For example, some guy named Steve Benan titles a piece called "THE CHALLENGE OF OVERCOMING IGNORANCE, PART II," where he states:
"A plurality of Americans, though, perceive this Congress as having done less than usual. I'm not even sure how a political system is supposed to function with an electorate so far detached from reality."
He is speaking of two polls taken recently, one from Gallup and one from Pew, where pluralities in both polls believe Congress has "accomplished" less or the same amount as usual for Congress.
He also states this:
Evaluating the quality of these accomplishments is a subjective question, open to all kinds of competing opinions. Evaluating whether the accomplishments exceed the norm is an objective question and the answer, whether people realize it or not, is unambiguous.
The problems stems from which definition of "accomplishment" one chooses to look at.
1. an act or instance of carrying into effect; fulfillment: the accomplishment of our desires.Dictionary.com - Admirably
2.something done admirably or creditably: Space exploration is a major accomplishment of science.
1. worthy of admiration; inspiring approval, reverence, or affection.
People like Benan choose the first definition, people like myself, and obviously those respondents that were polled by Pew and Gallup use the second definition, because many see nothing "admirable" about a Democratic majority going against the will of the people, a majority of Americans opposed to legislation, such as Obamacare, and passing it anyway.
Many believe our Representatives are supposed to actually represent us, the voters who elected them, and when they do not do that, but instead vote along party lines against our opposition, we do not see it as "admirable" nor as an accomplishment but instead it is seen as a betrayal.
To arrogantly assume that just because Benan and liberal Democrats believe the legislation passed can be considered "accomplishments" that the discussion is over and therefore they are accomplishments obviously shows that it is Benan and those pumping this crap out that are ignorant.
The only people that actually think of the recent legislation as accomplishments are liberals and liberals are the smallest ideological group in America (20 percent), which is why those that were opposed do not see it as accomplishments, but rather a betrayal by Congress upon those they are sworn to represent.
1. to deliver or expose to an enemy by treachery or disloyalty: Benedict Arnold betrayed his country..
2. to be unfaithful in guarding, maintaining, or fulfilling: to betray a trust.
3. to disappoint the hopes or expectations of; be disloyal to: to betray one's friends.
November 2, 2010 will determine how many agree with Brenan about Democratic so-called accomplishments and how many agree with me in calling them betrayals.
Example: A man, a gang member, goes out with the intention of robbing someone, hits the person, takes their wallet and runs and divides the proceeds up with his gang. To the robber and the gang he accomplished his goal... it was his accomplishment.
To the rest of us and especially the guy who had his wallet stolen... meh , not so much!