"It's not that this kind of presidential adventurism is new; but the candidate who vowed to restore America's constitutional balance represents the most powerful example of the resilience of the imperial presidency to date - even after the debacles in Iraq and Afghanistan. McCain's endorsement of presidential war-making would have been totally predictable. Obama's legitimation of it, after explicitly rejecting it in the campaign, is pretty solid proof that it's now an indelible part of the way this country operates." — Andrew Sullivan
Mar 20, 2011
Why everything is FUBAR contd.
To which we can add: detention without trial, bail-outs for the rich, a permanent ratification of insane tax rates, looser gun laws, and so on. That's been the real eye-opener of the Obama presidency, for me — not disappointment that he has betrayed his principles, or turned into what he once opposed, but the sure knowledge that if he, of all people, cannot change these things then no-one can, and that a set of plainly self-destructive policies have somehow become inscribed, by bipartisan agreement, as the Way America Does Business. For a few seconds it's a comforting thought, because it means I can ease up on villifying any one party but then I remember that this means that neither party can do the slightest bit of good, either.