Thursday, August 13, 2009
Town Hall Revolts Heat Up
As the town hall meetings get even hotter, I can't resist pointing out the obvious: calling these people "lynch mobs" and comparing them to Nazis and the KKK didn't make them less angry. Insulting people who are already angry, it seems, makes them even angrier.
For as long as I can remember, the Democrats have been assuring me that they are the smart ones, and the other major party is just a bunch of stupid idiots.
Their response to the protests has shown that there are a lot of Democrats who are at least as dumb as the rest of us, if not more so. I would think that one of the basic principles of politics in a democracy, so obvious it is never stated explicitly, is Thou shalt not criticize the electorate, or any large segment thereof.* It's like the business principle, "The customer is always right."
By the way, I used to be in sales, and that last principle, I can tell you, is true. Unless starvation appeals to you, never tell the customer they are simply wrong to want what they want. Rather, show them something that is even better than what they were originally looking for.
Politicians, like business people, should not attack their clients. On the other hand, if you are not running for office, you can attack the public as much as you like. Like this wonderful man. May he rest in peace:
* Attacking individual protesters is probably a smarter idea.