THE GREAT DISCONNECT: THE STILLED VOICE OF GRASSROOTS AMERICA

MARGINALIZATION OF THE ‘REST OF US’ OUTSIDE OF CAPITAL HILL, NEW YORK CITY & THE ‘LEFT COAST’ OF CALIFORNIA
Folks, our subject matter today is the increasing communication gap between today’s liberal/left political elite (and media) and the rest of us residing in what these condescending elitists contemptuously refer to as “flyover country” (the vast urban & rural “wasteland” that such sophisticates fly over to reach another urban mecca of sophistication – usually Los Angeles (home of the most privileged self-satisfied elitist snobs of all – Hollywood celebrities).

So let’s begin to unfold today’s “narrative”:

Certainly, if you need confirmation regarding the gaping disconnect between ordinary Americans and their supposedly more enlightened “betters”, in the liberal media and the Democratic Party, then check out the sad facts underlying the prisoner swap with the Taliban for deserter Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

The U.S. community-organizer-in-chief, Barack Obama, released America’s only prisoner of war — in Afghanistan — in a trade for five senior Taliban commanders in U.S. custody, as part of a brief public-relations ceremony featuring two fervid Islamist fans – the parents of Sgt. Bergdahl.

In this case we’re referring to Robert Bergdahl and his ever preening wife (the Nancy Pelosi of swapped prisoner’s parents).

The president too was beaming & smiling, as if he was expecting Americans to take to the streets and dance with joy at this obvious boneheaded decision.

But, instead, even Democrats immediately began to question the wisdom of swapping five Taliban murderous ringmasters in exchange for one AOL American solider (later confirmed as a deserter & likely traitor).

Moreover, saner heads prevailed — even at the liberal “Washington Post” (the Obama administration’s official Pravda-like print cheerleader), perplexed by this strangely unequal prisoner exchange.

For example, a number of justified questions were asked of this inept White House foreign-policy miscue:

Did the swap make U.S. soldiers & civilians more likely to be taken hostage, with America’s Islamist enemies knowing how weak the White House was on such demands?

How could the administration guarantee that the five Taliban commanders wouldn’t return to the battlefield (which some ultimately did)?

And, finally, did the U.S. try all other options to free Bergdahl, before caving in to these outrageous demands?

Of course Obama administration apologists – including the President himself – immediately took to the air waves to defend the indefensible — this miscalculated prisoner swap.

For example, on the first stop of a three-nation trip to Europe (in Poland), Obama foolishly intoned that the United States “has a pretty sacred rule…. We don’t leave our men or women in uniform behind on the field of battle”

Of course, to quote one civilian critic that day: “Too bad that ‘sacred rule’ wasn’t in effect when President Obama decided against mounting any kind of rescue operation for our men in Benghazi!”

Regardless, as part of this presidential European triumph tour, Barack Obama couldn’t resist in indulging in classic White House overkill – dismissing, as IRRELEVANT, concerns about how Bergdahl had disappeared.

And that’s despite the fact that an initial Army investigation — ended FOUR years earlier – concluded that Sgt. Bergdahl had walked away from his unit’s base near the Pakistani border without authorization (ie, had deserted) on June 30, 2009.

“Whatever those circumstances may turn out to be, we still get an American soldier back if he’s held in captivity — period, full stop,” Barack Obama insisted — just like he promised Americans that, under Obamacare, they could keep their doctors & existing insurance coverage, period, full stop.
But the White House gang that can’t shoot straight (or keep their big mouths shut) weren’t finished yet.

John Heinz Kerry, America’s secretary of state, quickly dismissed, as “a lot of BALONEY”, recent threats by some Taliban prisoners that they will return to the battlefield and kill Americans (though, ironically, once John Kerry spots a media microphone he’s a big HAM himself).

Kerry insisted that the movements of the five former leaders of the Taliban, who were released to Qatar, would be closely monitored by the government of Quatar (having failed to read the small print that noted that the prisoners were free to move about Quatar as they pleased — ultimately camping out at the capital-city’s only FOUR-STAR hotel).

And what a surprise! Also according to this “iron-clad” agreement, these murderous villains were free to return to Afghanistan and resume the battle against American troops, AFTER only ONE YEAR.

Which finally brings us to Susan Rice, the president’s national security adviser – the feckless administration spokesperson who previously claimed that the attack, on the Benghazi embassy, was started by an inflammatory Egyptian video – a bold-faced lie.

