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Rex in Regno suo superiores habet Deum et Legem.

The King in his Realm hath two superiors: God and the Law. -- Henry Care (1646-1688) on English liberties and the Magna Carta


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The Week That Was...In Political Cartoons

Our Dear Leader barely took a moment to recover from his unproductive visit by China’s Dear Leader Hu—the clear point of which was summed up perfectly by Dana Summers:

Instead Leader Obama proceeded headlong into giving his annual address on how to ensure the bankruptcy and collapse of the Union.

As cries across the media and left-wing blogosphere laughably, discreditedly continued to call out for a New Tone in the political discourse:

(Chuck Asay at Townhall)

Congress got the brilliant bipartisan idea to hold a State of the Union Prom Night Charade:

(Chip Bok at Townhall)

Photo Angle #2:

(Michael Ramirez at National Review)

Two words summed up the State of the Union address. (Well, three, but I could find no political cartoon about salmon.) One, “investment”:

(Mike Lester at Townhall)

And two, Sputnik:

(Nate Beeler at Townhall)

So the American people were left with this:

(Steve Kelley at Townhall)

While the media cheered and began using “Obama” and “Reaganesque” in the same sickening sentence:

(Glenn McCoy at Townhall)

And so the US Congress rolls us blithely along into the future we so richly deserve:

(Lisa Benson at Townhall)

And Obama plays golf while Tunsia falls and Egypt burns:

(Bob Gorrell at Townhall)

Or for a closeup view, check these excellent Egyptian toons by Sherif Arafa, and introduced to a US audience by Daryl Cagle’s superb political cartoon blog.

On the bright side, MSNBC now has one less ranter, as Keith Olbermann bid a curt adieu to his viewers and staff and launched his FOKnewschannel on Twitter. What a winner that guy is!

(Brian Fairrington at Townhall)

And that’s the way it was. Better luck this week, America.

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Best Rebuttal: Cato's State of the Union Reality Check

Numerous people got a chance to rebut the claims and promises that President Obama included in his “Win the Future” State of the Union speech last night.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) exceeded expectations with his well-stated, well-delivered official GOP response.

Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) was in a lose-lose situation. No matter how well she did, she was going to be mercilessly derided in the media and left-wing blogosphere, and criticized by the right for stealing some of Ryan’s thunder. Despite having a solid speech that was quite complementary to Ryan’s, she delivered her speech to the Tea Party Express website camera instead of the news pool camera that was broadcast on TV, meaning she appeared to be staring just past the camera throughout her message, distracting the viewer from hearing her message.

With virtually no publicity, Sen. Rand Paul (R-TN) issued his own short, soft-spoken rebuttal via YouTube.

John Stossel even hosted a whole libertarian response show, with guests such as Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) and Cato’s David Bose, during which he gave his own State of the Union speech of what he would do if he were President.

Then all the pundits and professional propagandists all chimed in with their points of view. Most of it all was rather ho-hum.

Until…this Cato Institute appeared in my Twitter feed. Unimpressed with most of the post-SOTU analysis, I pressed “play” with low expectations—and was blown away within the first 30 seconds.

Nine experts from the Cato Institute methodically poke holes through the fallacies of Obama’s rhetoric. Take a look:

Simply masterful. Therefore, for this shining example of cool logic and sharp dissection, I award the Cato Institute with this week’s Prudence Prize for Best Rebuttal.