UNDER THE GUISE OF "CHANGE"
By Mary Starrett
September 20, 2009
Americans are incensed over what’s being done to them and their country under the guise of “change.” Conservatives, liberals, “progressives”, Democrats and Republicans are fuming. Those of us who fit into the category of “constitutionalists” are downright apoplectic.
Socialism has failed everywhere it’s ever been tried. Yet Obama’s ilk will try, try and try it again, even if it kills what’s left of this country’s liberties, industry, prosperity and free market genius. The bailouts, the cronyism, the lack of fiscal sanity, the cash machine that cranks us further into debt, the lunacy of programs like “Cash for Clunkers,” the endless, catastrophic wars, the relentless battering of the Bill of Rights- the list reads like the index in a book that could be titled How to Finish Off A Republic in Four Years or Less. Of course, none of this could be happening unless prior Republican regimes hadn’t set the stage for the abolition of Constitutional restraints on government.
Mercifully, the tide appears to be changing and the seething is leading to an awakening that more government is not the answer, indeed, it is the problem. A recent poll shows a whopping 70% say they’d prefer less government and lower taxes. According to the Rasmussen survey only 19% would choose a government that provides more services and higher taxes
Most Republicans (88%) and voters not affiliated with either major party (78%) would like a government with lower taxes and fewer services, and 48% of Democrats agree.
So while President Obama is busy trying to turn this country into the United Socialist States of America, citizens are busy countermanding. Another recent survey shows 57% of those asked would boot the current Congress out on its collective keister in one fell swoop and start over again. But who would voters replace them with? Electing more of the same, establishment party D.C. insiders would be like putting on dirty clothes after taking a bath. Only 25% said they’d keep the current Congress. It’s a start.
graph of the president’s approval index shows the lowest ranking
to date at -11%.
It’s to be expected that those on the right side of the political spectrum are horrified by the workings of the Obama machine. But when even die-hard Obamatrons start voicing disdain for their chosen one you know things are approaching critical mass. For instance, those who thought they’d be getting a dove in the White House are seething over Obama’s hawkish commitment to the Afghanistan war. While it has been convenient to maintain that this was an “inherited” quagmire, there can be no possible excuse for the billions of dollars more and the thousands of additional lives being thrown at this mad, unconstitutional, morally inexcusable, globally-puppeteered war. More and more Democrats are finding it hard to rationalize the war mongering of their man in the White House when they spent the last eight years condemning the very same policies being continued today, only now under a Democrat-controlled Congress and a Democrat Commander in Chief.
Congressman Anthony Weiner (D, NY) said it’s getting harder to rationalize the “inherited” excuse in light of the increased commitment to a war that’s wearing thin on the American people: “they’re reaching a point now... that excuse is going to start to wane.” Rep. Weiner lamented, “It’s a very difficult case to make.” Weiner’s not alone in his concern about what Obama’s sowing will reap, especially come re-election time. Congressman Allen Boyd (D FL) dealt with more than a few discontented constituents this summer at Town Hall meetings on health care reform.
Boyd is getting a little nervous about his own political health and well-being as Obama’s shadow starts darkening the political halos of his party members. Rep. Boyd waded into 14 Town Hall meetings in his home district and saw agitated Floridians show up time and again to voice their concern about Obama’s proposed health care reform and noted, “People are scared.” That has Boyd and other Democrats feeling a little queasy.
That’s good. With any luck people of all political stripes will see the folly of continuing to re-elect people who don’t have to live with the mess they create for the rest of us. We should be seething that Congress will still get Neiman Marcus type health insurance plans while we, the masses, could be struggling to sort out a Goodwill type government no-healthcare program.
Columnist Paul Krugman writes “... “I don’t know if administration officials realize just how much damage they’ve done themselves”. Columnist Frank Rich echoed that sentiment writing, “Beltway omens for the current White House are grim.”
But an Obama supporter whose comments made front page news in the Washington Post said it better than all the high profile, big dollar columnists could: "He's just not as advertised," Virginia real estate agent Chris Cleland said, "Nothing's changed for the common guy. I feel like I've been punked." The D’s are finding out what the R’s have learned after years of wiping their feet on their base. People do tire of being lied to. The scores of young voters Obama played Pied Piper to are not addicted to red pills or blue pills. They’ve been mobilized along with their parents and will have, I suspect, no problem voting for a candidate from a party that represents real hope and real change.
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The new crop of voters won’t be beholden to establishment politicians who have no compunction saddling them with debt or authorizing wars that will decimate their numbers. Young and old alike are beginning to see that they have everything to gain and nothing to lose by refusing to be punked again. That’s why it’s fine that there’s a whole lot of seething going on.
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Mary Starrett was the Constitution Party candidate for Oregon governor in November, 2006, a TV news anchor and talk show host for 25 years and a radio talk show host for 5 years.
Executive Director, Oregonians for Life, Board of Directors, Christian Family Adoptions.
She is currently the Communications Director for the Constitution Party. The Constitution Party is the fastest-growing minor political party (www.ballot-access.org) and is made up of Americans who believe a return to constitutional government is imperative.