It’s the rallying cry of the hypersensitive political class: the pushback of those who are “anti-government” and are thus “a threat to our democracy”. Not that we justify climbing the walls in protest, but it’s understandable.
One can understand why they are in fear of the people. We don’t hold them with the esteem they expect anymore because we have documented good reasons not to believe or trust them.
There are roughly 535 congresspersons and senators on Capitol Hill representing the citizens of the United States. One would think, in a country of 332.5 million people (non including the unknown growing number of illegal aliens), it would be easy to find exceptional citizens to become our elected. But when you can easily find a fifth-grader who’d never believe putting soldiers on a small Pacific island would make it tip over or would be astonished by the revelation that plants come from dirt, yet some of today’s officeholders really are that stupid and the competency of the elected class can rightfully be called into question.
2. Blowing Off The People
Americans are justified to question the motivations of politicians who campaign as those who’ll represent the sentiments of their constituents while their votes on important pieces of legislation is, in many cases, a total opposite to the will of their people.
The latest example is a vote in the United States Senate….
Senate Democrats failed to secure enough votes Monday to move forward with legislation that would codify Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision giving women a right to an abortion up until viability. In a 48-46 vote, the legislation failed to meet the 60-vote threshold.
— Washington Times, 3/1/22
A survey conducted by You.gov with the pro-life group Americans United for Life found that 66 percent of U.S. adults who identify as pro-choice opposed third-trimester abortions, and 68 percent oppose abortions the day before a baby is born. As expected, the opposition was stronger among all adults surveyed: 79 percent rejected late-term abortion, and 80 percent opposed day-before-birth abortion.
— Associated Press, 2/12/19
Seeing how a good number of congressmen and senators are documented, functioning morons, the excuse can’t easily be made that they’re more informed than their voters. It could be that politicians are primarily introducing and voting on legislation favored by those squeaky wheel-types who contribute generously to their campaigns as we all know money is their primary driving motivation.
Seriously, whom would you trust with an economy? Politicians, some of whom have minimal work experience (if any) in the private sector, or a successful businessman who’s actually met a payroll? Well, this question can be answered with a clear contrast of results that Americans will have to endure until at least January 2025.
It’s often mused how the elected on Capitol Hill earn around $177k annually but within a few short years emerge as millionaires: a feat more Americans would love to be able to achieve… legally. There are many reasons but among the top is the legal practice of insider training.
The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) on Monday requested that the Senate Select Committee on Ethics probe Blumenthal’s sale of Robinhood shares worth up to $2.5 million. Blumenthal, one of the wealthiest members of the Senate, failed to disclose the trades within the 45 days required under federal law, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
— Washington Free Beacon, 2/28/22
A politician who knows legislation he or she may introduce in two days, can buy or sell affected stock tomorrow which can result in a monetary personal windfall. The practice, which is illegal for private citizens, was publicly exposed in 2011, and was basically blown off by politicians to this day.
In a Tuesday complaint, The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) called for the inspector general to immediately investigate Biden Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm for potentially violating federal conflict of interest and transparency laws by improperly reporting up to $250,000 in stock transactions.
— Fox News, 2/15/22
And we won’t even get into the escapades of politicians who routinely break federal campaign finance rules only to be cleared by partisan judges, or selling out the nation in favor of well-funded lobbyists, foreign and domestic. Not like it’s a close-to-the-vest secret.
“The best thing money can buy is American officials, because they are the cheapest of the cheapest-costing officials in the world.”
— Kuwati-born Canadian businessman Alan Bender, quoting Qatari officials
Probably “cheapest” because many of our elected are too stupid to know what their positions of influence are really worth (see #1).
4. … and Liars
It’s ironic that so many on the Democrat left, to this day, call Donald Trump every iteration of a liar while he’s also the only elected politician (in recent memory) who actually kept every one of his presidential campaign promises.
Meanwhile certain politicians told lies that had profound monetary ramifications for millions of Americans.
Lie of the Year: ‘If you like your health care plan, you can keep it’
President Barack Obama said — many times — of his landmark new law. But the promise was impossible to keep. So this fall, as cancellation letters were going out to approximately 4 million Americans, the public realized Obama’s breezy assurances were wrong. A Pew Research/USA Today poll conducted Dec. 3-8 found the percentage of people viewing Obama as “not trustworthy” has risen 15 points over the course of the year, from 30 percent to 45 percent.
— Politifact, 12/12/13
The lie, that also resulted in significant increases in health care premiums and deductibles for Americans, was admired in the partisan media as politically clever and effective.
But remember those Republicans who pleaded for Americans to give them the House so they could “repeal and replace” that piece of troublesome legislation (while knowing they wouldn’t have the veto-proof majority to do so). A few years later those same Republicans pleaded with Americans to give them the Senate so they could “repeal and replace” the legislation (while knowing they wouldn’t have the veto-proof majority to do so), and later pleaded with Americans to give them the presidency so they could “repeal and replace” the legislation. Once they got all they asked for, they sent a lame “alternative” to the president that neither repealed or really replaced Obamacare.
That’s why very, very few believe anything politicians tell them and that won’t change anytime soon.
