So…will turnabout be fair play?
There’s an old saying, “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.” For the metaphorically impared among you, it means that if something is acceptable for one person to do, then it should be equally acceptable when another does the exact same thing. Failure to adhere to this is generally called hypocrisy.
So, now that President Obama has made three recess appointments - you know, without Congress actually being in recess or anything - there is a factor out there that’s not really being discussed. Sure, many people are arguing against the constitutionality of his actions, and rightly so. However, the question I have is whether Democrats who are applauding this move now will do so when a Republican president tries it a few years down the road?
For the record, I’m going to guess that they won’t be as understanding.
This isn’t a new phenomenon in politics in the least. Look at arguments against President Clinton getting us involved in Kosovo. They look remarkably like arguments made against President Bush getting us involved in Iraq (including the idea that we should get United Nations support). The only difference was the speakers. On the flip side, the arguments for going into Kosovo were mirrored by the other side leading up to our invasion of Iraq.
The thing is, these kinds of moves only create a precedent by which the other side can try the exact same thing next time around. However, many progressives are applauding the action. Many conservatives are denouncing it. I’m willing to bet that the next time around, the roles will be a complete 180 from where they are now and I would laugh if it wasn’t so tragic.
Of course, what do you expect from those who create the rules? It’s not unusual for that kind of person to believe they are above the rules that they created, so we shouldn’t be surprised to see President Obama act like they don’t matter…because to him they don’t. I can’t think of a single president in my lifetime that actually seemed to give a damn about the constitutionality of what they were doing.
Maybe it’s too late, but we need to start holding these people’s feet to the fire. Maybe then, we have a shot in hell of ending the idiocy we see on a day to day basis in the name of not just partisanship, but statism as well.