Feb 24 2010
Young and inexperienced. Naive and unprepared.
These were legitimate concerns expressed about our young president as he marched across the country campaigning for his current job. He was promising a fantasy world of transparency, of government listening to the people,of government working for the people and rejecting power players in DC, of progress and hope. President Obama road a wave of rejection for the then entrenched power groups who looked more and more removed from America. He was going to change all that.
Unless of course you noticed his slogan was to ‘change America’ versus McCain’s promise to ‘change Washington’. It was a subtle but powerful distinction. One man was going to disrupt the special interests in DC and make them sweat, the other was going to disrupt the fabric of American life.
The liberals in DC (one side of the hyper partisan entrenched special interests in DC) do a lot of whining these days about a so called obstructionist GOP. But the fact is all year they have had more than enough votes to pass whatever they want – all they had to do was not repulse too many of their own party.
But these rabid, far-left zealots (who have been waiting for their turn at power for decades) instead embarked on a hyper-partisan path. One where the GOP found nearly infinite sound and reasonable reasons to reject the Democrat policy proposals, and the moderate wing of the Democrat party was pushed to the point of leaving the party fold. This is not GOP obstructionism failing America. It is liberal delusion creating a political backlash.
It is becoming more and more apparent the latest round of fixation on liberal health care madness is going nowhere fast. Instead of focusing on the economy and jobs, as promised in his State of the Union, President Obama has migrated back to his big personal distraction – his failure on government take over of this nation’s health care. It was his signature plan to ‘change America’ – and disrupt the health care infrastructure and policies of all of us reasonably happy with our current situation. Instead of helping those in need, he and the liberals have proposed creating nightmares for the rest of us not experiencing any health care issues.
It has come to the point even the White House is test raising the white flag of defeat a day before the big PR stunt of a summit:
Hmm. At the press briefing just now,Â Robert Gibbs made the White Houseâ€™s most expansive comments yet about the push for a reconciliation vote on the public option â€” and, to put it mildly, supporters wonâ€™t find them encouraging.
Gibbs said flatly that the White House doesnâ€™t believe thereâ€™s enough support in Congress to get it passed.
Asked directly whether the Presidentâ€™s failure to include the public option in his proposal means he views the public option as dead, Gibbs didnâ€™t exactly dispute this interpretation.
â€œThere are some that are supportive of this,â€ Gibbs said. But he added: â€œThere isnâ€™t enough political support in the majority to get this through.â€
Which tells me government take over of insurance premium prices is not going to fly either.
I think many of us have realized this gang in DC will never wise up, they are hopelessly trapped in a mirage of self grandeur, drunk with mythical powers. They have not even realized they ran out of time and support on their health care delusions months ago. They are fated to giving more and more people sufficient reason to pummel the Democrat Party this fall and put a lot of new blood into DC. Ironically, the group who campaigned to change America never realized that they were going to change DC, by failing so miserably.
People want jobs and they want the lousy, failed government bureaucracy out of their lives. They have come to realize this naturally, organically and collectively. The technically challenged have yet to understand the power of the modern networked human experience – where human minds interact electronically and randomly over social networks, forums and blogs.
A new collective has sprung out of Department of Defense communications technology – a.k.a. the Internet. Being involved with this new technological wave since its inception I have wondered in awe at where it has taken humanity.
It is not a collective of masses slaved to message masters or spin doctors, that much is now clear. It is the collective of individuals free to explore ideas, analyze proposals and come to ‘consensus’ determinations so rapidly and autonomously no one group can control or lead it for long, if at all. In this collective the individuals join up to causes, they are not coerced or mind controlled as robotic followers. But moreover, the individual (for now) has the freedom of speech with an avenue to the planet. No more gate keepers, censors, biased filters.
This country is fed up with outside control on their lives and barriers to their pursuit of happiness. The libertarian drive is ramping up, fed on frustration over decades of failed promises by those who used to control opinion and priorities.
Along with this there is also a growing realization we are all equals and deserve respect. It is incumbent on ‘we’ the individuals to embody the tolerance and responsibilities that reflect this great nation and its heros past. We, with this new found power of expression. now must use it wisely and properly.
We need to junk derogatory and snooty terms like ‘RINO’ and ‘DINO’ and realize the highest group label we share is ‘Americans’. You can be of the highest passion while being dead wrong. Good intentions do not offset errors in constructing opinions or views. Good leaders are humble enough to listen to all sides and refine and correct views, while being strong enough to fight for progress. Anyone can sit on the sideline and moan – it is not a gift or a talent. Refining and correcting and achieving results – now that is praise worthy.
We The People are learning we can make a difference – hence the Tea Party movement. But Tea Party movements cannot become hostage to hyper partisans on the right, or target as enemies good people on the center left or center right. Right now, at this moment in time, the folks leading us down the wrong path are the far left. But there have been and will be again times when the far right or center takes us down a wrong path. We need to make course corrections, and do it as responsible adults.
Being wrong is human – it happens to all of us more than we care to admit. But denying when you are wrong, and then damaging the lives of others as a result, is when normal human behavior transforms into unethical and sometimes illegal behavior. We have a serious problem in DC with people power drunk and not listening. We can fix this without tearing apart this great nation.
I have no idea where this year will take us, but I am smart enough to watch the random and independent dynamic of the collective human experience playing out on the internet. Watching the clowns in DC or the entrenched talking heads is a fool’s errand if you want to understand what is happening.