Video: ObamaCare, the NDAA, and the Ring of Power

posted at 4:01 pm on April 7, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

As I slowly work my way back into the rhythm of blogging after a nice vacation, I’m picking through a few items I missed while I was away.  One of these is Bill Whittle’s latest Firewall, in which my friend manages to tie together ObamaCare, the recently-passed NDAA, the Constitution, and Lord of the Rings.  That’s way too tempting for me to pass up — and not coincidentally, that’s the point Bill wants to make in this video:

The oral arguments at the Supreme Court actually encouraged me a little on this point. The justices — well, some of them, anyway — sounded concerned about the lack of limitations on power inherent in ObamaCare.  At least for a few brief moments, the role of the Constitution as a limiting document for the federal government was recalled.  It remains to be seen whether it will be enforced in the ultimate decision on ObamaCare, and of course the HHS mandate was not a part of the discussions or the case the week before last.  If the PPACA gets upheld in whole or in part, the HHS mandate will certainly come before the Supreme Court, but by that time the precedent might be firmly established that the Constitution and its bars on Congressional authority will have become simply a relic — something to be worshiped but otherwise ignored.

The Ring of Power, however, cannot be ignored.  Absent a limiting document like the Constitution in force, subsequent Congresses and Presidents will continue to arrogate to themselves the use of power over our lives, in every aspect.  That’s not an inevitable conclusion, however.  We can prevent it by electing people who understand and respect the role of the Constitution and who will keep Congress from ever-increasing overreach.  If we cleave to the Supreme Court as a kind of Helm’s Deep, don’t expect a Gandalf to ride to our rescue every single time.

Or, to borrow from another speculative-fiction series …

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Welcome back Ed, happy belated birthday, and happy Easter to you and family.

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Will Saruman have jug ears in the new version of LotR?

WhatNot on April 7, 2012 at 4:07 PM

WELCOME BACK, ED!!!!!

Key West Reader on April 7, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Lust is insatiable, and our constitution was designed to stop people or groups who lust for power.

Mord on April 7, 2012 at 4:13 PM

“You.shall.NOT.pass.” We the People to Barky.

indyvet on April 7, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Welcome back, Ed! Another great Firewall by Bill Whittle!

FloatingRock on April 7, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Welcome back Ed, happy belated birthday, and happy Easter to you and family.

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Yes Indeed. Welcome back Ed. You inspire us and were missed.

SparkPlug on April 7, 2012 at 4:18 PM

“We can prevent it by electing people who understand and respect the role of the Constitution and who will keep Congress from ever-increasing overreach.”

Newt understood this…

… and had a plan to rip power away from the political elite ruling class and give it back to the States and the people.

But we couldn’t have THAT now, could we…?

(welcome back Ed, Happy Easter)

Seven Percent Solution on April 7, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Remember when Saruman was trapped in that Tower. Well I would have gone up there and put a cap in his head. Nobody messes with Gandalf and lives.

SparkPlug on April 7, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Newt understood this…

… and had a plan to rip power away from the political elite ruling class and give it back to the States and the people.

But we couldn’t have THAT now, could we…?

Seven Percent Solution on April 7, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Doesn’t Mitt have a plan too? I keep hearing about Newt’s plan and about Mitt’s plan, but no one seems to be able to explain to me what those plans entail past “REPEAL OBAMACARE!!!1!1eleventy1!!!!”

gryphon202 on April 7, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Whittle makes a number of excellent points – especially about how the Constitution is designed to limit the power of Government. Ask a Progressive & they will tell you the Constitution gives people rights.

batterup on April 7, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Let the ring bearer descide.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on April 7, 2012 at 4:26 PM

We can prevent it by electing people who understand and respect the role of the Constitution and who will keep Congress from ever-increasing overreach. If we cleave to the Supreme Court as a kind of Helm’s Deep, don’t expect a Gandalf to ride to our rescue every single time.

How can we prevent this Ed…..by electing Romney who also says “I would not abuse this power”?….sounds a little like we “have nothing to fear with Barack Obama”….doesn’t it?

We….the Tea Party….have elected those who supposedly “respect the constution”, and look at them now….the “ring” has gotten to them quickly.

tencole on April 7, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Let the ring bearer descide.
0bamaderangementsyndrom on April 7, 2012 at 4:26 PM

What odd thing for an orc to say.

