Most people ignored it, but there was a rather frightening moment in President Obama’s inaugural address.
Obama called his opponents “absolutists,” a term that has since been repeated by his press secretary. It is unbelievable, and unacceptable, in a democracy for the leader to try to delegitimize his democratically elected opposition in this way.
This is the subject of an article I have running today in Politico. From the piece:
Once the president’s opponents have been defined in the American mind as despotically inclined, unsusceptible to reason, and unwilling to play by the normal rules of politics, it is only natural that extreme measures are permitted in response . . .
Once it has de-legitimized the opposition, the White House can claim it is left with no choice but to accelerate and expand its use of executive power. What else can they do, the president and his operatives will argue, when faced with the insanity of the Republicans?
I hope you have a chance to take a look.