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O’Reilly’s Two’Fer: If You Don’t Buy That Obama Is Selling Out America, How About Obama As A "Star Chamber" Guy?

Reported by Ellen - April 4, 2009 -

Guest blogged by Julie

On Thursday night's (4/2/09) O'Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly went for a two’fer with his Talking Points Memo. First, he rambled on about how President Obama may be selling out America ‘cause some former Prime Minister in Denmark wrote an article and the President’s approval numbers are slipping and Nancy Pelosi and George Soros and all the liberals believe in one world and distributing our cash and something about recycling and they’re all down with the global justice jihad and oh my God, Karl Marx is coming to get us! But O’Reilly wasn’t done with that whole throw-mud-against-the-wall-and-see-what-sticks stream of consciousness.

O'Reilly also said that some conservatives think President Obama is a "Star Chamber" guy, a man who "secretly wants to turn America into a progressive country modeled on Western Europe." Oh, my, this does sound frightening!

So, let’s forget totally about the link between the Star Chamber and being a "progressive country" because, frankly, my mind can’t twist into those kinds of knots. Instead, let’s talk a little about the whole "star chamber" notion. According to John Samples from Cato, "The Star Chamber Court of England stands as a symbol of arbitrary government, operating outside the normal processes that guarded the liberty of an English subject even under the monarchy . . . the Star Chamber arbitrarily imposed punishments like imprisonment, fines, the pillory, whipping, branding and mutilation. Parliament closed the infamous institution in 1641 but the memory of its misdeeds should never die." (Well, there you have it. It’s the pillory and whipping that links our President with the Star Chamber thing.) But damn, there’s something else nagging at me, something about a President and government operating outside the "normal processes" and torture and secrecy. Oh, well, it’ll come to me.

After reading further about the Star Chamber, it came to me. An article by Paul Craig Roberts, the assistant secreatary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration (so hardly a liberal), wrote in 2004: President George Bush and his Attorney General, John Ashcroft, have resurrected the 'Star Chamber,' made infamous by the Stuart kings in the 17th century for arbitrary, secret proceedings with no right of appeal... Today, American citizens can be arrested and held in secret indefinitely without being charged."

Right idea, Bill. Wrong President.

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