Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Recently, one of the people I’ve met in my travels this semester wrote to me and asked whether I’ve been reading David Horowitz’s blog lately. “Uh, no,” I replied, “I don’t read FrontPage voluntarily, because its color scheme makes my eyes bleed.” And then there’s the, you know, actual content, which usually makes me wish that the giant enlightened insects with really good musical taste will hurry up and take over our planet already.
But I took a deep breath and clicked, and lo! My old friend David, co-author of the groundbreaking The Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton, and Sixties Radicals Seized Control of the Democratic Party, the book that finally exposed The Left’s plan to seize control of the government and rewrite the U.S. Constitution, appears to have spent the past couple of weeks dealing with a bunch of nutcases. Yes, He Who is battling the Birth Certificate Obsessives! The people who believe that B. Hussein al-Obama—born in Kenya, educated in an Indonesian Madrassa, and then schooled in Marxist theory by Frank Marshall Davis—got George Soros to forge his birth certificate so that he could seize control of the government and rewrite the U.S. Constitution! It’s like a world festival of crazee talk over there in the comment section, I tell you.
And Horowitz is understandably frustrated:
The continuing efforts of a fringe group of conservatives to deny Obama his victory and to lay the basis for the claim that he is not a legitimate president is embarrassing and destructive. The fact that these efforts are being led by Alan Keyes, an unhinged demagogue on the political fringe who lost a senate election to the then unknown Obama by 42 points should be a warning in itself.
All well and good, but I have to say that I find two of Horowitz’s counterarguments kind of weak. The first is this:
Assuming for the sake of the argument that Obama is not a natural citizen of the United States, the question is: what are the consequences of having 9 appointed justices—or more likely 5 of 9 justices—tell 64 million voters that their votes don’t count? Would our constitutional democracy survive such a conflict, and then would our Constitution? Ultimately, the answer to these questions lies with the people. They are the ultimate authority not some abstract Rule of Law because the Rule of Law is in any case ajudicated [sic] and enforced by (highly political) men and women, while the people in its majority have it in their power to destroy the Rule of Law if they so will. The Constitution itself recognizes this fact by giving the people the right to amend it by a two-thirds vote. This is itself a recognition that the Rule of Law is an institution of men and women.
Wow. Who knew that David Horowitz was such a radical legal constructivist? Just substitute “the Rule of Law” for “soylent green” in this clip, and you’ll get the full pathos of Horowitz’s argument here:
OK, so let’s just say that political theory isn’t Horowitz’s strong suit. Neither is spelling. But what’s really notable here is the premise: assuming for the sake of the argument that Obama is not a natural citizen of the United States. This is a little like saying, “assuming for the sake of argument that Hillary killed Vince Foster with her own hands,” in the sense that (a) it takes seriously an article of wingnuttery that should be roundly ridiculed and then led out of the room quietly, and (b) thereby constitutes an open invitation to the world festival of crazee talk.
Consider the bitterness, the pathological hatred of Bush, the sabotage of America’s war effort by Democrats who believed that his election was illegitimate. Consider the 2 month delay this caused in the transition to the new administration and how that affected our inability to prevent 9/11 (the comprehensive counter-terrorism plan commissioned by Bush arrived on his desk on 9/10).
You know, these are things we really should consider. I know, in all honesty, that I’ve never really stopped to consider how Democrats’ craven attempts to determine just who won Florida in 2000 affected our inability to prevent 9/11. But Horowitz has a point: those two months could have been critical. A look back at George Bush’s to-do list for 2001 strongly suggests that if Democrats had just behaved themselves instead of being a great big pathological bunch of crybabies, the World Trade Center would still be standing today:
February: cut taxes.
April: gut public school system.
June: seekrit energy policy time! (Dick, Dick’s friends)
July: Crawford—cut back brush
August: more brush. Congratulate CIA briefer for covering his ass. Golf.
September-October: craft bold sweeping counterterrorism policy that will prevent attacks on American soil and destroy al-Qaeda forever!!! Win!!
See? He was just getting around to it . . . or, more precisely, he would have gotten around to it, if not for Al Gore, David Boies, and the rest of the Defeatocrats who began sabotaging our war effort in November 2000.
Still, credit where credit is due: in taking on the Birth Certificate Truthers, David Horowitz is fighting the good fight. Badly, sure, but what did you expect? Praise the lord and pass the popcorn already.