President Obama, reflecting on his precipitous decline in popularity, proclaims that he gets it. “People are angry,” he said in an interview. What are we angry at? Why, at “what’s happened in the last eight years,” what else? It’s as if the American people have turned into the mindless mob in a Frankenstein movie. We are so angry at President Bush, we’re burning down the White House with his successor in it.
The mainstream media, shockingly enough, echoes the president in their understanding of the situation. The paid opinionators in the WaPo and the NYT think the voters are angry. The voters in Massachusetts must certainly be on a once-in-a-half-century rage, since they rejected a Democratic candidate for a Senate seat held by that party since 1952.
Such unbecoming anger, according to MSM, appears aimed at “Washington” – whether Washington now or Washington eight years ago, or some time in between, is uncertain.
Karl Rove – the Evil One, the Anti-Obama – writing in the WSJ, thinks that “voter anger” is growing. Why? In a word: “deficits.” We have had them since before I was born, but suddenly we’ve had enough.
Now, I have no doubt that some voters are angry – though probably more at their bosses and their teenage kids than at anything political. Even I get angry, now and then – for me, it usually involves the Washington Nationals. But most of the people I know, most of the time, for most of the important questions affecting their lives, don’t seem that upset.
It’s really a lot simpler than the president and the media make it seem. A majority of the American people disagree with the model of government toward which President Obama, no doubt in good faith, is leading us. It’s not “the last eight years.” It’s not “Washington.” It’s not “deficits.”
It’s a faith in limited government and in the moral adulthood of the citizen. It’s a desire to return to our Jeffersonian ideals, rather than attempt a forced march to Europe-style social democracy.
And really: it’s okay to disagree, so long as we remain civil. Our elites must lead terribly sheltered lives, if they think voting for a Republican in Massachusetts is a sign of rage. They should relax. We aren’t angry, not most of us. We don’t want to burn the White House – we just want to remind its occupant that he is a servant of the people. Which would be us.
Now, if these elites want to see real anger, I’d suggest they look here.
UPDATE: This is funny, because it’s serious. Plus, the author’s name is “Blow.”
It reminds me of the monorail episode in the Simpsons, in which Bart and Marge exchanged the following bit of song:
Marge: But Main Street’s still all cracked and broken…
Bart: Sorry, Mom, the mob has spoken!