Hollywood, medicine, taxes, guns, and Harry Reid: consequences and double standards.
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Suffice to say, the reaction of these three are a drop in the ocean compared to what’s coming.
Let’s be clear here. To say that there are consequences for one’s actions is one of the oldest, if frequently the most ignored, pieces of human wisdom. Anyone and everyone winds up dealing with the consequences of actions they have taken in their personal and professional lives. Everyone has heard of the drug addict who wishes they could rethink that first interlude with whatever drug led them down the path to addiction. Having that first date with the attractive woman/man who turned out to be a disaster as a spouse. Taking the great job that wound up as a sentence with the boss from hell. And so on.
The problem with these kind of mistakes when they are made on the macro-level in government is that millions wind up paying the price. Millions who inevitably think back years later and ruefully if not angrily wonder “why did I ever vote for so-and-so?” when the results of their earlier political decision comes home to roost like the Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s proverbial chickens.
But is there one exception to the rule of Obamaquences?
The Rule of the Liberal Double Standard?
Wouldn’t you know that exception is wonderfully illustrated by none other than Harry Reid. And yes, Barack Obama.
The other day, Bob Tyrrell did a very astute column titled “What Crime Has Harry Reid Committed?”
Tyrrell points out the obvious: The law requires Congress to pass a budget. Reid has refused to do so. Consequences? None. Zip. Senator Reid can just willfully ignore the law — and no big deal.
The second glaring example?
The NRA has put out a commercial asking, “Are the President’s kids more important than your kids?” It points out the obvious. Here is President Obama scoffing at armed guards in schools — while his kids are protected by armed guards at their school.
No one is saying the Obama kids shouldn’t be protected — but what about the rest of America’s kids? Obviously, for liberals, one can only assume the safety of your kids is no big deal.
In other words: there will be no Obamaquensces for Harry Reid or Barack Obama. They can violate the law (the budget law, in Reid’s case) or flagrantly have one standard for the Obama kids while rejecting it for yours — and nothing happens.
At this moment one of the nation’s bestsellers is the final volume of William Manchester’s three-volume history of Winston Churchill. As the story goes, author Manchester, in failing health (and he eventually died), tapped a friend, journalist Paul Reid, to finish his book when it became impossible for Manchester to do so. Reid has done this in magnificent style, Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm 1940-1965 as was noted here by our own Bob Tyrrell as being a superb book. Manchester would be proud.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?