There were fairly clear policy rules once upon a time. If you wanted to pass gun control, you would get up, use a bunch of kids as props and put in a Senate bill that would get the job done. That’s still being done, but it’s only the tip of the iceberg.
Obama Inc. is consolidating control over the economy which puts its minions in the position of being able to make policy through economic pressure and policy. Under Socialism, you don’t have to pass a law, you just have to use your economic control to make the companies enforce the law.
Growing government control over banks and investment companies, directly and indirectly, allows those institutions to be used to target firearms manufacturers.
Cerberus was bullied into dropping the Freedom Group which includes Remington and Bushmaster. Bushmaster has become a special target for the anti-2nd amendment movement. Now Rahm Emanuel is demanding that TD Bank and Bank of America end their lines of credit to firearms manufacturers unless they come out in support of Obama’s war on the Bill of Rights.
This is an unacceptable level of interference in the political system. The Party that claims to be upset at corporate influence over politics is trying to forcibly create a corporate lobby in favor of abrogating the Bill of Rights by exploiting their leverage over banks and the leverage of banks over private companies.
We’re not just talking creepy, we’re talking about a level of Totalitarian Socialism that would be shocking even in Europe. What we are really seeing is a preview of Term 2. A term when all the rules have gone out the window and when Obama Inc. has set aside all the disguises to function as the left-wing terrorist group that it is.
Ace makes an important distinction between liberals and leftists in terms of process…
Liberalism is highly concerned with process. Both the liberal version of classic liberalism and the conservative version of classic liberalism consider process (fairness, equal access, and other such concerns) to be almost as vital as outcomes.
Actually, in reality, process is more important than outcomes, as far as the long-term health of a democracy, and all politically-minded people tend to put outcomes over process; we all do it, we all lapse. But generally we keep process firmly in mind, even if we don’t quite give it the priority it deserves.
But leftism is a different beast. Leftism considers concerns of process to be a weakness, and indulgence for sissies and the faint-hearts; the only thing that matters — the only thing that should be a concern for the properly-masculine, properly-indoctrinated New Man of the Left is outcomes.
Any tactic, fair or foul, is permissible in the quest for the Leftist State.
That is where we are at now. Process no longer matters. The filibuster is evil when there’s a Dem majority. It’s good when there’s a Dem minority. Freedom of speech is bad when used by the right and good when used by the left. ID’s are vital for getting into their conventions, but not for voting. When Obama fails to appoint women, it’s not a problem. When Romney does appoint women, it’s binders joke time.
There are no standards. No set values. No more concern with process. Only the will to power. The determination to do anything it takes to get their way with no more thought for any laws or ethics. The left is getting its Pol Pot on.