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Tea Parties &Team Obama Richard Falknor on 30 Mar 2010 03:41 pm

Defeating Obama’s Policies: Tea Partiers Are Essential

On-the-ground Report: Yesterday we joined the Northern Virginia Tea Party “Grass Roots Action Planning Luncheon” in Herndon, ably conducted by Ron Wilcox. Around 50 citizens were eager to hear recommendations for action ranging from Jo-Ann Chase’s guidance on how to bring new, conservative talent into the northern Virginia structure of the Republican Party to ace-number-cruncher Arthur Purves’ report on taxes and spending in the mega-county of Fairfax.  Northern Virginia conservatives who seek constructive action now should link up with organizer Wilcox.  Nearby Maryland Tea Partiers might find it useful to compare notes with him.

As we listen to conservatives and Republicans (not always the same), the shock and outrage over the House passage of Obamacare continues. The House passage should not, however, have been the surprise it apparently was. 

In the face of the manifest unpopularity of the measure and the many often large demonstrations deploring it, engaged citizens ask — how could the House do such a thing?

Mark Steyn explains:

“And, when polls showed an ever larger number of Americans ever more opposed to ObamaCare (by margins approaching 3-to-1), Republicans were further stunned to discover that,in order to advance ‘reconciliation,’ Democrat reconsiglieres had apparently been offering (illegally) various cozy Big Government sinecures to swing-state congressmen in order to induce them to climb into the cockpit for the kamikaze raid to push the bill through. The Democrats understand that politics is not just about Tuesday evenings every other November, but about everything else, too.” 

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“Andrew McCarthy concluded a shrewd analysis of the political realities thus:

‘Health care is a loser for the Left only if the Right has the steel to undo it. The Left is banking on an absence of steel. Why is that a bad bet?'”

Here are two related factors contributing to the inability to stop Obamacare

  • The first factor comes out of the nature of the Obama presidency, which includes an essentially revolutionary cabal (scroll down on the foregoing link) in high office in the United States – – combining various strands of the Hard Left under an often magnetic figure. Understandably Americans on the center-right are uncomfortable with this novel situation and keep looking for answers in a conventional political context. They are unable to understand why the unpopularity of the bill and the political danger into which it puts members of the President’s party were not reasons enough to start over with Obamacare. As Andy McCarthy revealed in June of last year – –

“First, if you look at the sweeping changes that have occurred in the past five months, I think what I argued before the election about the significance of Obama’s Leftist background and radical connections was on the mark. Second, I am saying what I am saying because I respect the president. As I said in the last post, I don’t think he is weak at all. To the contrary, I think he has strategic goals that he pursues in highly disciplined, tactical pragmatism. He is a force to be reckoned with, and I don’t think you reckon with him by hopefully assuming that, on some level, he shares our ideas about what’s best for the country and the world. I credit him for wanting what’s best — but only as he sees it.” (Underscoring Forum’s.)

  • The second factor: because at least two generations of Americans have been attending schools, public and often private, that effectively preach multiculturalism, not enough voters today have any serious understanding of American history and government. Thus the rhetoric of the Obama Team didn’t set off alarm bells among enough voters during the last presidential campaign, and still doesn’t among some voters.

More Obama Initiatives Coming

The Tea Party movement must go far beyond “kill the bill” to keep the political temperature high in the districts of big-government-oriented  U. S. House incumbents – – day-in and day-out. The movement must keep up the pressure in the districts of incumbent Democrats not just to elect a Republican, but to keep sensitizing these incumbent Obama acolytes to the popular discontent over past votes and those just around the corner like “Dodd’s Main Street Punishment Bill.”

We shall hardly be able to defeat all of these incumbents next November — but we can aim at defeating enough.We can certainly bring even the less vulnerable incumbents to think carefully before giving a knee-jerk endorsement to other coming Obama initiatives.

Constant Tea Party visits are needed: to their Congressional district offices; to district business owners; and local commercial, professional, and social associations – – explaining in some detail the consequences of the incumbents’ Obama-supporting votes.

Mark Levin writes about America today

“It is a society steadily transitioning toward Statism. If the Conservative does not comes to grips with the significance of this transformation, he will be devoured by it.”

Serious Missions for Tea Partiers

Levin’s guides for action are essential for effective Tea Partiers  – –

  •  “The Conservative must become more engaged in public matters…. [Success] will require a new generation of conservative activists, larger in number, shrewder, and more articulate than before, who seek to blunt the Statist’s counterrevolution – not imitate it – and gradually and steadily reverse course.”

  •      Parents and grandparents must take it on themselves to teach their children and grandchildren to believe in and appreciate the principles of the American civil society and stress the import of preserving and improving the society.”

  •  “When the occasion arises in conversations with neighbors, friends, coworkers and others, take the time to explain conservative principles and their value to the individual, family, and society generally.”

  •   “The Conservative should acquire knowledge outside the Statist’s universe.” (Levin recommends sources such as the Avalon Project, the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, the CATO Institute, and the Heritage Foundation; academic institutions such as Hillsdale College, Chapman University; groups such as Young America’s Foundation, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and the Leadership Institute; publications such as Human Events and National Review; conservative internet columnists and bloggers;and talk radio.)

  • For all the apparent victories of the Left in ‘controlling the public vocabulary. . . the battle over language, like the battle over ideas, is one that conservatives should relish.’

  • “The Conservative must take heart from, and learn the lessons of, his nation’s history. America’s founding, the Civil War,and World War II were epic and,at times, seemingly insurmountable wars of liberty against tyranny, which would have destroyed the civil society had they been lost.” (Underscoring Forum’s throughout.)

A Shot of Courage

Last week, for a shot of courage and some valuable insights, we suggested reading John Lukacs “Five Days in London: May 1940 about a critical time not just for England but for western civilization.  It is about Winston Churchill standing alone with few political allies guiding his brand new cabinet to continue the war rather than negotiate with Hitler.  Historian Lukacs declares – –

“Churchill and Britain could not have won the Second World War; in the end America and Russia did. But in May 1940 Churchill was the one who did not lose it.”

Drawing on the life of this indomitable British politician  – – who had real and deeply informed convictions – – can give us a valuable boost as we get on with the tasks ahead in today’s United States.

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