The Arrogance of the Political Elites!

by Richard H. Frank

Over the past three weeks, my wife and I have, like many Americans, watched the trial of Casey Anthony being conducted in Orlando, Florida.  The Prosecution’s case is large circumstantial and wholly dependant upon the testimony of various forensic experts in the fields of anthropology and pathology, among others.  Needless to say, the opinions expressed by the prosecution’s experts is vehemently disputed by experts engaged by the defense to poke holes in the testimony presented.

Listening to the credentials of these experts and the vast experience they are purported to possess in their particular field of expertise, one cannot help but be impressed with the list of degrees, awards and publications.  In some instances, it takes up to 30 minutes to list these credentials in an attempt to solidify their position as an expert witness.  If you listen carefully it becomes apparent that they are all members of the same organizations, fraternities and in many instances are students of each other.  They are all cut from the same cloth, characterized by being academicians highly educated in the field of expertise, with practical experience that spans practically every conceivable set of circumstances.  They almost always agree upon the basic principles of the science they are experts in, but differ in the conclusions drawn from applying the principles of that science.

The characteristic they all share in common is a stubborn arrogance that they are right in their conclusions and that no other opinion but theirs is worth consideration.

Watching these proceedings, it struck me that the parallels between these men of science and our political leaders is striking.  I am certain that when these experts chose their field of endeavor they only sought to seek the truth and through their efforts improve the knowledge of mankind.  Most persons seeking political office enter the pursuit with some lofty goal to perpetuate the goal of our Founders “to create a more perfect union.”

Somewhere along the way,  however, these individuals seem to be corrupted by the political process and power itself and become dogmatic in the pursuit of political ideology as opposed to representation of the constituents that elected them to office.  This corruption is not reserved for any one particular party but is a disease that infects men and women of all political persuasions.

After a time in office the avocation to serve transitions to a vocation and well-intentioned people go through methamorphesis to become professional politicians, a situation which our Founders warned against from the very beginning of our Representative Republic.

Over time, these professional politicians, much like the expert witnesses, become intrenched in ideology to the point that they no longer listen to their constituents and govern for what is best for their party or themselves and not what is best for the nation.  Consequently, we see the corruption influences of special interests result in diminishing the free enterprise system in America, over regulation and the creation of an entitlement mentality among our citizenry.

What’s more, these elite professional political exempt themselves from many of the laws and regulations they impose on the rest of us.  The result is the moral decay of these individuals and the office they hold.  The evidence of the disdain with which they regard the American citizen is apparent in legislation they pass over the objections of those that have elected them to office.  They defend such actions by arrogantly stating they know better than the average American inferring that they possess a level of intelligence that  places them above the rest of us, much like the testimony of the famous Dr. Spitz on the stand yesterday at the Casey Anthony trial.

Eventually, this arrogance of political leaders finds its way into morality and in many instances walks the narrow line to legal corruption that places the very security of our nation in jeopardy.  This phenomenon is not new but goes back in time and touches members of both political parties alike.  Consider Gary Hart, Spiro Agnew, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, Charles Rangel, Maxine Waters, Elliott Spitzer, John Edwards and most recently Anthony Weiner; all that have been involved in the cycle of corruption just to name a few.

In every case these professional politicians vehemently contend they did nothing wrong and are just victims themselves.  Reality tells a different story and should reinforce the warning against professional politicians from our Founding Fathers.

Today, the Obama Administration is composed of personnel akin to the expert witnesses testifying in the Casey Anthony trial.  they are credentialed with academic degrees and considered authorities in their field of expertise.  What they do not possess, however, is any practical experience in running anything and therefore approach governance like a laboratory experiment or a case study in some obscure text-book.

While this Administration experiments with academic theory they ignore the evidence of reality that their theories are failures.  Their incessant urge to regulate and control everything from what we eat, what we buy, where we work and  how we choose to live is destroying the nation.

To quote Judge Belvin Perry overseeing this Casey Anthony trial “This is  not a game…” the business of conducting a trial is deadly serious as is the business of government in America.

The outcome of a trial affects the well-being of a few whereas the outcome of governing our nation affects 300 million individuals.

the Obama Administration has arrogantly pushed their liberal socialist agenda for 2-1/2 years and clings to their failed ideology much the same as the President claimed his opponents cling to their guns and religion.

Without a Constitutional Amendment imposing term limits upon Congress, the only means to achieve change and rid Washington of professional politicians is for every eligible citizen to exercise his right and duty at the ballot box in 2012.  It is time to clean house and drain the Congressional Swamp of the likes of John McCain, Harry Reid, Lindsey Graham, Orin Hatch, Nancy Pelosi, Charlie Rangel, John Kerry, Barney Frank and all the other “bitter clingers” that are part of the professional political elite club in Washington.

View of our President’s Anti-Constitution Policies from a UK Telegraph Article by Nile Gardner

by Jayne D. Frank

The following article in the UK Telegraph newspaper is well worth reading and very revealing about how President Obama’s policies and actions are viewed from abroad:

What the great French historian Alexis de Tocqueville would make of today’s Obama administration were he alive today is anyone’s guess. But I would wager that the author of L’Ancien Régime and Democracy in America would be less than impressed with the extravagance and arrogance on display among the White House elites that rule America as though they had been handed some divine right to govern with impunity.

It is the kind of impunity that has been highlighted on the world stage this week by Michelle Obama’s hugely costly trip to Spain, which has prompted a New York Post columnist Andrea Tantaros to dub the First Lady a contemporary Marie Antoinette. As The Telegraph reports, while the Obamas are covering their own vacation expenses such as accommodation, the trip may cost US taxpayers as much as $375,000 in terms of secret service security and flight costs on Air Force Two.

The timing of this lavish European vacation could not have come at a worse moment, when unemployment in America stands at 10 percent, and large numbers of Americans are fighting to survive financially in the wake of the global economic downturn. It sends a message of indifference, even contempt, for the millions of Americans who are struggling just to feed their families on a daily basis and pay the mortgage, while the size of the national debt balloons to Greek-style proportions.

While the liberal-dominated US mainstream media have largely ignored the story, it is all over the blogosphere and talk radio, and will undoubtedly add to the President’s free falling poll ratings. As much as the media establishment turn a blind eye to stories like this, which are major news in the international media, the American public is increasingly turning to alternative news sources, including the British press, which has a far less deferential approach towards the White House.

The First Lady’s ill-conceived trip to Marbella and the complete disregard for public opinion and concerns over excessive government spending is symbolic of a far wider problem with the Obama presidency – the overarching disdain for the principles of limited government, individual liberty and free enterprise that have built the United States over the course of nearly two and a half centuries into the most powerful and free nation on earth.

It is epitomised above all by the President’s relentless drive towards big government against the will of the American people, and the dramatic increases in government spending and borrowing, which threaten to leave the US hugely in debt for generations. It is also showcased by Barack Obama’s drive towards a socialised health care system, which, as I’ve noted before, is “a thinly disguised vanity project for a president who is committed to transforming the United States from the world’s most successful large-scale free enterprise economy, to a highly interventionist society with a massive role for centralized government.”

There is however a political revolution fast approaching Washington that is driven not by mob rule but by the power of ideas and principles, based upon the ideals of the Founding Fathers and the US Constitution. It is a distinctly conservative revolution that is sweeping America and is reflected in almost every poll ahead of this November’s mid-terms. It is based on a belief in individual liberty, limited government, and above all, political accountability from the ruling elites. The Obama administration’s mantra may well be “let them eat cake”, as it continues to gorge itself on taxpayers’ money, but it will be looking nervously over its shoulder as public unease mounts.