Obviously, it’s not as if the President and the Democrat-led Senate could ever be to blame:
(via The Hill; May 13, 2013) – “…What’s blocking us right now is a sort of hyper-partisanship in Washington that I was, frankly, hoping to overcome in 2008, and in the midst of crisis rather than saying now’s the time for us to come together, decided to take another path,” Obama said. “My thinking was when we beat them in 2012 that might break the fever, and it’s not quite broken yet.”
“I genuinely believe there are Republicans out there who would like to work with us but they’re fearful of their base and they’re concerned about what Rush Limbaugh might say about them,” Obama said. “And as a consequence we get the kind of gridlock that makes people cynical about government…”
Ah-ha!! So, it was “gridlock” (which was mysteriously created by the combined efforts of the Republican base and Rush Limbaugh) which was/is responsible for Americans becoming increasingly “cynical about government”. Sure. That, like, makes total sense, …right?
Okay, so it doesn’t. Which is precisely why barely a year later, the President realized that he needed to remind us all (again) what silly little ninny-heads we seem to be:
(via White House Dossier; May 9, 2014) –“…President Obama today said Americans had developed the “wrongheaded” view that Washington won’t look out for them, a fallacy he said was stoked by conservatives and their philosophy that says people are “on their own”…”
Brilliant! Of course: that’s the problem. You (yes, YOU) need to cease being so “wrongheaded” about government’s invariable beneficence! Seriously, ya’ll need to stop bein’ such a bunch of Negative Nancys, okay?
How could any of us EVER doubt that our Federal Government would fail to “look out” for us? I ask you: how?
–Despite having learned that our Veterans are dying as they wait in vain for a government doctor to see them.
–Despite the White House having “inadvertently” revealed the identity of the CIA’s top officer in Kabul, when his name was included on a list provided to news organizations.
–Despite the continued stonewalling of what really happened in Benghazi, and why.
–Despite the White House’s takeover and overt politicization of the Census Bureau.
–Despite this Administration’s record-breaking and highly visible LACK of transparency, …its shouts of denial notwithstanding.
–Despite the IRS’s targeting of people based solely on their political preferences.
–Despite telling each of us, over and over, that “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period“
–Despite repeating, ad nauseam, “if you like the doctor you have, you can keep your doctor”.
–Despite last year’s Government Shutdown Theater, where All Things Government were closed (whether they needed to be or not), in order to make the Shutdown “hurt” as many folks as possible. This included the completely unnecessary closing of bike paths, parks, websites, war memorials, and everything else they could find.
–Despite the government’s use of the NSA to watch us all, anywhere, against our wishes, …in order to “protect our privacy”, of course.
And most recently:
–Despite just witnessing the Feds trade a military deserter for five terrorists, which they did against the near-unanimous opinion of their own military and intelligence advisers.
Yeah, it’s a mystery as to how ANYONE could be cynical these days, …’cause personally, I’m long past just being cynical.