Earlier this month, the Tubz were rattling over David Brooks’ plea for us all to know our places and respect our betters. And I was surely glad to see Radley Balko give Brooks and his Olde Establishment snobbery a good fisking.
But me, I laughed. Brooks’ demand for obedience to Authoritah (any old Authoritah) was so pathetic, so obviously a dying cry from the Ancien Regime, that it delighted me. Yay! We’re out of control! Hooray! We point and snicker at the undersized dangly bits and bloated bellies of our naked emperors! That’s just how things ought to be.
Today Michael W. Dean sends another opinion piece in that same ilk. But somehow this one seems harder to laugh at. Partly because real people are dying for this supposed “good cause.” Partly because this is about derailing (or at least wishing away) a hard-won investigation that’s still going on.
Here it is. “Don’t be nosy about Fast & Furious” by LZ Granderson of CNN. Key bits of evidence scooped out of Granderson’s elitist vomit:
I know that’s hard to digest in a society where pregnancies and marriages of D-list celebrities make the cover of People magazine, but there comes a point where the public’s right to know needs to take a back seat to matters like national security and diplomacy. …
Fast and Furious? Please. …
You see, freedom isn’t entirely free.
It also isn’t squeaky clean.
And sometimes the federal government deems it necessary to get its hands a little dirty in the hopes of achieving something we generally accept as good for the country. …
Project Wide Receiver and Project Road Runner — the earlier versions of Fast and Furious under President Bush — were executed with the hope that they will do more good than harm. Hardly anyone in the public knows the finer points of these programs.
Were they legal?
Were they effective?
Were they done as a way to keep America safe?
By allowing guns to infiltrate Mexico’s drug cartel, we thought we could trace them up the ladder to the leaders [Editor’s note: Never mind that, with F&F, no attempt was ever made to trace the guns up the ladder — or anywhere else]. Take off the head and the body dies. As for the innocent people who lost their lives? Collateral damage. That’s the uncomfortable backstory to this scandal. And there are likely other operations like it in our nation’s history that we don’t even have a clue about.
And maybe it’s better for us not to be so nosy, not to know everything because, to paraphrase the famous line from the movie “A Few Good Men,” many of us won’t be able to handle the truth.
Fast & Furious — Gunwalker — was uncovered by “little guys.” David Codrea. Mike Vanderboegh. ATF whistleblowers. Without “nosy” people, the ATF and DoJ would have gone right on sending guns to Mexican gangs so the regime could weep and moan about, and legislate against, the government-created problem. And now we’re all just supposed to shut up and let our betters handle the very situation they tried to bury? And we’re supposed to do it for our own good? Hey, Grander-than-thou — I’m usually too ladylike to say this, but … go fork yourself.
Fixed: Misspelling of Granderson’s name. The actual spelling is not only … well, actual, but so very fitting.