LegendHasIt on April 7, 2012 at 4:31 PM

You mean Newt had a plan today to rip power away from the political elite ruling class. In all likelihood he’d have a different plan by tomorrow and an even better plan the day after.

Fred 2 on April 7, 2012 at 4:32 PM

gryphon202 on April 7, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Doesn’t Mitt have a plan too?

But he’s totally different than Obama.

batterup on April 7, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Welcome back Ed, happy belated birthday, and happy Easter to you and family.

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Indeed. Welcome back, Ed.

Everyone who sees that Bill Whittle vid — share it with everyone you know.

PatriotGal2257 on April 7, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Welcome Home Ed….and it’ always a pleasure to see Bill.

Tim_CA on April 7, 2012 at 4:45 PM

In a sane world; if they will “never ever” use the power…why was it necessary?

katy on April 7, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Let the ring bearer descide.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on April 7, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Oit’stoughtodescidewhichoffivewordstospellwrong!

KOOLAID2 on April 7, 2012 at 4:55 PM

He keeps saying we did nothing. What exactly are we supposed to do?

astonerii on April 7, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Next time you’re gone that long Ed…can you at least check in once a day?…Yes yes yes…I know it was vacation…but you could have thrown the birds some crumbs here and there. (:>)

KOOLAID2 on April 7, 2012 at 5:00 PM

We can prevent it by electing people who understand and respect the role of the Constitution and who will keep Congress from ever-increasing overreach.

No we cannot. First and foremost is the fact that many states have majority corrupted voters who are not going to change their votes. As Willard Mitt Romney is showing, even the Republican party is beyond the reach of the just and moral. John McCain proves that someone who first hand experienced indefinite detention by government (POW), is perfectly willing to do the same to every man, woman and child in his own nation. Paul Ryan proves that voters are ignorantly stupid enough to listen to the man and never consider his factual actions. Sarah Palin has proven beyond doubt that the media can paint any morally good, uncorrupted and just as bad for America.

We cannot vote into power people who will prevent continued overreach.

astonerii on April 7, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Let the ring bearer descide.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on April 7, 2012 at 4:26 PM

…Oit’stoughtodescidewhichoffivewordstospellwrong!

KOOLAID2 on April 7, 2012 at 4:55 PM

….since I know you’re sitting on the toilet with your laptop trying to figure it out again…let me help you…
O…it’s…tough…to…’d e c i d e’…which…of…five…words…to…spell…wrong!

KOOLAID2 on April 7, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Welcome back, Captain Ed! You were missed.

petefrt on April 7, 2012 at 5:16 PM

The subject of Bill’s Firewall is as real as it gets, but sadly neither bill nor Ed seem to have the stomach to say things that need to be said.

<

a href=”http://thewildernessofmirrors.wordpress.com/2012/04/07/the-us-constitution-destroyed-right-before-our-very-eyes-and-we-did-nothing/”>The US Constitution destroyed right before our very eyes, and we did nothing.

But but but, it can’t possible happen here… Wake the hell up America, it not only can, it already has happened here. There is still time, but only just barely, to stop what is happening. Nobody is going to do it for you. Nobody is going to save this Republic if you yourself do not do it. But how do I, one single powerless faceless person lost in the multitude of Americans save the Republic you might ask (well, you might ask it if you wake up in time and realize that your Republic really is facing the greatest threat to it in American History).

It is actually quite simple. You get up off you lazy ass, turn American Idol or Dancing with the Stars off and get involved with your local, state and Federal politics. First you register to vote, and then cast your vote to throw the Marxist-in-Chief Barack InSane Obama out of office on his kiester. Then you cast your vote to throw every Democrat out of office and only vote for individuals who still believe that the United States Constitution should be protected and followed. You also do not take for granted or assume that just because a politician in office or running for office is a member of the GOP that he gives a rats ass about upholding the US Constitution, make them prove it. To Quote Ronald Reagan, “Trust but Verify”.

SWalker on April 7, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Here is an even better Bill Whittle video

One-bama the merchant despair

NickDeringer on April 7, 2012 at 5:31 PM

We cannot vote into power people who will prevent continued overreach.

astonerii on April 7, 2012 at 5:03 PM

What do you suggest we do, then?

