Elitism, rearing its ugly head with the rise of the limousine liberals...try and act surprised. Part One, from Instapundit - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg gets a smackdown from the feds for running his own multi-state sting operations:
The federal government will not file criminal charges against any of the 15 out-of-state gun dealers accused by Mayor Bloomberg in a federal lawsuit of selling guns illegally, the Daily News has learned.
In a stern rebuke to the city's high-profile crusade against illegal guns, the feds warned the Bloomberg administration that it could face "potential legal liabilities" if it continues to conduct sting operations that fall within the jurisdiction of federal agents.
Long Live King Michael ! Behold, his decrees...He bans "trans-fats" in our food beacuse he needs to make sure we eat healthy; yet fights for overfly rights for private airplanes (like Cory Lidle's, and his own). Wants to clamp down on private gun ownership, yet arms his own private jets (more on that later) with a missle defense system.
Seems like now he can run his own extra-legal sting operations because, after all, he is the living personification of that guy on the Monopoly box...
From Arms and the Law:
I'd assume that Bloomberg and company (1) figured it was worth it for the publicity and (2) figured that the laws don't apply to the rich and powerful.
Well said. Part Two, thanks to John Edwards, who re-hired two anti-Catholic bloggers that he had fired after they were hired. After all, what's wrong with comparing the Holy Spirit to male spunk? Nothing, according to Edwards, but plenty, according to others:
John Edwards has apparently decided that there is more to be gained by aligning himself with the cultural left than by standing on principle and firing the Catholic bashers on his payroll....his goal is to loot the pockets of the Soros/Hollywood gang, and they—like him—aren’t offended by anti-Catholicism. Indeed, they thrive on it.
“When Mel Gibson got drunk and made anti-Semitic remarks, he paid a price for doing so. When Michael Richards got angry and made racist remarks, he paid a price for doing so. When Isaiah Washington got ticked off and made anti-gay remarks, he paid a price for doing so. But John Edwards thinks the same rules don’t apply to him, which is why he has chosen to embrace foul-mouthed anti-Catholic bigots on his payroll.
This guy's campaign is DOA, but the media still gives him a pass, because he's their Kennedy stand-in (see Kerry, John F. and Clinton, B.J.) for 2008. Good luck with that, guys.
Elitist Number Three: Nancy Pelosi (bet you didn't see that coming)! San Fran Nan won't fly on any old private GulfStream Jet; no-sir-ree! It has to be Air Force One-caliber, or nothing at all...yet, a NRO reader reports:
...got to walk through a just-completed C-37A many years ago when I interviewed for a job at Gulfstream. That particular jet had obviously been built up for VIP travel, and "plush" doesn't even begin to describe the interior. That's the kind of aircraft 99.99% of the people even in Pelosi's district will never even set foot in, much less have at their beck and call; if she's too good for a G-5, particularly THAT G-5, she's in the wrong line of work.
Finally - what's worse than these holier-than-thou elitists telling us we must suffer so they may breathe cleaner air in the smog-shrouded Hollywood Hills? Michael Barone telles 'em to put up or...
If we want to curb carbon dioxide emissions, then let's ban private jets. It's funny seeing those Hollywood stars private-jetting into Washington to tell the rest of us that we've got to have a lower standard of living. Let them fly first class, and save the Earth!
When I see Al Gore arriving at his next Global Warming Scare-a-Thon in a rickshaw, then I'll begin to take him and his ilk seriously.
And these guys all can't wait to impose their vision of liberal utopia upon us. May God have mercy on our souls...
I will refer to C.S. Lewis, one more time, and leave it at that....
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busy-bodies...