Schadenfreude as defined by Webster’s is deriving pleasure from the pain of others. And while the term is German the application is very much politically American. What else could it be called when the President of the United States seeks to punish the American people for not going along with his dictates?
So for instance, that long forgotten budget battle from earlier this year where President Obama proposed sequestration- you know the one where the world was suppose to stop because we were going to cut minuscule amount from the federal budget? Well the world didn’t end but the White House has remained closed to visitors as a punishment for not having enough money to pay the tour guides. Sure it would be easy at this point to mock and make fun of the White House for golf outings or Michelle’s entourage ladened vacations.
But closing the White House is nothing more than a bratty child temper tantrum. Don’t forget that one of the things Barack and boys wanted to do was cut deeply the FAA, the FBI and other critical Federal agencies. The goal was not to look for the fraud, abuse and waste in the Federal government- the goal was to tell the American people your planes would not be safe and criminals and terrorist would now be more free because we are going to strip funding from chasing these nefarious ne’er-do-wells.
And so it is with the latest manufactured Washington crisis: the shut down over ObamaCare. The first thing the man child does was to shut down the parks services. Put barricades up around the World War ii memorial, close the roads to the Iwo Jima memorial, cut survival benefits to the survivors of the fallen, fine someone who was running at Valley Forge historic park, cut kids cancer research, and to pure amazement fine people who dared go to the grand canyon.
Each of the these inconveniences are designed around our 24 hour news media. The goal is by showing pain to the public and annoyances to travelers for sound bites congress will pass ObamaCare. The equivalent in New York City would have been Bloomberg not getting his way on the soda ban so then ordering NYPD to erect barricades around Central Park. Or the Mayor of St. Louis not getting a tax increase and then draping a cover over the St. Louis Arch. Or if some politician in your home town did not get his or her way and then closing all of the public benches around your town.
Thankfully we still have patriots in our World War 2’ers who took matters into their own hands in a strong show of civil disobedience. But does anyone else find it ironic that we are able to shut down a giant hole in the ground but not our southern boarders?
So I guess the most important question is: What would this political class do to us as citizens if we were disarmed?