“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”

MessesWithTexas on April 7, 2012 at 5:35 PM

He keeps saying we did nothing. What exactly are we supposed to do?

astonerii on April 7, 2012 at 4:55 PM

This is what is so frustrating. I’ve made signs and waved them, taken them to Washington DC, written letters and emails, made phone calls, gone to rally after rally and voted every chance I have. And here we are looking at each other wondering “what do we do now?”

Getting a bit discouraged.

msactionjackson on April 7, 2012 at 5:46 PM

We can prevent it by electing people who understand and respect the role of the Constitution and who will keep Congress from ever-increasing overreach.

This is rich coming from a website that routinely puts down Ron Paul, the one candidate in the race this year who seems to understand what the constitution actually means.

johnmackeygreene on April 7, 2012 at 6:04 PM

An EPA Power Grab

Comment by complete curmudgeon 03/15/12 06:51

Frankly, I’m tired of the impotent hand wringing that I encounter at NRO. Daily we are told of the depredations of an out of control government and daily we are admonished to behave like polite cerfs. I just don’t get it.

Mr. Rumsfeld often talked of tipping points and I wonder aloud if NRO’s suits recognize that such a tipping point in our society is not just possible but looming. At that tipping point America will be too far down the authoritarian rabbit hole to gracefully extracate itself.

The citizens will be faced with a grave choice. Yet we get a seemingly endless supply of one- sided articles such as this. Yes, it is rich in detail about how our freedom is being lost and how the central government is usurping power. But there is not a single word about what the people can and must do. This is typical of NRO, and sadly many other conservative sites.

Suffice it to say that this moment many of us are well aware of the fact that the federal government is out of control. What we need is some advice about the concrete steps we can take today that will avoid the need for more drastic confrontation in the future. Given the choice between a bang and whimper it seems that NRO has chosen the latter as its perferred means of ushering the end of society.

This is what I’d like to see: concrete steps to take beyond being registered to vote, working as a poll watcher, perhaps, or on a campaign, and in general, educating ourselves further on the issues facing us.

PatriotGal2257 on April 7, 2012 at 6:06 PM

astonerii on April 7, 2012 at 5:03 PM

What he (she?) said.

Cleombrotus on April 7, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Welcome back, Captain Ed! You were missed.

petefrt on April 7, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Agreed, Welcome Back Kotter Captain Ed.

Gladtobehere on April 7, 2012 at 6:09 PM

I keep hearing about Newt’s plan and about Mitt’s plan, but no one seems to be able to explain to me what those plans entail past “REPEAL OBAMACARE!!!1!1eleventy1!!!!”

gryphon202 on April 7, 2012 at 4:24 PM

You’ve been told half a dozen times, just by me! His plan includes a territorial tax system and reduction of a corporate taxes to 25%, individual exemptions from capital gains, interest and dividends for those under $200k and a flatter tax code with lowered rates (he has since specified 20% lower across the board). He is also highly supportive (and collaborative) of Ryan’s plan, particularly WRT to entitlement reform.

Of course, whenever you have been told, you just croak back RomneyCare and pretend that nothing else was ever said. I’m sure you will repeat this cycle for the next 8 years of the Romney administration.

MJBrutus on April 7, 2012 at 6:18 PM

for the next 8 years of the Romney administration.

MJBrutus on April 7, 2012 at 6:18 PM

I’ll give you this, MJ, you’re an optimist.

Cleombrotus on April 7, 2012 at 6:23 PM

I love Whittle’s work.

Have to ask; I know what *I* think he’s suggesting when he laments that all of this happened “and we did nothing”, and “we’re running out of time”…

I don’t think he’s talking about the bAllot box.

And I think wholeheartedly that he’s right.

Midas on April 7, 2012 at 6:28 PM

MJBrutus on April 7, 2012 at 6:18 PM

I read on a thread the other day that you had voted for 0 last go round. Is that true?

Bmore on April 7, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Bmore on April 7, 2012 at 6:37 PM

No.

MJBrutus on April 7, 2012 at 6:43 PM

You left out the part about the law only applying to enemy combatants, lawful or unlawful. I think specifically Al Qaeda and it’s affiliates. If a President tried to use this on a citizen where that status was questionable it would trigger a Supreme Court decision, I imagine. This is not so much the rights of citizens being eroded as it is the President’s war powers attempting to adjust to unconventional warfare. Seems worth mentioning.

