Sarah Palin, columnist Thomas Sowell (left) asked, "Is U.S. Now On Slippery Slope To Tyranny?" Joining other conservatives who feel BP's pain, Sowell argues, "Just where in the Constitution of the United States does it say that a president has the authority to extract vast sums of money from a private enterprise and distribute it as he sees fit to whomever he deems worthy of compensation? Nowhere."
Obama, however, was using the bully pulpit, as presidents have traditionally done, to make a moral case for the good of the nation. As David E. Sanger of The New York Times writes, "[The White House] conceded that Mr. Obama had no legal basis to force BP to create the $20 billion fund; they said he was making a moral argument, and used the jawboning power of the presidential pulpit to push the company."
By now it's clear, though, that this president can do nothing right in the eyes of his right-wing critics. Regarding the gulf, he's either too passive or, in the case of the $20 billion fund established to handle claims of individuals and businesses affected by the spill, guilty of an aggressive "shakedown."
Sowell's most inflammatory point, though, is related to "tyranny." He states that under Obama, "American democracy is being dismantled," though "few people seem to be concerned..." The situation, according to Sowell, is similar to Hitler's taking power in the 1930s, when "he deliberately sought to activate people who did not normally pay much attention to politics."
Meanwhile, those whose livelihoods have been wrecked by BP are looking for compensation from the fund. They certainly are not entertaining absurd ideas that it will pave the way to Naziism. Watch: