It must be the longest-lived get-out-of-jail-free card ever. For all my adult life liberals could get away with things that would sink a conservative in a minute.
Did FDR skirt the law on a bunch of stuff? Too bad. Did Lyndon Johnson have bolt holes in the Capitol where he could entertain young women? Hey, panty waist, what's your problem? Was JFK running girls through the White House like an escort service? Did Bill Clinton lie about sex? Did Anthony Weiner?
Yes, it's come to this. Finally, a Democrat is being held to account for his lies. The hall pass has expired.
What it took was the whole panoply of new media and a tough take-no-prisoners new generation of center right media mavens, epitomized by Mr. "Big," Andrew Breitbart, and his BigGovernment.com, BigJournalism.com and the rest of the Big websites. Actually, of course, the Breitbart empire is minuscule. The "Big" thing is a joke, son.
Thanks, Andrew. You won one for the Gipper.
When you think about it, this couldn't have come at a better time for conservatives. We are going into an election season when many of the Democrats' ideological chickens will be coming home to roost. Everything that the Democrats know that isn't so is crowding in on them. Whether it is Keynesian inflationism now revealed as bankrupt, or crony capitalism with unions and green energy corruptocrats wasting tens of billions of dollars, or the headline entitlements running out of money, the message is all the same: Democratic ideas stink.
Underneath the progressive carapace of caring and compassion is a bare-knuckle culture of compulsion, a faith in power and a will to dominate. Politics is power, government is force, and anyone that wants to increase government spending is someone that kneels at the throne of power for the chance to crack heads with the billy club of force.
We conservatives, we few, we happy few, believe that mankind is born onto this earth for something higher, something better that the crude rule of force. We believe that humans are social animals, not just regimental animals. And that is why we fight the corrupt liberal culture of compulsion and its endless hypocrisies.