For John, BLUF: A bad shift in attitude. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Here is an article by Atlantic Reporter Molly Balljan, from back on 6 January of this year. The focus is Pollster Frank Luntz and carries the title "The Agony of Frank Luntz". The sub-title is "What does it mean when America's top political wordsmith loses faith in our ability to be persuaded?"
Mr Luntz has lost faith in the electorate.
It was what Luntz heard from the American people that scared him. They were contentious and argumentative. They didn't listen to each other as they once had. They weren't interested in hearing other points of view. They were divided one against the other, black vs. white, men vs. women, young vs. old, rich vs. poor. "They want to impose their opinions rather than express them," is the way he describes what he saw. "And they're picking up their leads from here in Washington." Haven't political disagreements always been contentious, I ask? "Not like this," he says. "Not like this."The other thing, per Reporter Balljan, that bothers Mr Luntz is the sense that we have become an entitlement society.
"You should not expect a handout," he tells me. "You should not even expect a safety net. When my house burns down, I should not go to the government to rebuild it. I should have the savings, and if I don't, my neighbors should pitch in for me, because I would do that for them." The entitlement he now hears from the focus groups he convenes amounts, in his view, to a permanent poisoning of the electorate—one that cannot be undone.Actually, the Government pitching in works, until you run out of other peoples money. For example, for the Greek nation. They ran out of other Greeks money a while back and are now getting their third bailout from Germany.♠
If Germany is backstopping Greece, who is going to backstop the US?
Regards — Cliff
♠ Based in part on the theory that the Germans owe it to them, for World War II.