The Electorate is Dumb, but Republicans Lead the Way

October 12, 2010

(ChattahBox Op/Ed) – The electorate is rather dumb.  And if I offend you along the way so be it because I know it’s time we had a real discussion about the blame game.  Oh, I am not delusional.  I know that those who vote have pea sized memories, and that is just such a sad reflection of the American mindset as it relates to politics, but I don’t want to get off track here.  I want to be sure I target my words to those of you who vote, Republicans and Democrats alike.

ABC News and Yahoo released a Langer Research Poll yesterday showing that 85% of those queried are “angry” about the economy.  I would be one of them, and I’m not sure what the other 15% are thinking, but I’m assuming they are either extremely wealthy Republicans and they are most assuredly Tea Party cheerleaders, of that I am certain.Among these numbers we find that 12% of Democrats are in the angry category.  30% of Independents are angry.  And, no surprise here, 41% are Republicans.  As we dig deeper in to these number, we also see that 54% of the respondents blame both parties, but here is where it gets interesting and requires a trip down memory lane.

35% are angry at the Democrats because of the economy and only 10 % are angry with Republicans because of the economy.  It’s that differential that tells the whole story and makes my point perfectly:  the American people have forgotten how we got here to being with.

Let me help you out.

The economy while William Jefferson Clinton was president was robust.  I clearly remember debate about how to spend our surplus.  What is the best strategy to use the surplus?  Do we pay down debt?  Do we invest in infrastructure?  It was a conversation that had never happened in this country before, and clearly will never happen again my lifetime, even if I live a long and fruitful life.  But economic disaster didn’t happen by accident.  We can argue that at the end of the Clinton years we were beginning to see more recessionary inflation, but even if that were totally true, and I am not conceding that point in the least, there were measures in place to control that.

So what happened?

George W. Bush happened, and 9/11, and the mistruths that led us into an ill advised war, and the trillions of dollars of debt that are accruing as a result of one simple and disastrous decision.  Lying the world into war, Bush in all his and Dick Cheney’s insanity took us to a place we currently can’t leave.  Thousands of men and women and troops from around the globe have been murdered in the name of democracy, creating a reverberation that will be felt for many generations to come.

War is hell, no question that is true, but what George W. Bush did in that one single act of lying was to create a domino effect whose imprint will be forever stamped in history and on society.  His dastardly and deadly leadership is felt in every corner of this country.  From every pre-school, to every factory.  From every Credit Union to every dollar store.  George W. Bush created a new level of poverty, and as the recent Census proved, the gap between the rich and the poor grew radically during the Bush years.  It’s all true, and it’s all provable and all of you nay-Sayers know it.

I am not comforted by the realization of how our society was raped by political leadership who used a horrific act upon my country to further their conservative ideology and war loving agenda.  I am reminded on a daily basis as I watch my own neighbors struggle to make ends meet because the life they worked hard for was taken away by an economy that was stressed and stretched until it broke in two.  Although I want to be clear that I do not blame George W. Bush for 9/11, I do blame him and Cheney for their reaction, their abuse of patriotism, and their hijacking of the American way of life that was forever changed because of them and their horrendous and criminal decisions.

But, the American electorate people are dumb.  How quickly and easily they are led to slaughter by political spin doctors and talking heads.  The old axiom is true that if you say it long enough it becomes believable.  I’ll give the Republican’s that much.  Like Cujo, they rabidly don’t let go no matter what the truth is and the dumb get dumber.

The numbers cited bode better for Democrats as they better understand how we got here.  The Republicans just can’t own their own truth; that is was their leadership that caused and created the disaster we are still mired in.

I am not delusional.  The Stimulus is not working as well as we hoped.  The housing market is still in the dumps.  Unemployment is still at unacceptable levels, and the economic indicators are rebounding way too slowly, but we also have to be mindful of where we have come from to understand where we need to go.

President Obama did not cause this economic disaster, but he sure as hell has to live with it and he knew that going in.  There is much more work to do before we will see any real change in the economy, in any way that is truly progressive and measurable, but with that said, let’s us not forget our history and remind ourselves that much more sacrifice will be made before we turn the corner.  Yeah, I’m angry, too, but I ‘m angry at the people who did this to us not those that are trying to fix it.

And you can save your vitriol for those who are uninformed.  I am informed and empowered by truth, and the simple truth is that once again the Party of the elephant has a bad memory, mostly because it’s convenient.  Convenience has never served us well in times of need.  Wrap your mind around that truth.

I know why Republican’s are angry; it’s mostly because they know it was their elected leadership that caused this problem.  It’s hard to live in the truth, but stop spreading lies and deception about the economy for there is no honest victory or honor in winning this way.  And you all know it, whether you admit it or not.

Tony Trupiano is a former national syndicated progressive radio talk show host, author, and a former candidate for Congress. He is also a nationally recognized media trainer.  He can be reached at tony@mediatony.com.


