“Meanwhile back in America” are the words that kept coming to Peggy Noonan’s mind as she watched President Obama deliver his State of the Union address. She was referring to how out of touch our government and those who live in the beltway are with the real America. Noonan provided three examples to make her case. She, of course, had dozens of examples to choose from. It’s a good article, but what caught attention and what I want to talk about today is her closing, which is quoted below. It is the parts I put in bold that I want to discuss.
All these things—the pushing around of nuns, the limiting of freedoms that were helping kids get a start in life, the targeting of conservative groups—all these things have the effect of breaking bonds of trust between government and the people. They make citizens see Washington as an alien and hostile power.
Washington sees the disaffection. They read the polls, they know.
They call it rage. But it feels more like grief. Like the loss of something you never thought you’d lose, your sense of your country and your place in it, your rights in it.
“They calll it rage. But it feels more like grief.” Wow! How sad is that? Peggy Noonan has, in my opinion, put her finger on exactly what is wrong with Americans today. WHERE IS THE RAGE? For at least the last decade, Americans have had every reason to be in a state of rage. Instead, they are grieving for the America that was. In other words, they are feeling sorry for themselves. Your humble observer of the asylum we all have to live in finds that pathetic!
I no longer recognize the America of today. Maybe i t is more obvious to me because I’ve been on outside looking in for over two decades. But, more disturbing than that is that I no longer understand my fellow Americans.
What does it take for Americans to get mad these days? What does it take for Americans to stand-up for themselves? There was a movie some years back (I can’t remember the title) where people were hanging out of their windows yelling: “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more!” That’s the way I feel and surely most conservative/libertarians feel feel that way too. But, we spend most of our time talking to each other. That’s not all bad. We need to keep encouraging each other and we need to know that we are not alone. But, dear friends, we (you) have to do more. We (you) have to take on the low information voters; those who robotically vote for the candidate that has an “R” or a “D” after their name with no thought about what the candidate stands for. We (you) have to get in-their-faces with example after example of how the current “R’s” and “D’s”are destroying our country, our culture, and our economy. If Americans don’t get mad, if they don’t enter a state of rage and manifest that rage in the ballot box by throwing all the bums out, then one of two things will happen to Americans. They will either go meekly into the night as the Romans did or something will happen that will cause a violent eruption of that pent-up rage and there will be an incredible cost, as a good friend recently said to me, in terms of life and treasure.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?