Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

Back in the 2007-2008 primary cycle, I complained bitterly about Senator Clinton’s voting record.  My Democratic-leaning friends, to whom I complained, would usually just smile serenely, say “bah”, and wave their hands.  “War!  Torture!  PATRIOT Act!”, I’d shout.  They’d put on their explaining-to-slow-children faces and tell me that that was all Chimpy McHitlerBurton’s fault, and that no Democratic government would ever condone such a thing.  And then Obama got elected and I convinced myself that these horrifying examples of executive overreach would be rolled back or at least allowed to sunset quietly.  “The man might be a profligate social-engineering progressive”, I thought to myself, “but at least his heart and voting record are in the right place when it comes to war, torture, and domestic espionage.”

lol n00b.

Rather than scale back paranoid and intrusive acts of security theatre, this administration has ramped up the intensity of TSA checkpoints to the extent that the Federal government is urging parents to tell their small children that it’s okay for total strangers to touch their genitals.

Rather than quit using the, er, “enhanced interrogation” techniques made infamous at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Grahib, this administration is torturing Bradley Manning even before his trial.

And now, rather than revert to the Powell Doctrine, this administration has briefed Congress in secret and embarked on a third war in the middle east.

But I’m sure it’s all Dubya’s fault somehow.


2 Responses to “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”

  1. 1 aczarnowski
    March 18, 2011 at 07:33

    I have it on friendly liberal authority that this is still Dubya’s fault along with $3.50 a gallon petrol. Though the libs in my mixed company social group are slyly looking to each other more often for cohesion support on these kinds of things.

    • 2 perlhaqr
      March 27, 2011 at 03:28

      How? HOW? I could maybe see blaming Reagan (for not taking the fucker out earlier) but how on earth do you manage to convert our involvement in Libya into being Bush’s fault?

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