I've maintained a deep, running silence on the grotesquery of modest gun-control measures as yet another Obamian step to jackbooted tyranny principally, I think, as a mental-health prophylactic. This country has more than its national share of crazy to ponder without the added insanity of America's gun freaks and their diseased representation in Congress. But here we are, yet again, unable, I see, to behave as though we as a self-governing nation are not as famously nuts as we actually are.
All that Vice President Biden said was that "executive action ... can be taken" to help mitigate the unspeakable carnage of gun violence in America--rather unremarkable action such as confirming an ATF director (whose permanence has been missing in action for seven years now) and prosecuting more felons who illegally endeavor to buy guns. Outrageous, huh?
Well, Drudge thought so, so of course it immediately threw up a headline--"WHITE HOUSE THREATENS 'EXECUTIVE ORDERS' ON GUNS"--above which were featured photos of Hitler and Stalin, for the benefit, I suppose, of readers too hideously stupid to remember that President Obama is a Joker-like fascist-communist whose executive orders are sure to get us all in the end, if first his death panels don't.
Meanwhile, a Republican congressman implied that the federal government's prosecution of gun-buying felons would amount to a "dictatorship," and somewhere, undoubtedly, the NRA was dispensing smelling salts in another emergency fundraising mailing.
Crackpots? The fringe? Uncommon wackos? Yes, to be sure--as well, however, as the underlying pathology in official charge of one-third of our governing branches and in unofficial charge of another third; a fanaticism-fed pathology which also guides us in all matters fiscal.
And with that, have a nice day.