A conservative blogger's call for President Obama to resign because the anti-Islam filmmaker was questioned by police betrays a weird lack of perspective.
I've been a constant critic of the Obama Administration's abysmal record on civil liberties. If President Obama put out a statement saying, "After reflecting on the ways I've betrayed the promises I made during the 2008 election, especially in the realm of upholding core Constitutional protections, I've decided to resign my office," I'd enthusiastically cheer his decision. Those causes are more important to me than any others. Obama has been disastrous for them.
Despite my contempt for Obama's record, which includes serious violations of domestic and international law, I could hardly take Glenn Reynolds' weekend post calling on him to resign. For me, it epitomizes the blinkered priorities of right-leaning bloggers in post-9/11 America.
The post was prompted by the FBI's decision to descend on the house of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the filmmaker responsible for the anti-Islam movie that has purportedly sparked riots in various Muslim majority countries. Nakoula's speech is protected by the First Amendment, but it's possible that he violated the terms of his probation in the course of making the movie. Law enforcement therefore had the legal prerogative to bring him in for questioning. I am on record in another item lamenting the signal the FBI sent by exercising that prerogative. It was a potentially chilling, foolish mistake.