In a post yesterday, I talked about a particular freedom that those on the left have: If the process gets in your way — separation of powers, the Constitution, and all that — just disregard it, and go for your desired result. Gotta break a few eggs, you know. We must bend that arc toward justice.
Here is another freedom that the Left has: They can quote the Bible with impunity. Obama did so in his amnesty announcement: “Scripture tells us that we shall not oppress a stranger . . .” In her convention speech, Elizabeth Warren offered a quote — “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” — then said, smugly and proudly, “Matthew 25:40.” She literally cited chapter and verse.
(I should say that Warren came off as smug and proud to me. Whether others felt the same, I don’t know.)
In another convention speech, Jesse Jackson compared Vice President Dan Quayle to Herod. The mother of Jesus, said Jackson, “had family values. It was Herod — the Quayle of his day — who put no value on the family.”
Interestingly, Quayle is pro-life, and Jackson is not.
If a conservative Republican cites the Bible, how does the Left react? “Theocracy!” A theocratic night is falling, and the Republic must be saved. “Wall of separation,” blah blah blah. Obama can quote the Bible till the cows come home. But if George W. Bush tried it . . .
Why this double standard? It could be that the Left uses the Bible for rhetorical effect — to poke the Right in the eye. When conservatives quote the Bible, the Left may fear, or reason, that the quoters actually believe the stuff.
It may be a little like gay marriage. Until about two seconds ago — the spring of 2012 — Obama, Biden, Kerry, the Clintons, and all the rest of them were against gay marriage. Or said they were. But the Left didn’t hold it against them, really — because everyone knew they were lying. They would embrace gay marriage the second it was politically okay.
Anyway, on to another subject — race. It is said, understandably, that the impeachment of Obama is impossible, because he has racial immunity. A move to impeach Obama would be immediately painted as a Klan lynching.
In truth, the impeachment of Clinton was racialized, too. Honestly. (Well, dishonestly, but you know what I mean.) I wrote about this in 1999, in a piece called “The Race Ace: Clinton at his most shameful.” I can’t find it online at the moment, but it is published in an ancient anthology, here.
I suffer from many maladies, but one I am free from, I’m happy to say, is “Clinton nostalgia.” I have none of it, no matter how bad the present administration is.