Just how angry are some Americans? -UPDATES

Because all of his pronouncements are subject to sudden change, President Obama, who decried the use of reconciliation on much smaller matters than this, has decided reconciliation is the perfect vehicle by which to tell the American public to shut up and take what he’s giving them (language warning), and also take command over 17% of the economy.

And he’s doing it, all while pretending not to know that America is saying “no.”

Is that just Obama taking a stab at some plausible deniability? Or is he one of those guys who thinks a “no” is a coy “yes?”

As Press Secretary Robert Gibbs (who increasingly reminds me of someone who once got a laugh at another’s expense and thus considers himself a wit) declared today, “whatever it takes to get health care done,”, President Obama put the exclamation point to the sentiment by handing some judge robes to the brother of an undecided Democrat. If the timing of the appointment is merely co-incidental, you’d think the president would be attuned to the bad optics of it, but Obama doesn’t really care what anything thinks about what he does.

All of that has left Dan Riehl very, very angry. I mean, way beyond Marvin-the-Martian angry:

This neophyte, this joke we have in the White House has absolutely no idea of the force and the rage he is about to unleash on him and his entire political party. If there are not enough responsible adults left within his party to rein in this accidental, affirmative action jerk, this self-styled, extremely flawed little man, then his party is worthless to America. It deserves to be marginalized electorally and, ultimately, utterly destroyed, before being relegated to the dung heap of history with the rest of the marxist, socialist clowns Americans have dispatched before.

Reconciliation for this disaster of a destructive health care bill I doubt anyone on the Hill can fully define means all out war. The only question remaining is, whose side are you on?

Ehhhhmmm…yeeah. That’s…pretty…damned…mad. Obama campaigned promising that he would both “unify” and “remake” America. Seems he meant it, for better or worse. But many moderate Democrats, Independents and even some Conservatives thought Obama meant we’d all have a cookout and work on fine-tuning the American engine and polishing the fenders between bites of potato salad.

They apparently did not realize he meant a complete overhaul and redesign.

Those of us who did should not be acting too surprised, at this point.

Glenn Reynolds is concerned:

I’ve never seen Dan Riehl this angry. Is he an outlier, or a leading indicator? The Dems had better hope it’s the former. . .

I don’t the Democrats give a damn about it, they haven’t for a while, which tells me that they have their eyes on something so vast that the rest of us -riding on the back of the beast and thus unable to gauge its proportions- can’t even see the totality of it.

Whether Riehl is an outlier is a good question, though. My readers and penpals are mostly temperate sorts who are not quick to go all Yosemite Sam and a-haulin’ out their rifles. But I actually have had a few emails indicating that the Looney Tunes White House and the Democrats are crossing a line they ought not cross, if they’d prefer not to test the action/reaction theory.

Undoubtedly, there are some Americans who are feeling as angry as Reihl. There are people out there -you can read them in political forums and the comments sections of most internet-posted news columns- who are literally thisclose to saying, “the government has abandoned America and its precepts; they are the outliers, they are the ones bending the nation to the breaking point, and they must be stopped.”

By what means? Who knows.

People are feeling not just “fooled” but betrayed and disrespected by their elected leaders, who are supposed to be their servants. No one likes feeling that way. Many Conservatives and Independents sense that their hirees are out of control and dictating to them from on high; to them, America feels like a college campus occupied by a bunch of spoiled adolescents who are alternately calling their tuition-paying parents “stupid and bourgeois” or “stupid and oppressed,” depending on the day. They are bristling at the disdain and condescension they sense from their government. In his speech today, Obama seemed one rhetorical flourish away from saying, “don’t you know who I am?” And the sense I am getting is that Americans are ready to say, in return, “don’t you know who we are, who hired you?”

Centers are definitely not holding. The more cynical side of me, which I am trying to keep tamped down, even wonders if some in DC are counting on the threat of violence occurring, as a means to yet another end.

I took a “retreat” day, today; spent the whole day in prayer, reading, contemplation. Retreating from the daily hash of news and spin, I came back to “the world” more and more convinced that illusions are spinning like mad all around us, and that the only way to defeat them is to hold on to what we know is true, and not get sucked into a whirling vortex of emotion. Emotion is always the exploitable bugbear that lets things slip further out of control than they should; emotion is what Democrats seem to count on, and what conservatives are increasingly falling prey to, as they feel their principles are being dismissed, and the nation’s precepts are being steamrollered.

