By the looks of these videos (here, here, and here) popping up on Youtube, our Sainted Leaders are not having a very relaxing August recess.
It seems that the know-it-alls who run our congress have been getting quite an earful lately, much to their holier-than-thou frustration. Those pesky commoners just won’t roll over and play dead and take their medicine like good subjects. What’s a superior intellectual elitist to do?
Politico reports that, over the weekend, “[a]ngry protesters shouted down Democrats at public events from Texas to Pennsylvania.” Democrats from Lloyd Doggett (TX) to Patrick Murphy (PA) to Republican-turned-Democrat Arlen Specter (PA) have been subjected to what Doggett refers to as “mobs.” According to Doggett, these mobs were “sent by the local Republican and Libertarian parties,” and “came not just to be heard but to deny others the right to be heard.”
Can you believe the gall of these ignorant commoners? How dare they direct anger and contempt at their Betters! Don’t they know that unconscionable conduct is a one way street? All of the respectable people know that it’s perfectly acceptable for our Exalted Leaders to rush through enormous pieces of legislation, thousands of pages long, affecting large segments of the economy, and costing trillions of dollars. The $787B stimulus package, cap and trade, billion dollar bailouts, auto company nationalization, and the overhaul of 1/6th of the economy that is the health care system – all of this within six months of the Messiah’s Kumbaya presidency! And that is not even taking into account all of the funny money being created out of thin air by the most dangerous institution in the country – the Federal Reserve.
At his infomercials disguised as press conferences, the Messiah’s entire argument can be summed up in the highest of Presidential terms: “Hurry up, hurry up, pass it before August! Hurry up, hurry up, before the crisis goes away and we lose our chance!”
Yet when the proletariat rises up to make their voices heard, the sense of urgency, deemed responsible when it comes to the governing class, suddenly becomes an inconvenient and embarrassing obstacle to the coming transformation of America, from self-reliant to self-defeating.
Commenting on this unfortunate trend, one person, identified as a “Democratic strategist,” makes the observation that the “fringe elements” of the Republican party, namely, the “birthers and the tea party folks,” are uncontrollable, and “come off as angry and out of control and couldn’t care less about the issue at hand.”
Is that so? Couldn’t care less?
I think they care passionately, and care so much that they are starting to make themselves known in abundance. Every day more people are waking up to the radical agenda of this megalomaniacal and brutish administration – and their rabid comrades in Congress.
These people have a right to be angry. Their country is being sold down the river by a bunch of thugs in three piece suits with fire in their eyes. Sorry, Pelosi, et al – you are the villains.
I hope that what we are witnessing in this country is the beginning of the end of liberalism, that this is their swan song moment. Because the masses have awoken, and they are not happy. They’re sick of having to make difficult decisions about where to cut back in their family budgets, only to see their government double and triple down on its already immoral debt obligation. At a time when rational people make rational decisions to save money, pay off debt, and spend less, their government – irrationality personified – acts as if debt and spending are the elixir of life.
And frankly, so what if some of these protests were organized by the Republican Party, or some other conservative organization. Someone has to channel the angry energy and frustration that these people are feeling. Isn’t that what made America great? Doesn’t a chorus of angry voices make more of an impression than one lonely voice shouting in a crowd of sanctified true believers?
I seem to remember, not that long ago, all of those organized rallies against Bush's illegal wars and unconstitutional power grabs. Just who organized those folks? We don't need to ask, because we know the answer. Many Democratic and other leftist and socialist organizations were shoulder deep in agitating and organizing the "fringe elements" on the left during the noxious Bush years.
Furthermore – and here’s a blast from the past – the First Amendment recognizes the importance of the “right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” So how does one assemble if one does not associate with others in common cause? The right of association implies, impels, the right to seek out others whose cause is tied to their own.
The fact of the matter is that the people showing up at these town halls are genuinely fed up and outraged at the complete disconnect between the reality of Main Street and the fantasy world of Beltwayland. These people have to live with the real life consequences of mixing the oil of the Beltwayland fantasy with the water of Main Street reality – consequences that are born from the arrogance of those who call themselves the "representatives" of the people.
So to all of the politicians out there (with the exception of Ron Paul), consider these protests the political version of waking up with a horse head in your bed. While personally, I urge peaceful opposition and intellectual persuasion to get America back on the right track, the anger out there is real, and can’t be dismissed out-of-hand, by grasping for the same old left/right-Democrat/Republican canard.
And since it was the political class that stirred up the crisis atmosphere by setting aggressive timelines for the fundamental restructuring of the economic and political landscape, then the political class should not act surprised and agitated when the people lash out at their Overlords for moving too quickly in their attempt to dismantle all that a free people cherish.
Not one bit of me feels sorry for any member of the political class who is suffering the wrath of their constituents during this recess. In fact, it makes me proud to see such in-your-face activism. Keep it up, America! Make them sweat.