Vol: 140 Issue: 30 Thursday, May 30, 2013
It gets more difficult to understand with each passing day. It is as if half the world decided that it didn’t like reality all that much and decided instead to indulge itself in fantasy — and it has no patience for anyone who prefers reality.
In the real world, Iran is a rogue state run by lunatics who want a nuclear weapon so they can destroy Israel. In Fantasyworld, Iran is less of a threat to world peace than is Israel.
In the real world, when a country leaks military secrets about an ally to an enemy it is an act of betrayal.
According to a Foreign Policy report based on “four senior diplomats and military intelligence officers” Azerbaijan has given Israel permission to land planes on Azeri airfields after an attack on Iranian nuclear sites.
The Obama Administration leaked this information putting the alliance in jeopardy and endangering the Israeli nation.
According to Foreign Policy and former UN Ambassador John Bolton, the administration leaked the information to prevent Israel from attacking Iran before the US general election in order to preserve his re-election chances.
In the real world, betraying an ally in order to secure one’s own political future is no different than taking a payoff to betray an ally in order to secure one’s own financial future. Betrayal is betrayal.
In Fantasyworld, betraying an ally signals an open-minded leadership and a willingness to negotiate. (That’s how the White House characterized its betrayal of the UK’s nuclear secrets to the Russians, too.)
In the real world, Obamacare was the product of a one-sided partisan vote for a law opposed by two-thirds of the electorate. Not so in Fantasyworld. In Fantasyworld, Obamacare is a “law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”
That’s what President Obama said yesterday in a not-too-thinly veiled threat aimed at the Supreme Court.
“Ultimately, I am confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”
To be fair, the Congress was elected by democratic process. In 2009, the Democrats held a “strong majority” of both Houses of Congress. The strong majority of Democrats passed Obamacare without a single Republican vote.
So it was sort of true — if one lives in Fantasyworld. If one lives in reality, the only thing that is unprecedented is the evident total lack of understanding by the White House about how a Constitutional Republic actually works.
After all, most of the White House staff are lawyers. President Obama is a lawyer. So is Mrs. Obama. President Obama even claims (without any supporting documentation) to have been a Constitutional Law Professor at the University of Chicago.
So for the President to believe that Constitutional judicial review might overturn Congressional legislation on Constitutional grounds is ‘unprecedented’ can only be explained from the perspective of Fantasyworld.
In the real world, it happens every time the Supreme Court convenes for a new session. It is WHY we have a Supreme Court — to ensure the Constitution isn’t politicized. For the president to call such a review “unprecedented” can only mean one of three things — in the real world.
- He was the world’s most incompetent Constitutional Law Professor, or;
- He lied about his educational history, or;
- He is lying when he says it is both “unprecedented” and “extraordinary” — because it is neither.
In Fantasyworld, a Supreme Court judicial review of a sweeping piece of legislation that nationalizes one-sixth of the US economy is evidence of “judicial activism.”
“And I’d just remind conservative commentators that, for years, what we have heard is, the biggest problem on the bench was judicial activism, or a lack of judicial restraint, that an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law. . . Well, this is a good example, and I’m pretty confident that this court will recognize that and not take that step.”
In Fantasyworld, the president is ‘confident’. If you watched him speak, he didn’t look confident. He looked scared.
In the real world, if the president was “confident” that the legislation was sound, he wouldn’t be out there trying to pressure the Supreme Court justices by accusing them of “judicial activism” before they’ve even rendered an opinion.
The idea that a “group of unelected people” would “somehow” overturn a duly constituted and passed law” is only strange in Fantasyworld. In the real world, the Supreme Court is unelected because they are required to be above politics.
In the real world, the Supreme Court’s principle responsibility is to decide which laws are “duly constituted” and which laws are not “duly constituted”, forcing the Court to declare them “unconstitutional”.
If the president understood anything about Constitutional Law, he would understand that NO law is “duly constituted” until it survives a Supreme Court challenge. Until that point, it is simply an “unchallenged” law.
The president wasn’t reminding conservative commentators — he was attempting to influence the Supreme Court. In the real world, that is illegal. In Fantasyworld, “illegal” means “a sick bird”.
Unless the perpetrator is a Republican.
Obama, Obama, Obama. I am starting to feel like a one-trick pony. There are so many things going on in the world that we could be looking at, but in the end, they all trace back to the same place — Obama.
It is as if Obama’s election unlocked some kind of special place in the minds of his supporters where Fantasyworld and the real world become indistinguishable.
Fantasyworld is the place where Obama has proved his eligibility to hold his office. Fantasyworld is the place where asking to see the president’s educational transcripts is evidence of racism.
Fantasyworld is the place where the oceans stopped rising and the planet began to heal. It is the place where increasing America’s available supply of oil will have no effect on the price of gasoline, but where increasing Saudi output will.
“When huge quantities of oil are floated in international market, other oil producing nations would be compelled to reduce oil prices so as not to lose their traditional markets.”
Except in Fantasyworld, of course. In Fantasyworld, the Obama administration has taken a principled stand against the use of fossil fuel and Obama is risking his political future by standing against Big Oil.
“President Obama didn’t accept a dime from corporate PACs or federal lobbyists during his presidential campaign,” spokesman Ben LaBolt said.
“He raised $750 million from nearly four million Americans. And since he became president, he rolled back tax breaks and giveaways for the oil and gas industry, spearheaded a G20 agreement to phase out fossil fuel subsidies, and made the largest investment in American history in clean energy incentives.”
In the real world, Obama was the biggest recipient of campaign donations from British Petroleum.
“During his time in the Senate and while running for president, Obama received a total of $77,051 from the oil giant and is the top recipient of BP PAC and individual money over the past 20 years, according to financial disclosure records.”
In Fantasyworld, denying inconvenient truths about one’s political supporters is called “spin.” In the real world, it is called “lying”.
“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:” (2 Thessalonians 2:11)
In Fantasyworld, there is no penalty attached to “spinning the truth.” And after three years of Barack Hussein Obama, in the real world, there doesn’t seem to be, either.
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