Monday, July 27, 2009

The Third Term

Amendment 22, U.S. Constitution:
"No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once ..."
Let's just repeal this sucker. Or, on second thought, why bother? We can just give it the Tenth Amendment treatment and pretend it isn't there. President Barack Dubya O'Bushma's minions aren't missing a beat:
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned Iran’s leaders on Sunday that if they were seeking nuclear weapons, “your pursuit is futile,” and ruled out explicitly the possibility that the Obama administration would allow Iran to produce its own nuclear fuel, even under intense international inspection.

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“You have a right to pursue the peaceful use of civil, nuclear power,” she said, as if addressing Iran directly. “You do not have a right to obtain a nuclear weapon. You do not have the right to have the full enrichment and reprocessing cycle under your control. But there’s a lot that we can do with Iran if Iran accepts what is the international consensus.”

Her phrase “under your control” seemed to leave open the possibility of having others enrich uranium on Iran’s behalf, perhaps on Iranian soil.

Mrs. Clinton also found herself in the uncomfortable position of explaining the recent comments of Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who on returning from a visit to Georgia offered a surprisingly downbeat assessment of Russia’s future and its intentions.

“They have a shrinking population base,” Mr. Biden told The Wall Street Journal. “They have a withering economy. They have a banking sector and structure that is not likely to be able to withstand the next 15 years. They’re in a situation where the world is changing before them and they’re clinging to something in the past that is not sustainable.”
Yes, this really is how Secretary of State Condoleezza Clinton talks in public -- as if Almighty God had gone on an extended vacation and left her in charge of the universe. And, as for Vice-President Joseph Cheney, sneering about a country with a shrinking population, a withering economy, a "banking structure" that's not long for this world, and clinging to an unsustainable past: maybe he mistook a mirror for a window.

"Those whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad." I wonder which of our glorious supervisors we'll see first out in the pasture, on hands and knees, chowing down on the grass, Nebuchadnezzar-style.

[Hat tip to IOZ for noticing this first.]


Anonymous said...

Perhaps we should be bowing before Her Majesty Clinton? "You have a right" and " you do not have a right" sure sound like royal, if not godly, edicts.

Jim Wetzel said...

It just amazes me, sometimes. Are these people completely tone-deaf? Do they not hear themselves at all?

"Ugly Americans," for sure. But there was a time when that term referred to tourists, not Secretaries of State and Vice-Presidents.