Friday, September 04, 2009

Does power breed apathy?

Marta Mossburg looks at why ObamaCare is failing in her column for the Washington Post:
The group collectively lamented that the Right discovered Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals." "It's kind of scary! They have learned all of the tricks," said Sue Esty, the assistant director of American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Maryland.

But maybe it isn't the Right learning the rules. Maybe it's the community organizers losing the anger so necessary to keep the fight alive. Angry people drive beat-up hatchbacks and eat ramen noodles.

They don't show up to greet their leaders in a Volvo, Lexus, Cadillac or Chrysler 300, like some of the cars parked outside SEIU 1199, and eat grapes and cheese like at this meeting.

Who would have thought that being in power might actually make it more difficult to get things done. What a concept: We vote our people into office so that they can get things done, not so that we have to keep working to get it.

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