Old Heraclitus knew the only constant was change. Most moderns also perceive the undeniable truth that nothing stands still and that nothing endures indefinitely. One need only refer to politicians to understand the mutability of their most deep-seated beliefs.
Take America’s distinctly non-Heraclitean Vice President Joseph Robinette Biden. Good Ol’ Joe has never been at a loss for words, especially when he can mangle them and his thoughts better than his boss or when he can simply be obtuse.
Like his boss, his beliefs and opinions are written on the wind and he was markedly windy when, among other utterances, and after deep study of the Constitution, he eruditely concluded that, ”The Founding Fathers had vested the power to authorize even the limited use of military force in the Congress not the president—unless it was necessary for the president to act swiftly to repel an attack on the United States or to rescue U.S. citizens:” http://bit.ly/h8uSRp
That was then, in 1998 as the senior senator from the State of Delaware. Now, as VP during the reign of Obama, he remains eerily silent as the president launches an undeclared war in Lybia without so much as an obeisance, a request for a consult, or a May I? from Congress. For all his faults, GWB did his constitutional duty with Iraq and Afghanistan and received the advice and consent of Congress before going to war.
The more things change, the more Joe changes as does President Changeling, the constitutional scholar, who also flipflopped on the Constitution last weekend.
When asked on December 20th, 2007 during his campaign for the presidency when a president “would have the authority to bomb Iran without first seeking authorization from Congress,” candidate Obama was adamant in declaring virtually never: “The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation:” http://bit.ly/eGkLhT
George W. Bush was commander in chief in December 2007, Barack Hussein Obama in March 2011. Either Libya was about to attack America last week or Obama acted in violation of the Constitution when we hurled Tomahawk missiles at Khadafy. Or, everyone, including members of his own party, are misreading the law of the land.
Another misconceived perception is the illogical belief that if America pumps more oil, we would have more oil.
In fact, if we drilled for that potent elixir essential for life as we know it, if we tapped our almost limitless but forbidden offshore and onshore reserves, that if we “Drill, baby, drill,” we would still not alleviate our shortages and punishing gas and heating oil prices. Such thinking is transparently erroneous to this administration.
So says Richard Newell, political appointee and administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration, towing the Obama line that we dare not risk temporarily inhibiting fishing in the Gulf or in other offshore waters or interrupt caribou mating in ANWR.
Such measures only serve to employ thousands of fishermen and encourage horny caribou, although Newell didn’t say that.
Nor did he say that all but bankrupting commuting Americans with astronomical gas prices and freezing their butts when they get home is far preferable to all that nasty drilling.
Testifying before the House Committee on Natural Resources on Thursday, what Newell did say was that any such drilling efforts would be useless. You see, “Oil is a global commodity dependent on global trends. Long term, we would not expect additional volumes of oil that could flow from resources of federal lands due to greater access to have a large impact on oil and gasoline prices.”
He went on to say, ”Another key issue is how OPEC production would respond to any increase in non-OPEC supply, potentially offsetting any direct price impact of an increase in U.S. production:” http://bit.ly/gBFPOr
Countering the perceptions of everyone from fifth graders to PhD’s, Newell was effectively contradicting common sense as being nonsensical and that Obama’s government is perfectly correct. He was also admitting that our energy policies are dictated by the whims of OPEC. He was formerly a professor of energy and economics so he knows whereof he speaks.
The president’s long-standing opposition to drilling anywhere was irrelevant to Newell’s perceptions, just a coincidence.
(I’d sooner trust the certitude of fifth graders.)
It’s all mud-clear, now. And here you thought you couldn’t believe the pronouncements of the president, vice president, and energy officials. How foolish of you!