In an address to congress, Abraham Lincoln said that in order to save our nation, we had to “disenthrall ourselves” of our passions. That, of course, only works if all sides agree to do it. Nobody is agreeing to nuthin’ in 21st Century America.

My hope is that Riehl is an outlier. I suspect, though, that if he is, and if the Democrats force their way forward, against an objecting populace, he won’t be for very long.

UPDATE 1: An email from WM:

What you and I fear we’ve detected: the attempted establishment of Soft Tyranny, is what will make violence conceivable to most once they become convinced that’s what’s going on. Once that becomes widely believed, confidence in the Rule of Law will be undermined by continued political maneuverings, and the powder keg will only lack a precipitating outrage.
God help us all if it comes to that. . . . We are in a water-shed time. This country I love will either rise, or fall. . . . I hold this country and the principles it was founded on dear.

This is not an atypical response. What I’m seeing in my email is: violence is the last thing people want to consider, and no one can be flippant about it…but some are worrying that it may well be part of our future.

Perhaps that’s why I want to pray all the time. I’m putting a bit of a round up, below.

UPDATE II:
Dan Riehl clarifies; he’s thinking more Tiananmen Square than armed insurrection, at the moment! :-)

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About Elizabeth Scalia
  • http://zachriel.blogspot.com/2005/07/liberal-v-conservative.html Zachriel

    PackerBronco: I would remind Zachriel that we have fillibusters and have set up the Senate as an anti-majoritarian institution for a reason: to balance of the power of the majority against the minority.

    The filibuster is a Senate rule, not a law, and can be changed by the Senate. Reconciliation is also a Senate rule, and the healthcare bill can be divided between its regulatory and budget provisions, with the budget provisions voted on through reconciliation. In any case, an up-or-down vote is appropriate.

    Most Americans want a stronger healthcare bill than being proposed. Every developed democracy has some sort of universal healthcare, either through private insurers or through government programs. But the Republicans think that obstruction is politically valuable.

    Jennifer: We have a wolf in the White House, plain and simple.

    Ellen: I never thought I’d see the day when we have a President who doesn’t like America.

    soozie: I was talking to my priest last year about the way things were going and how I was fearful of Obama.

    CV: {Obama} is an arrogant idealogue and always has been…

    kelleybee: I believe he and his cabal know what they are doing. Remaking the USA into a socialist utopia.

    And so on.

  • LookOnTheBrightSide

    I cannot stress too much what a mistake this talk of “violence” is. In fact I believe this is exactly what they would like.

    Hypothetical scenario: tomorrow morning the White House tells every police chief in America to confiscate all guns in their jurisdiction. The police chiefs would blink their eyes a couple of times and ask, “Why?”. End of scenario.

    If a violent response DOES occur over health care it will almost certainly begin unevenly. It will allow opposition leaders to emerge – and allow the White House to target them. THEIR property (and persons!) will be confiscated. As/If things grow the confiscation widens. Finally it reaches the point where the police chiefs receive that call and say, “Yeah, we’d better do it before things get REALLY ugly!”

    I realize this is frustrating but I feel that Violence plays into their hands.

    [So do I, which is why I am urging a "disenthrallment" to these passions -admin]

  • newton

    “I cannot stress too much what a mistake this talk of “violence” is. In fact I believe this is exactly what they would like.”

    You and I are of one mind on this.

    Nothing would please them more than to see one or a group pull out a Harper’s Ferry-like uprising. That would give them plenty of excuse to start rounding up people like cattle. And we all know what happened the last time that happened…

    I do fear even more the coming of a new civil war – not a “North vs South” type, but one that will tear apart families, communities and even states in irrevocable ways.

  • http://zachriel.blogspot.com/2005/07/liberal-v-conservative.html Zachriel

    Dan Riehl: Reconcile this, you distasteful, malevolent little quisling punk … This neophyte, this joke we have in the White House has absolutely no idea of the force and the rage he is about to unleash on him and his entire political party.

    That sort of reaction is way beyond any reasonable cause, that of instituting healthcare reform through the legislative process. We might consider this just overheated blogging rhetoric, but it is being given currency by political leaders in positions of responsibility.

    The Anchoress: I suspect, though, that if he is, and if the Democrats force their way forward, against an objecting populace, he won’t be for very long.

