From today's Boston Globe, we find the following:
While half of Americans disapprove of how Democratic leaders in Congress are doing their job, a majority believes that one-party control of Capitol Hill and the White House will be good for the country, according to a new survey.Although 50% of Americans think that the Democrats in Congress are performing poorly, 59% think that finally having them control both the Legislative and Executive branches will be a good thing. I scratched my head about that one for a bit, until I realized that those 59% of Americans may not necessarily care what the government does, as long as it does something.
The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released yesterday found that 47 percent approve of the job Democratic congressional leaders are doing and 50 percent disapprove.
But 59 percent say that Democratic control of the House, Senate, and presidency will be good for the country, while only 38 percent say it will be bad for the nation.
This is a perfect example of the pragmatic, nanny state mentality that so many people have today. They may recognize that the actions of the current leadership are bad, but in the same breath state that maybe things will be better if they can do more, with less resistance.
It turns out that Gus Van Horn saw a similar case today, but drawing from a different set of facts. Commenting on a story of a recent crackdown on free speech by Burma's dictator, and one reader's view that it isn't socialism but instead the selfishness of the dictator that is the cause of the trouble, Gus says:
I have often spoken of a "dictator fantasy" in which people like this apologist for socialism (or Obama's more fanatical supporters) seem to think that the despot they want in power will rule as he, personally, sees fit. This is clear evidence of a lack of principled thought, and the proliferation of people with this fantasy is a direct result of the prevalence of the philosophical approach of pragmatism.Perhaps the ineffectual (and, in fact, damaging) Democratic Congress is benefiting from the honeymoon glow of Obama's election, or that people are assuming that Congress will simply follow the lead of The One, because he has the Change We Need. But those of us who value our liberty can see that a desire for single-party rule under the banner of "Do something! Anything!" is recipe for disaster.
If things go as badly under an Obama administration as they could--if he gets all of his horrendous policies implemented and leads us into The Great Depression II--will those who suffered from the "dictator fantasy" wake up and find that "this isn't the despot we wanted!!"? Or will their pragmatism lead them to accept that, just like FDR, Obama did all he could, and he should be lauded as a hero?