“The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”

Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The winds of change are a blowin'

They were only primaries, but voters in several states yesterday sent a strong message to Washington..."Follow the letter of the Constitution or we'll fire you." The lap-dog media is already stretching distance between Obama and these outcomes by spinning them as anti-incumbent sentiment because of the economy, frustration with specific issues like jobs, or discounting them entirely as irate voters collectively pitching a hissy fit. Make no mistake, this was anti-Obama through and through...as it will be in November.

That libertarian Rand Paul won in Kentucky resonated with vulnerable candidates across the country who now realize that voters are serious about the constitutional role of government, serious about retaining their liberties, and most importantly, serious about what the government should NOT be doing. Yesterday was a repudiation of TARP, the stimulus bill, car company takeovers, banking takeovers, insurance bailouts, Wall Street coziness, Obamacare, border indifference, etc.

Watch in your state for conservative candidates(and maybe even some democrats in red states) to start echoing libertarian-sounding speeches about limited government, balanced-budget bills, across-the-board tax cuts, and dramatic reductions in wasteful government spending. Politicians are nothing if not self-preservationists and they'll say anything to get re-elected but, thankfully, as we witnessed last night and hopefully again in the generals, we still have an electoral system in place through which we can hold them accountable for their campaign speeches and actions.


Bill said...

I just pray Paul the younger didn't absorb all the isolationist clap-trap of his father. I read that he toned all that down in this campaign and he won on good issues.

His father is famously to the left of Obama and the worst of the "defeat now" caucus of the Democrat lunatic base.

He has also flurted with "truther" mythology. But the sins of the father should not be automatically visited on the son.

ed said...

If Rand wins by sticking to the basic platform of small, limited government, low taxes, restricted spending, balanced budgets, etc. He could exert a dramatic force on the GOP. You are right though, he needs to stay clear of his dad's nuttiness. On the other hand, his victory was largely due to his dad's supporters voting for him because of who he is. It's a fine line he'll have to stay on.