According to a new Gallup poll, people who consider themselves conservative outnumber those who consider themselves liberal — in each of the fifty states.
As great as it may be to hear, this isn’t news. On June 15, 2009, Gallup reported essentially the same thing. Furthermore, for more than a year now, I’ve been writing about the poll results from the nonpartisan Battleground Poll, and using those results to support my argument that the Republican Party does not need to cater to the Hispanic vote, or to the center, or to the center-left in order to prosper. That idea is purely a product of a mainstream press determined to artificially push the GOP to the left.
When John McCain catered to La Raza in order to solidify the Hispanic vote, I mentioned the results of the Battleground Poll and insisted that his success, instead, depended upon his ability to mollify concerns among the GOP’s conservative base. Of course, I was right — the Arizona senator received two significant bumps during the course of the general election, one after he turned in a phenomenal performance at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church, and the other after he picked a conservative dynamo as his running mate.
When GOP senators crossed the aisle and supported the confirmation of a proud member of La Raza for the Supreme Court, I once again touted the results of the June Gallup poll and the Battleground Poll. Supporting Sonia Sotomayor was a mistake, and those Republicans who did so–regardless of whether they voted to confirm in an attempt to appease Hispanics, or for any other reason–have lost the privilege to speak about adherence to our Constitution and founding principles.
Finally, on June 16, when the president brought a subservient ABC News into the White House for a health care infomercial, I wrote a piece entitled Barack Obama, Political Virgin and warned that as the White House pushed harder and harder on health care and expanded power, scope and influence for the federal government, it would “only serve to hasten this administration’s departure from the arms of its formerly willing electorate.”
“The love is waning,” I wrote, “the backlash is growing, and support for President Barack Obama and this Congress is inversely proportional to the expansion of government scope and reach.”
And I was right. Soon after that piece ran, elected officials who dared venture home to meet with constituents began to experience the rising ire of an awakened American people.
The United States of America is indeed a center-right nation, a republic founded on the principles of freedom, liberty and a limited federal government. Our founding documents were written with the knowledge that ambition is a permanent fixture of human nature, and certain checks were put into place to stem the tide of elected officials seeking power in perpetuity. As the ideas and ideals put forth by our founders have been more and more roundly neglected, however, those checks are being largely ignored. In doing so, in enacting incumbent-favoring legislation like McCain’s own Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act and in voting itself more and more power over each and every aspect of Americans’ daily lives, our elected officials have alienated those of us who simply want a Jeffersonian, hands-off approach to governance.
Now, it’s important to know that there are more of “us” than there are of “them.” We’re making our voices heard, fighting those who want to expand government — soon, we need to make our voice heard and fight those who refuse to restrain it. Let’s make sure that the GOP listens in 2010 and 2012, and promotes the candidacy of those who actually reflect our conservative values.
Remember these poll results as they come out. Remember them when you hear that the president and the Democrats have a mandate. Remember them when you feel despair. There are more of us than there are of them, and we’re waking up.