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October 14, 2010

EDITORIAL: White House Looks Down On America

EDITORIAL: White House looks down on America

Washington Times

Mark Twain once joked that Richard Wagner's music was "better than it sounds." Obama administration officials say in all seriousness that the economy is better than it seems, if only people were smart enough to get it.

The same condescending attitude pervades portrayals of the midterm election as a "revolt of the masses," as if peasants wielding torches and copies of the Constitution were marching on the ivory towers of Washington. MSNBC host Chris Matthews is able to dismiss Republican women candidates as brainless cuties without a peep from the professional feminists who undoubtedly agree with him. These commentators, and Democrats in general, are indignant that what they see as a collection of bitter rednecks clinging to guns and Bibles (to paraphrase then-candidate Barack Obama) is set to destroy the largest congressional governing majority in a generation.

Those who think in such terms are seriously out of touch. Polling shows that Tea Party activists have above-average educations and incomes. Many of those who plan to vote against the president's party are middle- and working-class moderates who voted Democratic in 2008. Others are traditionally conservative voters who sat out the last election but have been newly energized as they see more far-left policies being implemented. Add to the mix a cohort of newly mobilized voters, and the "peasants" begin to look like a broad cross section of America.

If there's one thing that progressives can never admit to themselves, it's their own unpopularity. So they seek solace in rationalization. This week, Vice President Joe Biden asserted that it was "just too hard to explain" the administration's many accomplishments, presumably because he thinks the American people are too unsophisticated to understand. Mr. Obama's policies are not causing the problem, he explained; rather, it's the administration's marketing technique. "[It's] sort of a branding," he said, "I mean, you know they kind of want the branding more at the front end." Meanwhile, Democratic candidates in competitive states and congressional districts are rebranding themselves as "independents" to run far away from the White House record - and, in some cases, their own record.

It's not so much that the masses are revolting as that we are seeing the return of the traditional citizen legislator, the nonprofessional politician who comes to Washington for a brief round of public service before resuming a private life. It is the model of Cincinnatus and George Washington, of the Minutemen and Davy Crockett. The diverse group of new candidates standing in this election more accurately mirrors the American people than the doddering representatives of the ancien regime.

The coming election is not a contest between an all-knowing ruling class victimized by bad marketing and an ignorant mass of angry, misinformed troglodytes. It is a referendum on a vision of government and society in which the state seeks unlimited power to make decisions at the expense of the liberty of the people. It is a moment of decision on a failed experiment in governance. If the Obama administration's accomplishments are too complex to explain to the voters, if the beneficial effects of their policies are not self-evident, it may be time for them to question whether they have accomplished anything worthwhile at all.


Wild Thing's comment.......

Obama is sneering racist;A hater of America; A hater of successful and independent people; A hater of his superiors. He knows that he and his ilk can’t compete in the free world. He knows he is incompetent. He knows without affirmative action he would still be preaching to community illiterates. He is a sick little weasel and has no place that will accept his hate-filled diatribes against traditions that built this country.

Posted by Wild Thing at October 14, 2010 12:47 AM


This President, who can't speak before a group of people without teleprompters before him, could use a little more of Mark Twain's writing:

If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.

You can't fool a Marine:

The stars and stripes forever !

Posted by: Carlos at October 14, 2010 09:11 AM

Wow, WT, why don't you tell us how you really feel? That certainly was sharp and to the point and I agree with you 100%.

The Progressive movement has had this elitist attitude for quite a while. As a matter of fact the "We Know Better Than You," attitude is the basis of of all of their actions.

Al Gore and John Kerry projected that thinking during their run for the Presidency. Because they didn't have the 'Charisma Mojo' working for them., like Barry Sotero, the American Voter rejected them .

What has happened is that they have overplayed their hand, and the American Voter is about to call, and hopefully, throw them out.

Posted by: Sean at October 14, 2010 10:26 AM

I agree, WT. Now what can we do about it. First get the congress in place and impeach that left wing Soutpiel Puppet.

Posted by: Mark at October 14, 2010 02:21 PM

Mark, thank you. I think the answer is to do like you are doing and others, all of us are doing the right thing, pushing and promoting etc. the real conservatives to get elected. Then there are a big handful of Gov. and others fighting back too with AZ. and the obamacare. It is tiny steps but if they are strong determinded ones, I really believe things will happen for good to be happening again.

Those emails you wrote were so awesome and even if the left did not lilsten they know there was outrage, that helps too. I think that kind of thing and the tea parties and townhalls have had a lot to do with why so many dems are putting a distance between themselves and obama. LOL I love seeing that happen it shows everyone how far left obama has been and is.

Posted by: Wild Thing at October 14, 2010 07:17 PM