Speaking "Truth" From Power
March 02, 2011, 07:42 PM
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James Taranto writes

The Washington Examiner's Tim Carney had an astute column the other day in which he argued that President Obama and other liberals, "looking to tap into the populist current of today's politics," have failed to grasp its true nature:
"It's their guys who are living inside the castle today. Specifically, public-sector unions—by many measures the most entrenched special interest in American politics—are not fighting against The Man, which is to say the entrenched powers of government. In this struggle, The Man is the government unions, which are sitting in the smoky back room divvying up the spoils of a crooked racket. And cronyism—not wealth—is the object of today's populist ire."

My favorites example of this was when Valerie Jarrett , the African-American woman who is a senior White House adviser, said of the Obama Administration's attack on Fox News that "what the administration has said very clearly is that we're going to speak truth to power." Of course, the problem is that they are power. It's the same problem with the massive public unions.