I read a pretty funny story today about the appearance of Michelle Obama in an ad for PETA. Reports from the white house indicate that the president and the first lady are not happy with here likeness being used. PETA felt that Michelle Obama's stance on not wearing fur justified using her picture for the ad. But statements from the white house say that PETA did not have their consent because the first lady shouldn't be seen supporting a special interest group. (WHAT!?) Obama has built his entire career (not that most politicians don't) on special interest groups. He has been trading favors with lobbyists and special interests since his days in Illinois. And nothing has changed. And he is still doing favors for these groups. Most notably workers unions like the UAW and teacher unions and the ethanol industry.
I do agree with the fact that the president, or his wife, shouldn't support special interest groups. In fact I don't think it should be allowed any politician to support special interest groups. But the fact of the matter is that it does happen right now and it is most definitely done by this president.
"democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. but notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude."
the road to serfdom
"america's political system used to be about the pursuit of happiness. now more and more of us want to stop chasing it and have it delivered."
"there is a rank due to the united states among nations which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost by the reputation of weakness. if we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war."
3 december, 1793
"tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. what we obtain too cheap, we esteem to lightly."