In fact, who can forget the mendacious moment when this Sunday-morning talk-show star simultaneously appeared on almost every news show, that eventful morning, to “spin” the latest administration Benghazi “talking points” (LIES)?

BACK TO THE FUTURE

But back to the present-day bungled prisoner swap:

Speaking on ABC’s Sunday news show “This Week” – after the much-criticized Bergdahl prisoner swap — Ms. Rice insisted that Sgt. Bergdahl “served the United States with honor and distinction.”

Huh!?!

Bergdahl’s fellow platoon mates (two of them his best friends) had already appeared on “The Kelly File” (the popular Fox News show) and UNANIMOUSLY agreed that Bergdahl had deserted his post.

As Charles Krauthammer dryly opined at that time: EVERY Sunday morning, Ms. Rice should awaken (and perhaps eat breakfast) and then immediately get back into bed and stay there for the rest of the day!

PRESIDENTIAL MISCUES & BLUNDERS

But again, what about President Obama himself?

How could this narcissistic leader — who always sees himself as the smartest person in the room — so badly muck up the announcement of Sgt. Bergdahl’s release from Taliban captivity?

After all, as previously mentioned, the president brought the soldier’s parents to the Rose Garden to make the big announcement — on live TV.

There was no mention of Bergdahl’s questionable conduct in Afghanistan, because it would have been political hari kari to mention that little complication, since Bergdahl’s parents were standing right beside him (receiving a giant presidential bear hug).

And who else, but reality-challenged Barack Obama, would believe that the American people would immediately leave their homes, to take to the streets & celebrate this amazing foreign-policy achievement?

HEY, WERE NOT FINISHED YET

But don’t stop reading now!

We’re just beginning to document the giant disconnect between the ruling Washington elite and the rest of us peasant folk:

For example, let’s have a look at the latest Gallup polls (traditionally skewered in favor of liberal Democrats because of Gallup’s outdated polling methodology).

On June 30, 2014, the latest Gallup press release metaphorically screamed:

“AMERICANS LOSING CONFIDENCE IN ALL BRANCHES OF U.S. GOV’T
– Confidence hits six-year low for presidency; record lows for Supreme Court, Congress.”

According to Gallup spokesperson, Justin McCarthy, Americans’ confidence in all three branches of the U.S. government had fallen, reaching RECORD LOWS for (1) the Supreme Court (30%); (2) Congress (7%); and a six-year low for president Obama (29%) — down seven percentage points from the previous rating of 36%.

Gracious! This is used-car-salesmen territory!

But then again, how many Americans would now trust Barack Obama enough, to buy a used car from him — he would likely be flogging a used Buick  …

WHAT ABOUT THE LATEST QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL?

And while were referencing opinion polls, it hard not to mention the results of yesterday’s Quinnipiac poll – which reported that respondents (many of them liberal Democrats) rated Barack Obama as the worst president since World War II (beating out George W. Bush & Jimmy Carter for the top spot in this presidential-losers race).

YES, WE HAVE MORE TO SAY

But were still not quite finished yet …

Just like a typical TV infomercial, we’re still about to briefly document TWO MORE liberal elitist outrages – and all for the price of one!

For example, how about liberal Democrats’ long scurrilous war on conservative Tea Party followers & enthusiasts?

TEA PARTY AND TEABAGGERS

In the wake of the 2008 presidential election, numerous small groups began to organize around the idea of promoting a policy agenda which stressed, among others, the following guiding principles: (a) shrinking the size of government; (b) returning to the traditional family values of the past; (c) reinvigorating traditional constitutional law as envisaged by the founding fathers (checks & balances between all three branches of government); (d) reviving free-enterprise capitalism as originally espoused by Adam Smith – particularly reducing taxes; and [perhaps most important] (e) emphasizing the primacy of the rule of law in interactions between government & citizens – protecting the constitutional right of ordinary citizens to be free from government interference in their lives (including restrictions on the use of executive authority by the White House).

Just as important, in July 2010, Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MO) created the House Tea Party Caucus, effectively incorporating the Tea Party movement into the institutional structure of the Republican Party.

And thanks to these kind of developments, the Republicans won a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2010 national elections

– with much of their their success directly attributed (by friends & foes) to the participation of the TEA PARTY movement.

TEABAGGERS?

And what has been the response of the liberal democratic elite to the ascendancy of the Tea Party movement in American politics?

In my opinion, to revert to the bitter, condescending name calling which has recently become typical of their ilk.