Style Doggie on April 7, 2012 at 6:45 PM

No.

MJBrutus on April 7, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Thanks, I think someone might be playing a prank on you. I saw the same thing on BradKY and he says he didn’t either. For the record, I didn’t think that sounded like something you would do. I glad to hear you didn’t.

Bmore on April 7, 2012 at 6:47 PM

I=I’m

Bmore on April 7, 2012 at 6:48 PM

I meant to add – these powers are not new. The Supreme Court has held in the past that the President has this authority over even US citizens that are at war with the US. This law just puts in black and white what had been established by precedent.

Style Doggie on April 7, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Style Doggie on April 7, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Your points are well taken. However, the questions I have center around the nature of war. We at “war” with terrorism. We have been for over a decade and we will likely continue to be so for as long as the eye could see. Of course the I quoted the W word to raise the questions about what that means and if an actual state of war, as most of us or even our our founders understood the term, exists. Are we to be on a war footing for an unlimited period of time? Will the government now have war powers in perpetuity?

MJBrutus on April 7, 2012 at 7:00 PM

I would say we are not at war with “terrorism”. That’s like being at war with machine-guns. Terrorism is only a weapon. We are at war with islam but nobody wants to say that. It might offend the people trying to kill and enslave us.

Mojave Mark on April 7, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Are we to be on a war footing for an unlimited period of time? Will the government now have war powers in perpetuity?
MJBrutus on April 7, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Rhetorical question, I assume.

LegendHasIt on April 7, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Bill Ayers is Sauron.

Obama is Saruman.

The MSM are the Ringwraiths.

See, it all makes sense now…

And no, Ron Paul IS NOT Gandolf…

Bruno Strozek on April 7, 2012 at 7:11 PM

LegendHasIt on April 7, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Not really. I don’t know the answer and am not trying to advocate anything right now. To me, it’s an open question.

MJBrutus on April 7, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Your points are well taken. However, the questions I have center around the nature of war. We at “war” with terrorism. We have been for over a decade and we will likely continue to be so for as long as the eye could see. Of course the I quoted the W word to raise the questions about what that means and if an actual state of war, as most of us or even our our founders understood the term, exists. Are we to be on a war footing for an unlimited period of time? Will the government now have war powers in perpetuity?

MJBrutus on April 7, 2012 at 7:00 PM

The problem is that Islam has been at war with the world for the last 1400 years. It’s only at times that Muslims have been weak that they haven’t been attacking the West. To partly answer your question: yes, we’ll be at war for the foreseeable future. What’s worse is that Obama and the Democrats seem intent on surrendering to the political power of Islam, while using what authority they have against Republicans. After the next election, “it’s on”!

Gladtobehere on April 7, 2012 at 7:26 PM

What do you suggest we do, then?

“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”

MessesWithTexas on April 7, 2012 at 5:35 PM

This is what is so frustrating. I’ve made signs and waved them, taken them to Washington DC, written letters and emails, made phone calls, gone to rally after rally and voted every chance I have. And here we are looking at each other wondering “what do we do now?”

Getting a bit discouraged.

msactionjackson on April 7, 2012 at 5:46 PM

God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. … And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”

The problem with our country is that every politician looks out for their own ass first and foremost. Part and partial to that back covering is to make it unseemly to call out and reprimand any politician for their bad actions no matter how egregious.

Obama blatantly disregards the law and the constitution on at least a monthly basis. There are no calls at all for impeachment. It would be unseemly and look bad, and who is to say that the impeachers will not be hauled up by their own petard later?

Clinton got away with lying to a grand jury. No one wanted to hold him to account, well no one but one man. About the only man worthy of being president in our current election cycle that is running anyways.

Eric Holder, Janet Reno, Timmy turbotax Geithner? There is absolutely no accountability for those who wield power in this nation. There is not one thing that voting can possibly do to fix this. We can vote in all new people, leaving not one old school person in elected office and the permanent live long bureaucrats and Generals in the Pentagon will have them corrupted beyond redemption before the first budget gets passed. Because power corrupts and there is no higher power to hold these people to account.

