An Open Call for Fascism

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Today the Wall Street Journal is carrying an opinion piece by Professor Harvey Mansfield (author of last year's homoerotic, misogynistic screed "Manliness") that argues that the president should be above the law when it is convenient for him to be so.

I really wish that I could link to it, but it's behind a paywall, so you will have to find a copy yourself. A few choice quotes include:

"Much present-day thinking puts civil liberties and the rule of law to the fore and forgets to consider emergencies when liberties are dangerous and law does not apply. "

"A free government should show its respect for freedom even when it has to take it away."

If this was just a lone nutjob it would not be troubling. However, what Mansfield isdoing is simply laying out the case for a "strong Executive" that has been the foundation of the Bush administration. And he is doing it on the opinion page of the freaking Wall Street Journal, which more than implies that the conservative establishment approves of and encourages this kind of anti-american thinking.

Looking at today's news all I see are articles about the Newscorp buyout offer of the Wall Street Journal with lots of handwringing about the impact of having such an influential paper become part of the Fox News empire. Apparently people are blind to the fact that it's already publishing this modern Joseph Goebbels. (Oh dammit, here I had this great, thoughtful article and I had to go and spoil it by bringing up Nazis. Crap.)

Oh well. Thank god that I am a white male. I'll be fine until they come for the athiests and people who don't think gays should be killed.

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This page contains a single entry by edgore published on May 2, 2007 11:47 AM.

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