Stop!

“In a year of hopping from crisis to crisis, he told ABC News, ‘we lost some of that sense of speaking directly to the American people about what their core values are and why we have to make sure those institutions are matching up with those values.’”

If Democrats were running a business, their entire leadership team would be focused on the marketing department. Listen to the comments they are making. We didn’t couch the message properly, we didn’t make the argument early enough, we didn’t tell the people what their core values are, we haven’t properly explained ourselves, we haven’t demonstrated our commitment to jobs. Meanwhile, they’re selling a turd.

They can’t get out of campaign mode. Campaigns are about messages and story lines and ideas. Governance is about action. American governance more specifically is about inaction. This is what is confusing Democrats (and most Republicans for that matter). The Economist, bemoaning the inability of this administration to get much done, recently noted “The titanic struggle (for health care) has shown American democracy in a dim light.”

Sorry, no. It shows American democracy in precisely the correct light and it demonstrates why America’s government is still the best one on earth. Democracy is the will of the people. In America – Europe seems to need constant reminding – this is only part of the equation. The Economist identified four key examples of American “dysfunctional” politics: “The undemocratic Senate … Extreme partisanship … Lobbying … Pork.”

All of these – even pork – are necessary components of American government. Why was the United States Constitution such a successful endeavor? Generally, we assume that the Founders intended it to be that way. This is a half truth. The rest of the story and the key to American success right from the start was actually the polar opposite: none of them intended what they got. Nobody won. Every one of them from Madison to Hamilton could and did complain about what they considered to be shortcomings of the document.

It’s not just about compromise. That’s the old history 101 story and people mistake it. The term “compromise” focuses on the action side of the story. What you miss if you aren’t paying attention is the inaction. Therein lies the beauty of American government: the continual thwarting of action. The restraint, the prevention, the obstruction of swift government action. This is what stands between Americans and tyranny.

Obama often notes how many times America has tried to pass health care. He’s obsessed with how hard past politicians have worked only to come up short and he’s convinced that this time, “we” are “ready” for “meaningful health care reform.” It’s like the creep who keeps calling and calling and calling and hoping that eventually the person on the other end who keeps deleting his voice mails will change their mind.

How many times do we have to beat this thing? It’s like Frankenstein. How many times do the people have to stand up and say “Shut up and leave us alone!” before they get the message? They’re so busy trying to give us their message that they fail – perpetually – to hear ours.

“Maybe if we just explain it this way…” No! You’re not listening Washington. We don’t want this piece of garbage. Sure, Americans would like to see some basic reforms in their health care system, but it’s abundantly clear that Washington is incapable of providing them. This titanic monstrosity of bureaucracy, regulations, bribes, payoffs and spending bears no resemblance to what Americans want. Stop trying to make history. Stop looking to build consensus and pay attention to the consensus that already exists: CEASE FIRE! How many times must the people defeat this before Washington gets our message?