The one aspect that pundits on both sides of American politics have overlooked in the election results of November 4th was the public push back against “arrogance".
Arrogance occurs when you show a total disregard for the other side. Arrogance was on parade by the President, by Harry Reid, by Democrats in all positions, by federal agencies, and frankly by the press. When the voice of Americans is ignored, and in fact, belittled and silenced by those in power, Americans will respond in the only real way they can, and that is at the ballot box.
Here are some prime examples of arrogance during the current administration (and this is just a short list):
When the President took office, and it came time to work with Congress on his new agenda the Republicans were locked out of the process. “Elections have consequences” the President is fond of saying. “If you don’t like the ways things are going, win an election.” The arrogance of power, of “My way or the Highway” is a huge slap in the face of Americans whose voices were silenced by an arrogant Chief Executive.
When it came time to pass his landmark legislation, The Affordable Care Act, again, Republicans, representing half of the population, were ignored, shut out of the process. No amendments, no modification, no input would be allowed from the minority party. After similar bills passed separately each house of Congress, the next step would normally be a House and Senate conference committee to iron out their differences. But, when Ted Kennedy’s seat was awarded to a Republican by the people of Massachusetts, the slim majority in the Senate dwindled to nothing. The people, hoping to block the pending bill, were again ignored. There would be no conference committee, and the Senate version of bill would pass "as approved", without amendment, without conference, without a single Republican vote.
With the only tool left to stop the Obama, was the budget, one Senator, Ted Cruz attempted to do what he could, hold up funding. But instead of support from other Republicans, Cruz was met with arrogance.
In response to the shut down of the government, the President closed National Parks, the people’s parks, not government parks. The President shut down cemeteries, as though it would drain the budget for loved ones to visit the graves of their fallen heros. The President shut down parking lots in front of private business on Federal lands, as though the parking lots were too costly to keep open.
The most egregious display of Presidential arrogance was barricading the World War II memorial in Washington D.C., and open air memorial, costing the government nothing to keep open. WWII veterans are dieing by the thousands each year, and if an effort to share this memorial with WWII veterans, private citizens paid for flying them to Washington D.C. to see their memorial. So why close it? This was a show of force by the President of the United States, against those who served this nation during it's darkest hour. And the people of America saw the darker side of this President – pure arrogance.
It is arrogance to impose upon the school children of this nation a meal of rabbit food, while the President himself hosts lavish dinners at the White House. It is arrogance to hold lavish federal agency “training” at posh hotels, while the tax payers are forced to cut back necessities to make ends meet.
It is arrogance to go golfing in the middle of not one crisis, but many. It is arrogance to refuse to answer questions or provide documents to a government oversight committee, trying to get to the root of Fast and Furious, and the Bengazi raid.
It is arrogance to protect out-of-control IRS agents and supervisors who target private citizens, and then lie to the Congress and the courts about it. And the lie continues as we learn, even today, that the IRS never attempted to retrieve the e-mails subpoenaed by Congress and the courts.
It is arrogance to hide critical facts from the public, so as not to damage a political agenda. It is arrogance to put off Executive Action until it is politically convenient.
It is arrogant to refuse to protect the borders of the United States, and then file lawsuits against those state trying to do the job that the federal government refuses to do.
It is arrogance to ignore video documentation that Black Pathers in Philadelphia openly intimidated voters at a polling location, but then sue states that attempt to eliminate voter fraud, by simply asking for some identification.
Arrogance, arrogance, arrogance – and it continues to this day. Only if Congress sends the President a bill that HE likes, will he consider it. Congress must act on HIS agenda, or he will do whatever he wants to do defiance of Congress and the Constitution. Arrogance, arrogance, arrogance.
And the Arrogance extends to Harry Reid. The arrogance of accusing Republicans of being obstructionists, when over 380 bills from the House, most with bi-partisan support, have been blocked by Reid. Reid’s arrogance extends to his changing the Senate rules so that these bills cannot be brought out for consideration. Reids new rules block Republicans from adding amendments to existing bills, or having any voice in the process whatsoever – arrogance.
The arrogance extends to the "voice of the people" the media. When Americans want to know, don’t waste your time tuning in to ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, or MSNBC. You’re lucky if you hear a single word about Fast and Furious, IRS targeting or private citizens, NSA wiretaps, Bengazi, and dozens of other scandals. It has apparently been the job of the media to protect Americans from the truth, rather that presenting the truth, and letting the people make up our own minds.
And the arrogance of the media isn’t an accident. The administration has targeted media members who disagree with them, bugging their phones, filing false changes against them, raiding their homes in the middle of the night.
The effort of this Administration to silence all opposition, the media, politicians, donors, and private citizens is working, and it is doing so because the media is itself, willing to be silenced. Arrogance on both parts.
This election was not about the economy. It was not about free birth control, it was not about women's rights. It was not anti-incumbent, anti-black, or anti-hispanic. This election was not anti-government, or anti-media, though it probably should have been.
This election was about arrogance – the unchecked abuse of power by bureaucrats in Washington, arrogance by the President, arrogance by Harry Reid and the Democratics, and arrogance by a media that refuses to report on government abuse.
When you treat the citizens and their representatives with such disregard and disrespect, when you attempt to suppress those who disagree with you by sending federal agents after them, then your d**n right, the people are going to rise up against you. And rise up they did on November 4th, 2014.
It's time someone listen.