In a far-off time now almost lost to memory, John McCain was a maverick, John Edwards was the champion of the little guy and, ever farther back, Thomas Sowell offered conservative thought with some intellectual rigor behind it.
For all three, that era ended a long time ago. Here’s the latest from Sowell, under the headline “Is U.S. Now On Slippery Slope To Tyranny?”
“… during the worldwide Great Depression, the German Reichstag passed a law “for the relief of the German people.”
That law gave Hitler dictatorial powers that were used for things going far beyond the relief of the German people — indeed, powers that ultimately brought a rain of destruction down on the German people and on others.
If the agreement with BP was an isolated event, perhaps we might hope that it would not be a precedent. But there is nothing isolated about it.
The man appointed by President Obama to dispense BP’s money as the administration sees fit, to whomever it sees fit, is only the latest in a long line of presidentially appointed “czars” controlling different parts of the economy, without even having to be confirmed by the Senate, as Cabinet members are.
Those who cannot see beyond the immediate events to the issues of arbitrary power — vs. the rule of law and the preservation of freedom — are the “useful idiots” of our time. But useful to whom?”
Sowell will be 80 years old in another week, and is clearly past his peak. But it’s troubling that many continue to see signs of brilliance in work such as this.