We are all guilty of providing a wide leeway to a politician that we favor. If the politician is someone we support, we restrain ourselves when something becomes public that would have us in a tizzy if done by someone with whom we dislike politically. That is referred to as “cutting someone some slack.” But there is a limit for everyone like there was for Anthony Weiner or Larry Craig. When will the grownups in the Democratic Party say enough is enough with Barack Obama?
We know that he is your guy. We also know that after 2010 there are virtually no moderate Democrats in the House as almost all the Blue Dogs were wiped out, leaving the caucus consisting of almost all liberals or leftists. We also know that the Democratic Senators have ceded virtually all control of their caucus to Harry Reid who has become a Senate of One.
Yet the latest move by the Obama Administration has got to scare the daylights out of any American. The proposal by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to do a “study” of newsrooms and place people from the commission in the newsroom asking questions about editorial content and the decision-making process makes McCarthy tactics look tame. Fortunately, the largely dormant press that has licked the behind of President Obama in an adoring fashion for over five years rose up to force a withdrawal of this proposal. Whether it is a termination of the tactic or just a regrouping is yet to be seen. However you look at it, the move was the single most oppressive attempt by the government to stifle the first amendment in a non-wartime period in our history.
This comes on the heels of one of the worst cases of Presidential overreach in our history. The episode of the IRS suppressing and harassing groups applying for 501(c) 4 status remains a blight upon the Obama Administration. This column stated when the story broke that every American should be scared by the abusive use of the IRS to attack political enemies and political free speech. We stated that if it were allowed to go unrebuked by Congress, in the future the tables could be turned and the same tactics could be used against Democrats –- so why weren’t the Democrats screaming?