British General "Gentleman Johnny" Burgoyne described the rebellious American colonists as nothing but a "rabble in arms" and a "preposterous parade." That was shortly before he was forced to surrender his army to the "rabble" after they soundly defeated his army of seasoned professional soldiers at the Battle of Saratoga.
Faced with a growing contingent of angry Americans furious with their thinly disguised attempt to shove socialized medicine down their throats, the trembling Chicago-bred thuggery in the White House are sounding like Gentleman Johnny, describing them as a "mob" — another way of calling them rabble.
The nutcase speaker of the House, on the other hand, thinks those angry protesters showing up at town halls sponsored by her fellow Democrat House members are too well-dressed to be mere rabble — she says they're really rich Republicans making believe they are rabble.
These people are puzzled. Like numerous foreign foes who looked scornfully on the American people, seeing them as mere country bumpkins badly in need of chastisement by their European superiors, Obama's crew in Washington badly misjudged the character of the citizenry of the United States.
In their arrogance they thought that they could disprove Lincoln's admonition that you can't fool all of the people all of the time simply because they were able to get away with it some of the time. And so they went a step too far and tried to sell the nation their version of the Brooklyn Bridge, and they're getting the no-sale sign.
Their reaction, plain for all to see? Panic. They are becoming unhinged, even calling on Americans to rat on their neighbors who dare to dispute the divine wisdom issuing forth from the seat of all that is good and noble. Only Barack Obama and his henchmen know what’s good for the rabble.
Before the summer is over, they will get a sound education in the character of the American people who will have had an opportunity to confront their representatives face to face and give them a dose of good old American common sense delivered in plain language: Knock it off or get ready to return to private life, devoid of all the goodies to which they have become accustomed.
Arrogance goes hand-in-hand with ignorance, and ignorance wallows in contempt for those who dare to question the majestic wisdom coming out of Valhalla, D.C. The administration cannot live with the idea that there are Americans out there who refuse to acknowledge that they do not know what is good for them. It resists those Americans by crafting legislation so vast in wordage that not even the legislators can bring themselves to read it or know what’s in it.
Obama and his minions have roused the ire of huge numbers of Americans, and they are about to experience the Burgoyne effect: a rabble up in arms.
To reword an old adage, God must love the rabble, he made so many of us.
Phil Brennan writes for Newsmax.Com. He is editor and publisher of Wednesday on the Web and was Washington columnist (Cato) for National Review magazine in the 1960s. He is a trustee of the Lincoln Heritage Institute and a member of the Association For Intelligence Officers. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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