    If your point is that instituting healthcare reform through the democratic process will result in violence, something that can be easily changed or repealed in the next Congress, then this says much about the opposition.

  • newton

    “I can’t help but think this is the beginning of Marxism in our country.”

    And if we want an idea about what will happen in the next ten to fifteen years here, take a look at Venezuela, or even Chile under Salvador Allende.

    This nation was warned… and I mean, Warned repeatedly, in 2008. But nooooo! They didn’t want to listen! They wanted to “make history”!

    Well, America: you “Made History”, all right…

  • Jan

    i don’t see how anyone can say that this is just a simple thing, this health care reform business, and that if we don’t like it, then we can just oust all the folks who put it in, and elect a group that will overturn it.

    You want to see how easy it is to get things overturned? Look at Roe v Wade.

    Too much damage is done in the meantime; things are not as easy to ‘fix’ as it seems they might be.

    There was talk a few months back where people were saying that the Dems were way too unconcerned about upcoming elections – we’ve been saying that in my house for even longer. They are up to something and no good can come of it. The deciding factor in the end is which side the military supports – if it’s the president, which it’s supposed to be, then we are screwed. Do I hope for this? Hell no – if my sons are going to die for this country I’d rather it not be because of a revolution.

    And as far as universal health care goes? We have the best. It’s called, “walk into any emergency room in the country and be treated.” Medicaid, Medicare, individual state funds – what more do you want? Maybe a Caddy on a Yugo budget. Health care isn’t a right. People have to pay a lot of money and go to school to learn the craft; it seems that some folks want to make slaves out of them. Well, you want slaves? Make medicine such an onerous and undesirable profession to be in and that’s what you’ll get. Affirmative action slaves. It won’t be the best and the brightest, it’ll be anyone who applies.

    Yes, there need to be changes made in health care, but the stuff being advocated here strikes me as nothing more than Utopian B.S.

  • http://zachriel.blogspot.com/2005/07/liberal-v-conservative.html Zachriel

    Jan: You want to see how easy it is to get things overturned? Look at Roe v Wade.

    Roe v. Wade was a court ruling based on the right to privacy, hence it can’t be overturned by statute.

    Jan: Too much damage is done in the meantime; things are not as easy to ‘fix’ as it seems they might be.

    Of course it can be fixed. Most of the bill is just insurance reform.

    Jan: They are up to something and no good can come of it. The deciding factor in the end is which side the military supports – if it’s the president, which it’s supposed to be, then we are screwed.

    That’s simply not a reasonable position. The President is not plotting the overthrow of the government, and the military will support the Constitution.

    Jan: And as far as universal health care goes? We have the best. It’s called, “walk into any emergency room in the country and be treated.” Medicaid, Medicare, individual state funds – what more do you want?

    You need universal primary care for a healthy population, and to control costs. Also, too many young, healthy people don’t pay their share, with the costs of emergency care are shifted onto society.

    Jan: Yes, there need to be changes made in health care, but the stuff being advocated here strikes me as nothing more than Utopian B.S.

    Considering most developed democracies have some form of universal coverage, either through private insurance or public medicine, and they have comparable health and wealth as the United States, it is certainly not Utopian.

  • RobBnTX

    It is a mistake to identify Medina as a Tea Party candidate.

    Medina is more in the Ron Paul camp than the Tea Party and while they would love to claim the support of the Tea Party and I am sure there is some overlap but surveys showed that most of the people who are in the Tea Party movement in Texas went with Perry who ran a brilliant anti-Washington campaign.

  • http://www.politicaljules.org politicaljules

    My family’s (+disabled dtr) Health Care insurance premium per yr is $5200. Under obamacare our premium will increase $2080=$7360.

    Once the premiums necessarily skyrocket it will be more.

    Her monthly medical supplies will go from $700/mo to $980/mo just because the taxes.

    To all of you who voted for him and continue to support him, do you think our family can afford that? We cannot.

    To those of you who do not support BO, impeach him now.

  • CT

    @ Zachriel

    This monstrosity of a bill would be nearly impossible to repeal. Good old Harry inserted a rule requiring 67 votes to repeal it.

    It would also need 2/3 of both the House and the Senate to override an Obama veto.

  • Gil, in the Old Dominion

    Reading above and all the replies above makes one feel ashamed and not proud to be American.

