Ah, a British paper just pooh poohed the British victory at the Battle of Agincourt, saying that Prince Hal was not outnumbered 4 to 1, merely outnumbered 2 to 1.

Actually, the author misses the point, which is that the elite knights of France got slowed down by the mud and were massacred by ordinary British yeomen who had longbows. The knight in shining armour,  who in the past could happily kill all those lower class infantry guys without much risk found himself the victim of a new technology. After Agincourt, the advantages of an army full of heavily armed knights on horseback was now was now history, years before the gun became accurate enough to be the real “equalizer” between rich and poor.

The yeomen are the small businessmen and farmers, and the pride of America is that one can go from being a lower class worker to small business owner to President in three generations.

Is democracy still working in the US? Reading the news, it’s hard to tell. Too many “experts” telling me how to live, and too much worry about big shots in charge of my pension plans playing financial games with my money.

Obama’s problem is with the yeomen of America, the ones who work and see their jobs sent overseas and their pension funds raided by Wall Street bullies. When the Rolling Stone and Robert Reich both note that the White House is cozying up to the looters, you know that eventually people will put two and two together, even if you shut up Rush and Beck.

The result is the teaparties: The yeomen are revolting. Yes, it includes some nut cases. But most of the photos also show ordinary looking folks who seem annoyed at having their opinions overlooked during the economic crisis.

Joyce Behar, annoyed at that pesky little old First Amendment, insists that they are schoolyard bullies to be smacked down: After all  “we did elect” the president. Uh, you mean “we” as in the press, who pilloried Hillary as a loser even though the votes showed an even count? You mean the press who ignored the left wing activists who intimidated her supporters in the caucuses? Or do you mean that if one wins 53% of the vote, you can ignore and intimidate the other 47%?

Earth to Ms Behar: Say it after me: Blue Dog Democrats. You not only have to worry about the witless Republicans, but a lot of folks in your own base.

Last week, I saw a hilareous photo of a woman giving a campaign speech outside the office of her opponent.

Behind her stood a half-dozen people from the opponent’s office, holding signs with his name, and a hand made sign with an arrow pointing to her saying “She Lies”.

Hilareous. I assumed she was a Democrat, but later I found out that she was a Republican, hand picked by the Republican party elites, backed by Newt et al, and the gentleman she was criticizing was from the “conservative party”.

One result of the photo was that Sarah Palin decided to back him, and now Governor Pawlenty of Minnesota has joined the revolt. So the Republican party has a problem: Or maybe I should say that the Republican leadership has a problem of being out of touch with their base.

I’ve seen this before: First in the revolt of the yeomen that elected Governor Jesse Ventura over two political hacks in Minnesota, and later, when the Republican leadership in Oklahoma found their candidate losing to Dr. Coburn, who ran a grass roots election campaign via small radio stations and local volunteers.

The ordinary folks have a life, and usually don’t hyperventilate over politics like the junkies on the internet. But they do have opinions, and a lot of them are among the 40% of Americans who say they are conservative. Nor is this a “Republican” issue: a lot of them are those of us who are Blue Dog Democrats, who are being ignored by our party leaders too.

Right now the president is dithering about Afghanistan to placate his left wing base. 

But, unlike the elites, most ordinary Americans (including Joe Biden) know someone in the armed services. Knowing someone who is there allows one to discount a media which often reports the Taliban’s smears on the front page and the retraction days later hidden in the middle of the paper.

But a lot of ordinary folks are also smart enough to know that losing a war doesn’t always result in peace, but is more likely to result in genocide.

A loss of Afghanistan to a Taliban, who represents only the minority Pashtun  tribe, would result in a civil war in that country, which is not exactly peace. But more importantly, it could result in the loss of Pakistan,whose army includes many Islamicist sympathizers. The result would be an increase of terror attacks in India, and possibly even war over Kashmir.

True, the India-American community isn’t large, but it is influential in the Republican party (e.g. Bobby Jindal), and if they become politically active, the press might notice that not all immigrants are Democrats.

Then there is abortion. The Obama administration promised  that taxpayer money would not fund abortion, but now he is pulling a fast one:

(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Bart Stupak (D.-Mich.) told CNSNews.com that President Barack Obama told him in a telephone conversation that when he said in his Sept. 9 speech to a joint session of Congress that “under our plan no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions” he was not talking about the actual bill drafted in the House but about the president’s own health care plan—which has never been written…

Both the House and Senate versions of the health-care bill permit federal funds to pay for insurance plans that cover abortions.

Again, an issue that isn’t getting much coverage in the media, except in the Catholic press, which reported that the Bishops have issued letters opposing the present bill. But again there are some “blue dog” Democrats who won partly because they claimed that they were pro-life, and they know that they could lose the next race if their party insists they follow the abortion dogma of their party’s left wing activists.

In summary, Washington is out of touch with their base, and both parties need to listen to ordinary folks.

If not, like the powerful knights in shining armour at Agincourt, they might find out that they are vulnerable to lowly yeomen with the internet: the modern day equivalent of the long bow.

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Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. Her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket.


 

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