If you were alive when Reagan was elected, you were alive during our country’s darkest hour. While we faced mortal peril during World War II, we faced a crisis far more dangerous to us and our future during the Carter years. That crisis was a crisis of identity. Were we a nation of free men, subject only to God, or were we merely pawns of the state, out to get as much from our neighbor as we could through the power of the state? In the Carter years, we looked more like the latter than the former.
When Barack Obama was elected in 2008, we were deeply concerned about what he would do with a favorable congress. Our fears were not unfounded. Every action out of the administration seemed calculated to maximize the power of the state, pay off his political supporters, and divide the country against his political opponents. When 2010 came around, the Tea Party Revolution ended all that. Now we had control of the house, not just with a Republican majority, but with a large number of staunch anti-government types, the type of people that founded our country long ago.
We held our breath for 2012. Would we be able to unseat Obama, and get a president who would protect the people from threats, foreign and domestic? Would our new president understand that the power of the government can only be wielded to defend the rights of the individual, and not as a system to reward supporters and punish opponents? I think we know now that the race is Romney’s to lose. Obama is an incompetent campaigner. Every move he makes seems calculated to turn public opinion towards Romney.
There are other issues than the presidency. Would we maintain our control of the house, and further, replace more moderate republicans with more conservative ones, representatives who understand their mission is to stand between the awesome power of the federal government and their people at home? Signs across the country are saying yes, it looks like we are going to see that in 2012.
What about the senate? With Sen. Lugar’s defeat in the primaries, and other senators busily trying to produce an image of Tea Party compliance, it’s quite clear that we are still replacing moderates with conservatives. Across the country, it also appears like Democrats will not only lose seats, but lose a lot of them. The possibility of a super-majority in the senate is very real.
What about the issues of the day, as expressed by the legislatures all across our country? In truth, government spending as a whole may have decreased, largely because states are not able to leverage their children as well as the federal government can. While Reagan’s slashing of taxes merely resulted in the states raising their’s, no such transfer is occurring today.
On the issue of homosexual marriage, we were frightened and all but consigned to defeat when we saw that the majority of Americans polled favored it. We laid plans to fight for the next 50 years, hoping to reverse public opinion. However, our victory in North Carolina suggested that polling on this important issue is most likely overstated, but a large amount. Combined with the fact that support is waning, and that people are less likely to support full marriage benefits when everything-but-marriage civil unions are made available, and it looks like homosexual marriage may eventually disappear from our country altogether.
Other social issues show promise: abortion is deeply unpopular. Finding a politician who actively campaigns on it that doesn’t come from a deep-blue district is impossible, while pro-lifers are more than comfortable challenging incumbents from blue districts. It’s clear that conservative social issues are carrying the day across the country.
Our foreign policy has been reset by Obama. Never again will we apologize and try to coddle our enemies. It simply doesn’t work. The War on Terror was declared over with Osama’s death, only to find that Al Qaeda was still plotting and dispatching bombers, some of whom are working for us. Iran is always going to remain an issue until they change their government or we change it for them. Israel’s willingness to go it alone means that we cannot stand on the sidelines and hope for a favorable outcome. Cutting the military is not an option in today’s world, and decreasing our role in foreign affairs is not going to happen, at least not as long as Ron Paul polls last among presidential hopefuls. (A convicted felon got more support than Ron Paul could ever hope for in West Virginia.)
One of the ways the liberals intended to maintain support was to manipulate the polls. Motor Voter laws made it all but impossible to remove people from the voting rolls. Other voting law changes made it trivial to game the system. Across the country, more states are fighting for the right to simply identify voters and purge those who are not eligible to vote. The Left engaged in catcalls about how this is all motivated by racism and there is no fraud to see, but now we are seeing reports roll in from investigative journalists (the kind that don’t work for liberal organizations) uncovering massive fraud, fraud beyond a scale we though we’d ever see. Bit by bit, this fraud will disappear as it meets the light of day. The one hope that the left had, manipulation of the polls, is going to disappear.
Conservatives are carrying the day on every issue, on every front. We march forward, boldly, steadily, and uncompromisingly. American culture and political attitudes are resetting back to where they came from. Liberals are running in fear, exposing their true nature, which is Anti-Americanism, meaning, opposition to everything that makes us unique in the world.
It’s fun to watch this process happen. Back in the 80’s, one could only hope for a future day when liberals lose all credibility.