I cited the James Bond supervillain organization as a metaphor for the Democratic Party. Huh? What's up with that?
The acronym SPECTRE stands for "Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion." The name cites four distinct policies. Counter-intelligence, roughly defined, means keeping others from finding out your secrets. All political parties do something like that, as do governments, sports team coaches, and all sorts of other endeavors. That leaves three others.
- Terrorism. The Democratic Party does not engage in terrorism - but it is more than willing to allow public policy to be shaped directly or indirectly by terrorists. The Chicago political mob welcomed the founder of the Weather Underground into its ranks, and felt no qualms about Bill Ayers drafting education programs for select Chicago schools.
As for foreign terrorists...softness on Palestinian terror is not entirely partisan - our two previous Secretaries of State were not exactly Israel's best friends. But we do not see a Republican parallel to the frequent meetings between Bill Clinton and Yasser Arafat. Nor do we see among the Right a meme that permeates many bastions of the Left: the perception of Palestinian terrorists as freedom fighters.
- Revenge and Extortion. These work hand-in-hand to a great degree. Traditional organized crime engage in extortion for simple self-enrichment. The Democratic leadership does this too, as the auto companies and fionancial institutions know only too well. But the Dem leadership's economic policy serves another purpose: to strike vengeance against various constituencies. The US tax code is the greatest weapon for this purpose.
Maybe the real reasons for leftist opposition to public property Ten Commandments displays are those commandments condemning covetousness and theft.
Recallling my recent bit of fun with Goldfinger, one might place Barack Obama into that role instead, considering the title character's plot to nuke the Fort Knox gold supply - Obama's spending plans will certainly make our money supply radioactive. In that case, I guess the Oddjob role goes to Tim Geithner. I wonder if he wears a bowler...
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