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The Shepherd's Heart: Where are all the 'just plain folk?'

Thursday, January 28, 2010

For a year now I have been trying to decide what it is about the current administration that just rubs me the wrong way. I think I now can put my finger on it. And, sadly, it's the same thing that has plagued the presidency for the past several administrations at least.

It's arrogance. Lots of it.

The first President Bush sauntered into the Oval Office as if it belonged to him; as if he had a right to it based on the eight years he spent in the shadow of Ronald Reagan. His administration was an almost non-entity from the get-go.

Mr. Clinton -- you remember, the everyday guy from a place called Hope -- came into Washington thinking he could do anything and was soon apologizing for overstepping his abilities concerning universal health care and other issues.

In fact, things went well under President Clinton -- mostly because of a conservative Congress and implementation of programs set forth by President Reagan. Clinton's arrogance finally caught up with him when he lied to the nation concerning "sexual relations with that woman." By that time he was at the end of his term-limit, so he continued to swagger through the investigations.

Bush Two busted into the White House in a manner reminiscent of John Wayne coming into a saloon ready for a fight. Admittedly, there were moments when President Bush Two had that "deer in the headlights" look which allowed us to see he may have been in over his head. Still, he marched on as if he were the King of the World -- arrogance firmly intact.

Now we have the Obama administration. I can't begin to list the ways his arrogance has shown over the past year or so. And it's not just the President. Listen to the people in his cabinet; the people he has appointed to help him rule; the czars he has brought in; even his press secretary. They talk to the American public with what sounds like disdain. It is condescending at the very least.

I expect this administration will continue to blame the current one for all that is not right with the nation. I have even heard them say that the people of America "just don't get it" and that we "just don't understand." Another member of the inner group recently said that Americans are "stupid."

I think passing the blame and calling names is just another sign of that out-of-control arrogance. Scriptures tell us that God has had it with the proud, but that he takes delight in just plain people. They also note that pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. There is another warning: Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes.

I don't know if we've had a truly humble man in the Oval Office in my lifetime -- or in the past 200 years for that matter. Sometimes I wonder if someone who is "just plain folk" could get elected to office at the state or national level. I also wonder if being elected has the power to turn "just plain folk" into the arrogant people who populate Congress and the White House. Just a rhetorical question, I guess.

Just plain folk. May their tribe increase!

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BOB G. STEWART, Columnist
The Shepherd's Heart