In his Saturday message, President Obama said that the people who attended his townhall meetings in California this week “weren’t as concerned about the news of the day in Washington as they were about the very real and serious challenges their families face every day”.
Perhaps he was following Nancy Pelosi’s lead and addressing illegal immigrants who don’t speak English well or at all, or perhaps it is merely testament to the depth of the financial mess in California, created in part by taking care of all those illegal immigrants, but the “ordinary Americans” with whom I speak on a daily basis are extremely concerned about what’s going on in Washington. They watch the spiraling debt, the dropping Dow, past and future generations of good money being thrown after bad; they watch those who should be most concerned about the mess they have created spending their time lobbing self-perceived pithy comments at radio hosts and television commentators or making hurtful jokes, and alternately shake their heads in amazement or shudder in revulsion.
The “ordinary Americans” with whom I speak on a daily basis know full well that what goes on in Washington holds grave ramifications for not only this, our beloved country, but for them, as individuals. They understand that it is impossible to spend money that you don’t have to pay off debts you don’t need to incur, they understand that government involvement in private business is socialism, they understand that hamstringing those who own companies by ever-increasing taxes on their incomes and unionizing their businesses spells death to free enterprise, personal choice, and everything upon which this country was founded. They understand that our sovereignty is threatened by the President’s enchantment with the U.N., and that our safety is threatened by a foreign policy that even – shamefully – the Ayatollah Khamenei rightly derides, saying, “They chant the slogan of change but no change is seen in practice. We haven’t seen any change.”
Yet President Obama continues to dare to carry on campaigning about fixing the “fiscal mess” he and the Congress critters inheirited – from themselves. He expects to send the deficit to some $9.3 trillion in 10 years yet cut it in half in what he euphamistically now refers to as his “first term”.
We, the “ordinary Americans”, watch and we listen, and then we, the “ordinary Americans”, hope and we pray that the gods help us all and give us the time we need to vote this kind of audacity out with a thorough house cleaning in Washington.