President Barack Obama, his staff and administration, are all in danger of making the worst political mistake of their lives. They seem unable or unwilling to recognize the damage it will cause. And this reality may be America's brightest reason for genuine hope and change.
Since the beginning of the August recess the actual "rulers" in this nation have been given their chance to speak. In high school gyms, in church basements, and in community college auditoriums the first real chance for accountability has been measured against the most tone-deaf administration of my lifetime. Retirees, stay-at-home moms, young professionals, and even a working bloke or two have shown up at the town-hall meetings to first hear from their representatives, and then to respond to the ideas put forth.
The report card for the administration in these town halls is reflecting the concurrent plummet in Barack Obama's approval rating on his signature issue--the universal federalized take-over of the health care given to patients in America. Now only 36% of Americans trust the President on the issue, 53% do not.
Every one on the President's team was taken by surprise at the response, primarily because of the biggest mistake an elected official can make. They believed their own press.
When an administration has had as free a hand in getting what should be a hostile press corps to instead become an echo chamber for its own policies, the risk that is run is to be caught believing what that press corps writes, reports, and editorializes upon. Because instead of being the loyal questioners they should in probing the depths of policies, intentions, and use of the federal agenda, the press becomes more or less a public relations extension of the executive branch and thusly unable to reflect the genuine accuracy of reaction to such policies.
The administration fell into believing what has been written, and honestly thinks their messianic fulfillment of bringing humanist utopia to the planet is a mandate.
Yet in town hall after town hall they are not able to control the branding or messaging of what "We The People" actually believe.
The administration, the elected members of Congress and most importantly the President evidently need reminding of who they work for. They need help remembering what their obligations represent. And they need to be mindful that if they do not do what the board of directors believe to be best, we can toss them on their can like yesterday's kitchen scraps and start over again.