    Forgive my saying so, but this site (A “Catholic” one I once thought) has some bigoted views and responders who show no charity for their neighbors and needs and are totally self-absorbed with their political views (which doesn’t mean “We the people” or loving their neighbor as themselves). I now understand what conservative means.

    This is how I feel mad!

  • Copper Quark

    Gil, the uncharitable inclinations are yours for you have judged harshly without due reflection.

    Christians are required to care for others, and to be especially mindful of the marginalized. But nothing requires that they express this concern through programs and policies such as Obamacare. Moreover, nothing gives you either the ability or the right to make the judgments you have rendered. In so doing you have exposed yourself as an astroturfing tool of your liberal masters, not a thoughtful student of the Bible or Christianity.

  • CT

    @ Gil

    You’ve accepted the Progressives’ propaganda.

    The folks commenting here care far more about their neighbors than any supporter of Obamacare. We know how socialized medicine has played out elsewhere, and it’s not what we want for our families or our fellow citizens.

    The Democrats care about power.

  • http://www.politicaljules.org politicaljules

    Gil, many of us are ashamed and it is because of the progressive agenda that has skewed our government into something it is not.

    Your distorted view of Catholics and Christians is a common theme from your kind who would as soon beat them down for their belief in God if it suited your agenda. It is also typical that your kind turn around and try to have some high and mighty understanding of God to beat people down for not living up to YOUR defined standards of what they should.

    Sorry, but we read those alinsky rules and we recognize them.

    So excuse me if I reject you as a manipulative nobody trying to elicit a response using faulty propaganda techniques. Take your ashamed self and try praying. I will pray for your misguided soul and tell you that this Christian loves you. I just dont agree with your ideas or techniques and pray you dont manipulate anyone else into your distorted views.

    The Christians and the Catholics or any other faith based group dont need your stamp of approval, so get out of the way or join the fight. Peace

  • J

    At this point in time I would find it reassuring if people were very angry and wanted to do something (within the law)or perhaps not pay their taxes and then vote the bums out?
    But I am not sure the taxpayers, (not the voters) have the strength and character to do anything at this point. We seem to roll over and obey while at least 50 percent of the citizens of this country who do not pay taxes, have the say over who rules us, and who pays for them.

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  • John in Dublin CA

    Why oh why does anyone think that reconciliation is even going to happen? Once the House dems approve this, Obama has just to sign it, and the House dems be damned, he doesn’t care if they all get kicked out in November, he’ll have his socialized system in place.

  • Azygos

    Folks this has all happened before, Reichstag? anyone.

    I am a Nurse Practitioner, I practice medicine. I’ve already had three patients killed directly by government interference in my patients care. If this health care is passed people will die at the hands of death panels.

  • Jeff

    zachriel is here via Daily Kos no doubt, which accounts for moronic statements that Roe v. Wade can’t be overturned by statute. Yes Zach, it can, it’s called the Congress, they can pass a law which would make a decision like Roe impossible. It already was only to be found in penumbras.

  • Manny L.

    “Gil, the uncharitable inclinations are yours for you have judged harshly without due reflection.

    Christians are required to care for others, and to be especially mindful of the marginalized. But nothing requires that they express this concern through programs and policies such as Obamacare. ” -Copper quark

    Hear, hear! There is nothing as souless as providing for the needy through government programs. There is no charity in it. There is only forced payment, and that generates hate not love. I love to give to chairty. I love to help the needy. I hate when the government takes money out of my pocket without my consent.

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  • http://zachriel.blogspot.com/2005/07/liberal-v-conservative.html Zachriel

    Jeff: zachriel is here via Daily Kos no doubt, …

    Learn to doubt.

    Jeff: It already was only to be found in penumbras.

    If by “found,” you mean it was part of the Roe v. Wade decision, then yes.

    Jeff: … which accounts for moronic statements that Roe v. Wade can’t be overturned by statute. Yes Zach, it can, it’s called the Congress, they can pass a law which would make a decision like Roe impossible.

    Sorry, but the U.S. Supreme Court found it to be a right based in the concept of privacy, the right of people to be free of state interference in their most intimate affairs. That’s true whether you agree or disagree with the decision. They have allowed for reasonable restrictions based on the viability of the unborn, and statutes can address those reasonable restrictions. As it has been found to be a Constitutional Right, it can only be changed by Amendment or overturned by a new Court decision.

