A terrible thing has happened to the Democratic Party. America’s security was threatened on not one, but two fronts. ISIS was bad enough, but who could have imagined that the president would be chewing up his Saturday morning airtime three weeks before midterms talking about disease?
Politics is a lot simpler in some countries than in the U.S. In other places, if you take over the government you kill the opposition. If you are feeling generous you put them in prison. When your enemies get the upper hand and return to power, they kill you.
How do you sell a middle class bailout when the recession is over and you have taken credit for the economy coming back, when Washington is wallowing in debt, and when you have to promise more spending for votes? You fall back on catchy political slogans that don’t sound like slogans and repeat them until people believe them.
It must be hard for people to trust America when our president exploits his fundamental mistrust of everything our country stands for to sway opinion in his favor. For those who voted for Barack Obama, is it possible to still trust America when he claims to believe in our nation of laws?
When you don’t have a clue what you are doing you fall back on what you know. For Barack Obama, that means coercing social change by keeping America divided and angry. Our ex-activist, rabble-rousing president knows the money isn’t there to buy the illusion of prosperity.
The only political issues Republicans should be concerned about this year have to do with bad government in all its guises (see: Bad Government, Bad Deals, and Failed Bills). Why are conservative politicians making headlines this week with two losing issues they should have the good sense to leave alone?
Helping the poor would be a good thing if we could do it right. Demands to do it wrong makes helping the poor the most dangerous political issue of this election year. It will hurt us not because we are afraid to take a stand against throwing money at poverty, but because we won’t voice outrage at an agenda determined to use the bottom to control the top.