Bad government vs. good government, or... we have always been at war with Eastasia

It's amazing how the power vs. outrage tug of war has swung. Maybe you believe Bush's actions can be justified while Obama's cannot. And by most accounts Caesar was a good emperor and Caligula was not. But Caligula never would have become emperor if Caesar hadn't accepted the title first.

The outcry du jour (linked from Transterrestrial Musings) is about an obviously highly politically-motivated DHS report about domestic radical groups. The phraseology appears to be highly motivated by what you might see if you put a guy named Hannity and a guy name Colmes, or two angry monkeys, in a room:
(U) Leftwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular economic classes, and religious groups, particularly Christianity), and those that are mainly pro-government, preferring federal authority and particularly federal judicial rulings over state or local authority. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to restrictions on abortion, immigration, or gay marriage.
Everyone is currently getting burned by Democrats. Unfortunately, many of the tools they are usuing were institutions that Republicans either created, consolidated, or pioneered as a tool. Dems finally caught on to the political carte blanche of massive deficit spending. The DHS has turned into - gasp! - NKVD lite. Bush's irresponsible bailouts make Obama's even more irresponsible bailouts defensible.

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