No, you can't see the numbers; the King is a Fink

The King is a Fink by Parker & Hart

So, the White House is not going to give us taxpayers a timely update on the nation’s money and employment situation.

They’re just gonna “hold that information back” until Congress goes into recess.

They’re just gonna keep everyone in the dark until they muscle through his unpopular Healthcare legislation – that 1,000-page, unread, undebated document – that will push our deficit into unbearable territory, give the government unprecedented control over our lives and will quickly render healthcare in America unrecognizable, for must of us, although the politicians will do alright.

Obamacare will also federally fund abortions in direct contrast to what the president seemed to tell the pope, mere weeks ago.

I am waiting to hear the outrage in the press, over the heavy-handed, brazen and rather arrogant moves of a president who sounded downright thuggish last week when he went before the microphone and said this monstrosity was going to pass, and it was going to pass quickly and “I mean it.”

President Obama’s daily finger-wags and bully-pulpits are not in the mode ala President Bush, who said, “I have all this political capital, and I’m going to spend it,” which the press found unpardonably arrogant. It’s not even Obama saying, “I won,” which made the media giggle. This withholding of public information/ramming through of legislation is a whole ‘nother kind of arrogance.

The other day, I got it in my head that we don’t hear the word “fink” anymore. It used to be a big word, but it’s fallen into disuse.

On twitter, I joked that it was time for us to reclaim the word “fink,” and then tried it out a few times. I called another blogger a fink, and he took it in the spirit it was offered, as a joke. Then someone else reminded me of The Wizard of Id cartoons, and the line used by the commoners, from time to time, shouted out from the crowd: “The King is a Fink!”

In the cartoon, the fink-shouter was usually hidden – there would be a voice in the crowd, or a cloaked figure on a horse, passing the castle would let fly with it: “The King is a Fink.” Anonymity was preferred because the King was a short despot (once upon a time, all despots were short, but that has changed) who could not be trusted to bear patiently and magnanimously with free speech.

I know politicians are fair game, and if they can’t roll with punches, they oughtn’t pursue office, but I’ve never liked name-calling. On this blog, I have always made it my rule not to use ugly nicknames about presidents or ex-presidents; it’s a matter of respect for the office, and civil discourse.

So, by my lights, anyway, a king may be a fink, but not a president. A president, after all, must answer to his electorate.

That’s true, isn’t it, that a king rules, while a president leads? That a king demands service, while a president serves?

Hmmmmmm. Feels like lines are blurring, doesn’t it?

True: President Obama is the president, and not a king.

True: President Obama holds majorities in both houses of congress, and will soon own the SCOTUS as well.

True: President Obama has 32 “czars” working for and reporting directly to him, absent congressional oversight or accountability.

True: President Obama owns the press, who will do anything for him.

True: A president without checks and balances to rein him in or overrule him, with powerful minions answerable only to him, and with control of most information venues is a president who can decide he’s going to just do as he damn pleases, is an unprecedented sort of president.

True: A president who can arbitrarily decide to take taxpayer money by the greedy mittsful, without at least giving them a receipt – why, that’s a president who is barely acting like the leader of a republic at all. That’s a president who is acting more and more like…well…kinda like king.

And as we all know, “The King is a Fink.”

WELCOME Instapundit readers! Glenn Reynolds remembers what I had forgotten – the voice crying “The King is a Fink” was known as “The Lone Haranguer.” Every Finky King needs one!

UPDATE: The Tea Party Effect. Big crowds, almost no coverage.

Today’s Finger Wag: Pay no attention to the headlines on Drudge!

“If I’ve lost Ann Althouse…” Heh

Kim Priestap has more

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