Obama of York

I've always gotten a kick out of Steve Martin's "Theodoric of York, Medieval Barber." Practicing a kind of barbaric analog of medicine, old Theodoric would employ every silly and superstitious treatment imaginable, to no avail.

But then, an inspiration would hit him. Maybe disease wasn't caused by evil spirits, but by little plants and animals that somehow got into our systems and secreted poison. Maybe draining the blood from an already sick person wasn't the best idea. Maybe he should wash his hands before operating. Maybe the scientific method might reveal better treatments for the ills from which his patients suffered than folklore and superstition. Maybe....


Consider Barack Obama's abuse of executive authority, outstripping everything he used to criticize George W. Bush for doing. Consider his blatant disregard of the Constitution and his willingness to ignore all law and precedent to impose his will upon the nation. Consider his trampling underfoot of the separation of powers and the system of checks and balances the Founders wrote into our Constitution. Consider the precedent. And then consider Donald Trump, the would-be American Mussolini, behaving the same way.

Frightens you, doesn't it?

So maybe it might be a good idea not to set the precedent. Maybe it would be a good idea for Mr. Obams to be satisfied with being the president and let Congress be Congress. Maybe it would be a good idea for him to stay within the bounds the Constitution sets for the President of the United States. Maybe....


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