Watching the Democrats at their nominating convention this week I was struck by an observation of change – the convention’s apparent theme. The “change” was that, unlike the previous few Dem conventions this one was not such a freak show. Most of the people there could have been my neighbors – unlike prior years, when one out of five appeared to come from under a bridge somewhere, if not from Mars.
But some things haven’t changed at all. The speakers all talk incessantly about “fighting.” Fighting for this and fighting for that. Mostly for the announced benefit of the “working people.” Now when you think about it, that’s an insult. First, who are they fighting? Presumably the evil Republicans personified by George Bush. If he was fighting back maybe there would have been many more vetoes. Or maybe they’ve been fighting the Republican congress. Odd (but fortunate) that they have accomplished nearly nothing at all in congress, due mainly to their own contradictions.
Now the second part of the insult is repeating endlessly the reference to “working people.” I suppose they mean blue collar union members, which leaves me and a lot of others out, as if we didn’t work for a living. This class reference, this Marxist class envy (warfare) rhetoric should have no place in American politics. This is the rhetoric of manipulative, scheming demagogues and dictators.
But is it meaningful? Not really. The Dems have, once again, selected candidates based on emotional windstorms, this time on Bush-hatred, anti-war nostalgia and environmental hysteria. History suggests that most of the American electorate is smarter than this, and that Empty Obama and Supercilious Biden will be recognized for what they actually are. They will not be elected.
And this leaves space for another observation. Mentioned almost as often as “fighting,” and “working people,” we heard “President of the United States of America.” This is a term I really wish both parties would abandon immediately. The replacement should be “President of the U.S. Government Bureaucracy.” This describes the proper role of the president. Too many people think that the President leads the country and even the whole world. This is a very dangerous and harmful illusion. This illusion is responsible for the virtual destruction of the U.S. Constitution by the Supreme Court and the Congress over the past 200+ years. This illusion turns citizens into serfs and public servants into slave masters. Americans don’t need and shouldn’t tolerate a government that intends to “lead,” guide, manage, or dominate the country. We already have too much of this; and that is what’s wrong now. We should start to correct it by referring to the president as “The President of the U.S. Government Bureaucracy,” or just “Chief Bureaucrat.”