Hillary: When you diss the government, you diss yourself

Well, good. The 2016 likely nominee for the Democratic Party has given us another creepy, statist attempt to socialize the blame for government’s bumbling, so that all of us are responsible, not any one person actually in the government.

“When people diss the government — we’re really dissing ourselves and dissing our democracy,” Clinton said. “This is my last rodeo, and I believe that we can leave not just the country in good shape for the future, but we can get a deep bench of young people to decide that they want to go into politics.”

She said it’s “perfectly fine” to be skeptical of the government, and that it’s “part of our DNA.”

“I want people’s lives to be better when I finish as your president than when I started,” Clinton said.

You know, because government is just something we do together. And, it’s the only thing we all belong to.

Someone got the memo:

WASHINGTON — The director of the Office of Personnel Management said Tuesday she doesn’t believe anyone at her agency is personally responsible for allowing the massive hack attack that has exposed the personal information of millions of federal employees.

“If there is anyone to blame, it is the perpetrators,” OPM Director Katherine Archuleta told members of a Senate panel at the first of four congressional hearings this week to examine the OPM cyber attack.

I suppose I should thank Clinton for spicing up this sentiment with a little slang, but it doesn’t make it any less out of line with the entire notion of a free people. Yes, we are self-governed, but we are, by our nature, supposed to be skeptical of the power of government. We are, as Americans, quite at home being very skeptical of the power of the federal government, and it gives us reason to continue in our skepticism every single day.

As I’ve written before, this wariness is not “cynical,” as President Obama calls it. It is rational.

This is just Hillary’s version of “It’s not me America, it’s you.” Luckily, the American people are likely less willing to believe it coming from her.

Update: Like clockwork, the government goes and justifies our skepticism again. DUDE. But I’m sure it’s our fault an innocent woman was shot by an illegal immigrant with a violent record and a federal agent’s gun.

David Strom 7:01 PM on September 24, 2022