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  • SKAY

    “Amendment or overturned by a new Court decision.”

    That is why the election of pro abortion Obama is such a disadter for the innocent.

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  • Elaine S.

    I would never say this anywhere else because it would sound crazy, but of late I find myself wondering if the Chicago area or the state of Illinois will be singled out for some kind of particular and severe divine retribution — in the form of a natural or economic disaster or both — because it was, after all, our people and our politically corrupt system who made Obama what he was and brought him to national prominence. Of course this thought scares the crap out of me because I live there!

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  • http://theanchoress Barbara

    I haven’t visited the blog in quite a while. Dropped by today, and, as I scrolled down each day’s entry, was delighted to see how you treat matters of my faith in such a very intelligent and wonderful manner. There was something new and exciting for me in every post! Then this….really? Really? This treatment makes me want to cry. How can you proclaim to follow Christ at the same time you speak with such low disdain about those who simply view the role of goverment and public health policy differently from you! Really? There are a lot of us out here, you know!! You spent a day in meditation and the result was even stronger disdain!!!!! We should not indulge ourselves by self righteously demonizing the big bad “other” this way. Its not good. No. Its not good.

    [I think you misread me, and you'd have had to have willfully misread me. But it would not be the first time. -admin]

  • http://theanchoress Barbara

    And there’s this too, in defense of my side of the political spectrum…I and my family and friends endured the Bush years by holding our noses. But never, never, never did I ever hear anyone express the slightest consideration of any violent fantasy or impulse what so ever! “Violence may be part of our future” What?! Not what you want to hear from the side who revere guns! Now “you people”, (yes, I went there, God help me, I’m angry now), have to work to stomp down these tendencies! Democratic elections have consequences and our democracy will only survive as long as we all get on board that plain simple fact! They’ll be more elections, that’s how it works. There’s no need to shoot the place up to smithereens!

    [Really, Barbara? You didn't notice the people who wished Bush dead, walked around carrying signs of Bush decapitated? Sold bumperstickers with a gun pointed at Bush's head? Wrote plays, books and movies about his assassination or suggested (right here in this forum) that it might take violence to "take back the government?" It's not right language no matter who uses it. But let's not pretend that we didn't just spend 8 years watching people call Bush/Cheney/Conservatives "nazis" and 'traitors' or laugh when it was suggested by late night comics that snipers were needed to eliminate conservatives. In fact, two years later, it's still going on. -admin]

  • Stephanie

    Those of us who lean more left survived the Bush years with much gnashing of our teeth, and invectives about how terrible everything was- and now the right does the same. Somehow, though, I think that everything will churn along just fine for a majority of the people, and most of the violent rhetoric will come to naught. At least I hope so.
    This healthcare bill will not change life as we know it for most people, any more than tyhe creation of Medicare did- though some were just as violently opposed to the idea of Medicare when it was proposed, as well.

  • http://theanchoress Barbara

    Or, shall we ask, “Which side are you on”? You will know them by their fruits it is said. Should the question be…Who is studying war and violence? Who is striving to heal the sick? Think about it along those lines, and then come to your senses please, please, calm yourselves!

  • http://theanchoress Barbara

    Anchoress, I hold no animosity towards you or your kind. But I admit to being afraid of you now. Many on your side have most conspicuously armed themselves. And there have been horrible incidences. You can not deny the man who flew a plane into the IRS offices, the man who shot up the Pentagon subway, there have been quite a few others but I’m not here to score macabre points. I really think that anticipating violence, as your post does, and understanding the impulse, as your post implies, is dangerous and something I NEVER saw in left blogs of likewise intellectual substance, or even in more pedestrian ones.

    [I'm glad you have no animosity of me and "my kind." I cannot imagine anyone being afraid of me. The man who flew his plane int the IRS offices left an online screed quoting the communist manifesto and hating on Bush. You can google it. The man who went shooting at the Pentagon is a registered Democrat who also went into a big "bushhate" phase. There have not been quite a few others, but you can continue to try to score your macabre points, as you will. Did you google "Assassination Chic" and go check out those instances of leftist support of violence and murder for political reasons? You CANNOT honestly believe that either of those men were "my kind." They were both men coming at the world from a leftist perspective. Look it up and stop pretending to be "shocked, shocked" by my site, which does not in any way or scheme promote violence against anyone. You protest much too much with this nonsense and it's tiresome. I've given you examples and all you have to do is google. You're playing a game and it's a tiresome one. -admin]

  • Gail F

    Barbara: If you’re afraid perhaps it is because of the constant drumbeat from the Democratic leadership that people who oppose them are violent nutcases who will do anything to get their way. Yesterday, my newspaper ran an AP story that pretty much said that the guy who shot at Pentagon police officers the other day was crazy but AT THE SAME TIME part of a “community” of people who like to rant about their anger with authority, and thus the shooting was their fault for not shutting up already.

