… the vice president, the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, everyone in Congress (even the dumbest guy there, Al Franken), the Supreme Court, the Washington media — enough, you get the picture, right? You’re Stupid.
How else to explain everything they do, much of what they say? They must think we’re all idiots or they simply wouldn’t do what they do, say what they say — it’s the only explanation.
Consider this: On Aug. 31, after dodging questions on Syria for more than a week, President Obama headed to the Rose Garden to give a 10-minute statement. He’d made some decisions, and he had to let America know right away — because this was urgent, URGENT!
“Now, after careful deliberation, I have decided that the United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets,” the president said about the then 10-day-old “chemical weapons” attack on civilians (he was on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard when the attack happened).
But wait, there’s more! Americans, he said, should get to speak about this burning issue, “And that’s why I’ve made a second decision ” he said, announcing he’d go to Congress for approval. He’s “ready to act!” to face down this immediate threat to America, he declared.
Then, he and Joseph R. Biden headed to the links for a five-hour round of golf. That’s right, they went golfing. The buck, apparently, stops with Congress, freeing up America’s top leaders for a little R&R.
What’s more, the day after Mr. Obama made this dire announcement, he jetted off to … Sweden! Yes, land of his Nobel Peace Prize. No, he did not cancel his tour through Scandinavia to work members of Congress for support. Instead, he headed to the Royal Institute of Technology to view the “First Commercially Viable Hybrid Solution for Trucks and Buses.” Important stuff.
Of course, there, he also said “I didn’t set a red line; the world set a red line.” Now if you, Mr. and Mrs. America, think he did set a red line when he said chemical weapons use was a, um, “red line” — well, you’re just too stupid to take seriously. He just said he didn’t set it, got it? The world did, the world did! Sheesh.
Meanwhile, Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who so vehemently opposed war in Iraq and “the surge” in Afghanistan, are all for this new war of choice. The House minority leader was so adamant she started sending letters to her colleagues — letters! Mr. Reid, meanwhile, took to the Senate floor to make an impassioned speech (1 minute 7 seconds) that ended: “I ask unanimous consent that the Senate adjourn until 2 p.m. Monday, September 9th, 2013” (“Without objection,” Mr. Franken said, “the Senate stands adjourned. And doggone it, people like me!”).
Across the aisle, establishment Republicans took a break from trying to ram amnesty for illegal immigrants down America’s throat to start an effort to ram a new war down Americans’ throats. Sen. John “Maverick” McCain said the U.S. needed to do waaaay more than lob a few bombs into Syria, but, later, vowed to seek impeachment of the president if a single U.S. boot touched ground. Sen. Lindsey “What He Said” Graham, always level-headed, warned his South Carolina constituents that if America doesn’t attack Syria, nukes will fall in Charleston Harbor. Nukes, people!
In fact, Everyone in Congress thinks you’re stupid. Why else would they push ahead with overhauling America’s health care, but then exempt everyone in Congress from Obamacare? The Supreme Court thinks you’re dumb as mud: “Our society suffers from an alarming degree of public ignorance,” former liberal Justice Sandra Day O’Connor said.
And the media — well, the media. CBS News’ Bob Schieffer said Sunday that America has to go to war because the president said “red line.” “Put aside all the arguments about whether he should have drawn a red line about Syria using chemical weapons, the fact is he said it,” the “journalist” said in a blog post titled, “Keeping Our Word on Syria.”
Now, Mr. Obama — after another round of golf on Saturday — is going to hit the airwaves Monday to sell His War, with stops at all cable and networks; then, a national address Tuesday night. Day late, dollar short.
But just so you know, Mr. President, Americans are not stupid. They see through your ham-handed attempt to politicize war (he clearly hoped to use a Republican rejection in the 2014 mid-term campaigns: “Look, the GOP wouldn’t even support me to stop the killing of children!”). And Americans know they aren’t getting the truth on U.S. surveillance, IRS targeting of conservatives, Fast and Furious — and especially Benghazi.
Far from stupid, Americans are simply fed up with All Things Washington: They don’t trust this president, Congress, the Supreme Court, the media. But contrary to what former Justice O’Connor thinks, Americans aren’t “stupid,” they’re just too busy working to pay for out-of-control U.S. spending and the coming Obamacare. And they’re just happy to have a job in Mr. Obama’s horrible economy.
And most of all, they just don’t have time to fuss with fools.
• Joseph Curl covered the White House and politics for a decade for The Washington Times and is now editor of the Drudge Report. He can be reached at email@example.com and on Twitter @josephcurl.