History, Ready to Repeat Itself?

More and more with each passing day, I get the feeling that conservatives and libertarians are going to have a great year in 2010. I really do.

Even in the weeks and months before last year’s presidential election, I mentioned that a Barack Obama presidency would likely result in 1992 all over again — in that two years of angering the markets and the people with policies reaching to the far-left side of the political spectrum would be followed by a too-little-too-late tack to the center and a Republican revolution at the first mid-term contest. Next year, it seems, could very well be our 1994.

Of course, even with my dreary expectations of what an Obama White House and Democratic Party majority would bring, I never imagined just how staggeringly quick and comprehensive the statist tendencies would manifest themselves. Foreseeing a period of increased overreach by the federal government was one thing–Alexander Hamilton, after all, warned of the pendulum-like nature of federalism in Federalist No. 28–but the overt disregard for constitutional guidelines, whether it be in the form of government ownership of automobile manufacturers, the implementation of an ex post facto punitive 90 percent tax on executive bonuses or a planned individual mandate included in health care reform, was beyond even my wildest nightmares.

Nevertheless, I mentioned that there would be a few benchmarks along the way, a few occasions when we would be afforded the chance to take the temperature of the nation and world. Those benchmarks are fast approaching, and we’re beginning to see the foundation for exactly what I was hoping for an expecting — people taking a stand for freedom and against the trappings of totalitarianism.

The first true occasion, I said, would be the November gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia. In fact, it was Republicans who took the state houses in both those states in the year preceding the 1994 mid-terms and set the stage for the Contract with America, and with Republican Chris Christie leading Democrat John Corzine in New Jersey by seven points and Republican Bob McDonnell sweating a tight but expanding lead over Democrat Creigh Deeds in Virginia, we could very well see history repeat itself.

The second occasion, I’ve noted in several accounts here at America’s Right, would be the late spring elections across the pond in the United Kingdom. My thought, confirmed by our resident Brit, was that Labour was facing an uphill race while tethered to the increasingly heavy weight of British PM Gordon Brown. Now, it seems, the press on both sides of the Atlantic is joining in, with Bloomberg News citing Labour’s slump to third place in recent opinion polls and the Sun‘s statement that Labour is “lost,” due to “underachievement, rank failure and a vast expansion of wasteful government interference in everyone’s lives.”

Sound familiar?

Today, Sens. Barbara Boxer and John Kerry will likely unveil a Senate version of the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill. It will likely be wrapped in a prettier package, replete with softer-sounding language and a curiously low price tag, but the heart of the legislation will be the same — through the guise of energy and the environment, the government is seeking control over nearly every aspect of your daily life. And whatever isn’t achieved through energy legislation could certainly be achieved through health care reform, with which Congress will be able to rationalize unprecedented say in American life and behavior.

And the people don’t want it. That’s what we’ve been seeing at town hall meetings now so known for unrest among conservative Americans that Starbucks has used a parody in its latest television advertisements. We’ve seen it in the hundreds of thousands of people who marched peacefully on Washington a few weeks ago (speaking of which, have you taken the America’s Right “Know Your Protesters” Quiz?). And we’re seeing it in Britain, where the people have had enough of government interference and just want out.

Next year, friends and neighbors, could shape up to be the stuff of American legend, a chance for America to take America back, a chance for the ideas and ideals laid out so many years ago by those imperfect men to once again flourish, a chance for people to finally get back in touch with just what freedom and liberty means to them.

In the meantime, what are you doing reading this drivel? Turn away from the computer, pick up a telephone, and call your senator. Tell them that cap-and-trade by any other name is still cap-and-trade, and that even though it might be given some innocuous-sounding handle, it’s still the same tired, decades-old ideas meant more to take America down a notch than do anything beneficial for the environment.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I certainly hope so, Jeff.

  2. Anonymous says:

    …..this man bragged about at UN, how much he has accomplished in 9 month…needless to say he has no shame in appearing just like dictators that put the countries upside down regardless of the citizen´s consent

  3. Boston Blackie says:

    Obama's plan all along has been to choke us to death by stuffing everything down our throats before the midyear elections at any cost. Let's hope we have some worthwhile candidates so we can vote these marxists OUT. Unfortunately, it is not worth calling my congressmen since I am from the Commie-wealth of mASSachusetts where the union thugs rule and the big "D" is all you need to win. Try calling Kerry's office, the first thing they ask you before how they can "help" is for your zip code!?!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Questions: 1.) Who is the Newt Gingrich of 2010? 2.) Who cares if the republicans have a good year in 2010 if they follow the same course the republicans followed after 1994?

