It is interesting to try and form a snapshot of the world around us today, and wondering how that picture will look in a year, two years, and then 5. I am betting it will not look pretty, but am I wrong?
We have a president in office, elected for a second time, who truly seems to believe in autocracy. He is not the first to exert his executive power overzealously, no doubt, but it is more troubling this time. Why?
He, and his administration, truly don't seem to give a damn what a good portion of the country thinks, even the majority on certain issues, and seems determined to rule rather than govern. He seems openly contemptuous (and he is not alone) of anyone or anything that seems to challenge his will. And the same seems to go for much of the "watchdogs" who are supposed to guard against such hubris and protect the little people, but whom seem just as disgusted by the peasants who refuse to get with the program.
Perhaps it does not help that a professor of constitutional law at a major university thinks the constitution is passe', and that the "newspaper of record" would publish it without comment, let alone rebuttal.
Perhaps it is also that he is not the first person of supposed position and esteem who has espoused the same view in recent years.
Perhaps it is some of the same people, and certainly the same side, which just a few years earlier was screaming "Fascist!" when a different man held the office.
Could it be that I am wrong about that future when a nation which already has the best armed, by far, populace in the world, feels the need to buy even more guns, or guns for the first time, even as the political class talks about "getting them off the streets". People even like my spouse, who two years ago, did not want ANY gun in the house, and now ponders whether we should get a second?
Am I in error to worry about a worldwide financial system which seems increasingly based on cheap parlor tricks to keep it chugging along, even as the wheels falls off?
Am I paranoid to think that an Arab Spring which supposedly would usher in a new era of freedom and democracy more resembles the lights going out in Europe circa the 1930's or the march of Communism post 40's?
As Hindenburg reportedly claimed, maybe God does look after drunks, little children and the United States of America.
Of course, we are busy pushing God out of the public square, mocking him in the private, except when he is worshipped by those who take such actions as legitimate cause for murder. So, God may decide to sit events out for a while. Sorry.
The point of taking this snapshot now is to keep in mind these kind of ironies...
Interesting that I would return to this blog, to find this unpublished post, at this time, when much evidence of what I am talking about is coming to light.
"We have a president in office, elected for a second time, who truly seems to believe in autocracy."
The IRS admits to using the power of it's organization for partisan political ends.
Allegations that the EPA did very much the same thing.
The Department of Justice secretly obtaining phone records of a media outfit, and then hedging on who ordered it.
The continuing Benghazi cover-up.
There have been plenty more indications that this administration simply does not care about the rule of law and simple accountability, but this week seems to a particularly busy one for scandals.
Will it amount to anything?
Well, if history is any measure, no.
A compliant press corp, even if annoyed at being bullied and spied, will likely fall back in line as it has done before.
A Republican leadership, too drunk on the same power which fuels their opposition, will be unwilling to pursue this kind of malfeasance far enough to make a difference because that will mean diminishing governmental power when it's their turn.