Five days before the IRS story broke, Obama, sermonizing 109 miles northeast of Cincinnati, warned Ohio State graduates about “creeping cynicism” and “voices” that “warn that tyranny is .?.?. around the corner.” Well.
Here’s part of what Obama said.
They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices.
The president is delusional. Tyranny is always just around the corner. Power corrupts. More power = more corruption.
Tyranny is a constant danger, but it’s not the only danger. The size and reach of the government is itself a danger, because it enables tinkering and empowers the tinkerers. The danger is not only that some Hitler type will come along — although that is a danger. The more likely scenario is that some lunatic bureaucrat with a silly idea will cause all kinds of trouble, simply because he has the power of a bloated government behind him.
Obama is trying desperately to convince the country that there’s no story in the Benghazi mess. Fewer and fewer people are accepting his spin. The Washington Post is giving some of his recent statements four Pinocchios.
There are still a lot of questions to be answered about Benghazi, including …
On the 9/11 immediately after the death of OBL, why weren’t they better prepared for an attack?
When it was obvious there was an attack, who failed to order an appropriate response?
Who ordered the Marines who were ready to respond to stand down?
What time did Obama go to sleep that night — while our Ambassador was fighting for his life?
Why was a fundraiser in Las Vegas the next morning more important than dealing with the crisis?
Who came up with the silly story about the Youtube video and why?
Why did they continue to push that story for a week after the attack when it was transparently false?
Why did the President, the Vice President and the Secretary of State lie to Pat Smith (mother of one of the Americans killed in Benghazi) about the Youtube video?
The president promised an investigation into the attack and he promised that the perpetrators would be brought to justice. What has happened?
If we had a watchdog press, rather than a lapdog press, this story could have received the attention it deserved before the election. Now we’re shackled with this lying, power-grabbing Chicago politician for a second term — which is already shaping up to be a scandal-ridden disaster.
We measure politicians by how much they promise to give us — by which we mean what they promise to rob from everyone else and redistribute to us. The consequence is a political class that is always finding new ways to mandate this and promise that … and pay for it later, if at all.
Kinship — defined by blood relations — is a social order that predates the state. There are lots of relations that depend on kinship. The state recognizes it, relies on it, and in some ways promotes it, but the state doesn’t create it.
Same-sex “marriage,” on the other hand, is an invention of the state, and as you start to delve into the details of it, different rules will inevitably apply to it. For example, there is no “consummation” of a same-sex marriage in the same way there is a heterosexual marriage. There are no natural children of a same-sex marriage. And, as I’ve said before, we might find ourselves in the weird situation where a man can marry his brother but not his sister.
As the law tries to wade through all this stuff and work out the details, it may demand that all marriages — same sex or opposite sex — be treated equally. This could result in opposite-sex marriage being stripped of some things related to kinship. For example, the natural children of an opposite-sex union might not be considered the children of the marriage without a state-approved “adoption.”
Heterosexual exchange and reproduction has always been the very “grammar” of social relating as such. The abandonment of this grammar would thus imply a society no longer primarily constituted by extended kinship, but rather by state control and merely monetary exchange and reproduction.
I find the original article (which is hard to read) a little too paranoid for my tastes, but he raises some interesting legal issues that may come out of same-sex marriage.
One thing is very clear, in my opinion. The idea that recognizing same-sex marriage is not going to change all other marriages is naive nonsense.
… we have sleep-walked into the legalisation of practices whose logic and implications have never been seriously debated
Attack of the Tinkers, and Other Hidden Village Stories
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The Hidden Village
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