By John Feeny
Given the amount of time that I ordinarily devote to raising my family and working my full-time job as a school administrator, I generally never find myself with either the desire or the opportunity to express my thoughts–either by phone, e-mail, or letter–to our supposedly elected political representatives. The political events in which the grand majority of you have consciously participated and schemed over the better part of the past year have, however, forced my hand.
The grand majority to whom I refer, obviously, are the men and women who comprise what passes today for the Democratic Party, and as a person and American citizen who has arrived pretty late, relatively speaking, to the political game, even I can see that your party is no longer in any way, shape, or form reflective of the traditional American Democratic Party of the middle of the 20th century. The Democratic Party was once the Party of the Working Man; today, however, it is the Party of Those Who Don’t Want to Work.
Before I continue, allow me to also express this very important thought — while I am most assuredly an American conservative and believe in the principles of this nation’s founding, principles by which my children will also abide, I also freely admit that the Republican Party is in no sense free from blame with regard to the self-serving political machinations that have brought us to the breaking point. In abandoning their conservative principles for the sake of feathering their own nests by selling out their constituents to the highest-lobbying bidder, Republicans also have almost completely eroded the faith that the vast majority of everyday, common-sense Americans have placed in them.
I say “almost” simply because it is the Republican Party as a general political concept, in addition to the vast number of conservative American citizens, who remain our last, best hope for preserving the liberty that was given to us by the men who founded this nation. It has been their “Grand Experiment”–freedom of the individual to make of his life what he wished, unencumbered by a governmental force looking over his shoulder as the ultimate arbiter of all that is good and bad–truly flourished for about one-and-a-quarter centuries. It was not until the latter part of the 19th century, when the ideological cousins of progressivism, communism, and Nazism, that debilitating inroads were made into the foundation of what was in the process of making America the greatest nation this world had ever, ever seen.
Over the course of the past 100 + years, however, Democrats have slowly morphed into the party of handouts and entitlements in exchange for votes, a path that has incrementally taken America down the path of the political left, territory that had for decades been nearly the sole province of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Unbeknownst to your blinded followers here in our own country, you’re marching them to a place in which they are becoming the very thing that they have always claimed to abhor.
As I’ve said, real Republicans in Congress are our last, best hope to return America back toward her potential. Recall that the Boston Tea Party was not about a refusal to pay taxes — it was instead about their right to be represented at the highest levels of their own government, one of our most cherished ideals: to have a voice. In essence, England felt as though the people of America weren’t worth very much and, as a result, American colonists were viewed with disdain. Consequently, the American colonists rebelled so that their future generations would have a say in the manner in which they lived their own lives, not so that they could all snuggle down into a tyrannical, communist lifestyle. They were trying to throw off the yoke of the soft tyranny under which they were already living.
Yet here we are again, living under another manifestation of soft tyranny and being led by a president–if what he’s doing can actually be called “leadership”–who clearly has a very warm spot in his heart for communism, despite the obvious denials by both himself and his staff. Furthermore, while I am directing the essence of my remarks to the so-called Democrats in Congress, I am quite honestly more specifically directing what I have to say to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, two individuals who strike me as about as unbalanced as any one person can possibly be. Both of you operate politically from the extreme left, but I truly believe that you’re both as conservative as any of the staunchest Republicans. You are, however, concerned only with your own conservatism and financial well-being, not the well-being of the people whom you serve, which is supposed to be one of the driving tenets of liberalism in the first place. If one were to sit back and honestly consider the entire, developing political picture here in America–something that I do quite often nowadays–an argument could easily be made that you’re in the process of trying to create a new political class or a new aristocracy, something which unnerves me to say the least.
The core, conservative values of the Republican Party–at least in principle–are of limited government, low taxes, and individual responsibility for one’s own life. Those are the principles that made America great and will make Her great again. Yes, this political paradigm does have its Darwinian downside, in that those who are not as motivated or talented do not prosper to the degree that others do. It is, honestly, quite unfortunate. As educated, elitist intellectuals, however, do you not believe in evolution? I’ve always been led to believe that you do, so much so that you’re willing to hold it up in your vociferous efforts to bring the religious beliefs and values of your own people crashing down. In what sense is that an example of your caring about the people that you allegedly serve? I’m decidedly confused.
As one of our greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln once said: “You can’t make a weak man strong by making strong man weak.” Your attempts to weaken us, for whatever reason, will in the end fail because life always finds a way. The control you seek to hold over us cannot be maintained. It is nothing more than wishful thinking.
Indeed, we’ve now had a referendum of sorts on your political philosophy, haven’t we? Two “signature” states–New Jersey and Virginia–have turned themselves back to the core, limited-government values of conservatism. New Jersey, after all, is traditionally a “dark-blue” state, and not only did a Republican take the governor’s seat but he did so despite what was most likely rampant voter fraud on the part of ACORN and SEIU. The result in Virginia, while somewhat less of a surprise, was certainly welcome nonetheless, as in the end, the contest took place in President Obama’s backyard. Strong statements on both accounts, to be sure.
Back to stifling prosperity for others for your own political gain. Let me ask our so-called Democrats this: if you are indeed such benevolent people, why do all of the major cities in our country traditionally controlled by the Democratic machine have the highest crime and poverty rates? How does that work, exactly? You people strike me more as drug dealers living off the dependency of addicts in crack houses than you do individuals who represent the lives of honest Americans. You should be ashamed of yourselves.
At this point in your filibuster-proof reign of terror, with everything that has now happened and is continuing to develop, why would any of the “Blue Dogs” fall on their swords and commit political suicide for the sake of this far-left perversion of the party of John Kennedy? What motivation do they have to do that? It’s clear that not only have the people of New Jersey and Virginia spoken, but they have in a very real sense spoken for 75 percent of the people of America. Don’t fool yourselves. You’re now on political borrowed time, and short of attempting a blind, rage-filled ramming-through of your political centerpieces–healthcare, cap & trade, and amnesty for illegal immigrants–you’ll never succeed. Only with the traitorous decisions of some of your Blue Dogs can you hope to accomplish anything.
Mrs. Pelosi and Mr. Reid — you’re on the clock. One year to go. Gear up your union thugs, because you’re going to need them. I truly hope I encounter one or more of them at my polling place, because it will indeed be a very short conversation. The American people are coming. Bring it on.
John Feeny is the author of the recently published book, Congress Shall Make No Law…Abridging Freedom of Speech and works in secondary education at a Catholic high school in the Northeast. He and his wife, Sheila–who works in higher education–have been married for 14 years and have become increasingly alarmed with the direction of the young people in our society and what that means for the future of our society. They’ve been blessed with one son, who at 11 years old is in the process of giving John a run for his money. John has been an America’s Right contributor since September 2009.
Congress Shall Make No Law…Abridging Freedom of Speech can be purchased at Amazon.com and is currently being sold alongside the books of Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, and Michele Malkin at Patriots Heart Network. John can also be followed at Twitter (JJFeen).