Monday, August 24, 2009
More than a Surface Resemblance
I wish I'd been aware of the startling similarity between Barack Obama and this image of Nikolai Ezhov (aka, "Stalin's Loyal Executioner," pictured at right) when Comrade President was soliciting nominations for his enemies list.
Ezhov headed the Soviet secret police during the most ... intense ... phase of the Great Purge.
Update: Possibly related is the following link from Yahoo: "White House sets up unit for questioning terrorism suspects." The headline calls it an "interrogation unit."
In case you missed it -- or let it slip your mind like I did -- last week's Objectivist Roundup was hosted at Rule of Reason.
How Not to Fight Barack Obama ...
That would require integrity and courage, two qualities "Dr." James David Manning completely lacks, as seen in the below (possibly NSFW) video.
Sadly, this video has, according to one web site, "reached millions", and too many people seem to think his heart is in the right place. Just web search "Dr. Manning Mack Daddy" and browse.
... or Racism
Worse, the religious right has no monopoly in the violent fantasy department.
Back when John Kerry was running for President, Ted Kennedy successfully pressured his state's government to change its succession law to prevent its then-Republican governor from being able to choose a replacement for the junior senator, had he won. Apparently, Kennedy now wants to enable its Democratic governor to choose his successor, should he die before the end of his term.
The Wall Street Journal derides Kennedy because his "motivation for changing the law is so obviously born of partisan interest, not principle." [bold added] I disagree, but not with the low moral estimate of Senator Kennedy. He and his party, with their open advocacy of ("single-payer" physician) slavery, are plainly (if not openly) opposed to the premise of the government protecting individual rights.
What better way to finish destroying freedom than to erode the premise that we are a country of objective law, rather than whimsical men? Kennedy is acting in accordance with the principles that now govern his party.
That said, I also vehemently disagree -- with the editorialist and President Obama -- that self-interest and principle (e.g., morality) are incompatible. The problem here is not that Ted Kennedy isn't being altruistic enough. It's that he's being too willing to commit sacrifices for the "good" of his constituents.
Today: (1) Updated first section. (2) Changed a link.