The Stench of Tyranny Clings to Barack Obamaby Will Grigg
Jun. 25, 2013
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Like a skunk that has grown inured to its own smell, Barack Obama is oblivious to the dense musk of tyrannical arrogance that he customarily emits. As someone who is statist to down to his chromosomes, Mr. Obama doesn’t recognize the legitimacy of any limit on the powers of government. This was made abundantly – and redundantly – clear in a recent interview Obama gave to Charlie Rose, a sycophantic PBS host, regarding the patently unconstitutional NSA surveillance program.
Speaking about what he called “tradeoffs” between freedom and security, Obama said: “I don’t think anybody says we’re no longer free because we have checkpoints at airports.”
Actually, tens of millions of people recognize that airport checkpoints do illustrate that this is no longer a free society. A country ruled by a government that subjects innocent travelers to vulgar humiliation, virtual strip-searches, and low-grade sexual battery as a matter of policy is not free in any sense the American Founders would recognize.
It’s easy to imagine Mr. Obama applying the same facile formula to other abuses – such as execution of U.S. citizens by presidential decree, the use of the IRS to persecute political dissents, and so on. This is because he neither understands nor respects freedom.