Why there’s mistrust

If political factions have existed in this country since the late 18th century, why does the partisan rancor seem historically high today?

In some ways, it is probably actually no worse than in the “good old days.” In other ways, something is unique about our times.

Most conservatives prefer unity. Their nature is not of the boat-rocking sort. It takes pronounced provocation to get them to protest.

Just ask the local Republican Party parade float organizer how difficult it is to get volunteers to march alongside the float – even in a super-red county.

Most conservatives trust. They give people the benefit of the doubt. They let them run their course. Perhaps to a fault.

If our traditionally center-right nation had been more on its toes, it may not have agreed so easily to the incremental rise in the entitlement state over the course of the 20th century.

It may not have slept so soundly as the ACLU flexed its liberal muscle in the one institution it could undemocratically overtake: the judiciary.

Conservatives believe in authority, in hierarchy, because order is the foundation of freedom.

But lions don’t sleep forever. They eventually rise to protect their domains.

What is waking the lions today?

One. A realization that the courts are overriding the desires of the many to appease a vocal few.

Even in left-leaning California, the people voted for a traditional definition of the family only to have it overruled by a single judge. It’s not as if they voted to send a certain sexual orientation out of the country!

In Arizona, the people’s representatives voted to use their own tax dollars to enforce existing immigration laws only to have a court (prompted by the federal government) deny them the right. It’s not as if they voted to send illegals out of the country! Well…

Two. Witnessing the federal government turn a deaf ear to the people in the health care reform debate.

How much more of a message can the people send than for Massachusetts to elect a Republican senator?

By traditional Senate rules, Scott Brown should have been able to block the passage of Obamacare. One might argue he was elected for that singular purpose. But the powers that be neutralized his power, using a heavy hand to pass the controversial legislation.

This, on top of the billions in political payoffs it took to get some Democrats on board.

When a lion feels like she has no control, when she feels backed into a corner…

And then there are stories like the first lady’s spending millions on a vacation to Spain. In a year when most families will struggle to see a state park. Why couldn’t she have chosen one of our gorgeous national parks? We taxpayers have already paid millions for them!

And so, another example of the myopia that leads to mistrust. Certainly, the mistrust is unfortunate but it is not altogether unfounded.

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