I apologize that I was unable to write last night and further that I am writing quite late and quickly tonight. To say things have been difficult around the Weapon household would be an understatement. I appreciate all the kind words everyone offered and the well wishes for Mrs. Weapon as she recovers from a major surgery. It is certainly taking more that we imagined to get through all the surgery stuff and deal with all the stuff we will have to deal with going forward as a result of the surgery. So please bear with me the next few weeks, as I will sometimes offer great articles, sometimes offer decent articles, and sometimes offer nothing at all, LOL. I am working on another article that I don’t have quite ready yet, so for tonight I wanted to start a discussion to attempt to get to the reality of what we witnessed this weekend. Another “Tea Party” was planned for 9/12, and thousands of people showed up….
While sitting in the hospital room Saturday, we watched coverage (only covered on Fox News of course) of the tens of thousands of people that packed the national mall in protest of the current administration, in protest of taxes, in protest of health care reform, in protest of rapidly growing government, just generally in protest. After researching for quite a while I am unable to get an accurate count of how many people attended the event. The liberal press is reporting 75,000. Limbaugh and Malkin are quoting something like 2 million. The picture circulated showing the crowd covering the mall past the Washington Monument has been proven a fake. But the descriptions I read on a lot of sites from folks who attended the event all were somewhat similar. From the multiple descriptions of the crowd and my knowledge of the DC landscape, I would have to put my estimate somewhere in the 300,000 to 600,000 range. Granted I was not there and I have nothing other than other’s descriptions and reasoning to back that up. It sounds about right though, and I had some friends there who figured half a million.
That number is important in a way, and completely unimportant in another way. It is important because the smaller it gets, the more the MSM and now, even the White House, get to attempt to marginalize dissent. And believe me they are doing their best “Mr. Thompson” and “Mr. Mouch” impressions at this point to ensure that the “general public” is convinced that there is nothing to see here (extra points for those that get the references to those two men). I am personally waiting for the press conference to the nation showing us that John Galt is working with the government to save the economy. But the number is also unimportant because we are interactive beings and we see those around us every day and we have a pulse on what people around us are thinking. And no matter what the number is from Saturday, it is irrelevant next to what we see with our own eyes and hear with our own ears.
Much like the health care reform town halls, our government and our main stream media is going out of their way to portray the people who dissent as fringe folks, as fake support drummed up by big political machines, as wacked out lunatics “who think government is going to kill grandma”, and even as racists. The one thing I will say to all that is you know you have them worried when they begin to attack so directly and vehemently.
And now we even have the White House issuing statements that directly strike down the importance of widespread dissent and protest. The Obama administration has called this discontent “manufactured,” misguided and out-of-touch with the mainstream. Senior advisor to Obama, David Axelrod, stated, “I don’t think it’s indicative of the nation’s mood,” meaning that the “tea party” protesters are not in the mainstream or in the majority. He further added, arrogantly I might add, “My message to them is, they’re wrong.” According to an article I read, he pointed to a recent poll to prove “they don’t represent a mainstream view.”
That CBS poll, taken after Obama delivered a health care address to a joint session of Congress, showed 52 percent approve of the president’s handling of health care, versus 38 percent who disapprove. But that’s just a sliver of public opinion data. The same poll showed more Americans think the new health care plans will hurt them than help. And a similar CBS poll a week earlier, not taken immediately after a high-profile Obama speech, showed 47 percent disapprove of his handling of the issue, versus 40 percent who approve. Likewise, a Gallup poll released Sept. 8 showed 39 percent of Americans would direct their member of Congress to vote against health care reform, while 37 percent would direct them to vote for it. And a Washington Post-ABC News poll on Monday showed 48 percent are opposed to proposed changes, while 46 percent are in favor.
We have Nancy Pelosi saying the movements are pure astroturf, calling them out for what she praised her own party for doing a couple of years ago. We have White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs giving a press conference and stating that the protesters against the Obama administration’s plans don’t represent any significant portion of the general population. We have all the main stream media completely ignoring the gatherings when they take place and then dismissing their sentiment, and in some cases (MSNBC anyone) going as far as to hold discussions on how those protesting are nothing more than racists who don’t like a black President.
So I have tried my best to gather my own estimation of the pulse of the people that I deal with every day. And believe me, I come in contact with a vast array of people. It seems to me that the majority of those who have zero issue with anything happening in Washington these days….. have absolutely no idea what is happening in Washington these days. Once I begin to give a few details, they quickly see the bad in what is happening there. But overall, the thing that I see is a massive amount of people that are not happy with what is going on. Some are hard core Republicans and will never support anything a Democratic President does. But that number is dwindling quickly, as the Republican party has lost a ton of credibility in the eyes of many. But most are every day people. Some voted for Obama, some didn’t. But the gist that I get is that a majority of people I come in contact with are not happy with the steps this administration has taken over the last several months.
So my question for all of you comes down to this. Take off your filters for a bit. Forget that you do or don’t like the direction this administration has been going. Take an honest look around you. Are these protesters the minority or are they really the sentiments of the majority (be it a small or large one) of the people you know. Ignore the 20% on either side who will back their side no matter what, and focus on that 60% that is the true swing vote in the US. How are they feeling? What do they think? Because when I step outside of my own little box of this blog and my personal feelings, I am not convinced that what David Axelrod thinks is accurate. Furthermore I don’t think Axelrod is convinced of it either.
But let’s go on the assumption for the moment that the Obama administration believes its own press. Let’s assume that they are really taking the belief to heart that these protesters are not at all representative of the general population. If this is truly how they feel, are they setting themselves up for a rude awakening? Are they the emperor with no clothes, as someone noted earlier (great analogy by the way, to today’s politicians, so kudos to whomever that was)?
Now I will step out of that assumption, and tell you what I think. I think that the administration made a massive miscalculation on the amount of a “mandate” that they were given. They forget that the popular vote count wasn’t quite the landslide that they imagine it was. And I think that they are stunned with the fact that their popularity continues to decline. But I think they see it. And I think they are beginning to panic a little. I think they feel like Mike Tyson groping for his mouthpiece in Tokyo, not understanding how Buster Douglas knocked him on his ass. And now they are using every means of public communication possible to marginalize and minimize the dissent that they are now facing. This administration is floundering because they elected a great speaker, not a leader.
And they are realizing that it takes more than a great speaker to run this country, and perhaps even more than that if you want to “fundamentally change this nation going forward.”
And I think America is just beginning to realize how screwed we are if we don’t take the reigns from these two out of control monsters posing as wise elephants and hard working donkeys.