Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Thank God we still have freedom of speech.

There’s a minor -- well, maybe not so minor -- brouhaha going on in the U.S. right now involving President Barack Obama’s comments the other day about the Supreme Court’s current deliberating over the constitutionality of the 2009 healthcare law that is derisively termed “Obamacare.”

If you’re in another country you may not be aware of it, but here in what Mexicans insist on calling EE UU we are transfixed.

Rush Limbaugh (a radio talk-show host) had a lot to say about it on his program yesterday. Here is the transcript.

The breaks in the transcript are the spots at which commercial advertisements by the sponsors of the radio program were inserted.

Many people think the President overstepped the bounds when he referred to the nine justices of the Supreme Court as “an unelected group of people.”

For those who don't know, the U.S. Constitution specifies three equal branches of government: the Executive, the Legislative, and the Judicial.

Long may they wave.


Shooting Parrots said...

Welcome back Mr Plague - I was beginning to worry about you!

You're right, I don't know much about this issue, but I did try to improve my understanding by reading the Rush Limbaugh transcript, but didn't find myself much it read like a deal of speculation and opinion about who meant what. Was I missing something in the analysis.

I was going to listen to the recording as transcripts can be hard to follow without vocal inflection, but it cost too much!

In particular, I would like to have seen whether the transcript edited out any humming and aching from Limbaugh that was included for Obama!

Snowbrush said...

"Long may they wave."

The three "branches" of, of.....government? You listen to Limbaugh? Truly you do? No lying to your loyal readers, please.

Jewels said...

Thugfathers. Pfffrt.

Katherine said...

What I know about American politics could be written on the head of a pin.
But based on that, it seems to me that American presidents are always believed (by Americans) to be close to heaven when they first get in, and, not surprisingly (to me) can never live up to expectations.
I think it must be very hard to be a good president to a country that has, as its basis, a paradigm that the individual is the most important entity.

But, like I said, I don't know much.

Yorkshire Pudding said...

When President Obama has finished his second term in office, serving the American people with dignity and wisdom, I wonder if he will be sainted. Saint Barack has a nice ring to it don't you think - so that in far off future years many churches will be built in his name.