I believe there are now enough Americans with their heads on straight who are finally so disgusted with the cumulative ongoing political insults that have left our country dangerously vulnerable and exposed. Our midterm elections surely point in that direction and we’ve had many congressional hearings that stunningly reveal the facts of these insults though we cannot stop the deluge of disrespect coming from the top. It’s feeling increasingly like we’ve reached a saturation point that tells us change must come.
Our Commander-In-Chief’s cavalier dismissal of the results from our midterm elections tellingly reveals who runs our country. It suggests a self-absorbed individual who cannot integrate information that runs counter to his fiercely held ideological beliefs that are inflexibly administered often without due process of law. He makes clear his political agenda will be implemented in spite of congressional or public opinion. He knows best.
Here are a couple of recent insults that feel outrageous: For one, I refer to a villain named Michael Brown who attempted to kill a white cop in Ferguson, Missouri and whose death resulted in a frightening racial divide that has destroyed lives and businesses there. Black men die with frequent regularly in America often at the hands of other black men but when a white policeman is forced to defend his life from a black thug, the dynamic changes. That Brown was responsible for the bullets that killed him has little to do with the devastating racial hatred that resulted from his death. Truth hardly matters. Al Sharpton, Obama’s appointed race hustler, a man detested by many, incited much of the violence with the president’s approval. Interesting that a black man like Obama supported by an electorate with little racism in its heart, feels compelled to inspire these riots while he insidiously plays both sides and still manages to fool many. He shouldn’t.
Jonathan Gruber was sufficiently chastised by a congressional committee last week. He apologized repeatedly for having stated his unvarnished perception of ObamaCare. He described Americans as stupid and made clear he helped pull the wool over their eyes by deceiving them about the real intent of ObamaCare. His hypocrisy amazes but aside from that you have to wonder how this shrewd man who played a large role in designing Obamacare would brazenly come forward to reveal his contempt and then call Americans stupid for believing it. Did he reveal his hand because of personal shock that enough Americans could actually succumb to such an elaborate subterfuge or was his arrogance so out of proportion that he believed he could get away with it? His boss Obama did! Why not him?
Narcissism abounds; it is the raging personality disorder of our times characterized by an excessive sense of self-importance. Gruber’s revelations confirm what we should already know; Obama and the Democratic congress deceived us. And our Supreme Court too. They should have rightfully squelched OC and done the job that we had every right to expect the highest court in our land to do. In fact, few stood up against it with the exception of Ted Cruz who was chastised for taking a courageous symbolic stand. He represented the mostly silent majority. Why silent? Because outrageously OC remains the law of the land without one single Republican vote and was voted into law by derelict party-deceived Democrats who never read the new health care law. Wouldn’t we rightfully terminate any employee for that? Perhaps we have with November’s Republican congressional windfall that at least declares our profound disappointment and disgust. But it took a long time to happen.
The Betrayal of Feinstein’s CIA Report
Another recent still evolving insult involves California’s not-so-illustrious Senator Diane Feinstein who with the Senate Intelligence Committee issued her Feinstein Report which exposes our CIA and former President GW Bush for their use of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques on captured Islamic terrorists. These terrorists are the worst sort of enemies; they’d cut us down in the most gruesome ways if the shoe were on the other foot. We’ve seen it demonstrated globally by ISIS and American beheadings, 9/11, the murder of Jews in Jerusalem and in France. This parting shot from the already disgraced senate Democrats sullies their credibility further.
More information has emerged regarding this Democratic betrayal of the CIA. Individual CIA names have been released and death threats are made now against CIA operatives and their families. These enhanced techniques were authorized by President Bush at a time just after 9/11 when intelligence threats suggested more terrorist attacks against America were coming. Should these threats have been ignored? These techniques saved American lives. Why now take the moral high ground and cherry pick for information among CIA documents that support your perspective without allowing the CIA to defend themselves to a senate with a clear political agenda. To jeopardize CIA lives now 13 years later, sends a vile message that Democratic congressmen can and will betray you. And why bring it up at the same time as the Gruber hearings? Perhaps to dispel Gruber’s Obama damning revelations? This behavior is specious and consistent with an administration that lacks conscience.
