As military history buffs know, one of General George Patton’s many idiosyncrasies was that he believed in reincarnation. He used to bore his aides, and anyone else willing to listen to him, with tales of his exploits as a military leader in his earlier lives.
I have never believed that God allows human beings to come back to Earth for a second shot at life, and I still don’t, although President Obama is forcing me to give the idea at least a cursory second look. The Obama presidency is so similar to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s that I’m half tempted to think that General Patton was on to something.
In my Friday Links and Notes post for this week I quoted Bill Keller, one time Executive Editor of the New York Times, who somehow managed to keep a straight face while claiming that mainstream journalists like himself “try to live by a code, a discipline, that tells us to set aside our personal biases, to test not only facts but the way they add up, to seek out the dissenters and let them make their best case, to show our work.”
Laugh lines like that are one of the reasons I follow politics.
In yesterday’s post I mentioned how President Obama and other liberals have tried to portray the Occupy movement as a liberal version of the Tea Party movement, and how Tea Party conservatives quite naturally find the comparison insulting.
In yesterday’s post I talked about President Obama amazingly flexible political principles. He, like all leftists, has spent a lifetime advocating judicial activism as a way to achieve liberal goals that the democratic process can’t produce, yet on Monday he had the chutzpah to demand that the Supreme Court refrain from overturning his unconstitutional Obamacare law because it would be an “unprecedented, extraordinary step” for the court to resort to “overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”
As someone pointed out in a comment to that post, the current President is no Ronald Reagan.