    Now, I am no fan of Bush. But I recall eight solid years of vocal and often profane contempt directed at the man from the liberal left — which followed eight solid years of vocal and often profane contempt directed at President Clinton from the conservative right. Before Obama, we had 16 SOLID YEARS of nasty vituperation against two sitting presidents from two different parties, but neither of them tried to paint their opponents as would-be insurrectionists to be feared and silenced.

    So you think it’s dangerous for The Anchoress to notice that people are angry? What do you think she should do — just forget it? Here’s new for you — people all over this country are furious. Pretending they’re not isn’t gong to help — neither is trying to make everyone afraid of them.

    [Barbara is playing a game, Gail. And it's getting very old, very fast. She spends too much time online to be as uninformed as she pretends to be -admin]

  • http://theanchoress Barbara

    Dialogue is hopeless. We agree on one thng. Prayer, prayer and more prayer.

    [Yes, on that we agree-admin]

  • A mom

    Saw a man standing on a very busy intersection today in my suburb (three lanes each way), with huge, hand-made signs saying “NO to OBAMACARE”. People were honking like mad, giving him thumbs up. I admit I opened the window (husband was driving) and yelled, “You are AWESOME!”

    THAT’S how angry people are. They are spending their Sunday afternoons making signs and standing on corners just to vent their rage in a positive way.

    I still think the whole thing is going to come crumbling down… our debt may do us in, if not Obama directly… but I’m ready to pick up the pieces and start over.

    And yes, as Barbara says, pray, pray, pray. And work. And make phone calls. Get involved. Stock up on water and canned goods (no, I’m not sure why, but for the past year I’ve felt I must do that). Teach your children about history and government. Pray harder. Be more honest, more loving.

    Get ready.

  • A mom

    (Note: after thoroughly reading Barbara’s earlier posts, I’m only going to say that I hope her request for prayer was sincere. Mine certainly is.)

  • Doc

    Wow, that was quite an impressive rant collection, Barbara. Really, if you are so sheltered that you actually do think the venom unleashed at Bush, Republicans, and conservatives was not far greater than that directed at Obama, flip through Michelle Malkin’s book, Unhinged. If you are at all intellectually honest, you’ll need no more evidence that the left if far angrier than the libertarian right.

  • A_Nonny_Mouse

    I’d thought I’d be “late to the party” in commenting on this piece from March 4th (4 days ago!) But, I see I’m not!!!

    What I’m afraid of (in all this political garbage-tossing, and especially our leadership’s deliberate thwarting of the public will) is something you touched on earlier: the loss of trust, the breakdown of the mutual assumptions of good faith that make our society work and allow freedom to flourish.

    tracym @ #5 above, mentioned Bill Whittle. Let me link to an article of his that really impressed me (it starts with game theory and The Prisoners Dilemma, but then moves to the idea of “what makes possible a society that’s stable, productive, and co-operative like ours” as opposed to so many third-world “screw the other guy before he screws you” cultures.

    link

    Mr. Whittle is also reposting an article from July of 2006 about “The Web of Trust”… essentially, our civilization is possible only because millions of people go to work each day to do their teeny-tiny parts to make all the stuff and provide all the services we take for granted. If you haven’t read his stuff before, I urge you to go to the archives and just pick something.

    link

  • http://www.erud-awakening.blogspot.com Gina

    Anchoress, this is why you are such a good political writer and why I hope you don’t give up the tiring task. You perfectly capture both the attitude of this barrel of monkeys that is our governing class, and the high water that is coming as they continue to pretend we are idiots of infinite patience with their shenanigans.

    Dan Riehl also expresses perfectly what I think, though my rage is dulled at this point simply by the fact that I refuse to let them hold so much power over me that I accord them that much energy. Yet they continue to amaze me… there is this today. Just when I think they can’t be any more craven or tone-deaf, they go and surprise me.


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