I’ve written before about my theory that hidden somewhere in DC – possibly deep below the Capitol, where guys in Viking helmets can never find it – there is a giant switch. I picture it looking like the big switch that Dr. Frankenstein throws to start his lab equipment flashing and sparking. I also imagine it protected by a bell jar-like cover made of bulletproof glass.
Whenever power changes hands from one party to another, someone high up in the bureaucracy or the Illuminati or whatever takes the trek down, down, down to the secret sub-basement, lifts the glass cover, throws the switch…and suddenly all standards, rules and rhetoric of the political and media classes completely reverse. Practices that were good and heroic suddenly become sinister. Laws that were laughable and could be safely ignored immediately become vital to the survival of the nation and the slightest deviation from them is worthy of the death penalty. Or vice versa. It all depends on which party is now in and which one is out.
It becomes more obvious in times like this when we have divided government, and the media have to explain why two totally different standards both prevail, but they do have an answer for it. It's just not a good one. Like when the ladies of “The View” try to explain why Trump should go to prison for mishandling classified documents that he had the power to declassify while Biden shouldn’t be punished at all for mishandling classified documents that he didn’t have the power to declassify. It’s because Trump is “a liar and a thief,” but they don’t think Biden is, so they give him the benefit of the doubt:
Yes, “orange man bad” is actually their defense for having a double standard under the law. By the way, some of us have been watching Joe Biden for nearly half a century, and if they think he’s a paragon of truth and honesty, then they should’ve used the insanity defense.
Another indication that the switch was flipped the second Kevin McCarthy secured the Speakership: the sudden parade of Democrat politicians and media mouthpieces decrying how dangerous it would be for the House to investigate federal agencies that are targeting and spying on Americans and violating their free speech rights (and please don’t even attempt to claim they aren’t.)
Why, they’re part of the executive branch, so the House shouldn’t be interfering with them trying to do their jobs (say the people who endlessly investigated Trump, set legal traps for his staffers, tried to impeach him twice, and previously showed zero regard for the separation of powers.) These investigations might discourage young people from going into public service! (If they think acting like Biden’s DOJ or FBI is “public service,” then I hope they do go into another line of work.)
Or as Rep. Eric Swalwell put it, letting House Republicans investigate the FBI is “like letting Al Capone investigate Eliot Ness.” But is it as bad as letting a guy who was in bed with a Chinese spy serve on the House Intelligence Committee? Sorry, forgot the standards switch had been flipped!
I know I’m getting old because I can remember when liberals told us not to trust the government, chanted, “Power to the people!” and wanted the CIA investigated and abolished. Now their mantra is “How I learned to stop thinking and love the totalitarian deep state.”
Fortunately, this sudden shift to the new standards is so obvious, the violations they’re trying to cover up so blatant, and the actions of the people they’re defending so egregious that you’d have to be either a moron or an MSNBC host to swallow it. I apologize for my redundancy.