One has to wonder what goes through Representative Jim Moran's mind when he speaks. It apparently is not enough to insult the Jewish community and the military; he has now gone on Arabian television and insulted the majority of Americans who voted for change in 2010. Talking about the Republican victory in the 2010 election, he said:
It happened for the same reason the Civil War happened in the United States. It happened because the Southern states, the slaveholding states, didn't want to see a president who was opposed to slavery. In this case a lot of people in this country, I believe, don't want to be governed by an African American, particularly one who is inclusive, who is liberal, who wants to spend money on everyone and who wants to reach out to include everyone in our society. That's a basic philosophical clash.
One would like to think that he is just being an unskilled partisan hack; but this does not quite make sense. Statistics show that the Jewish community tends to vote for Democrats, thus this interpretation does not seem to explain this chain of comments. The other side of the aisle may find it easy to just call him a bigot for trying to characterize large groups of people with one broad brush based on unfounded stereotypes. However, I think the real answer is simpler. He is merely an out-of-touch elitist.
Anyone who spends time studying an issue will form their own opinion and will tend to conclude that their opinion is right. I can understand someone aggressively defending their position on this basis; but these statements go further. They show a disdain for anyone who might disagree with him. These are not the words of someone trying to present an intelligent argument; they are words that demonstrate that he is trying to self-justify reasons for not even listening to the people. I would suggest that this is a major contributing factor to the divisive political atmosphere in our country today.
To be fair, this problem is not unique to Representative Moran or to the Democrat party. It is just the most recent glaring example that we see all too often with our long-term politicians from both sides of the aisle. Three weeks ago it was Representative Frank Wolf telling anyone who thought that the earmark ban should be permanent that they needed to take a course in Political Science 101. In other words, in his view, the common man just is not intelligent or educated enough to understand these things. They should just leave these things to him.
We should not be surprised. Throughout history, long-term rulers who have been given great powers have typically lost touch with the people. The elections in 2008 and 2010 were really about three things:
1. Fiscal responsibility, and yet we still have not seen a balanced budget proposal from either side.
2. Rule of law, and yet we still have an illegal immigration problem, a government that hands out special favors to connected campaign donors (e.g., banks under Bush and the unions under Obama), congressmen who flagrantly break the law, etc., etc.
3. A government that is willing to listen to the people.
The actions of these representatives, and many others, demonstrate that neither party has really gotten this simple message, demonstrating that we will need more change in 2012. I encourage you to join my Facebook fan page and Twitter page. One thing is clear: when Congressmen feel like their seats are in jeopardy, they become much more attentive to the will of the people. Joining these social media groups is an easy way to encourage these politicians to pay more attention.
- Ken Vaughn