With convoluted definitions of everything from torture to executive privilege, this administration has turned our government into a long-running joke. It isn’t funny of course that our democratic institutions have been truncated beyond recognition. But there is something comic about the president declaring, for example, that we are “addicted to oil” but that our addiction can be treated by trying to find more sources of the stuff here and calling it an energy plan. Unfortunately, many among us seem willing to be swept up in another wave of what Al Gore would call “an assault on reason.”

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