The revolution is gathering strength
By Tom DeWeese
web posted January 25, 2010
It is becoming more and more obvious that the Democrat leadership, from Obama, to Pelosi to Reid, have absolutely no clue about the strength of the growing opposition to their big government agenda. They still think the TEA Party movement is the brainchild of the Republican Party and that TEA Party leaders are just paid Republican lackeys.
Even after the dramatic and shocking win by Scott Brown in Massachusetts, where Republicans number only 12 percent of registered voters, Democrats continue to make excuses about the inept campaign run by Coakley, saying her defeat had nothing to do with opposition to the Democrats; health care mess. That's amazing, considering Brown rallied voters time and again by shouting, "I am the 41st vote against health care," resulting in a surge of supporters (especially independents).
Even today, the Democrats are in denial, determined to continue to work to impose Obama's radical agenda, believing in their delusional world that the American people are going to give them a hero's welcome for "sticking to their guns."
How wrong they are. Beyond the Brown win, here are just a few details that indicate the upheaval that is building across the nation:
- Obama's poll numbers have dropped faster and farther than any president in poll-taking history. Americans have expressed overwhelming opposition to his health care "reform" – only 24% think health care will get better under Obama's plan, 54% believe it will get worse. Americans are firmly against the policy. Still, Obama and Reid continue to push it against our will. That is helping to build the revolution.
- A clear majority of the country is now opposed to almost all of the Obama program, including opposition to more stimulus packages, bailouts, deficits, and his "blame America first" foreign policy. Yet Pelosi and Reid continue to move the agenda forward. That is helping to build the revolution.
- Rep. Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia and head of the National Republican Congressional Committee, says new candidates to run for Republican seats are coming out of the woodwork. "We've got people calling from all over the country, saying, 'I want to run. People are concerned about the direction of the country," he said. Republican primary races are becoming crowded events, as excitement builds. And these new candidates aren't professional politicians – they are true grassroots, everyday people who run businesses, farms, and households. The revolution is building among everyday Americans.
- In the past, it was almost impossible for regular folks without party connections and endorsements to raise money for political campaigns. Either they were approved by party leadership or they were tossed by the wayside. Not so today. Ron Paul's campaign created the Internet "money bomb." That's how he was able to raise more money than any other Republican primary candidate last year. Today, that strategy is being used for congressional and gubernatorial candidates and it is making TEA Party-backed candidates much more viable and competitive, changing the face of campaigns, forcing the Republican Party to rethink who it is backing, causing a sea change in who may be elected to office. The revolution is growing across party lines.
- Senator Harry Reid is in the race of his life and could well be defeated this year. In at least seven states – Connecticut, Nevada (Harry Reid), Ohio, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, North Dakota and Colorado – the Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate is trailing the Republican. As a result, several Democrats have dropped out of the race, including Connecticut's Senator Christopher Dodd and North Dakota's Senator Byron Dorgan, leaving their seats up for grabs. In those states, Obama's popularity has dropped below the percentage of votes he drew in 2008, and opposition to the health-care-reform bill is deep and wide. Feeling the heat of the revolution
- Cap and Trade is a dead issue and cannot be passed in this Congress. The Copenhagen Climate Change Summit was a disaster and nothing will come of it. Global Warming is dead as an issue and almost the entire Obama agenda is based on it. Radical environmentalists are falling under the revolution.
- If healthcare "reform" fails to pass Congress – Democrats will abandon Obama, viewing him as a danger to their futures -- and his Administration will cease to be a force. The rats are the first to desert the ship in the revolution.
- There is good indication that healthcare, though passed by both houses, will still not pass the full congress, and if it does, it will be so watered down that it will have little meaning. Obama will still grasp it like a drowning man trying to hold onto anything and call it a victory. Futile symbolism in the revolution.
- If healthcare does pass, it will be the political death warrant for the bunch of them. First indication that the revolution has taken hold.
And still, Obama, Pelosi, and Reid laugh at the TEA Party movement. As Gandhi said, "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then we win." Keep laughing guys. The second American Revolution has begun.
Tom DeWeese is the President of the American Policy Center and the Editor of The DeWeese Report. The DeWeese Report is now available online.
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