Fortune Favors the Audacious

By Thomas Kochman - 11.13.2010

The above title, a paraphrase of, “Fortune Favors the Brave”, certainly held true in the last election.

United Republication opposition toward and misrepresentation of anything proposed or promoted by President Obama, or passed by the Democratic Congress, paid off.

Health Care reform was successfully cast as “Government Intrusion”.

A Bloomberg poll “taken the week before the election, found that some two-thirds of likely voters believed that, under Obama and the Democrats, middle-class taxes have gone up, the economy has shrunk, and the billions lent to banks under the Troubled Asset Relief Program are gone, never to be recovered.”

All of this, as Henrik Hertzberg documents in “Electoral Dissonance”, is a total misrepresentation of the facts.

But, why didn’t the American people know that?

“Could it be because the President and his party did not try, or try hard enough, to tell them? . . . . This year, more Democratic candidates seemed to apologize for the health-care law—notwithstanding its imperfections, their party’s greatest accomplishment in generations, the fulfillment of a century-long dream—than to proclaim it.”

So what conclusion can we draw from that? And what does it say about U.S. culture”

In life and politics, audacity sells; apology and timidity, does not.

As Gore Vidal said, “In America, the race goes to the loud, the solemn, the hustler.”

And elsewhere, “As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.”