klezman wrote:I agree with you here. But run the thought experiment...if Obama had fired him then, what would Republicans have said? How would it have looked?
Oh, the 'pubbies would have howled, no question about it. It wouldn't have gotten the traction the democrats' howls have, because the MSM is in full-throated hue and cry. As Glen Reynolds, the Instapundit, puts it, just think of journalists as Democrats with by-lines.... The Gleichschaltung in the MSM is every bit as slavish and craven as anything ever seen in the Soviet Union, Red China, fascist Italy, or National Socialist Germany.
klezman wrote:That's pretty sad. That's a pretty deep mistrust in all aspects of government. Is this essentially part of a train of thought where it's all about power, and damn the consequences?
Well, yes, it's a thoroughgoing distrust in government. Most governments in the 20th and now the 21st century are just about power, and, in many cases, about getting rich in the process by (essentially) selling influence and access. Really, pretty much all of the abuses the American colonists inveighed against in the British system in the middle of the 18th century.
It's not just here. Throughout the 20th century the communist left and the fascist right were all about power. The socialists in Britain (Labor), on the continent, and in the third world were all about power; the bureaucrats in the EU are still all about power, as is Putin and the Chinese leadership. And, in the third world they're all rapacious thugs, regardless of professed ideology.
I can't think of one country in the world today where the leaders really seem to be running it for the benefit of the population rather than themselves.
This is the antithesis of the America of our Founding and our government before the growth of the administrative state (which is little more than window dressing on the old royal prerogative - see Is Administrative Law Unlawful? against which the English struggled for over 500 years beginning with the barons who brought John Lackland to book at Runnymeade in 1215).
The worst thing about it is that both the 'pubbies and the dims cynically exploit the real anger of large (and sometimes overlapping) segments of the population in order to gain or hold power.