading the day that the president applies the “broken” label to our democracy, you can stop worrying. That day has come. At a time when leadership counts, Barack Obama seemed to be telling on himself when he remarked during a Democratic National Committee event that “democracy is messy,”1 and “our system is broken to a large degree.”
Illegal immigration is a contentious issue, but does disagreeing with Obama administration policy make a conservative blog a threat to national security? Civil Candor has had nine visits from the Homeland Security domain since Latin America and Obama Fight Alabama’s Immigration Law was posted on Sunday.
To those in Washington who used to call yourselves friends and colleagues of Anthony Weiner, and have been publicly lambasting him for his alleged indiscretions, you can stop now. Enough sanctimony. Whether we are talking extramarital affairs, campaign fund abuses, influence peddling, White House trysts, lies, drugs, prostitutes, or any of the other unsavory behaviors engaged in by public figures over the years, this is a much bigger deal for you than it is for us.