Democrats Channel Rhett Butler

For some reason, even though we did not host Thanksgiving here, and none of us overdid during the day (I even convinced my MIL to eliminate the pasta course) yesterday most of us around here were like zombies, unable to do much more than grunt at each other and read or nap.

In the later part of the afternoon, Buster convinced me to go out for a cup of coffee and a game of chess, but the fact that I beat him tells you that even he was not in his proper head. Zombieland was leftovers, books, King of the Hill, and I didn’t even give the news more than a passing glance because it was all so depressing; I could either dive into the headlines and produce the vulgar rant that would quickly build within me, or I could take a day off and try to bring a fresher mind to it, today.

I took the day off. My mind is no fresher. I look at the headlines and the vulgarity comes to the fore.

It becomes increasingly clear the Democrats have become the party that does not give a crap about what mainstream America thinks or wants. They have decided that owning both houses of congress and the White House means they do not have any particular responsibility toward fundamental ethics-in-governance, honesty, accountability or transparency. This goes beyond simply tsking, “imagine how they’d be screaming if Bush (or anyone with an R after their name) were doing this…”

The Democrat congress that promised to “drain the swamp” and usher in a new era of everything good and open and uncorrupted has proved that it does not actually give a crap about any of that.

Do you see an abuse of power in the President of the United States firing an Inspector General (and attempting to slander his mental capacities) in order to cover up a misuse of funds involving a sex scandal, and do you wonder why Congress is not investigating same?

Well the answer is the Democrats have absolute majorities in both houses, and they don’t give a crap that you see an abuse of power in the White House; the guy in the White House is a Democrat, so there is nothing to see. Shut up. “We are the majority,” say the Democrats, “and we don’t give a crap about it.”

Do you see something intrinsically corrupt and disoriented in a US President and Attorney General ignoring a clear case of voter intimidation in the last election, and in Congress’ silence on the issue? There is nothing to see. It was just a guy with a baton, who happened to be standing outside a polling place uttering innocuous words about putting the right man in office; if he intimidated anyone, they -the intimidated- must have issues. Shut up. “We are the majority,” say the Democrats, “and we don’t give a crap about it.”

If you are concerned that the Attorney General is overstepping himself when he declares that taxpayer money may be used to fund a dubious “community service” organization -one that the President promised would have a voice in shaping his policies, but which the Congress had already defunded due to its questionable practices- don’t bother taking it up with Mrs. Pelosi or Mr. Reid. There is nothing to see, here. Just shut up. Mrs. Pelosi and Mr. Reid and their Democrats do not give a crap about it.

If you are concerned about a President naming dozens (nay, scores) of “czars” within his administration, like little politburo minions, all put into power without congressional oversight, and accountable only to the president? Well, it’s sweet that you care, but the Democrat congress is in the majority, and while some of its regal members make a point about being addressed by the title for which they have worked so hard, that superficial trapping and deference-due is all they’re looking for. They do not really care whether a Democrat president has sidestepped their oversight and neutered them. Shut up. The Democrat majority is preening, and they do not give a crap about czars and constitutional checks and balances just now.

If an inconvenient truth seems to be bearing down upon us
, and you believe the congress, which has been fervently embracing the lie for nearly a decade, needs to investigate how and why the lie gained so much credence and power over so much of our lives, well save your breath for your porridge. What story? What so-called “truth?” Can you google it? Is there a story? Do you see anyone in the press even writing about it? We just had dinner with Katie Couric at the White House, and she didn’t mention it! If it’s not even on the radar of the press, there what are you talking about? Whaaa? Climategate whaa? Never heard of it. We plan on force-feeding green policies deeply into the gut of American life, because we’re the people who are going to save the planet, and you’ll eat it and like it, because-its-good-for-you-shut-up. We Democrats are in the majority, and we do not give a crap if you have questions or if the science is unsettled, or even rigged, after all. There is a movement to further, and we do not give a crap if the whole thing is a lie.

If you simply want to understand why our current government is in such a rush to implement (or force) unpopular (and seriously unaffordable)policies onto America -even as our friends across the ocean are busily hammering up signs shouting “Here be Monsters,” and trying to warn us away from dangerous waters- well, it’s because shut up. The Democrats do not give a crap about your quaint wonderings.

In the headlines, I see an American president who does as he damn pleases and serves himself and his pals, before the American people. I see a congress that is comfortable living in full-scale betrayal of their own pre-election rhetoric, and rather contemptuous of the people it claims to rule serve and to protect; contemptuous of their values and contemptuous of their concerns, contemptuous of the very idea of exceptionalism, except for themselves.

