The Political Class vs. the People

Elected officials, political staffers, lobbyists and activists (the Political Class) have pursued their own self-interest, used taxpayer money to help their friends, and succeeded in making Washington, DC, the wealthiest metropolitan area in the United States.

While holding a variety of ideological and partisan views, this elite group shares a common belief that the federal government is the source of all legitimate authority in the nation (isolated from the American people and insulated from their personal dreams and struggles).

Rather than acknowledging the American people as the true sovereign authority of the land, the Political Class displays a growing contempt for (them).

Forty-nine percent of political insiders (believe) that the public doesn’t “know enough about the issues facing Washington (problems the PC has created for us) to form wise opinions about what should be done.”

It’s true that the public does not know the details of every petty partisan and ideological talking point that Washington insiders consider important, but most of those details aren’t worth knowing. Common sense, pragmatism, a sense of fair play, and a firm grip on reality are much more important.

Nationwide 73 percent of voters trust the American people more than America’s political leaders.

Beverly Perdue, the former governor of North Carolina, publicly suggested that “we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make….” (Talk about insolent ignorance; instead of abetting federal officials who work against the will of the people, State governors should nullify their legislated impositions and mandates on us.)

(T)he nation’s current leadership has failed to develop reasonable options for voters to consider. Instead, government officials have put their energy into developing creative accounting techniques (deceptive rhetoric) and gimmicks to hide their failure. Sixty-two percent of voters have caught on to one of the gimmicks and now recognize that when politicians talk of spending cuts, they really mean just a slower rate of spending growth.(Spending always increases in every budget.)

Only 27 percent (of Americans) think their own representative is the best person for the job. No matter how bad something is, voters overwhelmingly believe that Congress could always make it worse.

Only 10 percent of voters now trust the judgment of the nation’s political leaders more than the collective wisdom of the American people. Only 9 percent of all voters can be considered supporting of the Political Class worldview.

(I)ndividual Americans live in a dynamic world and are constantly adjusting their views and attitudes based on encounters with reality. The Political Class lives in a more static, bureaucratic world and encounters politics more than reality.

The above comments come from Chapter 1 of national pollster Scott Rasmussen’s 2012 edition of his book, “The People’s Money” (mine are in brackets).

Mr. Rasmussen’s documented analysis of the current political dilemma faced by citizens of the various states is depressing. Clearly the Political Class uses the federal government against our constitutional General Welfare and threatens our liberties and our property. But he is optimistic.

In his concluding chapter Rasmussen writes: “Americans today overwhelmingly believe that all of us were created equal. We believe that all of us have been ‘endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights including the right to ‘Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.’ Americans still believe that governments derive their only just authority from the consent of the governed.”

We can hope that these beliefs prevail, but changing cultural conditions in neoAmerica make it doubtful, in my opinion.


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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