Like a skunk that has grown inured to its own smell, Barack Obama is oblivious to the dense musk of tyrannical arrogance that he customarily emits. As someone who is statist to down to his chromosomes, Mr. Obama considers government’s power to be illimitable, and individual freedom to be a revocable gift conferred by those who presume to rule the rest of us. This was made abundantly – and redundantly – clear in a recent interview Obama gave to the repellently sycophantic PBS host Charlie Rose regarding the totalitarian NSA surveillance program.
Speaking about what he called “tradeoffs” between freedom and security, Obama said: “I don’t think anybody says we’re no longer free because we have checkpoints at airports.”
Actually, tens of millions of people recognize that airport checkpoints offer tangible proof that this is no longer a free society. A country burdened with a government that subjects innocent travelers to vulgar humiliation, virtual strip-searches, and low-grade sexual battery as a matter of policy is not free in any sense authentic Americans would recognize.
There are dozens of imaginable variations on the official lie Obama decanted on the Charlie Rose program:
“I don’t think anybody says we’re no longer free because I can order the murder of a 16-year-old American citizen by a drone strike.”
“I don’t think anybody says we’re no longer free because I’m sending scores or hundreds of law-abiding medical marijuana providers and users to prison.”
“I don’t think anybody says we’re no longer free because the FBI now engages in the Lubyanka-style execution of potentially troublesome material witnesses to government-abetted terrorist attacks.”
This list is limited only by the extent of Obama’s depraved ambition.