“We have people across this country who are scared to death,” barked Governor Chris Christie during the latest Republican debate. That is no doubt true, writes Jonah Goldberg in NRO, but the fear is not so much of the Islamic State, but a fear that the government, starting with our president, just doesn’t take terrorism seriously.
The whole system seems to have lost its mind. That there’s even a debate about whether security officials should be allowed to look at the social-media posts of immigrants is a sign that our bureaucrats have such open minds their brains have fallen out. We should have seen this coming five years ago, when we learned that Obama told the new head of NASA to make one of his top priorities outreach to the Muslim world. Terrorism is a big concern, but this sense that the political system is unresponsive, unaccountable, and operating on its own self-interested ideological agenda is bigger.
The failure of credible politicians to address the outrage and disgust created by ObamaCare’s passage, illegal immigration, corruption at the IRS and VA, the insanity of the Ex-Im Bank, and countless other “outrages du jour” has fueled Americans’ anxiety.
Yes, terrorism is a big concern. But the sense that the political system is unresponsive, unaccountable, and operating on its own self-interested ideological agenda is bigger. As Mr. Goldberg points out, you might not care for Donald Trump, but at least he is willing to say Washington is stupid. Read more here.
An example of Trump calling out Washington stupidity: