We know we're not happy with our current government. A Rasmussen poll released last week noted that 40 percent of voters are very angry, and 25 percent are somewhat angry "at the current policies of the federal government." Combined, this means two out of every three likely voters are not happy with their government.
So the people who are likely to vote for the politicians, and who pay the politicians, are angry. The result: This fall, politicians will be falling fast.
If it were possible to short elected officials, now would be the time.
We know that we don't like what President Barack Obama is doing to our country. And yes, I meant doing TO our country, not doing FOR our country. This dislike registers as disapproval. His disapproval rating (54 percent) is currently higher than his approval rating (45 percent).
The question is why are we so angry, so disapproving? Not just the obvious why -- too much government, too much spending, too much health care intervention -- but the underlying why. What ails our nation? What is the underlying malaise that is gripping our country?
Instead of trying to bring about "change we can believe in," the Obama administration is trying to change what we believe by attacking American values of hard work, thrift, entrepreneurship and personal responsibility.
The Obama administration's policies are bad. Not in the sense that they are not a good idea, but bad in the sense that the policies are morally corrupting. They take money and control away from people and give it to government bureaucrats, who then decide what should be done. The policies encourage people to be less responsible personally and to rely more on the government.
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher argued that "socialism itself -- in all its incarnations, wherever and however it was applied -- was morally corrupting," Claire Berlinski wrote in "There Is No Alternative: Why Margaret Thatcher Matters" (Basic Books, 2008), out this week in paperback. "Socialism turned good citizens into bad ones; it turned strong nations into weak ones; it promoted vice and discouraged virtue ... transformed formerly hardworking and self-reliant men and women into whining, weak and flabby loafers."
"There Is No Alternative" is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand how to win the argument against socialism. Republicans are currently debating the surface arguments about programs -- they cost too much, they are not paid for and there is too much government intervention.
The core of the matter is the same today as it was in Great Britain in the 1970s.
The system is morally wrong.