We know too that active duty military personnel have lost faith in our leadership. We shouldn’t be surprised. Re-enlistment is down and our captains and majors are being forced to retire. It couldn’t happen at a worse time but perhaps this too reflects the stupidity of America – that we’re allowing these dangerous acts to take place.
Am I suggesting Americans are stupid? There are many Americans who are not, and others who lead successful lives but cannot think outside their self-imposed political beliefs. They’re relegated to an ideology that disallows self-examination even as their belief system has lost its principled values. Under such circumstances, common sense is not a gift that guarantees good judgment. It can be viewed as a punishment because those who have it have to deal with those who do not. And there appear to be plenty.
Why are deep-seated personal beliefs placed before facts and truth? Deceptive talking points dominate discernably and are often supported by individuals paid to knowingly deceive the public, like Gruber whose duplicity surfaced only because he dared to declare his own contempt for the law he crafted. Not surprisingly, many cannot discern truth from fiction. If you peddle falsehood repetitively, it takes on a life of its own and is presumed by many to be true.
When the head of a country promotes lies with charismatic agility, he is perceived to be credible by many even when the lies catch up. When one party accuses the other of promoting a war on women when in fact no such war exists, the party that touts the most effective lies often wins the point. When our media loses its journalistic integrity, and promotes false information to support their belief system, truth is disregarded. When facts and legitimacy hardly matter, deception dominates and truth is harder to identify especially when those in positions of leadership do not stand up for the truth they know.
This climate of deception maligns good people when we need them most, and democratic allies who do far more good than not (like Israel), and experienced politicians who respect our constitution while standing proud for America. It conversely elevates hideous groups (like Hamas) and countries who commit egregious human rights violations (like Iran) while seeking more power, including nuclear, that can only lead to more human suffering and misfortune. The consequences of evil grow exponentially while good becomes increasingly less in evidence.
We can see when deception and loss of trust filters down from the top in a country that heretofore helped maintain the balance of power, it has a devastating ripple effect which impacts the world. That such a leader would be reelected a second time does not reflect well on the citizens of that country. I naturally refer to America and its electorate. Fool me twice and stupidity becomes a real consideration when such a man as this abuses power dangerously and still gets reelected. We know America has switched sides. Our enemies have become friends while our allies are challenged and misjudged. How else to explain the rising anti-Semitism that feels unquenchable.
If I were to grade Americans on their powers of observation, their perceptual skills, their mastery of information (hence the term low-information-voters), their common sense and ability to find news sources that promote reliable information, I’d be forced to give the American people a low grade. Many are finally waking up and discovering things are awry and not as they should be. Some are also reconsidering their voting behavior recognizing they misjudged the man in power. Better late than never though it disappoints. Change too has come to the Republican Party whose demonstrated strength was apparent in the November midterm elections. High quality Republican candidates fielded the dicey issues with political dexterity avoiding pitfalls that entrapped them before.
The facts speak for themselves: Fifty-five percent of all state legislative seats are now held by Republicans – that’s unprecedented since the 1920s. They have single party control in most of the south and legislative majority in 30 states, which adversely hurts Democrats in the next round of redistricting. The Republican Party has a significant pool of leadership talent, which can be relied upon in 2016. The next presidential contender may come from one of our well run states or will certainly use the current and impressive crop of Republican governors as role models. This puts the Republican party at a decided advantage if they carefully rise above the traps Obama will most certainly create in his characteristically underhanded approach to dealing with the opposing party. How this lethal political game will evolve remains to be seen but Republicans for the first time can use their majority to help navigate through choppy political waters. If they use it wisely they can succeed in effectively overcoming the slickest president we’ve seen whose administration will not be noted for its transparency or high ethical standards.