The left is all in favor of free speech — until someone offers a contrary opinion. Phil Robertson of TV's wildly popular "Duck Dynasty" offended the homosexual lobby this week with remarks about his religious faith. The A&E network show is the most-popular reality program on all of cable television, following the Robertson family of Louisiana and their business of making calls and other paraphernalia for duck hunters.
Washington's in no mood for cutting spending. The Senate on Wednesday voted 64-36 to abandon restraint and boost spending by $65 billion. Supportive senators argued that the federal government has been on a starvation diet over the past year, and it urgently needs to gorge one more time. Thanks to Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, we know that's not the case.
When a president comes face to face with something painful and difficult, demanding his leadership, his first instinct is to toss it to a committee, usually called "a task force," which suggests urgency and no nonsense. Presidents like this solution because it carries no risk that he will actually have to do anything. Imagine the surprise this week at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue when the president's handpicked "review group" of government insiders produced a 300-page report that concluded the government's snooping is out of hand.
The culture of lawlessness is alive and well in Washington. President Obama sets the tone with his health care law revisions, rewriting the legislation without bothering Congress. Nancy Pelosi, the leader of the Democrats in the House, urges the president to ignore inconvenient provisions of the immigration law. She tells Telemundo, the Spanish-language TV network, that just being in the country illegally isn't a sufficient reason to deport illegal aliens, the law be hanged.
Jerry Brown is tanned, rested and ready. The leader of the nation's most populous state is mulling another bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. We need not concern ourselves with the particulars of an election campaign three years hence, but we observe that while comparisons are odious, Mr. Brown might be a breath of fresh air in an atmosphere reeking of dinosaur breath.
There's a new national hero among us. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon of the District of Columbia last week punched out the National Security Agency, a bully grown far too big for its britches. He called the NSA's bulk collection of telephone records "almost Orwellian" and possibly "unconstitutional."