Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Immiment Layoffs

Obama has just informed the punditocracy to lay off his wife. What a curious, if husbandly protective, injunction. Mrs. O. has been continuously on the stump for the Chicago Kid and has opined hither thither yon and at length on a variety of topics so to expect the chattering classes to give her a complete critical pass is arrant nonsense. To use the old lady as an agent provocateur and then to sniff in high dudgeon when she is criticized is a peculiar sort of arrogance. Perhaps it is of a piece with the arrogance displayed by Barry's recent statement that "We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times ... and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK,".

This is the arrogance of creeping internationalism wherein not merely policy but our actual domestic behavior must pass muster with "other countries" which can only be code for the UN in general and the Continental powers in particular. Oh no I hear you cry he must mean other countries that our policies harm such as, well, let me see, er, uh, hmmm, well none come to mind at present but there must be some must'n there? It is beyond laughable that we should even in an extremity desire to have our domestic policies and such intensely private matters as our eating habits vetted by sundry European bastions of tattered and decaying Realpolitik. It smacks less of leading by example and more of deferring to our supposed Continental betters. Mark Steyn recently opined that the reason Hamas is endorsing Obama is that he is their best hope of getting a feckless European style minister installed in the White House who will perforce bend over backward to excuse virtually any third-world mendacity and minimize any resulting negative western reaction.

More and more it appears that the Toddlin' Townsman has drunk the Kool-Aid of the leftist academy and is willing to obsequiously defer to Internationalism and sneer at American Exceptionalism. He is routinely derisive about what he labels Cowboy Diplomacy but his philosophical alternative seems to be the coyboy's objective---the cattle herd. Perhaps that's why he continues to, as it were, step in it.

Anyone who dares twit the dragon's tail of politics and cannot stand having their words and intentions parsed mercilessly should look into a less stressful line of work such as, oh I don't know, mine clearing maybe?.


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