Hello friends . . . I am writing to you from the belly of the beast. I was last inside the Beltway on April 15, 2009.
On that cold and rainy Wednesday, I stood in the mud with a few thousand others at the first DC tea party. We were early in the beat down that is the Obama administration. Now, even after the massive November blow-out that returned the House to Republicans, we cant seem to find the guts, wisdom or whatever it takes to turn back the insane spending.
I suppose there are a lot of reasons for this but I think mostly we are failing because of a lack of vision and strategy. Boehner is the Speaker of the House. He shouldn’t be, but not a soul would challenge him. Activist conservatives were effective in helping the Republicans take back the House. A lot of work and money went into the effort and yet there was no plan to put a real conservative in the Speaker’s chair. What were we thinking?
We were so focused on taking the House back that we didn’t even consider we would be turning it over to essentially the same incompetent type of leadership that empowered Nancy Pelosi in the first place. We can’t afford to make mistakes like that because the country is on the edge of disaster.
We are making another mistake right now, I fear. We are going in circles over the Osama assassination. Who should get credit? Should we see the Bin Laden death pictures? Who really ordered the hit? We keep pointing to the the incompetence in the way the administration makes conflicting statements about the killing of Bin Laden. We might want to consider they are doing this on purpose because it keeps the country focused on an event which is undeniably working in Obama’s favor. The only thing we can do about it is change the subject.
While conservatives argue the actions of a very young crowd that gathered outside the White House on the night of the Osama news, we are not focusing on what really matters. The public has already made its mind up that Obama gets the credit for offing Bin Laden. That bump will fade fairly quickly, if we let it.
Just look at the recent headlines on Drudge:
Dollar makes a 3 year low. One in seven Americans are on food stamps. Job numbers disappoint again. FEMA denies Texas emergency declaration. 47 percent of Detroit citizens can’t read. Plus we all know what is going on with gas prices. Obama and the Donks are culpable in all this. Did I mention the country is dead broke because of his spending?
I walked the 1.5 miles from the Canon House building to the L’Enfant Hotel Wednesday afternoon. I wanted to shake the gloom that seems to follow me these days. It amazes me how many Americans go about their lives almost oblivious to the soft tyranny that has fallen upon us. Still in their comfort zone, I guess. When will they wake up and smell the coffee? When it’s $10 a pound?
On my walk down Independence Avenue, I saw one monstrosity after another: The Department of Education, General Services Administration, The Department of Transportation . . . huge government buildings full of thousands of bureaucrats. Even the Voice of America is a huge, huge building.
Independence Avenue has become a symbol for American’s appetite for gigantic government. It should be renamed Dependence Avenue. Who would care?
We might as well face it. There is going to be great pain for most Americans. We should be fighting about what really matters, in the hope there might be something left to rebuild on. We better hammer Obama on the legitimate issues or he will strangle us with a country we don’t recognize.
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