Erick Erickson | The Loyal Opposition

I believe the President’s policies are destructive and will harm our economy, our nation, and our sense of national self long term.  I believe his policies have the effect of turning us into subjects of the government, not citizens in charge of it.  Because of his expansion of the social safety net funded through class warfare, Mr. Obama’s policies will cause too many Americans’ fortunes to rise and fall with those of the government, unable to chart a course for themselves apart from government.

But I do not think the President means to do this maliciously.  I do not think he is treasonous.  I do not hate him.  I am not outraged by it.  The President has done what he set out to do.  I cannot be outraged by him doing what he set out to do.  I am far more outraged by the Republicans not doing what they said they would do.

We have too many outrage pimps on both sides of the aisle whipping the respective bases into a frenzy and fury against the other side.  I don’t have enough time or energy to be outraged about it all.  There are things to be outraged by, but not everything, and certainly not with full energy dedicated to every perceived slight and grievance.

What I am finding is that among conservatives there is too much outrage, piss, and vinegar.  It makes our ideas less effective.  We have become humorless, angry opponents of the President instead of happy warriors selling better ideas.  We are not even selling ideas.

Conservatives, frankly, have become purveyors of outrage instead of preachers for a cause.  Instead of showing how increasing government harms people, how free markets help people, and how conservative policies benefit all Americans, we scream “Benghazi” and “Fast & Furious.”


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