Just in case you didn’t get the message from today's absolute repudiation at the polls, I thought I’d personalize it a little bit. I have this tiny space on the blogosphere I’ve created for myself, that anybody with Internet access (that is, just about anybody) can read. I think I'll use it to give you a little advice.
First, I’ll give you the short version, in the voice of the character I’ve created just for this space.
Back off, Jack! Don’t ya get it yet, Barry? Are you really this dense? Or is it something more nefarious?
I (the real me, that is) was there on a rainy and cold 15th day of April in the year of our Lord 2009, in Lafayette Park. You might have been able to see me and the other intrepid patriots from the White House itself, by looking through a cheap pair of binoculars.
My overall impression was of a crowd of patriots concerned with direction of the country, as they (and, I, of course) projected its’ trajectory from the reckless governance you delivered in your very first quarter in office. Your very first significant piece of legislation ran to nearly a trillion bucks (12 freakin' zeros!) of deficit spending, and passed along completely partisan lines. You must have expected someone to take notice if you knew anything at all about politics. But maybe you didn’t expect We The People would do the math. You certainly knew the criminally biased MSM, already in the tank for you, would forget how to use a calculator.
I also remember the Monopoly Men. I don’t know if they were on ACORN’s payroll, or the SEIU’s payroll, or Media Matters’ payroll, or the payroll of any of the numerous other franchises of Soros, inc. – but they were definitely there to protect somebody’s “special interests.” Everybody in the crowd knew precisely how the Monopoly Men had voted.
You didn’t get the message that day. You and the other Progressive ideologues were true believers in the Keynesian model, and just knew with absolute certainty that previously unheard of piles of government spending would keep unemployment below 8%. Your brilliant economic team had scientifically determined it.
Besides, you knew the people in Lafayette Park were probably mostly right wing partisans, anyway. (I'll grant you were probably actually right about that particular crowd in that specific park on that particular day). However, you failed to take note of the numerous other rallies across the nation coast-to-coast that very same day. If you’d like a refresher, check out the “T.E.A. Party Film Festival” playlist under my YouTube account. This was the beginning of the American people awakening to the fact conservatism is the ideology that has their back.
The American people continued to mass in DC throughout 2009. With the help of the criminally biased MSM, you tried to dismiss and discount this extraordinary show of political will as coming from an extremist fringe.
There was the massive 9/12 rally, which should have convinced any rational thinker that something big, fundamental, and historic was happening. Spontaneously.
There was the 11/05 Emergency House Call Rally, at which, upon observing the huge crowd break into "God Bless America," I asked a random trio of Hill staffers "does that scare you?" They gave me no verbal answer. The expressions on their faces told me it did. I laughed at them. They did not like that very much.
There was the 12/15 Code Red Senate Rally, at which I took in my own personal favorite impression of all the rallies – the guy from Tennessee who had rigged up a realistic looking plastic pitchfork for himself. And, somehow gotten it from Tennessee to DC, just to say something fundamental.
Right about then is when I got serious about creating this blog project.
But still you pressed on with your ideologically Progressive agenda, against the clearly expressed will of the people, growing louder day by day.
As you did so, I was doing my forty some odd weeks among the unemployed in your ‘dysconomy.’ ‘Dysconomy’ is a word I invented just for you and your governance - you can google it.
So, I had plenty of free time to watch your political Waterloo on C-SPAN, play-by-play and blow-by-blow, at the phony Blair House summit. I imagine you were deciding whether or not to move forward with shoving ObamaCare down our throats in this very shot.
You made the wrong decision. You decided it was full steam ahead with the Progressive agenda, damn the torpedoes, damn the clearly expressed will of the people.
Now, in addition to previous unheard of levels of debt, an already weakened economy would have 3000+ pages of legislative drivel to contend with. The uncertainty generated for business would ensure a continuance of your ‘dysconomy.’ And since you and your party passed it along completely partisan lines - you owned it, every damn bit of it. You still do, and you will for untold numbers of election cycles.
By this time, a significant number of Americans had seen sufficient evidence to conclude you were purposely creating chaos and uncertainty to advance some nefarious, secret, anti-American agenda. I think history will decide you were simply tone deaf - doing more with your unbridled Progressivism, in a rookie's headlong unthinking rush, to advance the cause of Conservatism than even any Conservative has ever been able to do. (Conservatism being the harder sell, but we’ll cover that some other time).
