Through the Cracked Prism of Liberalism:
Another Brick in the Wall Against Evil Dick Cheney
by Mondoreb & Little Baby Ginn
Lemme see. Back in 2005, Andrew Greeley of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote a little fantasy called "'Cheney's Law' Gives Absolute Power". In it, he lays out this scenario: a liberal wet-dream.
The controversy about spying on the American people fails to understand the implications of "Cheney's Law" -- the president of the United States has unlimited power in his role of commander in chief to do whatever he deems necessary in a time of war. He can intern prisoners without trial, approve the kidnapping of suspected enemies, send these suspects to prisons in foreign countries where they will be tortured, deny the right of habeas corpus, even nullify laws Congress has passed. He needs no permission from Congress or the courts to engage in any of these activities. The president, in other words, is the maximum leader at any time that he decides it is appropriate for him to exercise ultimate power in the United States.Fast forward to 2007: liberals interview liberals about a conservative vice-president with whom they don't agree. They shoot footage of the whole thing, wringing hands and expressing "concern" the entire time about this sinister man and his plans for an American Police State. They then preview it to a buncha regular liberal Joes--The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, LA Times--who then write up their shock. What's a good title for this masterpiece of bedwetting?
How about "Cheney's Law"?
If you like incest, you'll revel in the liberal cross-quoting that hangs heavy in the piece by Dan Froomkin of the Washington Post when he explores "Cheney's Law"
PBS's "Frontline" documentary series tonight chronicles Cheney's relentless, secretive and smashingly successful quest to expand executive power. While the Oval Office is traditionally the center of power, New Yorker reporter Jane Mayer notes on the show, "The strange thing about this administration is all of the most crucial decisions seem to be taking place in the vice president's office, or even the vice president's counsel's office."Froomkin goes on to quote Mary McNamara's piece in the Entertainment section of the Los Angeles Times. Ms. McNamara makes a confession and expresses more "concern" about halfway through her article.
There is no breaking news in "Cheney's Law," which uses an assortment of journalists and former politicos to narrate the various steps Cheney took to circumvent congressional intervention after 9/11. But having the dots connected so clearly and convincingly is both disturbing and helpful.She also describes the mood of the PBS piece.
Ominous music along with assorted shots of shadowy corridors and Washington in inclement weather underscore the disturbing, and disturbed tone of the commentary.No breaking news, ominous music, and plenty of speculation among the small cabal of liberal reporters obsessed with Dick Cheney and his nefarious attempt to construct Fascist America. "Not on our watch!" is their mantra as they endlessly consult one another about a non-problem in a non-story.
Everyone has survived another day, safely beyond the clutches of the Evil Dick Cheney and his fascist plans. Froomkin, McNamara, the "Cheney's Law" producers, Greeley and the rest can then lay down for a well-deserved rest. And dream the wet dream that is "Cheney's Law".
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