A couple of years ago CNBC’s Rick Santelli (see section in my article titled The End of Empathy) proved what a prick he can be by ranting about how he and his rich friends were tired of pulling the weight of moochers and deadbeats. Actually, Rick claimed to make his case for the common man which only led pundits to laugh at the irony of his rant coming from the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
Fast forward to August 9, 2011 and another CNBC veteran, Dylan Ratigan goes postal on live TV as his frustration with our broken system reaches its limit. Unlike Santelli’s anger (which aligned perfectly with the then nascent Tea Party movement) Ratigan’s anger is non-partisan and unconcerned with preserving the status quo of keeping the rich wealthy.
I completely identify with Ratigan’s rage. We have a dysfunctional Congress, one side in denial about the hard decisions that must be made to restore our fiscal health and the other side using their call for sound fiscal policy as a weapon to defeat their political opponents, including the President, rather than to really help our nation. The President himself does not emerge from this blameless either. Obama’s “leading from behind” is getting very old. He is not showing bold leadership by any stretch of the imagination.
While conservative pundits like Rush Limbaugh delight at the latest disasters, using them to justify their criticism of liberalism in general and Obama in particular, some liberal media folks are demanding specific action, almost in a desperate attempt to save Obama’s presidency. Most notably, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews has become red in the face demanding that the President immediately launch a jobs program that puts people to work now.
The ship is headed toward an iceberg and responsible folks in the media are silent no longer. The love affair with the President is over. Folks are mad as hell and they’re shaking their fists at Obama to DO SOMETHING. This is an anger that I can understand.