Riding A Wave Of Common Sense
October 25, 2010 by Bob Livingston
The elected elites are on the ropes… and they know it.
How else do you explain the meltdown going on in Washington and in political races across the country?
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have taken to insulting their own voting base — and all other Americans as well. Obama recently said, in effect, Americans are scared stupid by their economic circumstances. It’s not the first time Obama has sniffed the great unwashed and found his olfactory lobes offended. If you listen carefully to his speeches, it happens fairly often.
Since they’re so frightened, Obama posited, Americans are turning to those irrational and ignorant Tea Parties for comfort and supporting whacky “out-of-the-mainstream” Tea Party candidates. What other reason could be behind the front-runner status of people like Sharron Angle, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Joe Miller, Ron Johnson and Pat Toomey — candidates with little or no prior political experience but who say they stand for the Constitution and smaller government?
Of course, the idea of smaller government is anathema to the elected fascist class of both parties and chattering elitists and globalists dominating the mainstream media. They all believe that anyone that didn’t graduate from a prestigious university is incapable of providing for himself and making rational decisions. So a large government is not only unavoidable… it’s necessary.
The Politician was outed last week in my column, aptly titled, The Politician. He or she is of and for the Government.
Politicians are wordsmiths — twisting words, using doublespeak and other semantic gymnastics to confuse the issue, appear both for and against a position depending on the audience and otherwise obfuscate the meaning and purpose of the legislation they pass.
But Americans are on to them. They’ve had enough. They’ve climbed out from behind their desks; they’ve taken off their aprons; they’ve gotten off their tractors; they’ve gotten up out of their easy chairs; they’ve set aside their hobbies; they’ve left their businesses for subordinates to run; they’ve parked their tractor-trailers; they’ve bucked their union bosses; they’ve rescheduled their vacations; and they’ve otherwise put their lives on hold to join Tea Party protests locally and in Washington, D.C., to oppose an overreaching, over burdensome, bloated, profligate government. Some have taken the next step and actually run for office.
And the elites are beside themselves. “Who are these upstarts?” they ask. “What do they know about government? They can’t possibly understand the way things work. They didn’t go to Yale or Harvard or Princeton or Columbia. They don’t even believe in global warming or a living Constitution.”
Knowing no other response, the elitists have begun using age-old, time-worn tactics of “The Smear” and “The Snark.” With The Smear, they use exaggerations, misrepresentations and outright lies in order to Smear their opponent. A good example is Jack Conway in Kentucky. Trailing Paul in the state’s Senate race, Conway resurrected a debunked tale about Paul’s days in college. Conway is running ads claiming that, because Paul might have belonged to a secret society and participated in a mock kidnapping while a university student, there are too many questions about his character for him to be a Senator.
Never mind that character and politician long ago became mutually exclusive. I give you Bill Clinton, Arlen Specter, Charlie Crist, Mark Sanford, Eliot Spitzer, Ted Kennedy, David Vitter… I could go on, but an exhaustive list would be… exhausting. These, and most others of the elected class, are politicians and not statesmen. Few and far between are the statesmen today.
Others employing The Smear include Representative Alan Grayson (D-Fla.). His now infamous “Taliban Dan” ad takes statements by his opponent, Dan Webster, out of context and claims Webster wants to turn the U.S. into an Islamic-like nation that oppresses women. Even the liberal newspaper Orlando Sentinel said Grayson’s ad “takes Webster’s words out of context” and “twists their meaning.”
Unable to sell their records — which they (most, at least) are running away from — Democrats apparently feel The Smear is their best tactic. It’s the one they employ most often in races across the country.
The Snark is more subtle, but equally offensive. It is used by politicians and media elitists to put down people making common sense arguments — with common sense battling honesty and truthfulness as the thing in shortest supply among the elitist that infest the corridors in D.C. and sit behind the desks of major media outlets.
In her debate with Chris Coons, Tea Party-backed Christine O’Donnell got into a discussion about Coons’ position that public schools should teach evolution but not teach “intelligent design,” which posits that life forms are too complex to have evolved through natural processes and must have been created by God.
O’Donnell claimed Coons’ position was “a blatant violation of our Constitution,” to which Coons replied that “one of those indispensible principals is the separation of church and state.” O’Donnell then, logically asked, “Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?”
“The audience exploded in laughter,” wrote The Wall Street Journal.
Of course, the words “separation of church and state” are nowhere to be found in the Constitution. Nor did the Founders intend for the 1st Amendment to be bastardized as such. Geopolitical Editor Chip Wood explained the Founders’ intent in his article Don’t Believe This Liberal Lie so I won’t argue this point further.
Suffice to say, O’Donnell was correct in her assertion, yet she’s being played in the snarky media as being a nut because she’s right on the issue. And if the debate audience “exploded in laughter,” as The Journal reported, the audience was ignorant and has bought into the years of the progressive lies of activist judges and fascist politicians.
Another Snark came from The New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, who claimed in an Oct. 16 column that “We are in the era of Republican Mean Girls, grown up versions of those teenage tormentors who would steal your boyfriend, spray-paint your locker and, just for good measure, spread rumors that you were pregnant.”
Making Dowd’s list were Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, California Gubernatorial Candidate Meg Whitman, California Senate Candidate Carly Fiorina, Connecticut Senate Candidate Linda McMahon, Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Former Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin, Angle and O’Donnell.
What do these women have in common? They are Republican, they’ve demonstrated they understand the need for smaller government and they’re challenging the status quo — and doing so successfully. And those of that group who are running — that is all but Palin who isn’t running for office but is making kings and queens across the nation — stand a good chance of winning their respective elections despite long odds.
The elitist political class is yet to grasp why. Karl Rove — called “The Architect” because he engineered the election of President George W. Bush twice — had a temper tantrum on national television after O’Donnell waxed establishment candidate Mike Castle. The globalist Rove is like most of the inside-the-beltway crowd. He hasn’t grasped that most Americans aren’t — as he is — concerned with party politics and advancing a globalist agenda.
They are seeking statesmen. They’re looking for character. They want honesty and elected representatives who put America first.
For Tea Party members — and those who don’t consider themselves part of the movement but identify with conservative principals and want Constitutional adherents holding the seats in Congress — there is a strong feeling that this election is the last chance to fend off either a European brand of socialism (which we see working well in Greece, France and England right now) or outright Marxism.
While Rove, his brethren in professional political circles and the elected fascist elitists are yet to grasp that, there is evidence that an understanding may be beginning. Writing for The Washington Examiner, Senior Political Analyst Michael Barone indicated in an Oct. 19 column that he’s starting to understand the phenomenon. But he’s like the math student who got the correct answer on a complex problem even though the steps he used to get there were flawed.
“One of the constant refrains of the so-called mainstream media is that tea party candidates are blithering incompetents and weird wackos,” Barone wrote. “As on so many points, I think the mainstream media has gotten it nearly upside down. What strikes me about so-called tea party candidates — those with little or no political experience who have won Republican nominations by opposing the Obama Democrats’ vast expansion of government — is not that some of them are bumblers but that so many of them seem to have terrific political instincts.”
Political instincts? What about common sense, a grounding in real-world values and an understanding of the Founding principles?
That would explain why the elected elitist fascist class doesn’t understand it.