For those dreading the day that the president applies the “broken” label to our democracy, you can stop worrying. That day has come. At a time when leadership counts, Barack Obama seemed to be telling on himself when he remarked during a Democratic National Committee event that “democracy is messy,”1 and “our system is broken to a large degree.”
Illegal immigration is a contentious issue, but does disagreeing with Obama administration policy make a conservative blog a threat to national security? Civil Candor has had nine visits from the Homeland Security domain since Latin America and Obama Fight Alabama’s Immigration Law was posted on Sunday.
To those in Washington who used to call yourselves friends and colleagues of Anthony Weiner, and have been publicly lambasting him for his alleged indiscretions, you can stop now. Enough sanctimony. Whether we are talking extramarital affairs, campaign fund abuses, influence peddling, White House trysts, lies, drugs, prostitutes, or any of the other unsavory behaviors engaged in by public figures over the years, this is a much bigger deal for you than it is for us.
Months of posturing on the House and Senate floors while battling over tax rates and unemployment benefits culminated in Tuesday night’s feigned display of brotherhood during the State of the Union address. Legislators made sure we knew that they were laying down their partisan pretensions by sitting next to the enemy during the president’s big speech.
During the now-forgotten controversy over extending the Bush tax rates, harsh invective ruled the day. The escalating war of words linked the wealthy to financial firms blamed for precipitating the recession, as if anyone making over $250,000 annually was by necessity employed on Wall Street.
While perusing the produce aisle of a grocery store last Saturday, I overheard a woman telling her companion that “Tea Partiers are killing Democrats in Arizona.” She had received a text message from a family member, so she knew her statement to be true, even though the shootings had been in the news for the past hour, and other than the usual media speculation, there was no evidence that any political group was involved.
2010 was a bad one, folks. At year’s end unemployment is barely changed. Small businesses are still struggling. We are so desperate for good economic news that favorable changes in indicators that would have gone unnoticed before the recession bring frenzied news flashes about a recovery.