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May 13, 2013

Obama's Too Busy Covering Up Benghazi and Targeting Opponents with Audits to Fix the Economy

One of the most bothersome things about a true political scandal is that the public tends to yawn about it.

So what, they tend to think. They're all corrupt anyway. Besides, this doesn't effect me or my family or my friends. We're all just Common-Sense Non-Political Independents.

This is how the low-information voter flatters himself for his ignorance.

Getting through to the low-information voter is very difficult. One might quote the liberal Washington Post on the issue (as quoted by Instapundit, at USAToday):

"A bedrock principle of U.S. democracy is that the coercive powers of government are never used for partisan purpose. The law is blind to political viewpoint, and so are its enforcers, most especially the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service. Any violation of this principle threatens the trust and the voluntary cooperation of citizens upon which this democracy depends. So it was appalling to learn Friday that the IRS had improperly targeted conservative groups for scrutiny. It was almost as disturbing that President Obama and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew have not personally apologized to the American people and promised a full investigation."

But even that won't get through to the low-information voter, who considers such statements to be too abstract to get too worried about. He also hasn't read the statement in the first place, creating a large obstacle to his being concerned about it.

The low information voter barely understands what's happening now, let alone what may happen or the implications of what's happening. Even if it's a fairly dire threat to democracy-- people agree to peaceful, civil rule only when they believe the power of government is not being used to target them for their beliefs.

But the low-information voter doesn't appreciate this. He's too busy being Common-Sensical and Independently-Minded to fret any about serious threats undermining the rule of law and the civil order. And he considers people who think about such things as Why Democracy Endures and Why It So Often Fails to be crazy, hyperideological extremists.

Low-information voters assume that everything's okay and everything will continue being okay because they ignore all warnings about things going off the rails. Then, when the country is torn apart by a crisis, they go into Demanding Answers mode, angrily asking "Why weren't we warned?"

Which brings me to the point: Since this sort of voter will only take cognizance of a fact if he can see it directly, tangibly impacts him in the now -- not three years from now, hell, not even three weeks from now -- we need to always bring the scandal back to the tangible and the immediate and the personal for the low information voter.

Obama's government spends all of its time and political capital on political warfare. All of it. All of its power is directed towards ideological ends -- cover ups, punishing opponents, imposing partisan solutions the country does not want (such as ObamaCare), and then vindictively extending those partisan efforts beyond the pale (such as demanding that religious employers forsake their God and pay for workers' abortions).

Obama has a very limited capacity for useful work. Most of his day is eaten up by reading press reports praising him, and when he takes a break from doing that, he tries to get away for six hours of golf once a week and a vacation once every two months.

With his little remaining time, he uses the powers of government -- entrusted to the President to work for the public good, not the partisan good -- to promote leftism and attack anyone who objects to the imposition of an alien form of government, antithetical to the foundation of the Republic.

And what's he not doing with his microscopic amount of actual work-time?

Going to Jobs Councils meetings. Meeting with economists about how to get the economy producing jobs again.

In short: He's spending his very limited work-time working for NARAL and the extremist wings of the Democratic party and decidedly not on behalf of the Common-Sensical Practical-Minded Independent low-information voter.

He's spending all his time trying to put Republicans out of business and none of his time helping the common man keep his own business in business.

Although this is actually not the most important part of this scandal -- the threat to civil order and rule of law is the most important part -- this is the only part, I fear, that can get through to the low-information dunderheads, so, in the interest of saving the Republic, we should probably push this connection as often as possible.


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