Posted by: Debby Durkee | February 16, 2010

What a difference a year makes.

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What a difference a year makes.

The focus of today’s blog is what a difference a year makes. A year ago yesterday saw the birth of the Tea Party movement. Just after the passing of the gigantic stimulus bill, a small group of people got together in Seattle (of all places) and protested the spending and the way the bill was passed – without reading it. This, as you will remember, took place after the gigantic TARP bill passed just as President Bush was leaving office. Well, that small outcry in Seattle has sparked quite a fire that quickly spread to every state in the union. The young woman who led that first, nascent event is named Keli Carender, known online as “Liberty Belle.” Michelle Malkin calls her one of the foremothers of the Tea Parties. She has written an excellent piece, which Malkin highlights on her website. Here’s just a bit of Carender’s piece. Please do yourself a favor and read it all. It’s titled “The consent of the governed and the roots of the Tea Party movement.”

Remember the nearly 1,100 page version of Porkulus that was passed by both the House and the Senate on Friday, February 13, 2009? The final legislative language was not made publicly available by Congressional leadership until late Thursday night, giving Congressmen, Senators and the public less than 16 hours to read the more than 1,000 pages. Seventy-two pages of amendments had been added the night before the vote. Many Congressmen and Senators publicly admitted they did not have time to read it before voting on it. It was this last, final act of contempt and disrespect for the American people that was the tipping point. After my representative and my two senators, all left-wing ideologues, ignored me, refused to empty their voicemail boxes, sent back form letters, and stopped taking phone calls, I understood what taxation without representation felt like.

Representation requires that members of Congress, at minimum, read the bills. Once they stopped doing this, none of us were represented any longer, and the Tea Party Movement was born…

The Tea Party story and imagery comes from our common bond with our forefathers, taking direct action against a government that refused to represent the people, but still taxed them…Snip –

The American people are rising up against being governed in such a cynical, self-serving, and dishonest manner as we have witnessed. Everyday Americans have said, “Enough!” to this Congress and to this Administration…or any future politicians who hope to fill those seats of power. Everyday, hard-working Americans have found a common bond in a hunger for government truly based on the limits set out by our social contract, the U.S. Constitution. Too many of our elected officials have come to regard the public purse as their treasure trove from which to reward special interest groups and voting blocs in order to keep getting elected. Under those circumstances, who needs to read the bills?  Snip –

The goal of the Tea Party Movement is to free the American people, their livelihood, their property – physical and intellectual, their time, their wallets, and their families from a federal government that has, under both parties, grown to be a political phagocyte that sees individual liberty and freedom as so much debris in the body politic.

Please, read the whole thing. When you click on the link, you will see a lot of the early protest signs. Just keep scrolling down until you reach the italicized portion. That’s where Carender’s excellent piece begins.

http://michellemalkin.com/2010/02/15/anniversary-of-a-porkulus-protest-the-roots-of-the-tea-party-movement/

After a year of protesting in the streets, the villagers are on their way to taking back the village from the Frankenstein monster of the left. The next piece by Jeffrey Lord of The American Spectator shows how the monster the left has created is now eating its creators causing long-time Senators like Chris Dodd and Evan Bayh to jump ship. This is a great column excellent in its imagery of monsters creating monstrosities.

…the combined policy obsessions of former Vice President Al Gore and President Obama, aided and abetted by congressional Democrats, are terrifying the electorate. Stirring a furious response — even as the monster now turns on its creators and the various Igor-like assistants who eagerly went along with the ideas that created it.  Snip –

…”Frankenstein” — the once innocent monster turned evil, stitched together by an arrogant, corrupt and quite mad scientist from the parts of dead bodies. Including, in one memorable scene, a specimen from a jar labeled “Abnormal Brain.” With help, of course, from “Fritz” — the Igor of the piece.

Thus repackaged, “Frankenstein” became the very symbol of an out-of-control, sinister and frighteningly powerful dehumanized creature, its creator a man of arrogant intelligence who knew no boundaries as he went about the business of creating a monster synonymous with bringing horrifying death and destruction wherever it went.

So too is it the case with the political monster that must surely be called “Gorbamastein” – a terrifyingly out-of-control political creature stitched together from parts of dead ideas, concocted out of the abnormal brain that is the combined intellectual arrogance exhibited by both Gore, Obama, and their allies. The resulting monster let loose on the American political landscape is now relentlessly destroying both political careers and credibility in one terrifying political disaster after another for Democrats, with voters furiously turning on the monster even as the monster turns on its creators.

He goes on to list several of the Gorbamastein monster sightings since January 2009.

• Climategate: The monster has appeared in the global warming debate, as it refuses to answer questions challenging the science of global warming, responding that it’s “kind of silly” to keep debating the science.

It later emerges that the scientific data on which Gorbamastein wants to launch massive government spending programs is “flawed.”

• Healthcare: Gorbamastein snarls that Americans who oppose the monster health care plan are “un-American” and compares them to Nazis.

