Sen. Joe Biden said in an interview at the New Hampshire Union Leader this afternoon that too many Democrats, including the frontrunners for the presidential nomination, do not have faith in the American people.
“We’ve got to trust the American people more,” Biden said.
“I think they’ve really lost faith in the American people in terms of leveling with them,” he said of his leading rivals.
When he asks groups of Democrats if they think the American people are stupid because they elected George W. Bush twice, most respond that, yes, they do, he said. He said he thinks that attitude is a real problem for the Democrats, who fail to understand how smart and pragmatic the American people really are.
Biden was generally critical of the far left wing of his party and of the strategies the frontrunners are using to win the nomination.
It’s beyond just the left wing. The entire big government approach of concentrating power in the hands of the elites rather than allowing and encouraging power to decentralize out to states and local communities is a symptom of mistrust. It shows up throughout the government, from national educational standards that stifle local control and freedom, to tax policy, to the centralized approach to managing health care, to matters of national and especially self defense. The Democrats’ default attitude is to take power from the people rather than entrust power to the people. Biden is on to something in saying so.