Posted by: Deborah D | April 30, 2010

Alienation, the middle class and a bully.

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Alienation, the middle class and a bully.

Today’s focus is on what appears to be an attack on the nation’s middle class and the fabric of the country by the left. Led by what one writer describes as a bully, President Obama, the nation grows uneasy with what seems to be a government both out of control and controlling nothing. 

Liberals hate the middle class.

Obama and his lefties, liberals, progressives, communists, whatever you want to call them, have nothing but contempt for the average American. The condescension when the president talks, the abusive Democrat-run Congress, the obnoxious Nancy Pelosi’s response when a reporter asked her where in the Constitution Congress had the right to impose the outrageous health care bill on the country. Her response, “Are you kidding me?” No, Nancy, we’re not kidding. You’re not the queen. You work for the American people, not the other way around. Contempt, hate, whatever you call it, R. Emmett Tyrrell of The American Spectator nails it with this column.

The Liberals’ contempt for the pulchritudinous Sarah Palin is obviously fired by their hatred of the middleclass. She has said nothing that many ordinary Americans have not said privately, though she does it with charm…

What seems particularly to offend the Liberals is that she is from Middle America and from a state whose citizens pride themselves in self-reliance. Then too it has to hurt that she is so easy on the eye while being the antithesis of the feminist… another thing that brings the Liberals to a boil, Palin’s being a person of faith…

The Tea Party movement is another perfectly middleclass phenomenon that sets off fires of indignation with the Liberals. I could understand if they simply disagreed with the Tea Partiers. The Tea Partiers favor freedom, limited government, low taxes, and addressing the staggering debt that government is piling up. These are values that Liberals do not champion. But the Liberals have to go further, depicting the Tea Partiers as violent racists. Once again we see how fluently the Liberals lie, starting by lying to themselves.

… While writing his fine book, Our Country: The Shaping of America from Roosevelt to Reagan, (Michael Barone) discovered that there was in the late 1930s a growing resistance against the New Deal’s spreading governmental tentacles. Very much like today’s Tea Party movement Americans were becoming uneasy about the cost and coercion of FDR’s huge government projects…

Barone now believes that had World War II not arrived this late-1930s Tea Party manifestation would have supported a stiff challenge to FDR’s precedent-breaking third term. He speculates that there is something about America that makes many of its citizens relish their freedoms and suspicious of government involvement in areas Americans envisage as off-limits to government power and inefficiency…

… Whereas conservatism is fundamentally a temperament to delight in reality, in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, Liberalism is fundamentally an anxiety. The environment? The Constitution? The middleclass? Liberalism is an anxiety about reality. The Liberals prefer fantasy to reality — hence their fluency in lying about the Tea Party movement and the pulchritudinous Sarah Palin.

They hate the middle class because the middle class has made it on their own. They don’t want or need anything from the government, except to be left alone. So, this administration must bring the middle class down to the level of the poorer class. No more middle class, just a class of elites and a class of those with their hands out, thus ensuring the left’s power. So, yes, they hate the middle class. Mr. Tyrrell has a new book out entitled: After the Hangover: The Conservatives’ Road to Recovery. You can find it on Amazon if you have an interest. Read all of Mr.Tyrrell here.

Americans are alienated from their government.

Our federal government is out of control. The things they should control they do not, and the things they should keep their hands off of they do not. No wonder Americans are increasingly left feeling alienated and angry. Peggy Noonan has an excellent column in the Wall Street Journal addressing this. She says Congress and the president could help ease the alienation by doing one thing: Control our porous border and control it now before alienation and anger lead to an unraveling.

We are at a remarkable moment. We have an open, 2,000-mile border to our south, and the entity with the power to enforce the law and impose safety and order will not do it. Wall Street collapsed, taking Main Street’s money with it, and the government can’t really figure out what to do about it because the government itself was deeply implicated in the crash, and both political parties are full of people whose political careers have been made possible by Wall Street contributions. Meanwhile we pass huge laws, bills so comprehensive, omnibus and transformative that no one knows what’s in them and no one—literally, no one—knows how exactly they will be executed or interpreted. Citizens search for new laws online, pore over them at night, and come away knowing no more than they did before they typed “dot-gov.”

It is not that no one’s in control. Washington is full of people who insist they’re in control and who go to great lengths to display their power. It’s that no one takes responsibility and authority. Washington daily delivers to the people two stark and utterly conflicting messages: “We control everything” and “You’re on your own.”

