The Chimp pursed
his pouty lips and announced that he’d “decided”
– and you Republicans (you conservatives) didn’t
object. Many of you actually cheered. So, please –
don’t complain when Obama “decides.”
As I expect him to in the weeks and months ahead. When Congress
declines to “act” to “protect our children”
from evil pieces of metal, composite and wood – Obama will
do exactly as his predecessor did. He will “decide”
that “we cannot wait” for Congress to act.
And so he
order – the Americanized form of a Fuhrerbefehl –
will simply decree that henceforth certain types of firearms shall
be unlawful for anyone not a costumed goon to possess. Perhaps all
types of firearms. And with the stroke of his pen, that will be
that. No sieg heiling, perhaps – but the thing’s
the same: An absolute autocrat asserting his personal will.
That is what
the presidency of the United at Gunpoint States has become –
a sort of occasionally revolving autocracy – led by a person
we might properly call The Decider. So, kudos to the Chimp. He let
slip the truth, just that once.
himself changes every so often – but the power of the decidership
remains. And today, it has become all-but-omnipotent. Limited, not
by societal expectations (quite the opposite) much less by any document
or set of codified restrictions; certainly not by that “god-damned
piece of paper,” as the first openly avowed Decider put it
– but only by the extent of the brazenness of whomever happens
to be The Decider at any given moment.
has festered since the very beginning days of the republic (e.g.,
Washington’s stomping of the Whiskey Tax Rebels; Adams’
Alien & Sedition acts) and been festering like a canker that
will not scab over since at least since the time of Andrew Jackson.
The tendency was made explicit policy under the decidership of Abe
Lincoln – but for awhile thereafter, it quiesced somewhat.
Then came Woodrow Wilson, FDR, LBJ – and most recently, The
Chimp – who asserted his decidership so audaciously it literally
shocked the country into a state of helpless stupefaction. One half
(that’s you Republicans) marveled – and approved. Because
the self-described Decider decided in ways that comported with their
own sensibilities. The other (that’s you Democrats) got upset,
but only because it wasn’t their Decider doing the
deciding – and because his decisions weren’t ones you
Now that it’s
your Decider deciding, you cheer, too – or (like
your Republican doppelgangers) you remain quiescent.
Not to the
idea of the thing.
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