Erick Erickson wonders when the people will revolt and push back against an intrusive government:
At what point do the people tell the politicians to go to hell? At what point do they get off the couch, march down to their state legislator’s house, pull him outside, and beat him to a bloody pulp for being an idiot?
At some point soon, it will happen. It’ll be over an innocuous issue. But the rage is building. It’s not a partisan issue. There is bipartisan angst at out of control government made worse by dumb bans like this and unintended consequences like AIG’s bonus problems.
If the GOP plays its cards right, it will have a winning issue in 2010. But it is going to have to get back to “leave me the hell alone” style federalism where the national government recedes and the people themselves will have to fight to take their states back from special interests out of touch with body politic as a whole.
First of all, that’s a big “if”. The GOP seems incapable of playing any cards right. So, I’d give up that hope right now.
Second, I think the country has reached a tipping point. There are more people who want “me first and more than my fair share” than those who would claim the motto “don’t tread on me”. People want a government to show they care. Even stupid rules like phosphate-free dishwasher detergent shows that the government cares…about the environment, about baby animals. It doesn’t really matter that it’s misguided and utterly stupid, they care.
We have less of this in America right now:
And more of this:
The government cares alright. About what, we have no idea.
And right now, people want the government to care. They don’t necessarily care about what the government cares about, they just care that the government cares.
Get ready to get mad, Erick. But enjoy your impotent rage. There’s just not enough people who want the government to mind their own damn business. Most want the government to save them and to care. Mostly, they want you to pay to save them. And boy, they’re going to get what they want–crusty dishes and all.