“Surfeit”, meaning too much.
Hat Tip to David Hogberg at Investors.com
The Washington Post’s Richard Cohen explains why President Obama hasn’t been able to ram his health care overhaul through Congress: democracy:
“The baleful fact is that the country suffers from a surfeit of democracy — a gazillion interest groups, a gazillion blogs, a gazillion talk shows and all of them insisting on transparency so a gazillion eyes peer over the shoulders of politicians. The black but necessary art of politics shies from the sun. Little gets done. Backrooms have been turned into rec rooms and meetings are seminars. We are doomed. Worse, we are bored.”
Why, the nerve of all those Americans! Actually demanding to know the details of a process that is creating a bill that will radically impact their lives.
Cohen isn’t an isolated example. Thomas Friedman has repeatedly gushed about China’s “reasonably enlightened” authoritarian rulers and how they are so much more effective than America’s democracy.
If conservatives disparaged democracy like Cohen and Friedman, they’d be raked over the coals, and rightly so.
Notice how leftwingnuts never think there’s “too much democracy” whenever the “gazillion interest groups and talk shows” are liberal.
We think we have the right to demand our government carry out the business of our country and decisions that affect us, out in the open and not behind locked doors.
Damned, uppity, rank-and-file masses. How dare we.
Debate just mires the issues; we should just bend over and take whatever the socialist autocrats dish out. That way, more of what the government wants, gets done.
Cohen is in the same effete group as Matthew Yglesias and Joe Klein, who think that anyone who opposes the idea of a socialist ‘utopia’ is “ungovernable” and “too dumb to thrive”.
Truth is, the country suffers from a surfeit of Richard Cohens.