Perhaps they reason that if the American people were stupid enough to believe them (and the press that abetted them in all their lies, in all their faked indignation about cronyism, partisanship, ethics, transparency and personal character) then they really do not have to care. Why should they -the glorious they- be held accountable to the easily duped?

If there are noisy, unsophisticated rubes ranting on about a full-scale betrayal of democratic values in America, the Democrats are not listening and have somewhere else to be; the limosines are waiting, the private jet engines are running, despite the planet-death, and the Democrats are on their way out the door, which has opened upon a misty darkness. They have their coats over their arms and as the America they helped to overindulge and spoil calls out, “but what are we doing, where are we going,” they look back only briefly, in deep disdain.

Frankly, my dears, they don’t give a crap.

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  • http://amba12.wordpress.com amba

    Unlike you, I feel much better since a couple of inconvenient truths have come out: Climategate and what I think of as Tittygate (the buried provision in the health care bill that the “advisory” outfit that has changed the mammogram guidelines would indeed be setting policy). I think the momentum has already been cut off at the knees. Short of a military coup, which I am not paranoid enough to expect of either of our corrupt parties, the pendulum is already well on its way back, hopefully not to the other extreme. I do not believe the Democrats will be in power long enough to carry through their particular form of harm.

  • Bob S

    Actually, there is a third possibility: a military coup d’etat by the military for itself against both parties. Do we have a Pinochet someplace?

  • Kurt

    I hope you are right, amba, but I don’t feel any better than the Anchoress does. Compelling as the evidence of taint is, climategate is still a fringe story thriving in certain sectors of the internet and in the reader comments for stories on the mainstream press websites, but still too far from the headlines for most people to have noticed, much less, to have grasped its significance. On Thanksgiving, I went to dinner at the home of a friend who voted for Obama where the other guests were also Obama voters–including one who works in an environmental government agency. They started talking about the risk to historic and cultural treasures posed by the imminent melting of the polar icecaps and the rising of the oceans. Either they are blithely unaware of climategate, or they are such true believers that they have already dismissed it from their minds. I didn’t say anything. Then the one who works at the governmental agency started talking about how of course the stimulus hasn’t helped yet because it took so many years to cause the problem, and that the real problem was that Americans are such greedy whiners who deserved the mess they got. Some people just have their brains on auto-pilot, it seems, and they proceed along on whatever information the mainstream press programs them to receive.

  • Kelleybee

    Rant and rave, dear A. You are doing good work!!

  • http://agangershome.blogspot.com Subvet

    The alternative to the Democrats is…? If the Republicans hadn’t done their own share of nest soiling there would have been a clearer alternative to vote for in 2006 & 2008. Since then, instead of working to clean up their act they’ve worked on becoming “Democrat Lite”. This is clearly evidenced by the RNC chair happily chirping that they’ll be more “inclusive” in the future.

    It’s often said there isn’t a dime worth of difference between the two parties. Unfortunately that is becoming more true every day.

    So, we’re either a part of the solution or a part of the problem.

    How many reading this blog have bothered doing more than vent their spleen via a keyboard lately?

    If we want the country back, we need to W-O-R-K for it. That means doing something more than jacking one’s jaws about how the country is going to Hell.

    Otherwise, look for more of the same old same old in the future.

    [I'm sorry, did you see any high praise from me about the GOP? No? I didn't think so. The fact is the GOP is irrelevant. They can't investigate anything, they can't move anything. They are not just "out of power," they are "way" out of power, and yes, to some extent they did that to themselves. To another extent, the "purists" in the conservative movement helped to render irrelevant any achievable opposition to the Dems because in '06 they said, "let's lose in '06 to win in '08" and then in '08 they refused to coalesce because they could not find a candidate "pristine" enough for their vote. Romney was too Mormon, Rudy was too NY, Huckabee was too gladhanding, etc, etc, etc. And I see nothing that has changed, btw. In '12 I'm going to hear from the same people who couldn't let go of Thompson when it was clear he was not interested, only they'll be demanding "Palin or nothing," and I am not convinced she will have been able to rehabilitate her political wounds by then. By my lights, I can see Obama winning again, simply because the GOP will be too limpid, and the conservatives will be too Yosemite Sam-for-Palin. So yes, look for more in the future. As I said a million times in '06 - if conservatives cannot find a way to accept the "Reagan 75%" (meaning understand that a candidate/president cannot give you ALL of what you want, every time, and don't kneecap him so we can't stay in the game) then they (and the GOP) won't be on the table at all. That sort of uncohesiveness is, I believe, what Pelosi/Reid and Obama are counting on and it is why they don't give a crap. -admin]

  • Stephanie

    “It becomes increasingly clear the Democrats have become the party that does not give a crap about what mainstream America thinks or wants.”
    Really? I understand that YOU think that, and that the Democrats don’t care what REPUBLICANS want. But I guess I don’t get where “all mainstream americans” agree with you- guess most of the voters aren’t “mainstream americans”.

