Time for a pet peeve. I admit it might be a small one. Here it is: I have a problem with politicians coming along to legitimize our fears, concerns, frustrations or anger.
It goes something like this. People are outraged about something like government abuse, keeping phone records, IRS targeting citizens, border enforcement or stupid actions. Then come politicians who tell us, “listen, you have a right to be angry or upset.”
But we see time and time again that they not only don’t do anything to stop the problems but sometimes are directly causing the problems. Then they tell us that we have a right to be angry. Do we need them to legitimize our anger, or grant us the right to be angry?
Obama coined a term today, speaking to people in Flint Michigan about the water crisis, calling it a “Pipeline of Neglect.” Wow, there is an understatement but a useful phrase. I think I’ll steal that one. Though it goes much further than neglect.
Then we’re told time and again that we have to get a handle on our anger. Yet the very people contributing to our anger tell us you have a right to be angry about it.
Another offensive statement to me usually comes up in response to that above one. Pols will not admit their culpability, or their part in the cause. They say, “we can do better.” What does that mean, better than failure? It’s a relative term. That’s a way of appearing to admit some guilt without assuming any responsibility. We get a whole lot of “we can do better” these days. Or maybe the language is my pet peeve? I’m not sure.
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