When liberals won the White House 16 months ago, they did so by moving to the center, in essence saying they would govern from the middle, but we all know the vapor that is. As John Adams said, facts are stubborn things, and in this case, facts are a stinging subzero gale in the faces of liberal lawmakers from Washington to state legislatures to small town America. Most certainly America has grown cynical of both parties, and the real reason is simple: To see if you listen to what is being said in town halls across the land. The democrats big mistake was the nominating a person they knew could win, but not lead: An empty suit. This President is not a leader any more than he is a follower. The phrase “In trying to please all he has pleased none” is beginning to stick to Obama like a poorly placed tattoo. For weeks, behind closed doors, words have leaked out that Obama continues asking his party to pass healthcare reform to save his presidency, as if it were some silver bullet to get him a second term, if not a second wind. But the facts are stubborn things, and his parties’ ostentation to his plea proves this out. Never has one party had so much power and done so little with it. Now, having lost the filibuster proof majority in the Senate, they wish to reconcile a bill a vast majority of Americans nether want or approve of. And the longer the debate, the worse it gets, and the more pain Democrats experience. The wisdom ascertained from this pain haunts the Presidents plea. With their carriers on the line, they are asked to fall on their leaders’ sword and save a lost liberals office. So, do they play follow the leader, or do they say he has no cloths?
Republicans can rejoice, for John McCain has now become the poster child of what the Republican Party must never be: Centrist. For if you come from the right and move to the center the pendulum of public opinion smacks you dead between the…eyes…and you find yourself in a place called “No Mans Land.”
Reagan knew this. He knew if the party returned to its’ primary principles, democrats’ time in the White House would be short lived. After his loss to Carter, he held a meeting with the heads of his campaign, telling them, “You should be of good cheer my friends. Democrats win the White House when they campaign as moderates, but once in office they find it impossible to do so even if they want to because the unions and their congressional leadership won’t let them.” And they begin to enact policies which increase public uncertainty and handicap job creation.
Reagan said this again in 1993 after Bill Clinton began to govern from the left after running as a moderate. He told Republican leaders it would not fly with the voters. He was right, and in late 1994, the Republicans took over the House for the first time in forty years.
“Well, there you go again…”
And here we go again. All the pundits who say the tent must be bigger, all the Powel’s who say we must moderate, all the McCain’s who tell us we must reach across the isle, are nothing but losers pushing an adrift agenda. They are wrong. And the Tea Party movement proves this out. Democrats and Republicans alike attend these Tea Parties and town hall meetings fed up with the Fed and the fraud they foist on the people and the Constitution. Obama was recently interviewed and he described the U.S. Constitution as 'an imperfect document ... a document that reflects some deep flaws ... (and) an enormous blind spot.' He also said, 'The Framers had that same blind spot.' In so doing, the president established a rationale and justification for disregarding the Constitution. Even worse, he placed himself above the Constitution and those 'blind Framers,' who just couldn't see the big picture as he does today. After all, he's the constitutional scholar, and the Framers were just, well, the creators of the document!
While American politicians and intellectuals have not reached the depths of tyrants such as Lenin, Stalin, Mao and Hitler, they share a common vision. Tyrants denounce free markets and voluntary exchange. They are the chief supporters of reduced private property rights, reduced rights to profits, and they are anti-competition and pro-monopoly. They are pro-control and coercion, by the state. Like any other tyrant, they have what they consider good reasons for restricting the freedom of others. A tyrant's primary agenda calls for the elimination or attenuation of the market. Why? Markets imply voluntary exchange and tyrants do not trust that people behaving voluntarily will do what the tyrant thinks they should do. Therefore, they seek to replace the market with economic planning and regulation, which is little more than the forcible superseding of other people's plans by the powerful elite. We Americans have forgotten founder Thomas Paine's warning that "Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one."
President Reagan also said: "The path we will chart is not an easy one. It demands much of those chosen to govern, but also from those who did the choosing. And let there be no mistake about this: We have come to a crossroad, a time of decision and the path we follow turns away from any idea that government and those who serve it are omnipotent. It is a path impossible to follow unless we have faith in the collective wisdom and genius of the people. Along this path government will lead but not rule, listen but not lecture. It is the path of a Creative Society."
This is simple. We know they are wrong. We have the wind. We know the way. All we must do is be the party of “No!” Because there comes a time to say NO to government. History is not wrong. And neither are we. Our rights do not come from government, they come from God. “…they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights…” They do not come from somebody promising to take care of us. We are not the well born, we are not the richest or the chosen. We are ordinary, but freedom makes us extraordinary. We became the best because freedom allowed us to invent, imagine and accomplish what others only dream of. As long as God is allowed to lead, God’s light shows the way, and as long as we follow God that light will always be ahead of us, lighting our path.