Democrats' attitude fuels 'the party of no

Mindless of the din arising from the crowds of supposed hicks, reactionaries, bigots, dupes and dolts gathering to bring down their party, Democrats have coined what they believe is a nifty campaign slogan to describe the opposition: "the party of no."

No ideas, no platform, no positive affirmations, no help for the tired, poor and huddled masses. No agenda for what they would do when they take over Congress (if they should be so lucky). Witless rabble, far outside the mainstream, who have no solutions, only "no-we-can'ts."

And every time Democrats take that attitude, the company of angry Americans grows larger. As the elections and primaries of 2010 have demonstrated, the sound of "No you can't; not any more" echoes louder.

In this, "no" is a positive thing. It's like saying "no" to adolescents and children. No, you can't have it. Because it's not good for you. Because it's bad for everyone.

Sorry to have to put it in such simplistic terms, but jejune is about the only thing that the in-power Democrats are able to understand these days. Somebody wants/needs something (they're both the same), give it to him. Americans, goobers that they're taken for, are supposed to buy into this idea if they want to be among the select -- the smart elites hunkered down in Washington, D.C., Manhattan and other learned enclaves.

Instead of focusing on the reality of what's happening across America, they divert themselves by trying to rip apart the tea party. Let them. What's happening is bigger than the tea party or anyone who is putting it to use for his own ends. The tea party is but one manifestation of a larger phenomenon, and I don't have a name for it.

Perhaps it's a belief that even if the party in power claims to have a voter mandate, it still should not and cannot govern outside the boundaries of common sense. (It's a lesson Republicans should heed if they win big in November.) Americans have seen their own lives diminished, even crippled. But while they've suffered or lost jobs, they've witnessed government bureaucracy and jobs grow. While they can't get a home, car or business loan, government -- federal, state and local -- borrows unfathomable amounts that can't be covered in 100 years. While they see their own retirement prospects dry up, they witness public "servants" reaping pensions of bank-robbery proportions.

While they see their opportunities and control over their own lives constrict, they watch government supremacy expand.

Americans know, sadly now for the better, that as individuals they can no longer submerge themselves in debt. That's how we got the housing bubble and, consequently, this recession. A bubble that was pumped up by government policies designed to make homeownership "reachable" for all, even for those who were sure to default if they missed a paycheck or suffered a serious illness. Now, Americans face a government bubble, inflated by deficits and debts to the bursting point. And when the government bubble explodes, it will make the housing bubble sound like a quiet pop.

This is what Americans are angry about; most don't give a hoot about Democratic or media hand-wringing about tea partiers and their chances. Consider: Only 32 percent regard "tea party" as a positive label, according to Rasmussen Reports, but 53 percent favor repeal of the new national health care law (ObamaCare), a major plank of the tea party. It's not the label Americans care about as much as the substance.

Yet, most media sages don't bother to pay much attention to what is troubling Americans, but, true to form, focus on the political consequences of the Category 5 winds that are blowing across America. And not what's making those winds gust with hurricane force. Thus, we see, hear and read long discussions of whether the Republican Party should align itself with the tea party. Whether the views of tea partiers are "mainstream" or "extremist." Whether the tea party will create enough "blow-back" to let Democrats hold on by their fingernails to Congress.

Who cares? How tedious.

What counts is the inescapable fact that Americans know the meaning of "no." It's only the politicians and the pundits who don't.

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  • Dennis, After reading your column this morming I would suggest you read " The Big Short ". It seems clear to me that you really don't understand what the housing bubble was about, or what caused it. The housing bubble was not a government creation. The government had to clean it up. Read the book. Educate yourself.

  • Hey Bev educate yourself. With legislation in hand from our pals in washington,the housing industry built and speculated till the cows came home.With dodd and franks pushing money out the door to people with questionable financial history.There were all kinds of loans out there,the best was a liers loan.The government created this mess by telling people they have a right to own a house.Please.This anger is all about the spending.Don't fool yourself with all that everytingaphobe crap.STOP THE SPENDING....

  • The Obama elitists were supposed to be the party of know.

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