- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 23, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Concerning the Monday editorial, “Subverting Honduran democracy,” I am coming to the conclusion that what is driving the Obama administration is what has driven many governing cliques in history - that is, the thrill of doing something because they are able to do it. The larger the matter and the associated consequences, the greater the exhilaration it produces. That and a certain attraction to charismatic (even negatively charismatic) figures like Hugo Chavez, Vladimir Putin, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and, of course, the elder brother of this clan, Fidel Castro. After all, aren’t these men who dared to do things because they could and changed the world on account of it?

This is not to say the Obama administration favors the ideologies these men espouse, but what they seem to have in common is a distrust of the common man. In their worldview, the common man needs frequent admonishment and shepherding. Thus, one bar for the common man and another bar for Raskolnikov’s bold men. Another historical lesson: If the common man gives away too much of his freedom, he will spend a long time reclaiming it.

THOMAS M. DORAN

Plymouth, Mich.

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