Only I wouldn’t be able to write it as well as did Jim Geraghty. Here is one quote, but you should really go over to The Optimistic Conservative and read the entire post.
Our political differences and culture wars are a big part of it. But I think it goes even further. How many times can a conservative encounter the low-information voters who don’t know who the vice president is, or watch the folks on the street get stumped by basic questions in Jay Leno’s “Jaywalking” segments, and not lose some faith in the American people as a whole?
For starters, I really have only the vaguest idea who Jodi Arias is. According to cable-news producers, this trial is a really, really, really big deal.
I remember reading the joke, “Far in the future, aliens will come and find the relics of our modern civilization and conclude that Kim Kardashian was our queen.” I really don’t understand why I’m supposed to care about this woman, and I don’t understand why it seems that I’m constantly being told things about her.
It’s why I sometimes think that I am out of step with the rest of the country. Or at least some of it. It’s why I’m sometime nostalgic for the good old days. Which is not to say that America was perfect in the days of my youth. It does say that the solutions both proposed and implemented to fix those problems not only didn’t fix them, they arguably made them worse. The solution to every problem is NOT to have the federal government institute a program and through millions or billions of dollars at it. I could list 100 programs that don’t work and yet tax payer dollars are thrown at them in ever increasing amounts.
Geraghty talks about losing faith in the American people, but I think the problem is with the American public education system and much of the American media. How many of your friends are talking about Benghazi, the immigration debate, the looming train wreck of Obamacare (Max Bauccus said this, not me), the increasing radicalization of the Middle East, or the financial collapse of half of Europe? No, it’s Kardashians, Arias, a mass kidnapping in Cleveland, and where and how a terrorist should be buried. Oh, we’re not supposed to call him a terrorist or even blame him for his actions, rather we should wonder what “we” did to make him become a radical.
There is too much reliance on government to solve problems that individuals can and should solve on their own or with the help of friends. The government generally doesn’t help, it just makes the problem more expensive to fix,