    [Actually, Steph, I do think that most voters, Democrats and Republican and Indies, are "mainstream America." And all indications are that they do not like the absurd spending that Obama/Pelosi/Reid have ushered in, they don't like the healthcare bill, they don't like the KSM trial happening in NYC, etc, etc. Americans are a forgiving bunch, and they may still "personally like" the president, but they don't like what he's doing. Those who are AWARE of the ACORN and voter intimidation stories don't like the Obama/Holder positions. It helps that the press is selective in what gets covered, of course. And there will always be the 30% who love O, just like the 30% who loved Bush, but "mainstream" America is making lots of unhappy noises, right now, and the response of the Democrats who are in complete control seems very much to be: we don't care what you think. -admin]

  • http://runswithangels.wordpress.com/ Team Bender

    I agree with Anchoress on this – I don’t remember ever feeling like there has been so much ‘in-your-face’ crap going on before. I think the tea parties were the rumblings of a quiet beginning to very uncertain times; I can’t see us ‘mainstreamers’ (and I do agree that most Americans are mainstream; problem is that too many of us are unedjikatid) just sitting back and letting all this happen to us without fighting back. Obama, Holder, Emmanuel – these are three scary men.

    I really don’t want my children to inherit a country that is so radically different from the one they were born in.

  • YogusBearus

    Stephanie, I’m starting to see the real mainstream Americans as sick of both parties. We are starting to realize that our current crop has only a passing interest in what’s best for the country and are all about how to remain in power. While I would love to have a alternative, I suspect we’re going have to hold our collective noses and work hard to elect people with at least a bit of decency and integrity.

    It is so sad…

  • Terrye

    I agree with the Anchoress on this. The Democrats do not care what anyone else thinks, and that is just fine with folks like Stephanie.

    As for the GOP, they are actually doing better and they have a chance to offer an alternative, if the my way or the highway folks don’t mess it up for them. I happen to agree with Anchoress on this as well.

  • Stephanie

    Well, I can agree with Yogus Bearus- sick of both parties sums it up. And while a majority may not like the spending, or the current health care bill, neither do they agree on HOW things should be resolved- for example, I believe a majority favors some kind of universal coverage even if they don’t like some of the details of the current proposal.
    But how many people think something is better than nothing?

  • http://agangershome.blogspot.com Subvet

    “I’m sorry, did you see any high praise from me about the GOP?…”

    As a matter of fact I didn’t and never meant to imply you did.

    What I DID see in both your original post and answer to my comments was a lot of pointless handwringing about the present state of affairs.

    Identifying a problem is useless without offering a solution. Carping until the cows come home about perceived past mistakes and the likelihood of their repetition, yet offering no suggestions to the contrary is like urinating while wearing a dark suit. You’ll feel good but no one will notice.

    You’ve a large base of followers, encouraging them to having their voices heard in the public square would be more worthy of your talents.

    If you think one person can’t make a difference in the present political climate think of what one cigar does to a nine room house.

    [You know, interesting that you said that, because I have been feeling all too-ranty lately, and have been thinking about it. Sadly, I am not seeing the solution, beyond continuing to go to gatherings and get the voice heard, "burning up the phone lines" all the stuff that is already in motion. But I know that a lot of this is illusion and even more of it is simply the way things must happen in order for other things to happen; there is always that trade-off; you want a Rudy Giuliani around in NYC during 9/11, then he has to get cancer and pull out of the senate race, etc. I'm hoping Advent will help!. -admin]

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  • Mike

    I held my nose and voted for John McCain. I certainly didn’t believe he embodied the “Reagan 75%” – he was “Reagan 40%” at best. But given that Obama is the “Reagan 0%”, McCain seemed the least bad choice.

    The problem for conservatives is that few if any politicians of either party are over “Reagan 50%.” Voting for such as they – lesser of two evils – becomes very disheartening over time.

  • holli

    Too many people have a vested interest in the success of this administration.. the press is no longer the press, but a giant, talking head. I am thankful we have outlets like this, because lately it does feel like nobody cares..

    I’m not referring to Democrats refusing to bend to the will of the GOP.. I am talking about corrupt politicians taking advantage of a system that is now completely lacking checks or balances.

