Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Look What They Found

The folks who gave you unstinting approval of warrantless wiretapping, who applauded the Bush administration’s surveillance on anti-war protesters, and who whooped in paroxysms of patriotic ecstasy as the Department of Justice under John Ashcroft loosened restrictions of the FBI to monitor and investigate “terror” groups such as people attending worship services at mosques or going to pot-lucks at Quaker meetings, are aghast over the revelation that the Department of Homeland Security is monitoring “right-wing extremist activity;” you know, like the people who blew up the federal building in Oklahoma City and planted bombs at the Olympics in Atlanta and targeted doctors who performed abortions for assassination. Led by Michelle Malkin, the Orcosphere has made the leap into the hyperspace of right-wing fulmination.

Glenn Greenwald wonders what all the fuss is about.

As the National Review/Bush-following-Right has been telling us for years now, there’s nothing to worry about if you’ve done nothing wrong and have nothing to hide. The first duty of the Government is to protect us all — keep us safe and warm from all the scary things out there, like a Good Daddy does — and if they need to trample on some lofty privacy ideals and so-called civil liberties concerns and supposed Constitutional safeguards, well: that’s just how it is. It takes a real paranoid hysteric to think that federal government officials have nothing better to do than target domestic political opponents. And besides, what good is the Constitution if we’re all dead at the hands of domestic McVeigh-like Terrorists? After all, the Constitution isn’t a suicide pact. Remember all of that? I certainly do.

This is all as laughable as it is predictable. Just a couple months out of power and they have suddenly re-discovered their fear of the Federal Government and their belief in the need to limit its powers.

It’s also pretty telling that the Ms. Malkin is making the leap that because DHS is looking into right-wing extremists, they’re coming after her and people like her. Sure, she’s over the top at times, but even the most hard-core lefty would be hard-pressed to make the link between her and the likes of Timothy McVeigh. So why in the world would she make the connection for us?

But the best part of this is the irony of the all the people who so blithely stood by as the Bushies shredded the Constitution are suddenly worshiping it like the image of the Virgin Mary showing up in a taco shell.