Have We Reached the New Tipping Point?

This essay was originally published on American Thinker

To paraphrase Larry the Cable Guy, I don’t care who you are — you have to admit that Thomas Jefferson certainly had a way with words.  In this one short section from the Declaration of Independence, he not only describes the duty of citizens to oust an oppressive, despotic government, but identifies the major reason why it hasn’t happened already.  Take another look at what is arguably the key phrase in the paragraph cited above:

… accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

Under George III, the accumulation of abuses hit a tipping point that moved Americans from the “suffer [evil], while evils are sufferable” to viewing those abuses as intolerable.

Under Barack Obama, and those of a similar mind in subordinate positions, such as Eric Holder, Michael Bloomberg, and others, the abuses which we have suffered have accumulated to the same point we were at in 1776.  They can no longer be tolerated.  We can not afford, as a nation, a continuance of such violations of the underpinning of our democratic republic, the Constitution.

Progressives ignore history in many cases because they feel that they are so much smarter and more intellectual than people were in the past, and that whatever mistakes were made back then (whenever then was) will not be repeated since they are so much smarter that they couldn’t possible make those mistakes again.

But any examination of history tells us that it is not the huge screw-ups by the elites that trigger revolutions.  It is invariably something that looks minor (to the elites) and yet causes a reaction that catches those self-same elites totally by surprise.  The difference is that it is most often the small things that affect people personally.

For example, the Fast and Furious “gun tracking” program is looked on by most citizens as being flawed, and an overreach, and yet it does not rise to the level of triggering a revolt.  Why?  Because it does not affect most of us individually and personally.

The idea that the White House leaked all that classified information annoys people, but most view it as not affecting most of them individually and personally.

But consider ObamaCare, Mayor Bloomberg’s assertion that he has the authority to tell you what size soda you are allowed to buy, Janet Napolitano’s TSA “pat-downs,” Ken Salazar’s “boot on the neck” attitudes that help gas prices climb, the claim that the president can decide what and what is not actually part of a religion, and the continuing economic disaster that surrounds each and every one of our citizens.  Each of these things affects most people personally, which is why there is such pushback against both ideas.

It appears that we have finally reached that tipping point, where nearly everything from this point forward is likely to be viewed by voters as impacting them individually and personally — and that impact will probably not be applauded.  Each new thing will be an irritant.

President Eisenhower enjoyed his rounds of golf, and President Clinton enjoyed mingling with the Hollywood elites, yet there was not a groundswell of bitterness toward either man.  The economy was humming along, and the ordinary person-in-the-street was reasonably content with the condition of his or her life, and the world seemed relatively safe and stable.

But take a quick look at what the person-in-the-street sees around him today:

  • The American economy is still in the tank, and domestic unemployment of 8%-plus appears to be a permanent fixture.
  • Nations in the Middle East are building nuclear weapons or are melting down into civil war and starting to involve their neighbors.
  • The North African nations along the Mediterranean coast are being taken over by religious zealots with an ax to grind against the United States and a jihadist desire to martyr themselves.
  • Europe is on the verge of imploding economically and, perhaps, politically.
  • The People’s Republic of China is flexing its military muscle in the southwest Pacific, while its economy is reacting to the rest of the globe’s economic malaise and beginning to contract.
  • Russia has a new president who dreams longingly of become the next tsar (one not appointed by Obama).
  • U.S. soldiers serving in Pakistan and Afghanistan are unable to turn their backs on their “allies” for fear of being killed by one of their partners in the war against al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

With this environment, when compared to the Eisenhower or Clinton periods, is it any wonder why the average American feels that there is something amiss when the president appears to be (a) constantly playing golf, (b) attending yet another fundraiser with the glitterati, or (c) dashing off for a vacation on the taxpayers’ dime to revel in another exotic locale — and accomplishing not much of anything to alleviate any of the above crises?

His mantra of change revolves around raising taxes, allowing anyone at all to stroll into our country and suffer no penalty, and announcing that Catholics must set aside a basic doctrine of their faith to satisfy his desire to look like a hero to women.  This, by the way, is the same man who claims to be reading Thomas Aquinas and Saint Augustine in the situation room of the White House while doling out death from the sky on a retail basis, and claiming that such actions make him a really, really gutsy guy.

The Chicago re-election campaign staff of the president seems unable to convince Obama to change his self-centered and insensitive behaviors.  That assumes of course that they even notice that his attitudes and behaviors are beginning to grate on the nerves of the ordinary American, who is wondering how he is going to feed his kids this week.

None of Obama’s behaviors individually rise to the level of being insufferable evils, but when taken in the aggregate, they appear to be the embodiment of what Mr. Jefferson said so eloquently:

… when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security …

There is a strong probability that Mr. Obama will be just as surprised in November by election returns that are clearly the result of his ideas of governing a nation as was George III in 1778 was in the reaction to his ideas of governing.  I am fairly that George III must have said something (couched in well-educated, upper-class British idiom) akin to “Whaddaya mean, I lost an entire country?”  I look forward to hearing how President Obama phrases the same reaction.

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I want this blog to be a forum to discuss the issues of the day (or week, month, year…whatever).  But you, my friends, need to respond.  A discussion where only one person is speaking is not really a conversation; it’s merely a lecture…or worse, it’s a sermon.

Please feel free to use the comments section or even rate this particular blog entry.  I can’t improve my ability to communicate without honest critiques, and only the reader can note where I might have communicated more clearly or where I should have expanded the ideas. I will even admit (in the theoretical sense, anyway) that it might be possible that I might be wrong about something.

 Thanks for reading and I hope you’ll join the conversation.



About Jim Yardley

Retired after 30 years as a financial controller for a variety of manufacturing firms, a two-tour Vietnam veteran, and independent voter.
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4 Responses to Have We Reached the New Tipping Point?

  1. Matthew77 says:

    Jim, great post. Just found you via AT, the best site I know for clear thinking. Your thoughts resonate loudly with my own, especially the passage in the Declaration articulating our right and duty to respond to a ‘long train of abuses.’ Surely this cancer of an administration is best defined as a long train of abuses. There is no doubt in my mind that to Jefferson the Object is individual freedom and liberty, and that this train of abuses evinces a design to reduce us all to subjects of Despotism.
    As the certain unalienable rights are innate gifts of God, is it any wonder that, as we have abandoned Him in our national life, He appears to have abandoned us to to fruits of our own folly.
    For one, I only hope that voices like yours are raised up from all the nooks and crannies of the United States, the places where dwell freedom loving individual who know and appreciate what freedom is, Who gives it, and what price we are will to pay to maintain, protect and defend it.
    This ‘guy’ – as McCain disdainfully referred to Obama to his face during the 08 debates – is nothing less than a national catastrophe, which many of us saw coming, but who slithered into office by catering to the media and academic snakes feeding nonsense and pablum to our politically anesthetized and dumbed-down populace.
    I’ll be back. Tx.

  2. ronspins81 says:

    Jim , Your article is a masterpiece!
    Obama and crew continue on with spiking the football with unabashed arrogance. I really like your style.

  3. Pete says:

    The one point missing in this article is dependence. The colonists weren’t as dependent upon Great Britain as many Americans are today on the Federal government for their daily sustenance. Social Security and Medicare have made elderly citizens very dependent upon government. Other ethnic groups look upon government for assistance and college students depend upon government loans for their education. For these folks to strike out on their own, and forgo assistance from the Feds, seems to me to be a stretch. The tipping point of dependence may have been passed.

  4. Hope says:

    The solution resides in each of us to do our part to help those that can not help themselves. The local charitable groups, churches, and family members have to step up and apply love in place of duty.

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