Climate Czar. Technology Czar. Energy Czar. Car Czar. President-elect Barack Obama is already promoting the “czarification” of our government. Apparently, Obama wanted Al Gore to be the Climate Czar, but Gore turned it down. Also, while the Federal Reserve continues to create money out of thin air and Obama is creating czars out of thin air I have a suggestion. Why not create a Liberty Czar and put Ron Paul in the position? I’m not quite sure what his duties would be, but the name sounds cool for someone like Ron Paul. It’s not like any of Obama’s other czars will have any real authority, or will they?
What is a czar anyway? An online dictionary says the following:
- also tsar or tzar (zär, tsär) A male monarch or emperor, especially one of the emperors who ruled Russia until the revolution of 1917.
- A person having great power; an autocrat: “the square-jawed, ruddy complacency of Jack Farrell, the czar of the Fifteenth Street police station” (Ernest Hemingway).
- Informal An appointed official having special powers to regulate or supervise an activity: a racetrack czar; an energy czar.
Let us all cross our fingers and hope that Obama’s definition is number 3 and not number 1 or 2. It seems to me a person aiming to distance himself from the past 8 years of George W. Bush’s “autocratic” style of leadership would eliminate this word from his vocabulary. Instead Obama seems to be embracing the concept, even promoting it as an essential part of his coming administration.
Once the definition is solidified it becomes quite an oxymoron to even conceive of such a title as Liberty Czar. What is Ron Paul supposed to do with such status? Enforce liberty and freedom with his heavy hand of authority? Hardly a realistic endeavor for someone who preaches against spreading freedom by the barrel of a gun. Of course my example here is ridiculous, but so is this entire czar for everything concept being touted by our president-elect.
The most recent czar idea leaking out from the Obama interlopers is a Car Czar. This government official (or committee) will have some kind of regulatory authority over the downward spiraling auto industry and its relationship to the federal government. Someone please tell me how this is not a form of the same corporatism (fascism even) that angers so many about George W. Bush? Yet more change I can’t believe in.
Obama’s promise to create these new offices of authority should leave those that call themselves “progressives” dancing in the streets. That is until the new Street Safety Czar is appointed and street dancing is forbidden. We don’t want to put more people at risk of hurting themselves and thereby having to make use of the newly created yet bankrupt universal health care system. We don’t want to upset the Health Care Czar any more than he already is.
I imagine Obama’s new “Czar Council” meeting weekly planning how to best regulate their own areas of interest. If there’s any saving grace these Czars will not have direct lawmaking authority. That is, unless Obama figures out how to completely reinvent the Constitution. However, they will have great lobbying power to influence the debate amongst those eager-to-ass-kiss parasites on Capitol Hill.
All of this czar business will be selectively released through the mainstream media outlets by the same Mainstream Media Czar that put out a guide to attacking Ron Paul in late December of last year. Of course that particular czar was created by Bush. This is yet more proof that Obama’s version of hope and change will be nothing more than Bush 2.0.
NOTE: This article is meant as satire (partly). We don’t want the newly appointed Humor Czar to come after us for not disclosing all the facts.