Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Buck Up America, Buck Up

I am starting to hear an echo:

President Barack Obama quoted in a Rolling Stone magazine article posted today: "People need to shake off this lethargy, people need to buck up."

Vice President Joe Biden yesterday: "Those who didn't get everything they wanted, it's time to just buck up here, understand that we can make things better."

Sarah Palin speaking in Kentucky two weeks ago: "Buck up or stay in the truck."

Actually, in all three cases the buck up was not addressed to the American people at large. It was addressed to the establishments in the Democratic and Republican Parties.

Establishment Republicans aren't happy with Sarah Palin supported Tea Party candidates knocking off establishment Republicans in the part primary elections. Establishment Democrats on the left aren't happy that President Obama has not yet turned America into a socialist utopia with a Canada-style health care system and no Pentagon.

Establishments don't like to be disestablished. And the message to both establishments seems to be that if they are feeling their influence has diminished, they should consider what a total loss of influence would mean. And stop whining about it. Seems I've heard that before too.

Meanwhile, over at MSNBC tonight, they are taking the buck up advice personally, especially Lawrence O'Donnell Keith Olbermann, and Rachel Maddow. Chris Matthews seems to think buck up is good advice.

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