Monday, September 23, 2013

How would a banana republic do it?

"Independent" NSA review panel is basically an arm of the Director of National Intelligence, who lied to Congress about the extent of NSA spying.

Keep chanting...

We're not a banana republic, and election fraud doesn't exist.

KC Star eats crow and admits that Democratic primary turned on fraud.

From our non-banana republic

If we're not a banana republic, then what are we? The USA Today revealed a spreadsheet listing conservative groups targeted by the IRS for reasons such as their "anti-Obama rhetoric". Here's a video from the Wall Street Journal summing up the state of the scandal.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The US as a banana republic

President Obama gave a speech recently in which he declared that the United States was not a banana republic. For once, I can agree with him, but only on the technicality that banana republics aren't usually able to print the world's reserve currency ad infinitum. I'm with the inimitable Mark Steyn in thinking that this fact means that we're well on our way to becoming something worse.
“Banana republic” is an American coinage — by O. Henry, a century ago, for a series of stories set in the fictional tropical polity of Anchuria. But a banana republic doesn’t happen overnight; it’s a sensibility, and it’s difficult to mark the precise point at which a free society decays into something less respectable. Pace Obama, ever swelling debt, contracts for cronies, a self-enriching bureaucracy, a shrinking middle class preyed on by corrupt tax collectors, and thuggish threats against anyone who disagrees with you put you pretty far down the banana-strewn path.
In related news, our Hunger Games economy is forming according to plan, and you'll be arrested if you question what they want to teach your children.