WHO SHOULD SPEAK FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE?
Definitely, not the Republicans.
This hub had quoted President Harry Truman without knowing it, but thanks to Donna Brazile, who pointed out in her article today that, "The president is the only elected official who represents all the people." quoting Harry Truman.
The Republican leadership, especially, John Boehner, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, and Mitch McConnell, the minority leader in the U.S. Senate, have always used the phrase, "the American people," and speaking for them.
So have John McCain and Lindsey Graham, using those same set of words in their public statements, even after an election that has offered President Barack Obama a second term. If only they would find that to be disingenuous at the back of their minds, politics and politicians would not be as dirty as they were making their profession and themselves to be.
It has happened in the discussions of the Benghazi attack, which those same people were supposedly representing the American people, but in actuality, they were expressing their own personal views; like their accusation of Ms. Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, making false statements in regard to that attack.
Obviously, they were using that opportunity to get to President Obama; but instead of that giving them some ground of political expediency to express their own opinions, or at least, speak for their own constituencies, they tend to include those, who did not even participate in the political process, and even children and adolescents, who could not vote, let alone those that considered themselves as "independents".
Hence, the term "the American people" was so common in their political narratives and advocacy, as if the country was one huge homogeneous entity, which it was not, and therefore they could not hold it (country) hostage. Using it (term) that way would be throwing dust in the eyes of the public, as they represented the people more than the president of the United States; and again, if that was not dishonest, nothing could be regarded as such.
That attitude has surfaced in the current "fiscal cliff" negotiations, with Sen. Mitch McConnell being the cheerleader in speaking for those he did not even know. It was clear that he was sticking to his party's ideology and agenda, and perhaps, as a signer of the Grover Norquist's "no tax" pledge, of which one Republican leader has described its author as "being a lowlife," and has held his colleagues prisoners for no good reason.
His own pledge to defeat Obama in 2012 did not materialize, and that should tell McConnell and others that they were just wasting the country's time and resources, by being members of the U.S. Congress, whose main responsibility was to always seek the best interest of the country first. That was not what they were doing in the ongoing "fiscal cliff" negotiations.
In other words, going with the president would save the country from numerous troubles, rather than McConnell and friends to hide behind party dogma and make things difficult for him (Obama). Above all, if the American people should have one voice, it should be that of Obama; as Truman said.