The Republicans are not going to save us. Paul Ryan is not going to balance the Budget. Rubio is not going to bring a Hispanic Renaissance to the party and certainly is not going to lead people to more constitutionalism. It is all talk to make morons vote for them. This is why when the voters stood up in large numbers and screamed louder than they had in centuries to stop, the lame duck session was the most successful 2 months of congress passing unpopular bill after unpopular bill. Anyone recall the largest in a century increase in house membership reversing a single one of those bills? Anyone recall those politicians doing one thing they promised they would do?

No politician fears you, they fear not your vote, they fear not anything you WILL ever bring to bear. You have been pacified and rendered the tree of liberty impotent.

Enjoy your chains, may the rest lightly on your shoulders and never say that you were ever one of us. That goes for the pathetic social security needing conservatives more than anyone else! If you cannot ween yourselves from the teet of big government, you are not a conservative.

astonerii on April 7, 2012 at 7:33 PM

To Quote Ronald Reagan, “Trust but Verify”.

SWalker on April 7, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Nope. I’d make them earn every single picogram of the trust they desire. They, Pubs and Dims, have squandered any right to ask for any level of trust. So Verify, Verify, Verify and then Verify some more.

chemman on April 7, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Hello ED, welcome back….

KOOLAID2
I had a heck of a time reading that to, does it mean I’m a libtard?
Haha……..

angrymike on April 7, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Are we to be on a war footing for an unlimited period of time? Will the government now have war powers in perpetuity?
MJBrutus on April 7, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Rhetorical question, I assume.

LegendHasIt on April 7, 2012 at 7:09 PM

If certain powers-that-be have their way, you d@mn betcha.

“Shut up, you’re supporting X ” was already being thrown about during the Bush era. War powers are more addictive than crack cocaine for any government because they encompass everything from control over the press to spying on citizens.

MelonCollie on April 7, 2012 at 8:10 PM

We can prevent it by electing people who understand and respect the role of the Constitution and who will keep Congress from ever-increasing overreach.

This is rich coming from a website that routinely puts down Ron Paul, the one candidate in the race this year who seems to understand what the constitution actually means.

johnmackeygreene on April 7, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Not really,…

you fail to note Paul has a great deal of other issues which people find disqualifying, total lack of anything even remotely like a decent personality.. His flirtation with 911 truthers and Alex Jones. his repeated misstatements and distortions, and ;let’s not forget the newsletter debacle, which even if you believe him…. do you really want a guy so incurious in charge he let the newsletter speak for him for 20 years without ever checking up on what they actually said.

You can like Paul’s zealous loyalty to the Constitution… and still say without contradiction he was a trainwreck as a candidate.

mark81150 on April 7, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Effin’ JON STEWART used the Ring of Power analogy anent Obama on his show long ago, and still the liberals refuse to see.

sistrum on April 7, 2012 at 8:33 PM

The libs don’t see a problem with Obama wielding so much more power because they desperately want to envision as some enlightened being who can do no wrong. The truth is a far cry from that of course, but try telling them that without having to endure a stream of false accusations of racism.

R. Waher on April 7, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Discourses Concerning Government
Algernon Sidney (1623-1683)

Involved in some of the same anti-monarchical causes as John Locke, Algernon Sidney was caught up in the conspiracy to oust King Charles II. He was beheaded on December 7, 1683, a martyr to the English Whig cause. Fifteen years after his death, his Discourses Concerning Government was published. A hero to John Adams and widely read in the American colonies, Sidney famously inscribed the following in the Visitor’s Book at the University of Copenhagen: “This hand, enemy to tyrants, by the sword seeks peace under liberty.” This inscription later inspired the state motto of Massachusetts.

Chapter Three – Section 21.

It cannot be for the good of the People that the Magistrate have a power above the Law: and he is not a Magistrate who has not his power by Law.

…But nothing can be more absurd than to say, that one man has an absolute power above law to govern according to his will, for the people’s good, and the preservation of their liberty….

…And as ’tis folly to suppose that princes will always be wise, just and good, when we know that few have been able alone to bear the weight of a government, or to resist the temptations to ill, that accompany an unlimited power, it would be madness to presume they will for the future be free from infirmities and vices….