All this contributes to a deep and growing alienation between the people of America and the government of America in Washington.

This is not the old, conservative and long-lampooned “I don’t trust gummint” attitude of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. It’s something new, or rather something so much more broadly and fully evolved that it constitutes something new. The right never trusted the government, but now the middle doesn’t. I asked a campaigner for Hillary Clinton recently where her sturdy, pantsuited supporters had gone. They didn’t seem part of the Obama brigades. “Some of them are at the tea party,” she said.  Snip –

It is, most recently, the result of two wars that were supposed to be cakewalks, Katrina, the crash, and the phenomenon of a federal government that seemed less and less competent attempting to do more and more by passing bigger and bigger laws.

Add to this states on the verge of bankruptcy, the looming debt crisis of the federal government, the likelihood of ever-rising taxes. Shake it all together, and you have the makings of the big alienation. Alienation is often followed by full-blown antagonism, and antagonism by breakage.

Which brings us to Arizona and its much-criticized attempt to institute a law aimed at controlling its own border with Mexico. It is doing this because the federal government won’t, and because Arizonans have a crisis on their hands, areas on the border where criminal behavior flourishes, where there have been kidnappings, murders and gang violence. If the law is abusive, it will be determined quickly enough, in the courts… Snip –

Arizona is moving forward because the government in Washington has completely abdicated its responsibility.  Snip –

The American president has the power to control America’s borders if he wants to, but George W. Bush and Barack Obama did not and do not want to, and for the same reason, and we all know what it is. The fastest-growing demographic in America is the Hispanic vote, and if either party cracks down on illegal immigration, it risks losing that vote for generations.

But while the Democrats worry about the prospects of the Democrats and the Republicans about the well-being of the Republicans, who worries about America?

No one. Which the American people have noticed, and which adds to the dangerous alienation—actually it’s at the heart of the alienation—of the age.

In the past four years, I have argued in this space that nothing can or should be done, no new federal law passed, until the border itself is secure. That is the predicate, the commonsense first step. Once existing laws are enforced and the border made peaceful, everyone in the country will be able to breathe easier and consider, without an air of clamor and crisis, what should be done next…

Instead, our national establishments deliberately allow the crisis to grow and fester, ignoring public unrest and amusing themselves by damning anyone’s attempt to deal with the problem they fear to address.

Why does the federal government do this? Because so many within it are stupid and unimaginative and don’t trust the American people. Which of course the American people have noticed.  Snip –

The American people fear they are losing their place and authority in the daily, unwinding drama of American history. They feel increasingly alienated from their government. And alienation, again, is often followed by deep animosity, and animosity by the breaking up of things. If our leaders were farsighted not only for themselves but for the country, they would fix the border.

Please read all of Peggy Noonan here:


Obama is a bully.

Dennis Kneale of CNBC has a come right out and said it, “Obama is a bully.” This is truly a refreshing column from someone who sees the president as most normal Americans do. Obama the lecturer, the condescender, the man who dislikes Americans is also, yes, a bully.

Will someone please rein in our relentlessly hectoring President? Barrack Hussein Obama has taken his gift for inspirational oratory—one of the traits that got him elected—and turned it into something darker and more insidious.

Bam is a bully. Bad enough that he bashes Wall Street, but this President has gone farther than any in modern history in putting the wrong kind of “bully” back into what Teddy Roosevelt had called the bully pulpit.

Obama’s latest broadside came over the weekend, when he vehemently criticized the state of Arizona and its (Republican) governor for passing a tough new law on illegal immigration.

The President called the measure “misguided” and all but labeled it un-American. He even ordered the Department of Justice, before the ink on this bill-signing has even dried, to examine the civil-rights “implications” of the new law. Seems like the courts and rights groups could handle that once any problem actually emerges.

Can you remember any other modern President, wagging a finger from on high, so directly and bitterly criticizing a new law passed by any state?

This is hubris at best and ignorance of the Constitution at worst. The U.S. was founded in part on the precept of states’ rights as an important counterweight to a rapacious federal government. Thus a President must step softly here, questioning gently but avoiding rancor and browbeating.  Snip –

And the worst part is, we’re barely calling out Obama the Bully on this behavior at all. We are becoming entirely too accustomed to it, failing to see it for what it really is: a striking lack of civility, and an overflow of divisiveness, from a President who had promised to give us precisely the opposite.

He has much more at the link.


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