Politicians are not listening. And that is probably a good thing for the country.
Of course, I will explain.
A recent poll found a lot of disgruntled Americans. About 63 percent of those polled said it would be better for the country if most of Congress was not re-elected. Only 19 percent said it would be better if most people now in Congress were re-elected.
Does that sound like a winter of discontent to you? To most politicians it sounds like…well, it does not sound like anything to them. Because they apparently are not listening.
Big majorities of the public say they are opposed to something. Politicians in Washington keep trying to “ram it through.” Healthcare reform is a good example, of course. So are various new taxes and the increasing of old ones. So is the card-check for union membership. (It wipes out the secret ballot for workers deciding whether to allow a union into their workplace. Most don’t want card-check. Politicians are determined to vote it in by back-door methods.)
An aside: Not many Americans like being insulted by even the name of the bill. It is a bill which wipes out the right of secret ballot. It is titled Employee Free Choice Act. This is like taking away a woman’s right to vote and calling it Aid to Women Act. It is about as cynical as a legislator can be.
In this winter of discontent voters have abandoned both parties in great numbers. They have soured on President Obama in record percentages for the first year of a presidency. Millions have turned to the Tea Party movement. Because they feel nobody in either party is listening to them.
They’ve got that right.
A poll out last week told us 35 percent of likely voters believe we need a new political party.
Could any bunch of politicians be more tone deaf? More out of touch? More elitist? The public has been crying out for less spending, less pork, for a decade. Do you see even the slightest sign of less spending, less pork out of Washington? Even a hint of it? A whiff?
Our President wants to talk some more with the public about his healthcare bill. He wants to try to persuade Republicans, on television, to support it. Won’t somebody have the courage to stand up and say to him “Mr. President, with all due respect, A FAT MAJORITY OF AMERICANS JUST DO NOT, DO NOT, DO NOT WANT THIS!!!! KNOCK IT OFF, PLEASE, SIR.”
This discontent is a good thing. It truly is. Because it has raised sooo many hackles. It has stirred sooo many to protest. It has aroused sooo many to take action.
Our politicians are indeed out of touch and insensitive. The only way to reach them in their ivory towers is to storm the towers and shake them to their foundations. Only then will the pols take notice.
We are fortunate that our system allows and encourages such action – by many means, including the ballot. Americans are right now shaking those foundations. And we will eventually have some changes. One way or another, the people will be heard.
From Tom ... as in Morgan.
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