There’s still time to make a stand by signing the White House petition urging that we establish “gun free zones” around the President, VP, and their families. The thinking is that what’s sauce for the goose (we, the People) should definitely be sauce for the gander (our employees in Washington, D.C.). As of now, the Petition needs only 4,511 more signatures. I would love to see the White House explain why the Progressive privileged few are more important than you and your children. (I assume they’ll talk about the increased risk to them because of their office, but it seems to me that the residents of Washington, D.C., Chicago, Detroit, Houston, and L.A. slums are at infinitely greater risk.)
I was reminded again of Progressive double standards when I saw 60 Minutes’ slobbering love letter to Justice Sotomayor. (Funny, I don’t remember that kind of drooling love for Clarence Thomas, who has an equally compelling life story.) The story opens with the love-struck reporter taking a walk with Sotomayor through her childhood stomping grounds in the Bronx. That would be fine, but for the fact that the first minute of the story points out, not once, but twice, that she’s surrounded by armed guards. First, the reporter makes a verbal point of that fact; then the Bronx segment ends with Sotomayor taking a group shot with the five members of the NYPD drafted to provide her with a type of protection none of her former neighbors will ever see.
From Sotomayor’s armed guards, to Obama’s Secret Service for life, to David Gregory getting a pass for blatantly breaking the law, the message is clear — our Progressive overlords are more important than those who pay their salaries.
Near the end of the 19th century, Anatole France famously quipped that “The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.” The joke, of course, was that the rich would never be caught engaging in those illegal activities. In Obama’s America, the joke has gone one step further: the Progressive elites get to engage in precisely the same activities as ordinary folks do, including illegal acts, but they get to do so wrapped up in cotton wool that protects them from the risks they’ve forced upon the regular Joes in this great country.