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 firstname.lastname@example.org.