There is a great deal of anger being exhibited all over the country these days by lots of folks and that’s not good. Many of them are just mad and really don’t know exactly why. In this setting, folks generally look for somebody or something in government to blame. The easy target for most of the unrest today is the federal government and some of that is understandable. But another troublesome aspect concerning the mood of the public is that all too many people are apathetic when it comes to being involved in the problem-solving required to get our country moving in the right direction. Most folks simply don’t want to get involved, sit on the sidelines and just fuss about what’s wrong with America. The truth is this is still a great country with lots of good people. Certainly, we are having serious problems with the economy and that always causes tremendous unrest.
The Tea Party movement, which is financed primarily by a number of billionaires, including Rupert Murdock and the Koch brothers (David and Charles), is taking full advantage of the discontent. This movement has already enjoyed some success in political races around the country. But at the end of the day the Tea Party crowd will have had little success with the actual problem-solving. It’s sort of interesting that the National Republican Party doesn’t seem to know exactly what to do about the Tea Party movement. I don’t see it going away, at least not until the general election is over. That will present problems for the GOP on November 2nd.
There is no doubt that Sarah Palin and her advisors, with the help of two talk-show hucksters, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, are driving this train. But the National Democratic Party is partly to blame for allowing the movement to take center stage. The Democrats simply failed to put the blame where it belongs and ignored some important issues. For example, the Obama Administration took over a government on the verge of fiscal collapse and immediately started trying to fix things. Unfortunately, discussion of the huge list of inherited problems was overshadowed by the new President and Congress having to push programs designed to tackle one of the biggest problems, the collapse of Wall Street. That severe problem was caused by lax or no regulation of the financial institutions. People soon forgot that the Bush Administration had inherited large surpluses when Bill Clinton left office, and after eight years left a government badly in debt and with huge budgets deficits. That seems to have been forgotten.
Hopefully, the anger and apathy around the country will soon be replaced with a spirit of national unity and optimism that is so badly needed. We must work to heal our nation’s wounds and start solving the economic problems that are hurting lots of folks. A combination of anger and apathy won’t get the job done!
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