Comments

5 Responses to “The Electorate is Dumb, but Republicans Lead the Way”

  1. shayne on October 12th, 2010 11:54 am

    Good stuff and right on target.

  2. ChuckR on October 12th, 2010 12:57 pm

    It seems to me you have your own selective memory. Clinton’s budget surplus was in his final year, with a republican house – the house is the one that sets the spending. If I tell you how much you can spend, should you get credit for the savings?
    There is also the fact that Bush took office at the end of the dot com bubble – that’s right, in a recession. Sorry to tarnish the shine on your dream, but facts are facts.

    As to what to do with the surplus, Bush did the only ethical thing available, give it back to the folks that sent it. Did they go overboard with cuts in 2001 and 2003, yep they did.

    Now add in that the mounting Bush era deficits climbed in the last two years, and look again at who had control of the House, yep. Democrats.

    You Democrats seem to like to gloss over that little detail. Fortunately most of you don’t even know who’s really been in charge of Congress.

    One last piece of the pie, Bush’s ill advised costly war – the deficit increase for that was less than Obama and his friends has spent in the past year alone.

    Spin away, we too have access to the truth.

    I doubt this will make your comment sections, but you’ll see it and know.

  3. Jimmy James on October 12th, 2010 12:58 pm

    “The economy while William Jefferson Clinton was president was robust. I clearly remember debate about how to spend our surplus”

    Haha, I find it interesting how you decide that voters have “pea sized memories” and yet, here we are, with YOU that has a pea sized memory. I don’t know what “surplus” you are talking about that Bill Clinton left, but I do know about the “myth” that has gone around so many times that people like you believe in.

    Let me ask you this… Did the US Debt go UP or DOWN during Clinton’s eight years in office? The answer is UP! He raised the US Debt by $1.39 TRILLION dollars!!!!!!!! (http://www.craigsteiner.us/articles/16) He took (ie. added) from the US Debt to put money into his last year’s operating budget to make it appear as an operating surplus. Debt it debt, no matter how you fix the numbers.

    “…the American people have forgotten how we got here to being with.”

    The “American” people have forgotten? You my friend are the one that has forgotten, or maybe you just really don’t know. Do you not know what party decided that every American deserves to have a home? It was the Democrat party that decided this. During the Clinton years, they forced Fanny and Freddy and countless other banks to offer “NINJA” loans. What are NINJA loans you ask? Simple, NINJA loans are loans give to people with No Income, No Jobs or Assets. Yep, good ol’ Democrats felt the rich were too rich, and the poor too poor, and that the poor deserve to own something even if they have no way to pay for it, EVER! (http://www.businessweek.com/the_thread/hotproperty/archives/2008/02/clintons_drive.html)

    “I know why Republican’s are angry; it’s mostly because they know it was their elected leadership that caused this problem”

    NO, you DON”T know why Republican’s are angry. We are angry because idiots like you think that Clinton left a surplus. Idiots like you think the economic disaster happened because of Bush politics and are NOT willing to except that the disaster was long in the making and started with a president before G.W.Bush (of which he only made worse.) YOU my friend are not willing to except that the “spread the wealth” mentality of the Democratic Party is actually what caused this.

    Here is my favorite part. Democrats love to say they saw the housing collapse coming and they tried to tell the Republicans but the Republicans didn’t want ANY regulation on the banking industry. Oh really? If you believe this lie, then feel free to watch the following video of a Congressional Hearing about regulating the banking industry, and YOU tell ME which party was the naive party? -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MGT_cSi7Rs&feature=related

  4. majii on October 12th, 2010 4:53 pm

    Trupiano,

    You’re exactly right, and I, like you, have known it all along. There’s really no use discussing anything with someone who embraces an alternate view of reality sold to him/her by others with whom they have nothing in common, but the power-brokers invest a lot of time into convincing the “unwashed masses” that they are “just like you.”

    Yeah, riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight!

  5. udamdirtyape on November 16th, 2010 12:11 pm

    It is true that the American electorate is dumb, and that people here are capable of extraordinary acts of doublethink. Working class republicans are deluded for believing that they will one day be the rich, and democrats are fools for thinking that their party’s core policy is any different from that of the republicans. We have a neatly disguised one party system here in America. The party of wealth and privilege. The rule of law seems to count for very little these days. Every few years we flip a coin and worry about what side it lands on, but fail to realize that it is the same coin no matter what side it lands on. I find republicans to be repugnant but I find democrats to be only slightly less repugnant. Both parties and the media treat political discourse, something that should be deadly serious, as sport. Talking about who “won” debates instead of analyzing what was said. The powers that be are playing a game of “good-cop, bad-cop” with us. They are waving shiny trifles in front of us while pulling the rug out from under all of us. The American Empire is dying, wile the American Republic died a long time ago.

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