Americans Shamed by Obama for Carping?
December 22, 2009 6 Comments
Greta Van Susteren reported on Monday, December 21, about President Obama’s morning speech. In his speech, he scolded those who are opposed to his health-care bill, and said they need to “stop carping.” Greta went to the dictionary to check up on “carping.” She discovered that the word means “marked by or inclined to querulous and often perverse criticism.”
So the President thinks that if you express concern about his bill, then your criticism is “querulous,” and possibly “perverse.” I believe he said what he believes, even if he didn’t mean to say what he said.
On what basis can the President say what he did if the “carpers” add up to roughly 60% of Americans? I think it’s simple. He believes that he holds the cards. He’s the President. Nobody else is. So his opinion counts more. More than each individual American who expresses disagreement. And more than 60% of Americans collectively.
Backing him up in his judgment is the Democrat block of the United States Congress, both Senate and House. Since they are “in control,” they should have the final say. Right?
Why is it about control? Why isn’t it about representation? Those voting in Congress for the President’s bill have been saying that this bill is in the public interest. In the Monday speech, President Obama said that passage of the bill will be a big win for the American people. But that, apparently, is not how the American people feel about it. The American people don’t agree with the President, who hasn’t been able to persuade them that it’s what they need.
Part of the job of a U.S. President is to take his case to “the American people” and win them over. If he fails in that, it should be an ominous sign that mounting disapproval may be about to plunge further. President Obama won’t win people over by pointing his finger and denouncing them for “carping.”
I wonder if Americans have lower disapproval ratings waiting for President Obama if his bill passes. Why would they wait? Because it’s the American way. Stand pat until the dust settles. As long as it hasn’t happened yet, there’s still the possibility that things will turn around. And in that event, President Obama might be off the hook. But it looks like things will not be turning around. Is this bad news for President Obama and congressional Democrats?
The sooner the bill passes, the sooner we’ll know.