Wasted potential

I often get ideas for postings that I don’t get around to writing for a while — if ever. And sometimes, someone else will come up with the same notion and run with it while I’m procrastinating.

That happened again today, when Jeff Jacoby, the Boston Globe’s token conservative (I understand the Glob has taken extensive measures to keep him from contaminating the more-enlightened staff members, to the point of hermetically sealing his office) discussed the recent Hamdan decision by the Supreme Court, and President Bush’s reaction.

It’s a great piece, and hits a few points I’d been toying with, but it’s not quite the same. My idea was to cite some of these alleged “abuses” of the Bush administration, and to challenge Bush’s critics to elaborate.

It seems to me that every single move by the Bush administration to fight the war on terror has been described the same way: an “unprecedented expansion of executive power,” a “power grab,” a “move rife with potential for abuse.”

I’ve never had much use for the “potential” argument. I recall the salad days of the feminist movement, when Andrea Dworkin pronounced that “politically correct sex is impossible with an erect penis” and many of the more strident feminists described every single man as “a potential rapist.”

My response to that, crude as it may be, was to ask if every woman was a potential prostitute — they were just as well equipped for that role as any generic man was to be a rapist. Hell, these days even men can be prostitutes, so the analogy holds true there, too.

Can anyone cite any specific action by the Bush administration that comes anywhere near the hysteria the Left whips up on a regular basis? I know of one American citizen who has been detained and treated as a terrorist, and Mr. Padilla is hardly the most sympathetic of figures. If even half of what the government has alleged is true, he ought to be locked up and the key thrown away — if we can’t just execute him.

The ruthless oppression of dissent and the free press? Please. The New York Times has, if anything, benefited from its antagonism with the Bush Administration. Cindy Sheehan, Michael Moore, and the swine from Code Pink are still on the loose, free to continue their incredibly asshatted ways. Air America is still on the air, in flagrant violation of the basic laws of economics. There have been no massive roundups, no shutting down of the media, not a single overt act that comes close to fulfilling the Left’s predictions of doom and gloom.

If anyone can cite an actual concrete example, please do so. If not, then I got $20 and an inclination to party, toots…

Stop, Goniff!
So what's the big fuss?

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