Friday, June 22, 2012

Is President Obama Arrogant?
When power leads man towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man’s concerns, poetry reminds him of the richness of his existence.  When power corrupts, poetry cleanses, for art establishes the basic human truths that must serve as the touchstone of or judgment.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1918-1963), Remarks at Amherst College, October 20,1963
Campaigning is poetry,  governing is prose.

June 22, 2012 -   As the Presidential  campaign intensifies and the Supreme Court decision of Obamacare nears, critics increasingly accuse President Obama of arrogance of Presidential power, and his attorney general of contempt of Congress.
Is this really the case? Or is it merely partisan sniping? 
Is Obama truly “the smartest man in the room” with justifiable confidence in his own judgment but not in the knowledge  of others?   
Is Obama  right in evoking executive privilege in the “fast and furious” controversy?  Or is he stonewalling? 
Is it right for President Obama to be simultaneously at odds with the Supreme Court and Congress?   Has the balance of power gone askew?
If the constitutionality of Obamacare goes down, should President Obam make the Court itself a campaign issue?  Or would that be construed as an act of arrogance? 
Which leads to this bit of verse
What is this thing called arrogance?
Is it  an elaborate political dance?
Is it  genuinely executive privilege,
Based on executive knowledge?
What’s the line between arrogance and contempt,
Can one from another be considered exempt?
At first glance, no one knows in advance.
Tweet:  There is fine line between arrogance and contempt when it comes to relationships between the President, the Supreme Court, and Congess.

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