One of the things that perplexes and vexes members of the Democratic Party as they careen off the political cliff is the simple question of why. They are unable to find the reason that the inexorable tide that lifted them to power in 2006-8 seemingly vanished. They do not understand how millions of their fellow citizens can support the Tea Party. Some, unable to accept public rejection and repudiation of the policies they’ve espoused for more than a century, continue to live in self-denial: despite all reports to the contrary, the Democratic majorities in the House and Senate will continue after November 2nd. Others fail to recognize the public is no mood for expanding the federal debt and continue to call for even more spending.
These are symptoms of the what most Americans most revile about their government – an air of elitism; the fact that the powers-that-be believe they know better than the rest of us. That somehow waking up every day, holding a job and paying your bills doesn’t give the citizenry the ability to understand Economics 101: if you buy it, you have to pay for it – eventually. And leading the current pack of elitists is the very President they thought could connect to Ordinary America.
Yes, the Democrats principle problem is Barack Obama’s inability to keep his mouth shut. Of course, being President generally means having to say something, once in a while – but this President is unable to speak without sounding like a spoiled brat. When you consider the litany of statements made by Obama when complaining about the poor, dumb electorate:
“You go into some of these small towns in, in, Pennsylvania, a lot, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest…So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to their guns or religion” – April 6, 2008
“Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now and facts and science and argument (do) not seem to be winning the day all the time is because we’re hard-wired not to always think clearly when we’re scared.” – October 16, 2010
There is probably a perverse pride in my administration — and I take responsibility for this; this was blowing from the top — that we were going to do the right thing, even if short-term it was unpopular.” – October 12, 2010
Taken at face value, these statements – all made to the liberal press – show a President who believes that he is somehow better than the rest of us. The electorate responds to Obama’s “science and argument” by “clinging to guns and religion” while the President’s greatest shortcoming is in his communication skills. Little wonder then, when other Democratic leaders also let drop zany one-liners that evidence their bias against American intelligence:
“But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it” – Nancy Pelosi, March 9, 2010
For some reason, Americans were not reassured by the Speaker’s assertion that we were too ill-informed to read the bill before its passage.
Liberal elitism is well understood by the American populace. What they’re seeking this election is largely what they wanted from the last election: change from elitist strategies to real-world methodologies. What they got, in response to throwing out the governmental models brewed up at conservative think tanks is the even more disastrous models brewed up at Yale and Berkley.
Of course, asking liberal Democrats to abandon their pet theories of economics and government is not viable. How can they be? They’re rooted in a system that was tried and failed in numerous countries – from the extreme cases, such as Soviet Russia, to more moderate ones, such as Western Europe. Unlike those of us in Middle America, who understand that only real-world solutions can and should be implemented, a liberal cannot point to one example of real-world success for their social and economic policies.
So, before belittling the American public again, the President would do well to remember that the very policies he is intent on pursuing have never worked in the past. We already know that. It’s time he went back to school.