“Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn’t it?” The aspiring small business owner had successfully snagged a moment of Barack Obama’s time, and received an extensive response--reassuring hand on the shoulder included. Thus began the legend of Joe the Plumber. That exchange occurred several weeks prior to the general election.
Fast forward to mid-2010.
“What do we owe you?” asked Vice President Joe Biden, ice cream cone scepter in hand. The small business owner replied, “Don’t worry, it’s on us.” The working class man followed up quickly with a statement that was surely in jest, but nonetheless motivated by a sincere concern about the welfare of his business: “Lower our taxes, and we’ll call it even.”
The Vice President, secure in his incumbency, replies: “Why don’t you say something nice instead of being a smartass all the time?”
To be honest, I miss the days when Vice President Cheney would tell an ensconced senator to f*ck off. Instead, our current VP believes it fitting to dish it out onto a struggling small business owner. Since when did the modern Democratic Party become the party of such unabashed disdain and elitism?
Was it when Nancy Pelosi inferred that citizens who attended townhall meetings were of the National Socialist persuasion? It's participatory democracy when the Left does it (broken windows and all); it's the Triumph of the Will when you do it, astro-turf tools.
Maybe the Democrat's superiority complex first appeared when America's first black Attorney General (in the wake of his appointment by the first black President) declared, "Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as a ethnic melting pot in things racial, we have always been and we, I believe, continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards. Take note, citizenry. Cowardice is not a trait of the worst fringes of America. Cowardice is the essence of America. Idiots.
Perhaps the change occurred when former President Jimmy Carter, during the ObamaCare debate, stated that most of the opposition to Obama’s policies is motivated by racism. Essentially, Jimmy Carter believes that no matter how studiously you may have studied the healthcare legislation and its adherence to constitutional principles (or lack thereof), you are ultimately motivated by racism in your opposition to such policies. It's not your fault, though. This racist tendency is subconscious, and you are too inept to control it, America. You big dumb animal.
One could argue Michelle Obama manifested early symptoms of condescension when she told a room full of college students, "...sometimes it's easier to hold onto your own stereotypes and misconceptions; it makes you feel justified in your ignorance. That's America."
To sum up, the citizenry of the United States is steeped in ignorance to the extent that it cannot even fathom its racial ignorance. In Rumsfeldian dialect, one could say America has no idea about the racial unknown unknowns.
Thankfully, our Democrat-controlled government is here to fill us in on those unknowns. The complaints and fears of citizens like Joe the Plumber and the ice cream shop owner are the primal worries of a stupid populace. Are the unwashed masses begging for tax relief and reduced fiscal burden? Screw them. They don't know what is best.
In the words of an insightful conservative friend who perfectly articulated the principle of the matter, "Let them eat ice cream."