08 June 2010

“So I Know Whose Ass to Kick”

I thought the headline on Drudge – video through Real Clear Politics – of our president uttering the words “so I know whose ass to kick” was a joke. Surely this president would not utter something like this, which sounds more “cowboy” than the previous president’s statements regarding terrorists and terrorist-supporting nations. But he surely did.

Somehow, I do not think that I want our president directly targeting any company; it’s not his place. In a country still governed by laws, none of which contain a presidential butt-whipping clause, there are plenty of legal methods to ensure that BP and other parties pay monetary damages for any negligence or neglect. That time will come; there are more pressing concerns about a mile below the surface at the moment. The president’s desire to take matters into his own hands, or his own foot as the case may be, is a sign of the arbitrary nature of executive butt-kicking power. BP gets the foot; GM gets bought-out; Fannie Mae gets paid. Such are the proclivities of presidential power.

A more important question, perhaps, is where might be a more appropriate place for the president to focus his attention. Granted, the BP rig explosion and resulting spill is huge and will have a devastating impact. There are other matters which only the executive branch under his leadership can and should deal with. Iran comes immediately to mind. North Korea as well. These countries did not have their status as opponents dropped onto them through some mix of natural circumstance and potential negligence; each country purposely chose its position as a nation in conflict with our own. But those fights, metaphorical or otherwise, are difficult. Putting a butt-whipping on BP is not; it is an exceedingly easy thing for the executive.

One wonders if Mr. Obama understands that by letting countries like Iran and North Korea do as they will, he is creating an extremely unstable condition internationally. One may also wonder if he understands the ultimate effect of the government’s continual demonizing of businesses (and therefore of people) within the United States will be the internal weakening of the very country he is supposed to defend.

1 comment:

KKB said...

This might be my favorite line about this whole story: "In a country still governed by laws, none of which contain a presidential butt-whipping clause, there are plenty of legal methods to ensure that BP and other parties pay monetary damages for any negligence or neglect." Hahahahaha. Thanks for the perspective. :)