• The Economy: Gorbamastein insisted that if its $787 billion stimulus plan were passed, unemployment would not go above 8%.

It is now officially at 9.7%, with many Americans giving up their search for a job, and unemployment hitting record double-digit rates in many states, California being but one. The flow of seemingly unstoppable red-ink — trillions of dollars worth — becomes the signature trail of the monster.

He continues with all of the missteps on terrorism, the trial of KSM in New York City, reading Miranda rights to terrorists, Guantanamo closing. He goes on to show all of the politicians in Washington who are in peril because of the monster. Please, read it all. All of this is good news.

http://spectator.org/archives/2010/02/16/gorbamastein-the-political-mon

Peter Wehner over at Commentary Magazine sees Obama as a millstone around the Democrats’ neck.

The news that Democratic Senator Evan Bayh is retiring is another stunning blow for a Democratic party that is already reeling. This development — because of who Bayh is (perceived as a moderate/centrist); because of the state he represents (a traditionally Red one but won by Barack Obama in 2008); and because of his political situation (it was assumed he was in a comfortable position to win re-election) — will have significant ramifications. It will accelerate almost every bad trend for Democrats (more retirements, fewer entries into national races, more intra-party acrimony, and more panic).

The last time we saw a double-digit shift in Senate seats in a single election was when a former movie actor by the name of Ronald Reagan was elected president (Republicans won a dozen seats back in 1980). A shift of those dimensions in a non-presidential election year would be basically unheard of. But as Jen points out, a pickup of 10 GOP seats — and recontrol of the Senate — is no longer out of the question. America’s political tectonic plates are shifting in a fairly dramatic and rapid fashion; and the resulting dislocation will batter and crush many Democratic candidates, perhaps on a scale we have not witnessed before in our lifetime, at least in a midterm election.  Snip –

The big difference between now and 1994 is that Democrats have Obama instead of Clinton as the head of their party. And that may turn out to be very bad news for Democrats. The Democratic party is in worse shape now than it was at a comparable period then. The mistrust of government runs deeper. The anti-incumbent tide is stronger. And the public uprising is greater.

The Clinton years — and Bill Clinton’s undeniable political gifts — are looking better and better to Democrats with every passing week.

Democrats indeed have got Obama, and they have Obama’s agenda as well. Could the political millstone be any heavier?

The outrage of the American people in the form of the Tea Party movement and the townhalls this past summer has become a snowball rolling down hill. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger and is knocking Democrats down like bowling pins. What a difference a year makes. What’s that tried and true cliché? “For every action there’s an equal and opposite reaction.” Their actions were outrageous and the reaction is awesome.

http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/wehner/237786

Hat Tip: http://instapundit.com/

Not only has the Tea Party made an impression on the Democrat Party this year, it has inspired a resurgence of conservatism. Conservatives are coming out with a pact that they hope will be adopted by the Tea Parties. Remember when Democrats and the “oh-so-smart” set in the “conservative” media said Reagan was dead and conservatism was on its last legs? Bullhockey!! It’s back with a vengeance. This is from James Antle of The American Spectator.

On Wednesday, more than 80 conservative thinkers and organization heads will come together to ratify a joint manifesto ahead of the 2010 elections. Dubbed the Mount Vernon Statement, its goal is to unite the right — economic, social, and national security conservatives — under a set of shared principles. The idea is to make different conservative groups feel part of the same team and also to bind them in a common intellectual enterprise.

Participants read like a virtual who’s who of conservative movement heavyweights: former Attorney General Edwin Meese, American Conservative Union Chairman David Keene, Heritage Foundation President Edwin Feulner, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, among many others. But the final product will be short on policy wonkery.

Unlike the Contract With America, the Mount Vernon Statement is not a detailed legislative agenda. Instead, it intended as a set of philosophical principles that can serve as the foundation for policy formulation later…

The document reminds “economic conservatives that morality is essential to limited government, social conservatives that unlimited government is a threat to moral self-government, and national security conservatives that energetic but responsible government is the key to America’s safety and leadership role in the world.”

The Mount Vernon Statement specifically calls for a new “fusion provided by American principles” through “constitutional conservatism.” “In recent decades, America’s principles have been undermined and redefined in our culture, our universities and our politics,” the document reads. “The self-evident truths of 1776 have been supplanted by the notion that no such truths exist. The federal government today ignores the limits of the Constitution, which is increasingly dismissed as obsolete and irrelevant.”

…The Mount Vernon conservatives assert “we need a restatement of Constitutional conservatism grounded in the priceless principle of ordered liberty articulated in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.”

Please read the whole thing. We’re back… Spread the news. It’s good news. America is coming back bigger, better and stronger. The silent majority is taking the country back because those entrusted with preserving and protecting the Constitution cannot be trusted with that sacred honor. Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom, and thank God we still have Americans who take that honor seriously. Read it all here:

http://spectator.org/archives/2010/02/16/mount-vernon-conservatives

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