    I enjoyed your post.

  • Greta

    Kind of tired of hearing that you cannot complain if you do not offer an alternative. People have been offering an alternative for months it seems to me. Stop the democrats from trying to reinvent the country and destroying what is left of the constitution seems like a very worthwhile goal. Since when does the federal government have to be active to solve problems. When they act, the create problems. I have yet to have anyone name federal programs that are effective, are sustainable without massive increases in taxes, that resemble anything like they were introduced to be when the votes were happening, and are fair to everyone, not just the political hacks of the ruling party.
    So the plan is stop the idiots from ruining the country in any way possible. Take the power away from them for good so that they can never creep back again with the constant bashing of all that has been successful in this country since its founding. We get it, they hate this country and feel the need to apologize for it every couple of minutes. We are back to the Carter Malaise. The country needs a leader who can articulate the conservative values. When Reagan did this in very simple terms he won large majorities in almost all the states. He had a few principles that started with government is not our friend and needs to shrink. However, when he was in power, he did not have anything like Obama majorities and that is what we need to have to succeed. Tip was always there whining about any attempt to cut a single program or government agency. Frankly, if Rudi was pro life and pro marriage, he would have won hands down.
    You cannot start with a policy that kills innocent life or everything else you desire will be tainted by that horrible sin. It is what made the republican party weak because they had so many rino’s who were pro killing of innocent life. Many ask why the republicans did not eliminate Roe or do a lot of other conservative things and that is clearly the answer. Reagan did not focus on this life issue because his focus was the USSR. That also had a negative effect on making government smaller and increasing the size of debt. Bush the first squandered the peace dividend and was more like a RINO and he lost to Carter when Perot came along and took the middle away. That door was opened by Bush the first. We have not had a true believing conservative who also could articluate those values to the masses in the middle. That is why we see a Sarah Palin and hope she can build up her ability to walk on the larger stage because she is a true believer which is why the left hates her and fears her. I know of no other candidate that has a shot if she does so and I think Obama fatigue is going to be very strong by 2010, let alone 2012.

  • Amy K.

    What I DID see in both your original post and answer to my comments was a lot of pointless handwringing about the present state of affairs.

    Identifying a problem is useless without offering a solution. Carping until the cows come home about perceived past mistakes and the likelihood of their repetition, yet offering no suggestions to the contrary is like urinating while wearing a dark suit. You’ll feel good but no one will notice.

    You’ve a large base of followers, encouraging them to having their voices heard in the public square would be more worthy of your talents.

    If you think one person can’t make a difference in the present political climate think of what one cigar does to a nine room house

    Who died and made you hall monitor? Can’t someone rant on their own blog? Good grief.

  • Micha Elyi

    “…the ‘purists’ in the conservative movement helped to render irrelevant any achievable opposition to the Dems because in ’06 they said, ‘let’s lose in ’06 to win in ’08′…”

    Really? Who were these “purists.” Names please.

    Despite the discomfort of conservatives for McCain, turnout by conservatives for him was much better than that of people who self-label as “moderates” – despite McCain being the choice of moderates during the primaries.

    The saying “talk is cheap” is folksy way of expressing what economists mean by the difference between stated preferences and revealed preferences. The former is nothing but answers to pollsters, focus group sessions, idle chatter, bull sessions, primary votes, and wishful thinking about future husbands shared between girlfriends; the latter is what people show when they’re put to the test by casting actual votes in November, making actual purchases, and walking up to the altar. The McCain campaign was built on the puff-ball of stated preferences made by people with the weakest political allegiances.

    “I do think that most voters, Democrats and Republican and Indies, are ‘mainstream America.’ ”

    This is what I fear. I had almost convinced myself that the election of 1992 was a fluke rather than something that revealed a real corruption in the hearts and genuine carelessness in the heads of a near-majority of Americans. Then, in 2008 amidst cries of “Yes we can” and tingly hopeychangitudinous arousal, a majority of voters act like blockheadeds by making an idol of a showman promising to lead them to the Land of All Play and No Work.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Rant away, dear Anchoress! I, for one, am very grateful for your tackling this stuff, even when you’re tired, unrefreshed, and it makes you angry! (It makes a lot of us angry.)

    It’s true. The Democrats don’t give a. . . well, darn. Continuing to speak up, and oppose this stuff, sounds good. And, maybe Advent will help.