5. They Remind Us They’re Special
More like they arrogantly rub it in our faces.
At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, politicians acted as though they really cared about the health and welfare of the American people. Governors and mayors shutdown their economies, ordering businesses to close and throwing millions into a temporary state of unemployment. But while Americans were reminded “We’re all in this together”, politicians made sure they and their employees’ personal taxpayer-funded paychecks would continue to be dispersed uninterrupted to this day.
And despite the politically-fluctuating “science” of masks and the need to wear them inside-and-outdoors, politicians and their friends and family members were repeatedly caught breaking the rules they mercilessly mandated on those they claim to serve. Despite the initial outrage, they came up with lame apologies, justification, and rode out the controversy. None of them have lost jobs despite the blatant hypocrisy because they’re special and want us to know it.
But that also translated to the politically-connected celebrity class who enjoyed special status when it came to the blow off of mask mandates at their award ceremonies, red carpets, and parties. These are the same people who went batshit crazy about the impertinent unvaccinated while enjoying lavish maskless soirées where the masked help needed to keep their germs to themselves.
What seems to have angered the elite most is the fact that they were called out on their hypocrisy. Note how there’s not been ONE piece of legislation addressing politicians who break the rules they impose on their citizens.
Because they’re special and they want us all to know it.
6. Peaceful Protest is Now ‘Insurrection’
There was a time when the left patted themselves on the back while encouraging taking it to “the man”. Protests were considered patriotic free speech.
That officially changed in 2009 when Republicans, Democrats and independents took to Washington, D.C. in opposition to Obamacare because they were Taxed Enough Already. The Democrats counted on the media to label protesters as conservatives and the Tea Party became a right wing thorn in their side. The problem was that these weren’t normal protesters the left was used to: they were always peaceful, never destroyed local areas and businesses, and the rally area was normally left cleaner than when they arrived. In fact, the only time when Tea Party rallies were interrupted by any semblance of violence was when liberal “counterprotesters” showed up on the scene.
Most conservatives have condemned the right-wing mob that assaulted the U.S. Capitol. But 10 years ago, Democrats embraced the left-wing mob that occupied the state Capitol in Madison. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) praised the occupiers for an “impressive show of democracy in action” and tweeted as they assaulted the Capitol that she continued “to stand in solidarity” with the union activists. In other words, Democrats were for occupying capitols before they were against it.
— Washington Post, 1/14/21
After a previous summer where liberals justified looting and burning cities, resulting in injuries, deaths, and billions in public and private property damage, the Capitol Hill riot was called the “greatest threat to our democracy” since 9/11 and Pearl Harbor, who could protest (and why) changed on January 6, 2021. Now, any kind of peaceful dissent is called “insurrection”; a violent attempt to overthrow the government. Let’s not forget parts of the pesky run-on sentence that interferes with politicians having the ability to really come down hard on their petulant dissenters.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Imagine what the power-tripping elected could do to protesters if it weren’t for the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
We could be treated like Canadians!
7. Politician Self-Preservation
It’s no wonder why the disdain for the political class is so high and why (as of this posting) 31 Democrats have decided it’s not worth trying to run for reelection in November 2022. But it’s not only for the reasons you may think.
Between now and the midterms, politicians have to raise millions of campaign dollars to try and hold their seats. If they lose, it’s harder to go back to a well-connected donor and get hooked up for a really good paying job they’re probably unqualified to perform. But if they drop out early, there’s lots of time to approach those who were helped in the past and cash in without any new reelection solicitations. And if anyone in the media pays attention after the midterm election, we’ll see that most Democrats who’ve jumped the Biden ship will land softly because their taxpayer-funded, lifelong pension benefit of $139,200 just won’t be enough.
8. The Enemy
The political class has declared anyone who opposes them as enemies of democracy.
That includes Americans from parents to veterans. While millions of people illegally cross our southern border for a variety of reasons including possible terror motivations, Democrat politicians have unleashed federal agencies on the petulant who question school boards, vaccine and mask mandates, and veterans who’ve honorably served our nation and are aghast that their sacrifices to defend the Constitution and those who are supposed to uphold it have been for naught.
Too many, who are quick to send our sons and daughters into conflict, did everything they could to avoid serving themselves. While many point to Donald Trump’s deferments from service, they conveniently decline to mention the current Commander-in-Chief who obtained more than twice Trump’s. And we also have those who either embellished or made up service just to get election props.
9. Trust (or the lack thereof)
We can’t trust the word of most politicians and they know it.
We can’t trust the legacy media and they know it.
We can’t trust Big Tech and they know it.
We can’t trust federal intelligence, law enforcement, health agencies and they know it.
It all comes to a near-total breakdown of trust in many so areas and if that’s “anti-government”, it’s no one’s fault but the politicians, media, Big Tech types who’ve been caught lying and adding insult it injury, they callously inflict pain on those they’re supposed to be serving and shield themselves from the inconvenient ramifications.
When the people decide to speak out, they’re called insurrectionist, a threat to democracy, while making themselves victims who quickly cower in pitiful displays of cowardice. It sucks to experience what their “defund the police” policies inflicted on millions of innocent Americans.
The next two elections can’t come fast enough