The crowd was getting tougher and your ratings dropping like a stone thrown into the Reflecting Pool. But, still you didn’t listen to the people. When TEA Partiers rallied in even bigger numbers on the 15th day of April in the year of our Lord 2010, your political machine responded with the pathetic astro-turf “Other 99” diversion.
It was all downhill from there – for your policies, your ratings, and the standing of your ideology. Your ‘dysconomy’ stays stuck at 10% unemployment because your policy playbook is stuck on statism. Or, "stuck on stupid" as I often say in the voice of my blogging character.
So, now, as I’ve been predicting in this space since January, you’ve lost the legislative supermajority you were counting on to shove statist policies down our throats. All because you overplayed your political hand and ignored the clearly expressed will of the people every step of the way. We The People have taken Capitol Hill back. So, the legislative route to the rest of your obnoxious statist agenda – cap and trade, illegal immigration amnesty, nationalizing our private retirement accounts, regulating free speech on the Internet and radio, and whatever else – is now closed.
Don’t listen to the ideologues on your Left calling for a mad rush through the Lame Duck session to pass all that you possibly can that remains of your statist agenda. This will be the ultimate illegitimate exercise of power. I cannot predict how the infliction of this insult on the republic might be received by We The People. The one thing that is certain is you alone would completely own whatever results from such a naked power grab.
Make no mistake, We the People also intend to actively leverage the legislative branch to take direct measures to roll back the statist Leviathan – repealing ObamaCare if possible, de-funding ObamaCare certainly, cutting discretionary spending, cutting entitlement spending, cutting every kind of Federal spending there is. We The People have given the Republican Party a second chance, and we’re not letting them go unsupervised this time.
We The People will be watching closely what you try to slip through the regulatory agencies, as well. We already know the criminally biased MSM is of no use to us - but we’ve learned to do without it. We know how to navigate the blogosphere toward the truth. Don’t try anything too crazy on the regulatory side, or you just might find yourself the second impeached Democrat President in a row.
So, looking ahead to the second half of your first term, you have the same choice to make for the umpteenth time. You can heed the clearly expressed will of the people, or ignore it and press your Progressive agenda forward.
I advise you to listen to the people. Take it easy for the next two years. Enjoy the Air Force One rides. Let the kids have plenty of Marine One rides. Play some golf. Relax. Give up on your obnoxious Progressive agenda. When its over, you can run for the meaningless job you really want - Secretary General of the UN. Just think, you can run down America without accountability in that job.
Unfortunately, I predict you will make the wrong decision again. I predict you will press harder and harder to shove your obnoxious Progressive agenda down our throats. I know this because I know it's all you know. It's all you live for. On the bright side, I’ve come to enjoy this conservative blogging thing. And I still have a source in your White House with a shoe recorder in working order. I anticipate a most stimulating two more years.
I just returned from my 25th year class reunion in Charleston, South Carolina; where a large contingent of men claiming to have been cadets at The Citadel a quarter century ago gathered for unbridled camaraderie. I knew many of them personally. A good time was had by all. I subsisted mostly on Gin and Tonics, or Gins and Tonic, as the case may be.
Among many other sightings giving pulse to the patriotic heart: more than one fly-over from C-17 aircraft based at Charleston AFB. Isn’t great to live in a society capable of building such humongous, yet graceful, machines that are capable of defying gravity? I also managed to turn some acquaintances on to the existence of this blog. This included a knob who happens to be the son of my classmate – surely the penultimate development of this weekend. Gaining popularity among a student body of young conservatives that knows how to march in formation and clean rifles would be quite a good fit for this blog project.
Charleston is, and always has been, plainly and simply a gorgeous city. Yet, I could not fail to notice some differences from my quarter century old memory of it. These included a mosque on the residential end of King Street. And music undoubtedly composed somewhere in the Fertile Crescent wafting out from a coffee shop on Market Street. Market Street, for crying out loud. Perhaps I should alert the proper authorities. But, since those authorities are Janet “From Another Planet” Napolitano and Eric “The Poll Watcher” Holder, I don’t think I’ll bother. It is far more likely they will take the opportunity to investigate me than investigate such strange goings on in the heart of the antebellum south.