For king and country

President Obama says (cue to 1:46 here) that our armed forces “are out there fighting on [his] behalf”.

America is not a monarchy. Our armed forces swear to protect and defend the Constitution, they don’t swear fealty to the president. Given a moment to think about it, I’m sure Obama would get this right. But off-hand remarks can be revealing about how people really think about things.

Take Mitt Romney. He remarked off-hand that he likes being able to fire people. That showed that he wants to be able to hold his people accountable for their performance and replace them if they’re not measuring up. Somehow he took grief for that. Obama’s off-hand remark shows that he thinks he’s king.

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