Skip to comments.Slip Sliding Away…
Posted on 03/16/2014 7:28:35 AM PDT by Kaslin
We're workin' our jobs, collect our pay
Believe we're gliding down the highway, when in fact we're slip sliding away
- Paul Simon, Slip Sliding Away
Paul Simon wasnt singing about our liberty in his song, but the words apply to whats happening in the Senate and to our Constitution.
While President Obama was poorly reading cue cards between two ferns for a comedy website, a battle was brewing in the Senate. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., accused the Central Intelligence Agency of secretly removing documents, searching computers used by the committee and attempting to intimidate congressional investigators by requesting an FBI inquiry of their conduct.
If true, it is a dangerous turn of events. But Feinstein wasnt done. The Washington Post reported, Feinstein described the escalating conflict as a defining moment for Congresss role in overseeing the nations intelligence agencies and cited grave concerns that the CIA had violated the separation-of-powers principles embodied in the United States Constitution.
These are serious charges, or at least they seem like they are. But are they really?
Missing from Sen. Feinsteins criticisms was any mention of the person in charge of the branch of government in which the CIA resides the president of the United States.
What Feinstein is charging is that the executive branch of government is spying on and interfering with the co-equal legislative branch in an attempt to hinder the legislative branchs explicit power of oversight. In other words, a direct violation of the Constitution of the United States.
But Feinstein, like every other Democrat critical of administration abuses, cant bring herself to direct that criticism where it should reside the Oval Office. Americans are outraged at the National Security Agency for spying on us and creating a database of all our electronic communications, but none of this makes is way to the NSAs ultimate boss. For all of Feinsteins bluster over the CIA spying on her staff, she defended the NSAs spying and directed none of her remarks to the president. Its as if the CIA is its own branch of government.
In reality, either the CIA and NSA are following orders from the president, or theyve gone rogue in a way that makes Watergate look like a parking infraction. Yet Sen. Feinstein and her fellow Democrats stop short of connecting those dots and demanding the man in charge answer those accusations.
Why? Partisan politics, of course.
Even MSNBCs Chuck Todd asked White House Spokesman Jay Carney about it, saying, is the administration not troubled -- this is not Darrell Issa making this allegation; this is Dianne Feinstein, Mark Udall, Patrick Leahy, Harry Reid all taking to the Senate floor, making this allegation about the CIA. Is the President even troubled by the allegation? (Emphasis added.)
Carney, of course, claimed he could not address this because of an ongoing investigation the same response he uses for all these corruption and abuse-of- power stories. After one more, This is not Darrell Issa; this is not some partisan hit, Carney brushed it off again and moved on.
If we had an honest media, this matter would be in 50-point type above the fold in every newspaper in the country and lead every nightly newscast. But we have a media that feigned outrage over the administration tapping the phones of 20 Associated Press reporters for a week or two, then dropped the matter as though it never happened. That the White House is treating members of Congress, even those of the presidents party, the same way only makes them feel like part of the club. You only hurt the ones you love, right?
Its cliché, but no less true, to say at this point that being a Democrat trumps everything in modern politics, even spying on other Democrats. Youd think President George W. Bush personally ordered the actions of low-level military prison guards on the other side of the planet and personally cut off the fingers of everyone at Gitmo by the way Democrats reacted to those stories. He was president, therefore he was responsible.
In reality, bored guards acted stupidly of their own volition and three, count em three terrorists had water poured up their noses. Yet Democrats and the media portrayed Abu Ghraib and waterboarding as earth-shattering revelations worthy of non-stop investigations and wild speculation.
Conversely, Barack Obamas administration has weaponized the IRS against political opponents, forced the sale of guns to Mexican drug cartels without any supervision, engaged in mass surveillance of every American, tapped journalists phones and email, and now spied on Members of Congress charged with overseeing the actions of intelligence agencies and whats the top story of the week? The disappearance of a plane in Asia. Tragic? Yes. Newsworthy? Certainly. More important than the executive branch spying on the legislative branch? Hell no!
That the Democrats who leveled the charges against the CIA wont hold the CIAs boss responsible on any level is the most disturbing part of this whole affair. Decrying the abuse of power only when you are the target of it is bad enough. But when the charge comes from a member of the party that cheers and actively enables these abuses the whole thing has a bit of Frankensteins monster irony to it.
Unfortunately, while Feinstein grapples with her monster, were left to deal with the monster the American people created by empowering Democrats, who, in turn, ceded untold power to a president all too eager to circumvent Congress and rule by decree. None of this mattered to Democrats until as is always the case when someone amasses too much power the power turned on them. But so fierce is their loyalty to the progressive agenda, even that outrage is muted and walled off from the real perpetrator.
If the reigns are not pulled, if that balance of power is not restored, this president, or the next, or the one after that, eventually, will be emboldened to the point of no return. If the separate branches of government are not restored to being co-equal they will drift further toward a master and servant state. At which point our liberty, now slip sliding away, will be but a distant memory.
What show was he on between two ferns??
Well-written! It’s everything I would say if I had the talent.
I believe Jefferson had a solution for Obama.
Pretty soon, it will be the majority solution.
My guillotine is ready.
Behold a pale horse. And hell followed with him.
Good article. Only thing it fails to mention is the conspiracy between the parties. This is as much a power sharing cabal as much as a one party problem. DC long ago became the enemy, we were just blind to it for too long. Now we have all been played by the good guy bad guy approach of how politics has been functioning in the US. Basically we have a one party rule: the democans.
The author doesn't seem to know the difference between reins and reigns.
Well, THAT of course makes every thing he wrote completely invalid
Which means, by my endorsement, that I would have made the same mistake!
Or, perhaps it was a very clever and well-hidden pun. Maybe I’ll go with that theory.
Damn! You beat me too it!
In other words..........”it left out the REALITY of the ONE PARTY system we really have”. It’s kinda sorta like that old saying about a small town having only one lawyer. The one lawyer would starve to death because he had no one to argue and fight with! Similarly, the Dems and the pubs NEED EACH OTHER to put on a show for the masses; but, “we the people always get a pre ordained verdict”.
Namely, the shaft and the pols (lawyers nearly all) get rich! So, what was really left out of the article we are both commenting on is that the WHOLE SYSTEM is corrupt and rotten to its core (all three branches).
Another Paul Simon lyric that would have been appropriate:
“... and if I was the president
The minute the Congress called my name
I’d say now ‘Who do -—
Who do you think you’re fooling?
I’ve got the presidential seal....”
Some comedians show, called Between Two Ferns http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3131996/posts
With respect, “reins” are those things you pull to stop or guide a horse, even metaphorically, while “reigns”-two of them-are what Obama thinks he is entitled to as king. Shouldn’t a journalist know that? I enjoyed the article, otherwise...
Brings to mind a new nom de plume for ChiFi: "Feinkenstein," for which the CIA/NSA spying on American citizens without a warrant would be "Feinkenstein's monster."
See tag line.
They can't even take pictures of him anymore, only the white house photographer can do that and release the good ones to the press, waiting blindly for a nibble from their master while sitting in his lap.