  • Kurt

    Micha Elyi: Interesting point about the “purists.” While I suspect some did stay home, I must confess that the only “purist” of that variety I know considers himself a “paleocon” and apparently supported Ron Paul in 2008. He told me he hasn’t voted for a Republican since the Reagan years because he thinks the Republicans only offer socialist-lite. While I think that the socialist-lite charge is a fair one, I think the rest of his attitude is rather absurd. “How’s that working out for you,” I asked him, “now that Obama is in the White House and the Democrats are trying to ram through health care reform and cap and tax?” He didn’t respond.

  • Terrye

    Mike:

    That is not really true. McCain was at least Reagan 75%. In fact the real Reagan, the man I remember is not the Reagan people have created to take the place of the real man.

    Reagan supported amnesty and signed a bill for that. Reagan raised social security taxes as well. McCain was pro life, fiscally conservative and strong on national defense. That is at least 75% Reagan.

    And I doubt if it would have mattered who got the nomination, the same complaints would have been there.

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  • Bender

    McCain was at least Reagan 75%

    Umm . . . no. Not in the least, unless you are talking about Ron, Jr.

    In any event, we are past Republicans being the answer. We are past conservatives being the answer. We are past everyday middle Americans being the answer.

    The only answer is that the Dems and libs must change themselves. We cannot change them.

    We are at the point where the only way that we can substantially go up is for us to go down and hit bottom. For conservatives and/or Republicans to promote and/or implement true answers before we hit bottom is to have the Dems and libs reflexively become defensive and oppose them, leading to no substantial improvement at all.

    Until they hit bottom and finally change themselves, of their own volition, rather than us trying to push them or persuade them to change or to reason with those who have long abandoned the use of reason, we need to quit enabling them in their self-destructive ideologies and policies. It does really suck that they are going to drag the rest of us down with them, but that is the only way America is going to change. It took Carter for America to want Reagan, and it is going to take 100 percent, unadulterated liberalism for America to finally see the need to drive a wooden stake into it.

    [A bit of Mainstream America -admin]

  • http://runswithangels.wordpress.com/ Team Bender

    We are at the point where the only way that we can substantially go up is for us to go down and hit bottom

    Is there a parallel here between Church and country? Can we deal with the bottoming out of both, simultaneously?

    It does really suck that they are going to drag the rest of us down with them, but that is the only way America is going to change. It took Carter for America to want Reagan…

    By the time this administration is done, I don’t think even a Reagan would be able to fix it. It is possible that there will be so much damage that it will take generations to fix it, if they even want to.

    Are we not already effete?

  • JuliB

    Open primaries gave us McCain. Personally, I voted for Sarah, so he got my vote by default. After seeing how bad Obama was before John chose Sarah, I was ready to hold my nose anyway. At least with Sarah I was proud to cast my vote.

    I hope she doesn’t run for President. She might be more effective as a kingmaker, so to speak.

  • Yoda

    It gets to be more about who owes who a favor and payback if you’ve been in there long enough. The politicians forget who put them there in the first place.

    I think term limits are the answer or voting out all incombants. Maybe they’ll be more interested in making a difference if they can only be in that position for a number of years.

  • Terry

    When the suggestion that civil disobedience might happen if the Health Care bill is passed, with abortion included. (And it will, also with death panels). I thought, how quaint! What if all Christians withdrew any support of government, went home and looked to God and themselves? That would have an impact! The Bishop’s have had political retaliation threatened. Obama will control all charities, soon. There is not much else left to loose. And I, no longer wish to engage in my demise.

  • SuzyQ

    Many Christmases ago, when my son was about 18-months-old, a neighbor gave us a box of chocolate truffles, which we put on a pretty dish and placed on the dessert table. My young diaper-clad son managed to climb up on a chair and make a grab for those chocolates. His mouth and fists were crammed with truffles when I found him – like he just knew he had one shot at this and he’d better take all he could before Mommy and Daddy discovered his mischief. That’s what the Dems remind me of (minus the cuteness and innocence, of course). They know this won’t last, that Americans will surely discover their greed and gluttony and remove them admonishingly from the table (2010!), so they’re going for broke while they can.

  • Revnant Dream

    Mark Levin has it right. Conservatives have to take over the Republicans. A third party will just bleed A Majority away.
    But don’t vote blind. If you have an independent or even a Democrat who is a REAL fiscal, if not social Conservative. Vote for them.
    As for the Elites in Academia, the MSM, Hollywood, with both houses never did care about America. In fact their ashamed of her.
    Government is not God. Its individuals that make the small differences that lead to the big changes. Not carney’s from Chicago.
    When we look to men this is the result. A personality cult turning ugly.
    A boy King playing with peoples lives as toys.
    Agreed with all you said . Good rant (O:}
    JMO


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