Via a Washington Times OpEd:
Shortly before the French Revolution, Marie Antoinette was reportedly told that the peasants were growing increasingly restless, particularly because of widespread bread shortages. As the legend goes, she callously replied, “Let them eat cake.” The revolt exploded shortly thereafter.
Today’s equivalent would be if Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, after being told that the American people are in near revolt over the Democrats’ plan to take over health care, replied: “Let them be silenced –and fly commercial!”
The majority Democrats, intoxicated with power, are brimming with a haughty self-righteousness that is now veering into a prideful arrogance and self-destructive narcissism. Having misread their 2008 election victory as a mandate to push through liberalism on a grand scale, they are now stunned by opposition to their radical plans. To them, the depth and intensity of the dissent is unexpected and shocking.
One thing about liberals: It doesn’t even occur to them that there is another side to an argument. They are so convinced of the righteousness of their own position that it doesn’t dawn on them that a reasonable person might have a different viewpoint.
The Democrats are shellshocked. They cannot believe that rank and file Americans would have the audacity to question their authority. Get used to it, Queen Nancy. It’s going to happen a lot until 2012.