The ‘Common Ground’ Ruse

Democratic Congressman Steve Kagen was the latest politician to face the wrath of many voters at a townhall meeting this week.

Afterward, Kagen said what has become a mantra for these politicians: “We can find common ground.”

Simply put: No we can’t.

No more “common ground.” Democrats and select Republicans just don’t get it. They live in a world where give and take holds no consequence, because nothing that’s being given or taken belongs to them. There is in fact no “common ground” in politics because politicians have no ground to begin with — it’s ours and we’re tired of bargaining to keep our own money and property.

Americans are sick of it, and we’re seeing evidence of this anger in townhall meetings and at tea parties — and it’s about time. It’s time that our politicians feared us for a change, instead of the other way around.

Here’s how I view our politicians and their “common ground”: I’m walking out of the bank with $100. A guy walks up and demands I hand over the money. I have an outburst. The robber says “let’s find some common ground here… just give me $50.” Then I’m expected to be happy with the compromise even though I still got robbed! That’s how silly politicians and their “common ground” sound to me, and they know what they can do with it. Obama even wants us to believe we can find “common ground” on abortion. I have no idea how to only half-kill a baby, but I’m sure somewhere a liberal is working on it.

Democrats are, predictably, reacting badly to townhall “outbursts” that have somehow offended the delicate sensibilities of cheap Chicago thugs like Rahm Emanuel. They blame an organized effort by private insurance companies (uh huh… I hop on a bus to go into town for a meeting whenever my friggin’ insurance company asks me to) and other organizations, never giving a moment’s thought to the possibility that people are genuinely pissed because they’re actually paying attention. Another reason is that this is all happening after January 20, 2009 — the day dissent became unpatriotic.

The reason Democrats believe that these “tea party outbursts” are the result of some sinister effort organized by special interests is because mobilizing groups of morons who don’t know their ass from a hole in the ground using pints of whiskey and fear mongering for bait is the Democrats’ modus operandi, so Democrats can only assume that’s how the other side is getting so many people to turn out.

This is from an Obama speech from September of last year:

In Elko, Obama tried to anticipate his critics and called on the crowd of about 1,500 to sharpen their elbows, too.

“I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face,” he said.

Democrats are shocked by the classless behavior at townhall meetings by Republicans and others who have the audacity to tell them that they’re sick and tired of being robbed, but the only thing Democrats could possibly be angry at them for is copyright infringement.

Here’s a clip from the Kagen townhall meeting in Wisconsin. The crowd doesn’t look like “rent a mob” types to me — this is genuine “somebody go get some rope” anger, and frankly it’s refreshing. As long as this all transfers into the voting booths on election day, there is hope for the Republic:

Author: Doug Powers

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