My latest column is up at American Issues Project. Here's an excerpt:
Part of the Department of Education’s suggested lesson plan to go along with President Obama’s speech to school children this week was for teachers to ask students, “Why is it important that we listen to the President and other elected officials… Why is what they say important?”
A better question might have been, “Why is it important that elected officials listen to the people they represent? Why is what the people say important?”
So much of the President’s current problem with his approval ratings can be traced back to these simple questions. Whether it be the stimulus package, the bailouts and control over private industries, a growing deficit or the health care debate, many Americans believe those in power don’t care what they think or what they have to say.