With the passage of the massive spending bill, enabled and shepherded by the GOP leadership, another step has been taken toward revolution. What they did, in their typically clumsy and stupid way, was to tell the American citizen that in effect: "Your vote does not count. It does not influence us, and even though we convinced you to vote for us with sincere sounding promises and talk of warm constitutional solidarity, it does not mean we actually give a damn what you want." That in a nutshell is what the GOP said to us. Infuriating, is it not?
What the 'Flyovers' Want
Let me explain what our 'leaders' are apparently unable to deduce for themselves. What Americans want is simple, straight forward, and without nuance. Why don't we put together a manifesto like the looney left does? Because meandering self-aggrandizing ideological drivel is silly and distracting. I'll keep it simple and right to the point. Let's start with a short ten-item list:
1) Secure our borders and enforce our immigration laws. Deport all illegals and especially illegals who commit crimes here. We have a legal immigration process. Use it.
2) Stop wasting our taxes like drunken pirates. That means stop, as in don't do it anymore. No more new spending. We do not need your programs. No more government charity.
3) Balance the budget. Fix the deficit. That means cut. Cut programs, cut agencies, cut entitlements, cut earmarks, cut bloated government. You're spending away my grandchildrens' future.
4) Keep our military strong and well equipped. Our threats are many and weakness is not an option. You put us in mortal peril with your naiveté. The enemy is at the gates.
5) Stop the social experiments. We don't want you telling us what to teach our kids or what they should eat. Stop telling me what my morality should be. It is not your job. Stop.
6) Protect my constitutional rights. All of them, from religion to guns to assembly and the press. You cannot touch them. You took an oath to protect them, not just the ones you happen to like.
7) Get out of healthcare. It's not your job. Repeal Obamacare. Repeal all government taxes, all government influence, and all government projects that influence or intimidate citizens to follow a specific medical plan or system. Let the people decide. Return it to the free market.
8) Get out of energy production. Leave it to the free market. Abolish the EPA. Let Congress make laws to protect our environment. No more unelected officials and special interest elites concocting administrative law. That is unconstitutional.
9) Stay out of private business, which means stay out of real estate, markets, and Wall Street. No business is too big to fail, no more corporate welfare, and no more crony capitalism. The US Chamber of Commerce should not run government.
10) Crush Islamic radicalism wherever it raises its vicious head. We don't care if you water board some of them. Obama is killing them (not scaring them) with drones despite the nonsensical kabuki theater from the Dems. Keep us safe; make them a footnote in history.
There are other issues my dear congress person, but these are a good start. It is easy if you simply ignore the bribes, the lobbyists' promises for your next campaign, the backroom deals, the promised committee positions, the threats, the intimidation, and the character assassination if you don't fall in line. Of course, that takes integrity, strength of character, dedication to the Constitution, and a realization that you work for the people that you are decidedly no better than. That's called humility. It also takes a streak of stubbornness that will make the press hate you, and in turn the people who foolishly believe the press will follow suit. (They mostly live on the coasts and big cities) But us humble folks in flyover country will get it if you explain what you are doing, call out the thieves and liars, get in their way and make a fuss.
Because if you actually ask a hard-working American how they feel about all this, you will get a predictable response; one filled with anger, not just annoyed, not just vexed and grumpy, but fist-shaking pitchfork-carrying mad. It's not a passing fit of temper. Revolution is in the wind. You won't hear that in the push-polls and the babbling pundits that only leave the Beltway for interviews in New York or vacations on the coasts. But you hear it in the heartland; you hear it at the coffee counters and in the living rooms from the Gulf Coast to the Rockies to the endless plains of the Midwest. You hear it around the grills and picnic tables, and you hear it whispered in the barracks and squadrons and ships of our military. If you are paying attention, you can hear it in what Americans are buying and what they are stocking up on. You can see it in how they are organizing. They know something is coming, they are preparing, even as our 'leaders' whistle past the graveyard.
So while the leaders of both parties diminish and demean the Tea Party and other grass roots constitutional movements, Americans are getting ready. All the little old ladies and families and workers and retired soldiers that marched on DC a few years ago are paying attention. They are not breaking any laws, in fact they are the most law-abiding segment of our society. They are not denying anyone's constitutional rights or intimidating them, they leave that to the DoJ, the IRS, and the rest of the federal leviathan. They are not rioting, burning stores, or calling for the killing of cops. Nope, they don't immortalize thieves and thugs, they don't ridicule and threaten those who don't adhere to their nonsensical ideologies, none of that, not at all. Right now, they are getting ready for Christmas and giving charity to the less fortunate in their communities. They give by the billions. They don't need the federal government to do that. In fact, things work better without it.
Yes, things work better without it. Remember that, my dear government bureaucrat and political appointee. Remember that as you dream up new regulations, fines, and spending, we do not need. Remember that, my dear politician, who works to take away constitutional rights through trickery and manipulation. When we finally have had enough we will flush you down the toilet bowl of history and forget you ever existed. Tyranny makes us angry. We want freedom, all the freedoms for which our founders fought. Revolution is as American as apple pie. We know it; we feel it in our bones and we are getting ready, just in case you never do get it. I am not hopeful, but I had to try.