    I voted for Bush to privatize social security. He gave me the patriot act and NCLB and expanded medicare.

    Whatever happens in 2010, the states need to continue their 10th amendment efforts. That's what will restore liberty in this country. Not the republicans and not Washington, DC.

    (R) or (D), our shackles need to be loosed and then back on our elected officials in Washington.

  5. CHEAPER THAN AMMUNITION says:

    A revolution, at the ballot box. Locked & Loaded. Cool!

  6. Gail B says:

    You said, "It will likely be wrapped in a prettier package, replete with softer-sounding language and a curiously low price tag, but the heart of the legislation will be the same…."

    Right again! It has been renamed. I heard it last night before I went to sleep, but I can't remember what it's called. You'll recognize it, though.

    And, Anonymous, I second your comment!

  7. WHAT RECESSION? says:

    Manu Raju – Wed Sep 30, 5:57 am ET
    Congress is on the verge of giving itself a bump in its annual budget — even as local governments, families and businesses across the country are tightening their belts in the worst recession in decades.

    Under a House-Senate conference measure, approved by the House last week and poised for passage in the Senate on Wednesday, spending for the legislative branch will increase 5.8 percent this year, boosting Capitol Hill’s annual budget to $4.7 billion.

  8. Gail B says:

    Boston Blackie–give us some Massachusetts zip codes!

  9. Gail B says:

    Just spoke with Whit Sibley in Senator Isakson's office. HB 2454 is the Clean Air & Security Act of 2009.

    Heads up: The toll-free number to call Senators and Representatives is (800) 828-0498. A recording plays before the operator answers. The tape urges the caller to tell the rep or sen to VOTE YES on Healthcare Reform! I asked the operator who was responsible for THAT, and she said I needed to speak to my senator about it.

    So, have at it, folks! Start jamming!
    (800) 828-0498

  10. sharon says:

    I believe you are correct. If you ask a majority of Americans if they want a large growth of the federal government or a reduced federal government, their answer most often will be the latter. It really is no more complicated than that. While most of us on this site follow politics much more closely than others, a good majority of Americans do not. They are good people that get up and go to work in the morning, raise their families, make personal sacrifices, with no real interest in politics which of course is their choice. It is these very Americans that are now paying attention. The GOP and the conservative movement must take this opportunity to tap into these individuals and take the time to educate on the difference between the two parties and the vision for America. I run into people all the time who truly believe the GOP is the party of the rich. It is the time to explain and correct the misinformation many have about the difference in the two.

  11. Rix says:

    Perhaps the consevratives in the Senate should relent and let the obamacare and tax-and-steal pass, just block the shamnesty because it is pretty much irreversible. People wikll not understand the consequences of their voting until they sweat blood for them.

  12. I BELIEVE LARRY says:

    That photo sums up what is wrong with this country. Government is only as good as the personnel in it.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Gail B. It looks like that number might be funded by moveon.org.

    See comments here – http://carolmsblog.blogspot.com/2009/06/1-800-828-0498-call-keep-calling-monday.html

    I guess they play their propaganda, then forward you to a taxpayer funded line.

    This one seems to get you to a capital operator without having your call intercepted along the way.

    1-866-220-0044

  14. Gail B says:

    Anonymous, I do thank you for this information, and I have forwarded your comment (that I received via email) to ALL my contact groups!

  15. Jan says:

    Anonymous @ 8:12 — Ditto on your remarks. (D) or (R) – they are all corrupt and all need to go. American principals and adherance to the Constitution first and foremost.

  16. Boston Blackie says:

    Gail, Sorry for getting back, end of month financial statements had to be finished. Here are some mASSachusetts towns and their zip codes. They are all ones that are overflowing with moonbats which should really confuse the mASS. congressmen if you call to voice your disapproval;
    Amherst 01002
    Arlington 02474
    Cambridge 02138
    Malden 02148 (Ed Markey's hometown)
    Medford 02155
    Somerville 02145
    and Acorn's favorite section of Boston, Roxbury 02119
    Enjoy!

  17. Gail B says:

    Boston Blackie –
    Beautiful! Thanks!
    GB

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