Jacob G. Hornberger, founder and president of Future of Freedom Foundation, writes what I have been thinking:
It is so amusing to see mainstream commentators condemning Egypt’s president, Mohamed Morsi, for assuming dictatorial powers. Their critiques are well-taken … But what’s amusing about the mainstreamers is how they can so quickly identify and condemn dictatorial conduct on the part of foreign rulers but maintain an absolutely obsequious blind spot when it comes to the dictatorial actions by their own ruler.
Morsi, so far, has only talked about suspending the rule of law. American presidents, including George W. Bush and Barack H. Obama, have already done it, torturing and murdering even American citizens. To our shame, there have been no demonstrations and they were both re-elected.
“Democracy” isn’t worth a damn if there is no rule of law, if we merely get to “choose” which dictator will rule us.
An elective despotism was not the government we fought for. – Thomas Jefferson