Today’s politicians forget they were elected to do the will of the people. Some are getting an early lesson.
Edward H. Crane writes in the Investor’s Business Daily, May 13, 2010:
“One of the classic examples of the failure of politicians to communicate with the citizenry is found in a video of Romanian tyrant Nicolae Ceauşescu, giving what turned out to be his last speech to the teeming masses gathered in a square in Bucharest.
Oblivious to the mood of the people, Ceauşescu is at his bombastic, self-important best until he realizes that the chants from the crowd below are not praise, but something rather to the contrary.
The look on his face: priceless.”
Like all dictators, Ceauşescu lost touch….Here’s what Wiki has to say:
Nicolae Ceauşescu (Romanian pronunciation: [nikoˈla.e tʃa.uˈʃesku]; 26 January 1918 – 25 December 1989) was a Romanian politician who was the Secretary General of the Romanian Communist Party from 1965 to 1989, President of the Council of State from 1967, and President of Romania from 1974 to 1989.
Ceauşescu’s second decade was characterized by an increasingly erratic personality cult, nationalism and a deterioration in foreign relations with the Western powers as well as the Soviet Union. Ceauşescu’s government was overthrown in a December 1989 military coup, and he and his wife were executed following a televised two-hour session by a kangaroo court.
“You could say that Sen. Robert Bennett, R-Utah, and Rep. Alan Mollohan, D-W.V., have just experienced their Ceauşescu moments. Both longtime incumbents were booted from office by their constituents Tuesday in a fashion that, while not quite as bloody as Ceauşescu’s departure, was still pretty gory in political terms.
America is a Democratic Republic, complete with an excellent Constitution that politicians still feel compelled to acknowledge, if not take seriously. So the growing communications gap between voters in places like Utah and West Virginia and the politicians who have been “representing” them, while worrisome, is not irreparable. Solving it should be a high priority for all involved.
The communication problem involves the accelerating realization on the part of many Americans that the essence of America, namely, a respect for the dignity of the individual, which inherently involves the government leaving the individual alone, has been pretty much forgotten by politicians in Washington, D.C., the state capitals and city councils around the nation.
Which explains why public employees now make on average 30% more than their private sector counterparts — and 70% more in benefits.
The political class seems to believe they have carte blanche to do as they please. While they have been turning a deaf ear to increasingly vocal expressions of frustration by the American people, if the trend in primary voting continues, our Washington elite may just be jarred awake.”
To read the rest of Crane’s essay, CLICK HERE.
All our politicians should be required to watch and learn from the life and especially death of Romania’s erstwhile dictator Nicky C.!