Forget Stink Bugs in DC – Ostrich Syndrome in Full Bloom

Last week, the Washington, DC NBC affiliate reported the following:

“Smelly, pesky bugs known as stink bugs have been swarming the Washington, D.C. area — and when you try to kill them, they just smell worse.”

This description aptly fits many members of the US Congress who have smelled up the place with huge debt and no thought of future generations, just the next election.  Fortunately, the American people have been awakened to their scheme.

Unfortunately, it is really going to be a very apt description of the lameduck session of Congress that Harry and Nancy have called right after the election.  They are not going to be happy after November 2, 2010 and they are sure to make DC an even smellier place.

Now comes a rare occasion of “what they really think” from Sen John Kerry.  Give him credit, “they” usually try to contain, obfuscate or otherwise hide this all too common evaluation of their subjects, err, I mean their constituents.

The BostonHerald.com has this blazing headline:

John Kerry: Democrats’ woes stem from uninformed voters

He is quoted as saying in the article :

We have an electorate that doesn’t always pay that much attention to what’s going on so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what’s happening,”… (emphasis added)

Sadly, I don’t think much of us find this quote from Senator Kerry a surprise.  Missouri’s Senator McCaskill said essentially the same thing after the 71%  plus approval of Proposition C in August.  She said “message received,” which seemed to be a hopeful sign that finally she recognized that her constituents didn’t believe she represented them on the health care issue.  But alas, she expressed a sentiment similar to Senator Kerry:

“I think I have to work very hard at making sure that Missourians understand all the positives things that are in the bill. As time goes on they will realize that…”

In other words, you are uninformed, misinformed and gullible.  She is especially counting on the latter for 2012!

I’ve traveled the state extensively talking with real people, about real issues and real concerns.  Senator Kerry and Senator McCaskill are out of touch and significantly underestimating the American public’s awareness of the issues facing our country today.  They are out of touch in recognizing that they are part of the problem and definitely not the solution!

In the “old days”, it was much easier for the Kerry/McCaskill crowd to fool us.  But not today.

People in Missouri and across the country are taking advantage of the vast amounts of data available to them today. They are quick to recognize errors and get them corrected.  They are even quicker to act upon the information they have and do something about it. The Kerry/McCaskill/Reid/Pelosi/Owebama team can no longer easily take advantage of us, and they don’t like it!

That is why it is incumbent on all of us to remain vigilant and well informed.  It is necessary for the future of our country that “We the people” hold our elected officials accountable at all levels, from the fire house to the school house to the court house to the state house to the White House and Congress!

We must send the message to all levels of government that we cannot and will not be fooled by window dressing and sentimental conveyances.  Gone is the time people in uniform at a local poll supporting an issue, usually a tax increase, can influence our vote merely because people in uniform are standing at the polls supporting it!  We will arm ourselves, our friends, family, co-workers and neighbors with the facts and then vote!

Gone is the time that people can be swayed by the phrase “it’s for the children” when usually it is not.  Armed with the facts, we will vote accordingly!

The majority of Americans today have a well-deserved distrust of their federal government. They should also challenge their local levels of government to be as forthcoming and deliver useful information, not just the information those levels of government want us to hear.

In the coming weeks, we will be providing examples of local government entitites that have stepped up to the plate to provide real-time, useful data to their constituents.

Until then, beware the Ostrich Syndrome, it’s going to be fatal for some careers come November 2, 2o1o!

Carl Bearden
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