Aug 14 2010
What makes a good modern day politician? In my mind it is someone who lies really well on camera. Which is probably why Hollywood and Politics get along so well. Acting, after all, is pretending to be someone you are not in a very convincing manner (special effects don’t hurt).
Politicians and their handlers try every method they can think of not to expose the full picture of the person or their policies, lest the bad side of the coin become exposed. All we are allowed to see is the ‘up side’ of all those grand delusions in DC. That has been the mark of a great politician in the modern age, one who spins vacuous yarns in such a manner that large swaths of voters project their own desires onto the politician, believing he/she is ‘one of them’, ready to vote for the mythical shared cause.
But America is fed up and tired of DC’s grand delusions (or is that self-aggrandizing delusions?). The federal government long ago stopped being of value and has become a loathsome burden. The federal behemoth stopped working for the people a long time ago and now just gorges itself, claiming it’s doing good for the people when it is not. We don’t need DC to take care of us, direct our lives, select our vocations, give us paltry hand outs, tell us how to speak and love and live and die. But that is all DC does now! And they need our money to do this great deed for us.
These self promoting paragons of virtue do not believe we imperfect and fallible creature,s who live out our existences in the anonymity of main street and everyday life, are capable of rising to good and lofty deeds. Without DC we would fall off the good path and hurt ourselves. If we were capable of such things, we would be klieg-light camera moths like the political elite are! It never dawns on these preeners thatÂ We The People are happy to focus our efforts on our families and neighbors and coworkers, doing better on a smaller scale than those who destroy their families and lives in pursuit of fame and fortune.
The fantasy being destroyed this election year is the idea that the vultures who inhabit the Political Industrial Complex EVER do something of value and import. At best they recognize those that do. So far the new conventional wisdom emerging this year is that central control of the detailed aspect of our lives from DC is simply a recipe for more disaster from central planning.
And then it dawned on me when I watched this Linda McMahon ad that Jim Geraghty had posted why the Democrats cannot snuff out the Tea Party-like candidates:
The approach the left has taken against the likes of Sharron Angle in NV, Linda McMahon in CT, Rand Paul in KY, and Ken Buck in CO – not to mention Sarah Palin – is to claim that these imperfect average Americans cannot hope to be good politicians. They don’t have the skills to communicate with America with skill of real politicians. They cannot hope to be a real leader in the modern sense of the model political hack.
And I keep wondering how is that a bad thing? President Obama was elected, despite his lack of experience, because he claimed to be an outsider who would represent all us fallible, average Americans. He turned out to be a politician instead, and a far left one at that. But the nation is still looking for those outsiders to go to DC and start dismantling it. The need did not die with dream of The One.
The reality is that these upstart, unknown candidates represent the nation’s antibodies reacting to the cancer that is the modern Political Industrial Complex. Even Alvin Greene in SC (the come-from-literally-nowhere Senate candidate for the Dems) is one of those antibodies being released by the voters to reign in government. He is a uniquely and fatally flawed, but he still represents a new force in America’s hinterlands (which is everything outside DC, NY, LA and San Francisco). The battle between the people and the bureaucracy is now coming to a head. Too bad for the bureaucracy they need our money and our support to exist, but the bureaucracy will attempt to resist the will of the people.
The more the Political Industrial Complex laments how these new faces are not one of them, the more support those new faces will garner. The more these new faces are snubbed and looked down on by the political class, the more the nation looks up to them. It’s a vicious circle, if you believe in the magical big government and its super human powers of good.