The big disconnect.
Speaking to reporters shortly before Christmas last year, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said:
Providing assistance for the Ukrainians to defeat the Russians, that’s the number one priority for the United States right now…”
In the runup to the 2020 election, Joe Biden repeatedly said that climate change is:
…the number one issue facing humanity.”
What’s interesting is that neither Ukraine nor climate change are seen as the number one priorities or issues of the American people – i.e. us – the ones that pay the bills.
According to a December 2022 Gallup poll, climate change comes in dead last on the list of the concerns of U.S. adults. The war in Ukraine didn’t even make the list.
So, what are the top priorities of the American people? According to Gallup they are, in rank order, poor leadership, illegal immigration, a weakening economy and high inflation. Escalating crime is also high on the list.
This recent Gallup poll is neither the first nor the only time that polling has revealed that what the ruling class thinks is a big deal and what we proles think is a big deal are two different things.
And that, in itself, is a big deal.
It’s obvious to any objective observer that our priorities are of little concern to our ruling elites. There is a huge disconnect between the folks – people who get up every day to go to work to earn money to pay their taxes, feed their families, keep a roof overhead and have a bit to live on in retirement – and the elites in government, academia, entertainment and Big Tech, who condescend to the folks even as they largely exempt themselves from the consequences of the policies they promote.
The folks populate an entire continent. The elites live in cloistered coastal enclaves and are largely unaware of what life is really like across that sprawling continent.
For most people, getting the bills paid is a priority. Getting a decent education for their children is a priority. Maintaining a decent standard of living in the face of inflation that places an invisible tax on paychecks is a priority.
The situation in Ukraine – though it may elicit sympathy – isn’t a priority. Neither is climate change. Climate change is primarily an obsession of wealthy liberals, cossetted academics and naïve young people who haven’t lived long enough to have any perspective. Worrying about the climate 10, 20 or 50 years from now is a conceit that most people can’t afford. That fact is reflected in the priorities revealed in that December Gallup poll.
In a representative republic, if it is to prosper, the priorities of those in government should reflect the priorities of those who put them there.
Gallup makes clear that they don’t.
Those in government – both elected and permanent – have morphed into an elite cadre of self-enlightened overlords who have anointed themselves with the power and authority to tell us what our priorities are.
Such is not the hallmark of a republic.
It’s the hallmark of a dictatorship.
Spot on, Mr. Gleiser. All this climate change nonsense needs to stop. I am reminded of a blizzard we, in North Dakota, just experienced a week ago. My good friend and her husband were stranded overnight in someone else’s farmstead only four miles from their home (they called our county sheriff to let him know they were staying overnight in that yard in their pickup. The owners were not home). At the same time, my husband and I made an hour long trek to go what should have been a five minute trip to a friends’ farm who, fortunately, lived nearby. The storm arrived about five hours early so everyone was caught off-guard. We were all just awfully glad we had full gas tanks, heat in our cars, winter survival kits, and blankets. Our local car dealership just let Buick go from their lineup…..Buick wants to go to all EV’s, and our dealership knows this will never fly in North Dakota. Washington DC is so out of touch with “regular” people…….it’s insane.
Paul and Rilla, your comments are all on target. I wish I could find the energy to respond further, but last week I had a medical procedure that, while it went very well, left me at low energy for the time being.
Here’s to a speedy recovery, Buddy.
First of all our Founding Father’s never intended for our Federal Government to morph into full time jobs for those elected to all branches of the Government; with the exception of the Judiciary Branch. I admit I am not schooled enough on that subject. These career politicians become so rooted in to their “Royalty” titles they expect to get elected time and time again and for us, the little people, to bow before them. They have created such a rotten system that a very low percentage of “us” can make a serious attempt to unseat them. Money, the root of all evil rules the day. Way back in the 1990’s a friend of mine, was going to run for a State Representative Office and was going jumping through all the hoops to do so. What was so glaring to me, the cost of running for a Texas State Representative Office back in the 90’s. The cost at that time in East Texas was a minimum of half a million dollars to have the chance of running a successful campaign. A run for a Texas Senate seat back then, north of $600K; most likely a cool million. And one had to meet with the Federal and obviously the State committees of the Democrats and Republicans; which ever Party ticket you were running for. Never mind thinking you could be an Independent unless wealth was in your family and you were a maverick. Imagine the money and resources one needs to mount a campaign during these times! And then there are the doners and their expectations on a return for their dollars. No way anyone gets a large donation and strings are not attached. No matter who the politician is (with the exception of Donald Trump) there will always be the real power brokers behind the scenes who call the shots. The old axiom of “Money talks and BS walks” is true. Today, you and I are at the mercy of those who stand to profit off this climate nonsense, green energy boondoggle, medical nightmare of Covid, and the Military Industrial Complex. As I like to point out the World Economic Forum, who are the power brokers with all the money steering the World’s ship. Biden is a puppet doing the bidding of these people. This is not a conspiracy; follow the money. The United States of America are no longer united. There is no “Representative Government” as stated in the Constitution. The people of power have finally figured out how to have absolute rule over us and we faithfully elect the same people who supposedly know and feel our pain. Oh Yes, we have a Representative Government because we get to vote. But look at what that has done for us recently. We have a long road ahead for our children and grandchildren. We better open our eyes and get active in maintaining the shrinking freedoms that remain. Joe Biden and company is doing everything possible to destroy what is left with lie upon lie. Keep telling a lie and it becomes reality.
How RIGHT you are!
After the results of the 2020 and 2022 elections, I’ve lost hope for our future. If Biden, Fetterman and Hobbs are what we can expect along with the rest of the worthless Democrats and Republicans, i see a dismal future ahead.
To add a cherry to the dysfunctional election in Philadelpha, Fetterman remains in a psychiatric facility being treated for depression. At least that is what the news is reporting. So that guy is AWOL on all Senate activities past, present, and immediate future. Good Night, and Hi!
Yes and his wife has left the country. Real TRANSPARENT, huh?