Once upon a time, there was an idealistic notion in this nation that the people should speak up when they recognized that government was not serving the people. Politicians theoretically had to answer to constituents, and the press. The press honestly did act as a watchdog, making sure that the government and politicians didn’t overstep boundaries or engage in unlawful practices.
And then the people elected Barack Obama.
Instead of the people speaking freely about the ills of government, it has become “racist” to suggest that the president could possibly make a mistake. Tolerance is acceptable, as long as one agrees with the president’s supporters. Government agencies may be used to harass, monitor, or otherwise bully detractors into silence.
And when someone has the audacity to speak against the president’s agenda in his presence, apparently that person can expect to be asked to apologize for it.
Ben Carson delivered a speech last year that was hailed by conservatives because it shredded quite a few of Obama’s policies, and the hated ObamaCare. The bonus was to watch the president squirm while those words were spoken, and then paint a smile on his face at the end while shaking Carson’s hand. But someone obviously wasn’t amused.
It’s come to light that Carson received a phone call from the White House stating that he should apologize to the president for his remarks. The poor president was offended.