"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)

Thursday, March 16, 2006

(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thing 

There's a post up at Obsidian Wings which, I think, boils it all down quite nicely: The President and his minions believe that he can do any damn thing he pleases. Really, they've produced formal legal opinions that say so much in just so many words. It's hard to grasp just how explicit this governing philosophy really is until you see it laid out in black and white, with copious illustrations. And, as this post from Digby demonstrates, they continue to behave every day as though nothing, not the Constitution itself, can stop them.

Which is why I'm not so sure that Glenn Greenwald is right when he says that the violence and hostility that characterize recent statements by certain administration apologists is a sign of desperation. I think it's just as likely that these speakers believe their bilious spew is the rightful prerogative of those who had the good sense to join up with the winning team. After all, what's wrong with a few death threats against Supreme Court justices, if we've already determined that the Supreme Court, to the extent that it asserts any authority over the executive, is irrelevant at best and disloyal at worst? Once we've established that the executive branch is free to trample the rights of its critics in the media (as if!) and the broader population in general, why should the loyal brownshirts hesitate to call for their arrest and incarceration? That doesn't look like desperation to me - it looks like a sense of entitlement, very much like the warped sense of entitlement claimed by those at the top of the food chain.

 

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