I am by nature a hot head. I get angry first and ask question later. It has been my life long struggle to overcome this trait. My parents helped me with this trait by asking me repeatedly, “What are you accomplishing by being so angry?” The answer was, of course, nothing. My anger was, and still is, at its worst in the face of the unsolvable problem. It is more an expression of sheer frustration than it is actual anger. But the fundamental question my parents always threw at me still applies. Does my frustration/anger move me any closer to a solution of the unsolvable problems that set it off? The answer again is, no it does not, it just feels good. Regardless, the problem remains.
The Obama administration is the ultimate unsolvable problem. Their disregard for tradition, convention, and the Constitution renders the situation such that the only way to effectively oppose them is to be willing to break tradition, convention and the Constitution more than they already have. In other words, the only way to “win” the issue at hand is to concede on issues far more important and far more fundamental than the issue at hand. Frustration and anger in the face of the Obama administration is a perfectly natural and understandable feeling.
But if we make decisions based on our anger and frustration rather than principle, values and the politics of the moment – if we make decisions just to vent and feel good – we are no different than the liberals that frustrate us so. Worse, as Jim Geraghty pointed out yesterday Obama wants us angry and frustrated:
Mickey Kaus characterizes the approach as “gaslighting” — giving your opponent a legitimate reason to get angry, then turning around and pointing to their anger as evidence they’re unhinged, obsessed, incapable of governing responsibly, et cetera.
Worst of all, as Daniel Henninger pointed out this morning, this may very well be an electoral strategy on the part of Obama. Six months ago we had 2016 in the bag. But now, “…politics looks a lot like ancient Rome—bloodlettings, betrayals and mass spectacle.” And he said that BEFORE today’s bombshell from Kevin McCarthy. Continue Reading