Friday, September 03, 2010

"Spoiled Americans" or #NOT?

"Americans aren't 'spoiled,' they're angry about not having jobs" (Adam Serwer-The Plum Line):
Eugene Robinson's column about how the American people are "spoiled" ingrates unable to recognize all that's been done for them is comically ill-timed given today's dismal unemployment report, showing an economy unable to get moving:

In the punditry business, it's considered bad form to question the essential wisdom of the American people. But at this point, it's impossible to ignore the obvious: The American people are acting like a bunch of spoiled brats.

This is not, I repeat not, a partisan argument. My own political leanings are well-known, but the refusal of Americans to look seriously at the nation's situation -- and its prospects -- is an equal-opportunity scourge. Republicans got the back of the electorate's hand in 2006 and 2008; Democrats will feel the sting this November. By 2012, it will probably be the GOP's turn to get slapped around again.

It's bad form to call the American people "spoiled" because generally that's what pundits do when their side is losing. This column is no exception: Robinson laments the fact that "incredibly, according to Gallup, registered voters say they intend to vote for Republicans over Democrats by an astounding 10-point margin." MORE...

"Spoiled Voters, Real Americans" (Digby):
Adam Serwer correctly took issue with Eugene Robinson's assertion today that the American people are acting like spoiled brats. People are genuinely stressed and it's human nature to want to take it out on the government, which is the only institution in which the average person has a say. But I would take issue with one thing. Serwer writes this:
[I]t's silly to blame the American people for reacting to the results of Democratic governance. Unemployment edged up to 9.6 percent, the economy losing 54,000 jobs. As Neil Irwin reports today, "The current pace of job creation is too weak to put Americans back to work in significant numbers." There's no mystery as to why Americans aren't dancing in the streets. A better argument might be that Democrats are being "spoiled," since it's their lack of enthusiasm about voting that is giving the GOP a major advantage.
But, you know, Democrats are Americans too. And they are also without jobs (or unable to change them) and are losing their homes and savings in this economy. MORE...
Howie P.S.: 'Americans' (I'm referring to the middle class) are not essentially spoiled. They have been hung out to dry (roast) by a political shitstem in general and a Democratic leadership in particular that has abdicated the fight on behalf of their interests. Or to put it in crass political terms:
This is what happens when you abandon your base.

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