Term Limits

Tomorrow Is Another 1,000 Day Reign For Daniel Ortega


Instapundit channels the Wall Street Journal on the least-welcome artifact of the 1980s this side of parachute pants, shoulder pads, and eyeglasses even bigger than Charles Nelson Reilly's:

DANIEL ORTEGA ASKS FOR TERM LIMITS TO BE OVERTHROWN. Best argument yet for what happened in Honduras. If a sitting U.S. President made a similar effort, I'd favor removing him, too. It's the dictators' tell. Well, one of 'em. Then there's this: "Last week the court's constitutional panel obliged him. The Nicaraguan press reported that the vote was held before three opposition judges could reach the chamber in time for the session. Three alternative judges, all Sandinistas, took their place and the court gave Mr. Ortega the green light. Mr. Ortega has decreed that the ruling cannot be appealed."

More here. Link above goes to WSJ.

Strange, random, and possibly wholly imagined connection to Sandinistas: I swear to god that two nights ago in a Bob Evans restaurant of all places, I heard the Clash song "The Call Up," the first single released from that band's good but bloated 1980 triple album Sandanista!

For those who were born long after Cut The Crap effectively ended whatever remained of "the only band that matters'" reputation, the song is a brave, Thoreauvian call not to register for Selective Service in Carter-Reagan America. That it appears on an album celebrating a regime that extracted far-more invasive and non-voluntary obligations from its citizens is simply testament to a level of mental retardation endemic to rawk-n-roll (I write as a fan of The Clash's music and rock more generally as the essential idiom of my dear, departed youth). I wonder if latter-day Clashinistas feel similar opposed to Lord and Lady Obama's endless calls to selfless service, even or especially when voiced by celebrities?

This seems like a good place for a video, especially one that asks citizens to rat out "disinformation" (i.e. disagreement) out there about the president's transformational and yet strangely undefined health care system (health is, after all, the war of the state, or something like that). Enjoy before succumbing to swine flu.