I could not have made this stuff up. In fact, as an American voter I am incredulous.
I am not upset because of the manipulation of the public by political consultants, sycophants and hacks. One needs to have one’s head buried in the sand to believe that politics is a lot more than creating a platform and sticking toit. We all know that image counts for a lot. The problem, though, is that should go without saying.
Moreover, when electing candidates to office, one must assume that their record is the finest indicator of where they stand on issues, and their general approach to the responsibilities they seek.
Thus, when two postings arrived this week to my Facebook account, I was amazed, dumb-founded, and shocked. The one thing I am not, on any level, is pleased.
The first item to draw my attention was the following headline: “James Carville Says 80% Of Democrats Are Politically Clueless.” That feature was published on line by the Daily Clash. The whole article is linked here. Some succulent pieces emerged from Carville’s comments. He stated, “Not only are most Democrats politically clueless; they’re easily manipulated by the puppet masters of their party as well..” He went on to say, “Ideologies aren’t all that important. What’s important is psychology.” If that is not enough, he added, “The Democratic constituency is just like a herd of cows. All you have to do is lay out enough silage and they come running. That’s why I became an operative working with Democrats.”
Add to the political operative’s comments those by House Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi, and one must wonder what kool aid they have been drinking. Pelosi was in rare form at her weekly press conference according to Minutemen Press. This brief excerpt pretty much says it all. “When asked during her weekly press conference about whether then-New York Senator Hillary Clinton’s vote for the Iraq War should be “disqualifying,” Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said what was actually “important” was to elect a woman president.” Read that column here.
I may or may not like Secretary Clinton as a potential president. If I am to help elect her, though, it will not be because she is a woman. If gender were the sole qualifier for the highest office in the land, there are other women who are qualified, and for whom there is not a scintilla of scandal that Clinton must explain away.
As for Carville, is he trying to lose any work on behalf of Democrats?
Being a voter, I want my leaders to remember I am part of “we the people,” and my views are not to be dismissed. I am not stupid on any level, nor is this country stupid. Michael Douglas may have been correct in his role as the American president when he claimed that Americans think what he tells them to think. If that is so, the fictional president he played never made that comment publicly.
Life and death, the Torah teaches, are controlled by the tongue. Elsewhere it is written that silence is golden. Perhaps, Carville and Pelosi are right. Perhaps the most important thing for politicians to do is to manipulate us. I hope not. For the good of this country, hopefully these two have had enough time in the spotlight. As an American I deserve to be respected, because my vote is as important as any of the 300 million who make this country what it is.
If the two are correct, then root for the Republicans. Their weakness, it is widely known, is their ineffectiveness at getting their message across. They are easily intimidated by Democrats who make outrageious claims, or who overly emphasize minor occurences to shed the worst light. Agree with Republicans or not, but their level of honesty is essential and refreshing.