Noonan on the DC/America Divide

by Ryan on January 31, 2014

in Politics

So, how long did it take you to change the channel during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address?  After Obama channeled his inner Paul Harvey with folksy tales of “real” Americans, he started his regular banter not caring about the accuracy of his statements because (let’s face it) most of those watching weren’t going to check up on the facts.

I made it about fifteen minutes.

Well, Peggy Noonan seemed to have watched the whole thing.  Old-school Establishment-types tend to do that — it gives them material to reflect on the way things once were.  In her recent article for the WSJ, she expresses the growing disconnect between Washington and the “folks.”  The insular world of the Beltway is one of the richest areas of the nation — not exactly a bellwether for how the nation is doing.  Plus, the bullying by the federal government towards regular people is taking its toll:

All these things—the pushing around of nuns, the limiting of freedoms that were helping kids get a start in life, the targeting of conservative groups—all these things have the effect of breaking bonds of trust between government and the people. They make citizens see Washington as an alien and hostile power.

With an unelected fourth branch (the bureaucracy) at the wheel most of the time and a DC culture so removed from the people, it’s no wonder many are feeling estranged from their own government and frustrated that so little ever really changes.

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