KirknBurker on April 7, 2012 at 9:07 PM

I watched this video… and felt my heart sink,.. I didn’t know about the indefinite detention without trial or legal representation.. I had thought it was mandated on some connection to terrorist actions, and then had to be reviewed by a judge first…

I stand corrected..

Then to see Senator Levin, say, Obama lied, he had requested the protection language be removed,… then boo hooed about it..

You know he’s in trouble on his re-election.. deep trouble… You don’t think he would arrest Romney and haul him off in secret,… the SCOTUS,… so no one could get to them to strip him of the new found impection,… past a Romney presidential Presidency power…. do you?

If he did try this… would the country rise up against him?.. or would the sheeple in the democrat party LIKE the new found power to finally lock up opposition voices too much to care about little things like the bill of rights.?.. Some might retain their convictions.. but many won’t care, they’ve become to used to the politics of hate, wallow in it..

and even if we get past the election… past the temptation what of the next one? and after him?

It must be rescinded,.. and soon, with criminal penalties enacted to prevent anyone from even considering doing it again. Romney must make it job one to rescind all executive orders which grant extraordinary powers to the president, and the SCOTUS be on board to help strike down ones passed by Congress.

The very fact the least ethical, least honest, least trustworthy president in living memory, Obama, wanted these changes so much as to demagogue it this way scares the Hell out of me, and it should every sane Human in this country.. An administration with people in it, who openly wish a dictators powers were granted them.. so they could “do the right thing”.. Like Thomas Friedman of the NYT’s.. opining, we could do so much, if only we could do away with the Constitution for a day..

mark81150 on April 7, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Bill Ayers is Sauron.
Obama is Saruman.
The MSM are the Ringwraiths.
See, it all makes sense now…
And no, Ron Paul IS NOT Gandolf…
Bruno Strozek on April 7, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Obama is Gollum

kurtzz3 on April 7, 2012 at 10:48 PM

I can only hope that the GOP will return to it’s Constitutional roots.

I have no idea why Lindsay Graham and John McCain are Republicans.

They would gladly violate our fundamental liberties in order to prosecute the “war on terror” which is a war of no land, country or person. A war on a tactic.

This is what Ron Paul has been warning us about for his entire life.

And now we finally see the end result that is the warfare state.

Less liberty and more debt.

fatlibertarianinokc on April 7, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Here is an even better Bill Whittle video

One-bama the merchant despair

NickDeringer on April 7, 2012 at 5:31 PM

I was anxious to post that, much obliged that you did Nick. His righteous anger is directed in exactly the right places.

sybilll on April 8, 2012 at 12:14 AM

I always read LotR as heavily influenced by the rise of fascism in WWII. The ring being a symbol for political power.

jhffmn on April 8, 2012 at 1:39 AM

At the very heart of conservative philosophy is the idea that power corrupts.

What liberals don’t understand is that power will corrupt anyone. It will corrupt republicans, it will corrupt democrats, it will corrupt men, wizards, and even hobbits.

Dear Liberals: The problem is not who is wielding the power. The problem is the power itself.

ZenDraken on April 8, 2012 at 2:40 AM

LOTR always had great metaphors for liberalism. Especially when Gandalf adamantly refuses to touch or even look at the ring for long when Frodo finds it, claiming that “At first I would try to do good…”. The Ringwraiths are another good metaphor, whom Tolkien intended to represent the faceless bureaucrats of the progressive 20th century (think DOJ or the EPA to Obama’s Sauron).

smiley on April 8, 2012 at 3:04 AM

Re: smiley

Tolkien clearly said that he genuinely disliked allegory and that those who said his Lord of the Rings was about the industrial age or the rise of Hitler, etc. we’re completely off base. Still, it is fun to insert real-life personalities into the roles of his characters. I think George Soros fits the role of Morgoth, Obama is Sauron and Carney is the Mouth of Sauron. Oh, and Nancy Pelosi would be ideal as Shelob!

Logic on April 8, 2012 at 7:02 AM

The latest I’ve read on the net claims the voting for the upcoming election in November will be counted by a foreign office. Huh? Two thirds of our government is corrupt and I pray that the SCOTUS stands firm and orders the locks on all the records open to them and clears up this mess in DC. There is so much corruption afoot that I’m afraid we will lose our Country.

mixplix on April 8, 2012 at 7:42 AM

This is rich coming from a website that routinely puts down Ron Paul, the one candidate in the race this year who seems to understand what the constitution actually means.

johnmackeygreene on April 7, 2012 at 6:04 PM

What would Ron Paul say to Putin?

disa on April 8, 2012 at 8:10 AM

I meant to add – these powers are not new. The Supreme Court has held in the past that the President has this authority over even US citizens that are at war with the US. This law just puts in black and white what had been established by precedent.

