Armstrong Williams

If there is one thing that we can count on from the immediate aftermath of an election, it is the annoying and unceasing bleating from the left about the intelligence of the electorate. The electorate it is referring to is not actually America as a whole; rather, it is the 35 percent of voters who consider themselves moderates. It is these moderates who act as the arbitrators of this nation, determining which party will win a given election. In return, they receive the praise or derision of the left, depending on which choice they make.

From 2000-2005, the moderates were cast as a bunch of crazy inbred warmongers too stupid to know which party was actually looking out for them. The period 2006-2009, by contrast, was a time of rational enlightenment full of swamp draining, hope and change. The days following the elections of 2010 have brought a predictable chorus from the left. The moderates are now "insane, hormonal teenagers" and fools who are dooming America to finical insolvency because they do not want financial insolvency, to be involved with yet another protracted and divisive stimulus package and definitely no more ObamaCare. Talk about bi-polar.

Let us think about it for a minute.

For seven out of the past 11 years, the left has derided, in the most salacious terms possible, the voters most responsible for deciding the party in power. For all their complaints about the "evil" conservatives and tea partiers dumbing down America, promoting irrational choices and behavior and lowering the public discourse, they are the ones slinging the most mud at a group of people that tend to represent the epitome of the sensible middle-class. How does such wild swing of praise and criticism help the public discourse?

Often, we are so busy denigrating any one that disagrees with us, that we never stop to listen. We ignore what they say, concentrating on our own rebuttals to win the argument instead of trying to come to an agreement. Life requires us to be adaptable, yet when it comes to politics, we tend to become resolute. In order to solve problems, we must be willing to listen and be swayed if circumstances or logic dictate the need to adapt. This is not being wishy-washy, crazy or a dupe. We ask our judges not to make a rash decision before the evidence is heard, yet are annoyed with an electorate that attempts to do the same thing.

Armstrong Williams

Armstrong Williams is a widely-syndicated columnist, CEO of the Graham Williams Group, and hosts the Armstrong Williams Show. He is the author of Reawakening Virtues.
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