Yesterday was supposed to be a day of self reflection, and all I could reflect on was this picture and what it symbolizes:
An American citizen exercised his First Amendment right to produce a crappy film. In response, the President of the United States sent “brownshirted enforcers,” as law professor Glenn Reynolds put it, to “voluntarily” take that man in for “questioning,” thereby trampling on the Constitution overtly enough that Reynolds called on Obama to resign.
That thought kept bumping against another thought: Tomorrow night, the same president who couldn’t find any time to meet with Netanyahu for a strategy session on keeping nukes out of Iran’s hands will be flying to New York to raise perhaps millions of dollars for his own reelection campaign at an event with Jay-Z.
Did you ever wonder who Jay-Z is? In case you don’t know, he’s a renowned hip-hop artist and entrepreneur who began his rise to .1 percent status by writing, uh, lyrics like this (caution: bad language ahead):
Motherfuckers wanna act loco
Hit ’em wit, numerous shots with the fo’-fo’
Faggots wanna talk to po-po’s, smoke ’em like cocoa
Fuck rap, coke by the boatload
Fuck that, on the run-by, gun high, one eye closed
Left holes through some guy clothes
Stop your bullshittin’, glock with the full clip
Motherfuckers better duck when the fool spit
One shot could make a nigga do a full flip
See the nigga layin’ shocked when the bullet hit
Make room in the Great American Songbook. No wonder Obama lavished such praise on him:
Every time I talk to Jay-Z, who is a brilliant talent and a good guy, I enjoy how he thinks.
And what about how Jay-Z acts?
In early December of 1999, Jay-Z was charged with first-degree assault and second-degree assault after Untertainment Records executive Lance “Un” Rivera was stabbed once in the stomach and once in the shoulder. According to Newsweek, Jay-Z suspected that Rivera had released bootleg copies of his fourth album, an act that would lead to the loss of millions of dollars in rightful profits.
Jay-Z later pleaded guilty, and in a deal with prosecutors served three years probation for acts of violence that had been motivated by what Democrats like to call “greed”—which, come to think about it, pretty much describes the whole fundraiser.
If Barack Obama consciously intended to demonstrate his contempt for this constitutional republic and its citizens—and who knows, maybe he does—he couldn’t do it any more dramatically than tonight’s event.
Think about it. Just a few days after trying to deprive a man no one had ever heard of from enjoying his free-speech rights because some foreigners claim they were offended, the President of the United States flies off to party with another man who’s earned a pasha’s fortune exercising his own free-speech rights with language that offends many more Americans than not.