Today’s version of that story comes from Hoover crazy Thomas Sowell, who’s so deeply troubled by BP agreeing to establish a $20B shakedown slush escrow fund, he begins,
When Adolf Hitler was building up the Nazi movement in the 1920s…
You get the idea. Anyway, go on, Thomas.
Just where in the Constitution of the United States does it say that a president has the authority to extract vast sums of money from a private enterprise and distribute it as he sees fit to whomever he deems worthy of compensation? Nowhere. … our government is supposed to be “a government of laws and not of men.”
Rule of law, bitches! But what does Thomas think of the Bush years?
Whatever the verbal fencing over the meaning of the word “torture,” there is a fundamental difference between simply inflicting pain on innocent people for the sheer pleasure of it– which is what our terrorist enemies do– and getting life-saving information out of the terrorists by whatever means are necessary.
So when a Republican is president, he can lock people up in dungeons without charges for as long as he wants and totally go medieval on their ass, because he feels like it.
But when a Democratic president asks a multi-national company to establish an independently managed escrow for damages stemming from their negligent destruction of the Gulf of Mexico and several states’ economies, not to mention the deaths of 11 workers, and they agree to do so — the Constitution is being trampled and the very nature of American democracy is threatened.
Glad we cleared that up.