The United States government has a major problem. Perception. In the worlds of marketing, advertising, and propaganda, perception was more powerful than reality. In the continuing age of hyper-speed and high quantity media, information, and opinion, perception is reality. There is now a major rift between perception and reality. The President, the Congress, and the Senate have caused this rift. It has been building for a few years. It now threatens to widen into a deep flooded valley of uncertainty, fear, negativism, and mistrust. They will turn government into a new profane, vulgar, and obscene word.
The so called Health Care Reform Bill is a perfect example. No one argues that the health care system is overburdened. No one argues that costs are out of control. No one argues that insurance reform is needed. But make no mistake, this is not a health care reform bill. It is a health insurance bill. Health care is a multi-faceted entity, of which insurance is only one part. This bill only addresses health insurance- at least that is what we are told. The bill is almost 3000 pages long. At this point it is inconceivable that anyone in government really knows what it contains.
There lies the problem. Government took something simple, reforming health insurance, and turned it into a beast, an atrocity, a behemoth, a 3000 page monster. It is unreadable and incomprehensible. They further complicated the perception problem by crafting the bill in back room secrecy. Nancy Pelosi promised transparency. Barack Obama promised an open and transparent government. Then the leaders turned around and did what they always have done. Shut the doors, blackened the windows, and turned out the lights on the public.
The battle waged over this bill is a perfect example of bad politics, bad policy, and bad blood. Its timing could not be worse. The American people have lost all faith with their government. Polls show the Presidents approval ratings- 42%-46%- are lower than any other President this early in a term. Congress and Senate approval ratings are in the sub-basement and going lower 12%-18%. The leadership has done nothing to ameliorate this, except to point fingers and cast blame. Blame Bush, blame Republicans, blame Blue Dog Democrats, blame the Chamber of Commerce, blame big insurance, blame unions, blame ungrateful voters, blame, blame, blame. Like little children, you can only blame others for so long.
What they did was create uncertainty in the people. Uncertainty leads to fear. Fear leads to loathing. All this leads to negative perception. Depending on the polls, 75% to 51% of the American people are against this particular bill. The people against this bill are from all political persuasions; the far left to the far right. Instead of a political line from left to right, the bad perception has created a circle where the far fringes meet at the top.
The leadership absolutely refuses to listen to the people who they are supposed to represent. This has caused a deeper erosion in perception. No matter how loud people scream, they go into their sound proof dark rooms to create more pages to feed the beast. The leaders have taken confusion, obfuscation, and dishonesty to highs never seen or believed. They created a whole new art form.
For all we don’t know, this could be the best thing to happen in America or the worst economic evil perpetrated upon the nation. The unknown is the problem. We are told we will like it when we see it. The proof is in the pudding. Wait until you taste the pie. They kept repackaging the same product, slapping a different label on the can, and calling it something else. First it was dog food, then cat food, then tuna, now it is pate.
What person in their right mind could read and comprehend this 3000 page bill? Hypothetically speaking, if the bill were challenged on Constitutional grounds, the Supreme Court could not afford to hear it. Hiring the extra staff to read, translate, and parse this beast would break their budget.
During the State of the Union Speech, the President stated he would try a new concept- common sense. Then he, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid drove the Perceptionmobile wildly down the Senseless Highway careening towards the cliff. Common sense is horse sense. It is the sense horses have that keeps them from betting on humans. This lack of sense is what is going to undo the Democratic Party. They did not learn from the Republican’s mistakes. Now we have two parties the people hate, mistrust, and feel helpless about. The political system finally melted itself down into a toxic puddle.
The perception is our political system is the same- no matter what party is in charge. It is just one vicious spin cycle after another. No matter who is in the majority, the people we elect no longer represent us. Who they represent is in question. The people we send to Washington no longer care what we think, feel, or want. It is all about them. That is the perception. Who knows what the reality is anymore.
Perception is reality. The reality is Washington DC is deaf, blind, and dumb- being lack of intelligence, not speech. There never is a lack of speech. Government no longer cares what the voters think. When Pelosi, and Reid leave office, we can name streets after them. One Way and Dead End. We can also erect a monument to the major accident scene they caused. The crashing of the President.