Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The threat comes not from a conqueror astride a war horse…

…but from ten thousand busybodies on Shetland ponies. Kevin Williamson, at NRO:
But the United States is not going to fall for a strongman government. Instead of delegating power to a would-be president-for-life, we delegate it to a bureaucracy-without-death. You do not need to install a dictator when you’ve already had a politically supercharged permanent bureaucracy in place for 40 years or more. As is made clear by everything from campaign donations to the IRS jihad, the bureaucracy is the Left, and the Left is the bureaucracy. Elections will be held, politicians will come and go, but if you expand the power of the bureaucracy, you expand the power of the Left, of the managers and minions who share Barack Obama’s view of the world. Barack Obama isn’t the leader of the free world; he’s the front man for the permanent bureaucracy, the smiley-face mask hiding the pitiless yawning maw of total politics.
H/T: BC.


bruce said...

“all [the authorities] did was to guard the distant and invisible interests of distant and invisible masters”
― Franz Kafka, The Castle

For goodness' sake, we were warned long ago.

Paco said...

Kafka sure had our number.

rinardman said...

As Rush points out, there may not be a "smoking gun" in Obo's hand in the "phony" IRS scandal.

Even if he didn't give direct orders, he doesn't always need to. He puts people in charge that think like he does, and the people under them are liberals/Democrats that think the same way, so they all want to do the same thing: Screw conservatives/Republicans every chance they get.

RebeccaH said...

For myself, it matters less and less each passing year, but I fear for my kids and grandkids.