So I’m reading Eleanor Clift’s article in Newsweek (yeah, yeah, I know, not exactly high brow reading, nor from Clift did I expect penetrating analysis, but I needed a break from the horrors of this administration and didn’t have time to watch my favorite Spongebob clip), and she’s saying that what BO needs is people around him who don’t worship him, who will challenge his worldview, and who will essentially stop sheltering him from reality (not that her sense of reality is that much more clear or grounded than his, but . . .). She’s right, of course.
However, I’m not sure that BO can take anything other than hero worship and “yes men.” We’ve seen repeatedly how thin-skinned and downright petulant he is in the face of any criticism, so he probably needs his little phalanx of fawners to keep him from a complete meltdown (which, by the way, I still think is coming). Anyway, nothing of note there, just basic common sense.
What struck me about her article was in the last paragraph where she wrote:
This is not the end of the Obama presidency, far from it, but it is time to take courageous stands on behalf of working people so these disaffected voters, whom we used to call Reagan Democrats, understand that their financial self-interest is with Obama and the Democrats and not with the Tea Party.
And there it is, tossed out as a given. This idea that Americans are interested solely and selfishly in their “financial self-interest.” This premise is at the heart of all democrat policies: people love hand-outs, they want free money, they prefer to be taken care of and told what to do. To a degree, this is true, and far too many people in this country have latched on to the nanny state for all they’re worth. And that premise has taken the democrats pretty darned far, too far for my tastes. The middle class is being systemically bled into poverty or lured there because they are taxed so much that they now have less disposable income than those making minimum wage.
But what we are seeing now, what the Tea Party represents more than anything else, is that Americans are not focused solely on their own “financial self-interest.” Yes, we need jobs, yes we need a stable economy, but what we really need and what we are fighting for is a return to basic American principles that ensure both. We see a bigger picture. Our “financial self-interest” is rooted in America’s success; if we can save her and get her back on track, we–and importantly, our children and grandchildren–will keep more of our (and their) own money, have more jobs and choices, and remain free from an overreaching, tyrannical government. We fight for freedom and for America, not for a welfare check and food stamps.
BO has made it abundantly clear that he has no concept of this. Remember him telling the wonderful future president Bobby Jindal not to worry about jobs, that the people of Louisiana would be getting unemployment and/or checks from BP? And remember Bobby Jindal‘s appalled and outraged response:
I want everybody in the country to hear that: there is nobody in Louisiana that wants an unemployment check . . . . We’re not even asking for a BP check. We want to go back to work.
Got that, BO? The American people do. not. want. handouts. We don’t want or need constant supervision, the government telling us how and what to eat or how to raise our children or what car to drive. We don’t want you telling us that we can’t grow tomatoes on our porch or have/run/purchase from farmers markets. We don’t want you telling us what news to watch or what blogs to read. We don’t want you to “protect” us from ourselves; we want to be free. Free to succeed or fail. Free to make our own choices and live our own lives.
BO and the democrats (including sprogs, of course) want to keep the American people in a state of constant and total dependency on the federal government. Dependent on them for jobs, for money, for housing, for food, for every conceivable thing. The American people, however, loathe dependency, and reject the idea of being under the thumb of an all-powerful, totalitarian government. We are people who want to work, who want to be self-sufficient, who want to pursue our dreams down a path that is clear of restrictive and intrusive government intervention and regulation (obviously some regulation is necessary, but keep it minimal, and keep the government out of my salt, my soda, and my crotch). This fundamental disconnect is exactly what will destroy the Democratic Party (if they don’t manage to tear themselves apart first).
The more they expand government, the less freedom people have. Above all else, Americans are a free people. We fully intend to remain so. So Clift, BO, and the entire democratic machine, you can take your nanny state and shove it.