Style Doggie on April 7, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Yeah – conservative “terrorists.”

disa on April 8, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Wow. Just. Wow. How Ed doesn’t see that this post appleis equally to Romney is astounding. Hello. RomneyCare (and he would have been happy to do it at the federal level, as would have Newt if they got the chance before a concerned electorate made that policitcally impossible). In a recent debate Romney assured the crowd he would have signed the NDAA.

There is only one candidate who would throw the ring into the fires or Mordor, and we all know who that is.

Firefly_76 on April 8, 2012 at 8:18 AM

yikes – spelling fail. appleis=applies, policitcally=politically, or=of

sorry. Happy Easter!

Firefly_76 on April 8, 2012 at 8:25 AM

“But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist.” — Lysander Spooner

Food for thought.

neightkelly on April 8, 2012 at 10:26 AM

@neightkelly

Our Constitution relied on people who would govern themselves and be vigilant.

So perhaps Spooner’s little quote should be rephrased, replacing ‘the Constitution’ with ‘the american people’.

avgjo on April 8, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Mr Paul has been delivering this message for quite some time now. Strange that he is so marginalized and ridiculed, on the basis of conviction to the necessity of adhering to the law of the land, including non-interventionism. Mr Paul doesn’t care of the establishment is ‘impressed’ with his delivery, and that pretty much makes him an enemy of the neo-con pundits.

Jude4 on April 8, 2012 at 1:26 PM

@neightkelly

Our Constitution relied on people who would govern themselves and be vigilant.

So perhaps Spooner’s little quote should be rephrased, replacing ‘the Constitution’ with ‘the american people’.

avgjo on April 8, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Mr Paul has been delivering this message for quite some time now. Strange that he is so marginalized and ridiculed, on the basis of conviction to the necessity of adhering to the law of the land, including non-interventionism. Mr Paul doesn’t care of the establishment is ‘impressed’ with his delivery, and that pretty much makes him an enemy of the neo-con pundits.

Jude4 on April 8, 2012 at 1:26 PM

I think Spooner was on to something, as was Ron Paul. But the problem with discarding the constitution is that it is a framework for government. We must necessarily replace it with something else. I don’t know where Spooner came down on the question, but Lew Rockwell and Ron Paul have both spoken publicly about admiration for the authors of the Declaration of Independence, which isn’t a description of a system of government at all. It was a list of complaints lodged publicly against King George III to justify what amounted to an insurrection. If the Declaration of Independence were sufficient to form a framework of government, the framers would have stopped right there. As it is, Spooner and Paul both miss the real question by a country mile, and in doing so, fail to offer any real alternatives.

gryphon202 on April 8, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Maybe someone has mentioned this, but Carl Levin is pronounced Lev-in as in ‘lever’ and the word ‘in’. Mr. Levin has been a senator since 1979 so I suspect that this video will not resonate well with fellow Michiganders.

TeaTrekkie on April 8, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Mr Paul has been delivering this message for quite some time now. Strange that he is so marginalized and ridiculed, on the basis of conviction to the necessity of adhering to the law of the land, including non-interventionism. Mr Paul doesn’t care of the establishment is ‘impressed’ with his delivery, and that pretty much makes him an enemy of the neo-con pundits.

Jude4 on April 8, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Yes, he delivers this message, and then goes on to argue that America should shut its borders and hibernate here in the homeland. Obvisouly oblivious to the fact that we are better off spending some money on Defense and working to keep more efficient sources of needed resources free from enemy control.

If we had a government that follows Ron Paul’s foreign policy and military strategies. Russia would control all of Europe, likely would have taken full control of China and other Asian continental countries. Have nuclear warheads in Cuba, control over most of south and central America. Would control all of Africa. And the chances of us not being already under their control by this time would be minimal. For the life of me, I just cannot understand why people might not find Paul a credible entity.

astonerii on April 8, 2012 at 4:08 PM