Thursday, June 28, 2012

Don't be Nosy, Shut Up and Follow Obama

By Douglas V. Gibbs

Liberalism is a collectivistic ideology that demands mindless followers, and unquestioning loyalty. Star Trek's "borg" come to mind.

Conservatism is about individualism, and that means less government interference in our lives, and more accurately, a federal government that functions in accordance with the limitations placed upon it by the United States Constitution.

Democrats believe the Constitution was written so that the federal government could control the States, while Republicans tend to believe the Constitution was written to protect the union of States while preserving their State sovereignty.

Liberalism demands followers that don't think, but do as they're told, and every once in a while, that truth pops up and rears its honest head in the media:

On CNN LZ Granderson and New York Times writer David Brooks had an exchange that revealed what the democrat party is all about. When discussing the Fast and Furious gunwalker scandal, Granderson determined that the people killed was just collateral damage. He said that Operation Fast and Furious is none of our business, we need to butt out, and that is just the way it is.

I wonder if he felt the same way about the federal government while George W. Bush was President?

Specifically, Granderson said, "We are a nosy country. Though to be fair, it's not entirely our fault. Between the 24/7 news cycle, social media and reality TV, we have been spoon fed other people's private business for so long we now assume it's a given to know everything. And if there are people who choose not to disclose, they must be hiding something. Being told that something's 'none of your business' is slowly being characterized as rude, and if such a statement is coming from the government, it seems incriminating. Times have changed. Yet, not everything is our business. And in the political arena, there are things that should be and need to be kept quiet. ... Heads should roll because of the Fast and Furious debacle. We don't need every detail of that operation to be made public in order for that to happen."

David Brooks says that we have to relearn the art of following our leaders. We don't have a leadership problem in the United States. We're not good followers anymore.

I wonder if he felt that way during the Bush administration too?

He also said, "Those 'Question Authority' bumper stickers no longer symbolize an attempt to distinguish just and unjust authority. They symbolize an attitude of opposing authority."

He must be referring to those mean ol' anti-government Tea Party types, right?

That was sarcasm, of course.

Okay, so liberal journalist LZ Granderson says when it comes to Obama's administration, like Fast and Furious, we don't need to know, it's none of our business. Obama is above the law, I guess. It's okay if people died, according to Granderson. It's collateral damage. Brooks says we're not following well. We just need to accept what our leaders tell us and learn to love it.

After all, they are the ruling elite, and they know what's better for us than we do, right?

Screw individualism. Benevolent big government will take care of us. It's not like they are acting like tyrants, or anything, right?

They're smarter and brighter and better, and they're doing fine. It's us who are the problem. We don't recognize how smart these people are. We don't acknowledge their elite status. We don't trust their intelligence and their brains.

I wonder if that was the same argument the communists used, or Hitler used, before lowering the hammer.

In other words, these people are telling us that we're not subservient enough to the all-powerful federal government.  Skepticism against the federal government is suddenly dangerous. You are anti-government, and anti-authority if you don't shut up and follow Obama with blind faith. 

Will these people be saying the same thing during the next Republican Presidency?

I have a feeling they won't.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Don't Be Nosy about Fast and Furious - LZ Granderson - CNN

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