In his 2012 State of the Union address, Obama lamented that the American people couldn’t function more like the military. Soldiers aren’t “consumed with personal ambition. They don’t obsess over their differences. They focus on the mission at hand. They work together. Imagine what we could accomplish if we followed their example. Think about the America within our reach.” Never mind that we have a military to keep us free, not to be a role model. Translation: I wish Americans would fall in line and follow orders.
It’s a funny thing. In his address to Congress right after the 9/11 attacks, George W. Bush said, “Every nation in every region now has a decision to make: Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists.” For the better part of a decade, many liberals bizarrely insisted that this warning to terror-supporting states abroad was in fact a kind of fatwa encouraging persecution of Bush’s political opponents at home.
And yet, nearly every day, President Obama divides the country between the forces of truth and reason and the forces of deceit and selfishness. He and his supporters are the “ones we’ve been waiting for,” while his opponents, well, we don’t need any more talk out of them.
So fine. Obama probably didn’t order the IRS to keep his opponents from talking. But these bureaucrats certainly acted like ones he’d been waiting for.
— Jonah Goldberg is the author of The Tyranny of Clichés, now on sale in paperback. You can write to him at [email protected], or via Twitter @JonahNRO. © 2013 Tribune Media Services, Inc.