Since Bush was elevated by the Supreme Court in 2000, we’ve heard Fox Cable News (a failed conspiracy of media billionaire Rupert Murdoch to move the US public to the far right) refer to George W. Bush ad infinitum as ‘commander-in-chief.’
In fact, Bush was just the president; the Constitution did not envisage that there would be a standing army, and ‘commander-in-chief’ is a subsidiary, occasional function of the president, not a title. There is something deeply fascist about calling the civilian president the CINC all the time. But at least they should be consistent.
Aside from Sean Hannity complaining that Obama will be commander-in-chief, we haven’t heard so much of that epithet applied to the new president.
So how about, it Fox Cable News? Are we going to hear that “Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama ordered US troops in Afghanistan to find terrorist mastermind Usamah Bin Laden today?’ Will that sentence be broadcast by the unfair and unbalanced network?
Or are only some presidents commanders-in-chief?
Maybe some people are part-time patriots?
If Fox won’t use this diction, shouldn’t we send them emails complaining about the inconsistency? If they call a Euro-American president “Commander-in-Chief” and not an African-American one, wouldn’t that be a form of racism?