For example, as early as April 2009, anchors on CNN and MSNBC took to using the pejorative term “teabaggers” to make fun of Tea Party members (who didn’t reside in the enlightened urban meccas of Washington, New York City or California’s “left coast”).

And in November 2013, President Barack Obama even used the vulgar expression, “tea-baggers”, to refer to Tea Party members, in a letter he wrote to a Texas grade school teacher.

Whether the president actually knew the origin of this sexual slang term is unknown.

But regardless, according to several online dictionaries, a “tea bagger” is slang for: a person who “tea-bags” a sexual partner.

And if you’re easily freaked out, please skip the following dictionary description of what “tea bagging” is:

A slang term for the sexual act of a man placing his scrotum in the mouth of a willing sexual partner for pleasure, or onto the face or head of another person (so called because of its resemblance to the custom of dipping of a tea bag into a cup of hot water as a method of brewing tea).

Talk about smug elitist arrogance and political mud slinging!

LOST IN IRS SPACE

Finally, to document just how distanced the Obama White House has become from the folks in “flyover country”, let’s just quickly review the recent coincidental loss of hundreds of e-mails documenting the targeting (unconstitutional persecution) of conservative groups by the IRS for many years.

Obviously, fearing the ignorant American masses will rise up in election protest, if they find out the truth, this executive branch of government (ultimately answerable to the president) claims that it has accidentally lost all the relevant e-mail messages & printouts of IRS bully girl, Lois “I Take The Fifth” Lerner.

As Charles Krauthammer nastily commented on this IRS revelation: “These guys are living on a different planet. They [Congress] asked for this information a year ago, and it’s now discovered that it is all lost …

Nixon lost EIGHTEEN MINUTES [of audio tapes]; Obama has now lost TWO YEARS of emails.

“And [continued Krauthammer] one thing that people don’t remember is that the second article of IMPEACHMENT for RICHARD NIXON was the ABUSE of the IRS to pursue political enemies … this is a HIGH CRIME; this is NOT A TRIVIALITY.”

YES AND EVERYBODY KNOWS

And now in honor of the distanced dunderheads in D.C, let’s break out in song, singing Leonard Cohen’s classic musical tribute to global corruption, “Everybody Knows”:

“Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows that the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows
Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
Everybody knows that the captain lied
Everybody got this broken feeling
Like their father or their dog just died

“Everybody talking to their pockets
Everybody wants a box of chocolates
And a long stem rose
Everybody knows

“Everybody knows that you love me baby
Everybody knows that you really do
Everybody knows that you’ve been faithful
Ah give or take a night or two
Everybody knows you’ve been discreet
But there were so many people you just had to meet
“Without your clothes

“And everybody knows

“Everybody knows, everybody knows
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows

“Everybody knows, everybody knows
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows

“And everybody knows that it’s now or never
Everybody knows that it’s me or you
And everybody knows that you live forever
Ah when you’ve done a line or two
Everybody knows the deal is rotten
Old Black Joe’s still pickin’ cotton
For your ribbons and bows
And everybody knows

“And everybody knows that the Plague is coming
Everybody knows that it’s moving fast
Everybody knows that the naked man and woman
Are just a shining artifact of the past
Everybody knows the scene is dead
But there’s gonna be a meter on your bed
That will disclose
What everybody knows

“And everybody knows that you’re in trouble
Everybody knows what you’ve been through
From the bloody cross on top of Calvary
To the beach of Malibu
Everybody knows it’s coming apart
Take one last look at this Sacred Heart
Before it blows
And everybody knows

“Everybody knows, everybody knows
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows

“Oh everybody knows, everybody knows
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows

“Everybody knows…

AND HOW ABOUT THE ACTUAL AUDIO RENDITION BY LEONARD COHEN HIMSELF

And if you’d like to hear Canada’s troubadour of trouble, Leonard Cohen, sing this cynical song, please open the Web link immediately below, or cut & paste it into your Web browser’s Internet navigation pane:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9F8QM3tjkTE

[Murray Soupcoff is editor and co-author of “Good Buy Canada” and author of “Canada 1984”.

He was a founding member (and senior partner) of Ian Sone & Associates Ltd — Canada’s first independent social-research company specializing in the evaluations of federal, provincial & municipal government projects in Canada.

He is also the publisher of the FREE “Soupcoff Report” investment newsletter, whose distribution is partly subsidized by paid subscriptions from former research clients.

You can e-mail Murray Soupcoff at: murraysoupcoff@rogers.com ]

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