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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Obama Sets A New Precedent

Remember way back in the 1990s when Bill Clinton was president? Clinton set a couple of precedents in relation to the Monica Lewinsky scandal that still persist today:
  1. That certain types of sex are not really sex.
  2. That changing the meaning of words like "is" in your own mind means you cannot be convicted of perjury.
I don't want to elaborate on the first point very much since this is a family blog. Most of us old enough to remember that scandal know to what I am referring. In polls even today young people still believe that certain sexual acts aren't really sex. I had never heard anyone claim that prior to Bubba.

The second point may even be worse. When Clinton, in an effort to try to cover his lying under oath, tried to claim "it depends on what your definition of 'is' is" that set a new standard for how far one could go in rationalizing perjury. Clinton lied. He knew it. Congress knew it. We all knew it. Yet here is a grown man that had been successful to the point of becoming president haggling over the meaning of "is"?

And then we come to Obama. Obama last week, in a press conference setup to promote his socialistic heath care proposal, set another new precedent: you don't need to know all of the facts in a situation before making judgments on said situation.

Answering a question related to the Skip Gates arrest Obama first acknowledged that he didn't have all the facts in the matter, but then went on to say "the cops acted stupidly".

Now I have maintained since last November that voters acted stupidly in the elections, but at least I had all the facts down before making that judgment. But seriously, how do admit to being ignorant of the facts, and then make such a harsh, unfair judgment anyway?

So a new precedent has been set. We don't have to listen to people, or hear both sides of a debate before we make rash judgments, and then spew out harsh pronouncements based on those judgments. It has been great fun employing that tactic for the last week or so whenever the chance arises. And I especially like the use of the word "stupidly". That way people know exactly to what precedent and I am appealing to in making an uninformed judgment.

We really shouldn't be surprised by any of this though. After all, Obama continually is trying to get congress to pass bills that they haven''t even read.

4 comments:

Writer X said...

I don't know what's worse: Publicly denouncing someone who risks his life every day or signing a 1000-page country-changing bill that you can't be bothered to read. They're both bad.

AndrewPrice said...

Sadly, this doesn't surprise me. He is an empty suit, and don't get that way by having a curious mind. . . you get that way by speaking off the top of your head and never worrying about whether or not you are right or wrong.

Dan said...

"Answering a question related to the Skip Gates arrest Obama first acknowledged that he didn't have all the facts in the matter, but then went on to say "the cops acted stupidly".

Fact: Black citizen
Fact: White cop

What more does a racist need?

Individualist said...

In the sense the attempted race bating of the Skip Gates incident by Obama had a silver lining. It seems that Americs'a most prominant African American leader was not able to verbally pillory a white cop by announcing that he is bad on TV.

Perhaps this kind of hyperbole that got the Duke players arrested and abused has finally jumped the shark.