Camille Paglia ruminates on the decline of the Democratic Party from the 1960s version she once knew.
Why has the Democratic Party become so arrogantly detached from ordinary Americans? Though they claim to speak for the poor and dispossessed, Democrats have increasingly become the party of an upper-middle-class professional elite, top-heavy with journalists, academics and lawyers (one reason for the hypocritical absence of tort reform in the healthcare bills). Weirdly, given their worship of highly individualistic, secularized self-actualization, such professionals are as a whole amazingly credulous these days about big-government solutions to every social problem. They see no danger in expanding government authority and intrusive, wasteful bureaucracy. This is, I submit, a stunning turn away from the anti-authority and anti-establishment principles of authentic 1960s leftism.
Paglia’s critique explains the anger that many Americans, including some long-time Democrats, feel toward the current government.
Adam Graham takes a fresh look at the Congressional leadership’s dismissive attitude toward the raucous town hall crowds. What we are witnessing, he says, is a fundamental ignorance of the first rule in customer service: “The Customer is always right.”
Those of us who have worked customer service know well that many Americans get quite nasty when things go wrong. Those who are getting out of hand at town halls have likely gotten out of hand over not getting tomatoes on their salad. But it never occurred to me to tell a customer irate about his computer warranty that he was being un-American.
Most customers kept it under control and often said: “I’m not mad at you. You didn’t create this problem.”
At town hall meetings, however, voters are talking to some of the people who helped create the problem. Yet our members of Congress think they are the public’s masters, not their servants. Customer service representatives from every industry in this country may have to field the wrath of people dissatisfied with the product, the service, or the company policies, but members of Congress apparently should be immune from such wrath by virtue of them being members of Congress.
In 2010, the customers just might take their business elsewhere.
Peggy Noonan accurately captures the angry mood of America this summer, and the “let ’em eat cake” attitude of the Democratic Party machine in response.
What the town-hall meetings represent is a feeling of rebellion, an uprising against change they do not believe in. And the Democratic response has been stunningly crude and aggressive. It has been to attack.
Read the whole article. As Noonan goes on to explain, if Obama and his Democratic allies would back off, listen more and accuse less, they might have a better chance of getting somewhere. But like King George so long ago, this government is showing contempt for its subjects, and the subjects are responding in the only way left to them.
This could get ugly.
Wow, the recession is worse than I thought. Did you know that 500 million Americans lose their jobs every month?
Millions, billions, gadzillions — what’s a few numbers among friends, eh?
If the Democratic health plan is so great for the nation, why have its authors exempted Congress from it?
The irony here is that under the health reform he is sponsoring, it is unlikely that Sen. Ted Kennedy would have gotten the treatment he needed for his brain tumor if his case had to be reviewed by some cost-effectiveness board.
The likelihood is that if Ted Kennedy were British and subject to the tender mercies of that nation’s National Health System, he’d be dead by now.
And this is supposed to be an improvement??!!
Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass) (the D stands for Democrat, in case you’re wondering) is seeking prosecutions against those responsible for the financial crisis. Good call, Barney. An IBD editorial suggests that he start by looking in a mirror.
His conflicts are obvious and outrageous, and his refusal to countenance reforms of Fannie and Freddie contributed mightily to today’s meltdown.