I was listening to Rush Limbaugh on June 21, 2011 and he described me like he had known me all my life, like he was looking into my mind. He was talking about how the media, and politicians in both parties, say that 40% of the voting population is partisan, hard core Republican, and 40% is partisan, hard core Democrat. They assume that 80% of the population is going to vote party line, regardless of the results. Independent voters, 20% of the population, are the key they say. Keep these 40%-40%-20% numbers in mind. Rush made the observation that these same pundits and politicians consider Independents lacking enough intelligence or knowledge to understand policy, or the Constitution for that matter. The 20% can’t make up their minds or don’t know what they want. They are the Sarah Palin dummies to them (not criticizing Palin here). For that reason both parties deluge us with talking points, evasions, very vague “pledges”, big spending made to look like budget cutting, grand promises, and outright lies. The old political saying goes “if you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with B S”. I don’t baffle as easy as I used to.
I had been an Independent for 20 years, until 2008. When I woke up one morning and realized that my choices for President of the United States of America were Barak Obama and John McCain I had one of those “YIKESSSSS!!!!!!!!!” moments. I had sat back and complained for years, and only complained, about what politicians were doing. I found myself and my family with a choice of going off a cliff at 50 mph or 70 mph. I wasn’t really concerned about the speed so much. I wasn’t looking at the speedometer, I was concerned about that cliff I could see coming. I knew that either way, my family, my wife, children, and grandchildren were going to come out on the short end of the stick. It was time I started building a bridge, getting a foot on that brake, or both.
I knew tough times were coming and both parties had their foot on the accelerator, one pushing a bit harder than the other, but both with foot on. The other foot was hovering over the brake pedal with “vote for us and we will put our foot on the brake” coming from both parties. To date I haven’t been impressed with the braking ability of either party. I have checked the brake system and it is in fine working order. Obama, Members of Congress, conservatism is ready and awaiting your attention.
I am one of those 20% that are taken for granted, and taken for stupid. Rush said he didn’t buy the 20% premise, and neither do I. His view is that people like me are a lot more intelligent, and a lot more numerous than they give us credit for. He also has confidence in the ability of America’s citizens to understand what is going on and be bright enough to see the steps needed to prosper. I have that same confidence in the American people. Rush spoke about people like me. I believe he was talking about a lot more than 20% of voting citizens.
I changed my registration to Republican in 2009. I had no chance of changing the Democrat Party, they were, and still are, too far gone to make any difference at all. As the Democrat Party moved left the “moderate Democrats” became Republicans and caused the Republican Party to move left also as “moderate” demokrats took over the roost in the Republican Party. I decided the only way for me to affect the future of our nation was to register Republican. I felt like I had at least some chance there. I made the decision that I was going to do something to make a difference. I wasn’t sure what to do or how to do it but I was going to find a way to put my Christian, conservative values to work for the betterment of my country, and my heirs.
God blessed me with an inspiration, and the mental and physical capacity to fulfill that inspiration. God is the big one but I also got inspiration from the hundreds of thousands of people I saw at TEA Party rallies and other gatherings. I find people at online social networks that are just like me. I find thousands out there who are where I am and some where I was 4 or 5 years ago. I see those who are far ahead of me in the quest for freedom and give thanks for those who have blazed the trail. We are the reserves coming up to join in the battle at a crucial time in our nation’s history. I see thousands of working class people of all walks of life who have awakened to a nightmare; an economy and a nation in shambles. Instead of hiding under the bed we have suddenly stood up, said we have had enough, and are making our voices heard. I say to all of you, this is not hopeless, we can win. We are winning. Our winning shows in the way they try to categorize us, isolate us, and play us to their advantage.
Rush Limbaugh has his finger on the pulse of America, the grassroots people who make this nation work. He comes from a small Missouri town and has not forgotten his roots, or how he got to be where he is. I share those conservative Mid-American roots. We are more numerous, and more powerful, than some comprehend.
When I see Congress with an approval of 11%, I wonder where the 89% of voters who disapprove come from, who are these people? Shouldn’t there only be a maximum of 60% disapproval, 40% either Republican or Democrat, and 20% Independents, depending on which party they poll? These extra voters can’t be from Republicans or Democrats, not if they are staunchly partisan. It can’t be from the illegal aliens, who owe their residence, welfare, and jobs to both political parties, but are supported more overtly by Democrats. So where do they come from, who are these people?
When I look at the voting results that say 65% of Americans don’t want Obamacare, I assume that they are referring to the 40% who are Republicans and the 20% who are confused Independents. I wonder where the other 5% of the population comes from, who are these people? When I look at the 70% of Oklahomans who voted last November to say No to Sharia Law, to say NO to Obamacare, I wonder where the rest of the votes came from. For instance, if Republicans are solidly against Obamacare, that is 40% against. Add in every Independent against that is 60%, yet 70% of Oklahoma voters overall are against Obamacare, that leaves 10% of the voters unaccounted for. A full 70% of Oklahomans voted against Sharia Law. Where did the extra 10% of those voters come from? They can’t be Democrats because the media says they are partisan and will not vote against the Democrat Party. Who are these people, this extra 10%? When I see thousands of state and local offices nationwide going to the Republicans who promised to listen to We the People, to change their ways, and truly get a grasp on the nation’s woes, I wonder where did those people come from, who are these people?
These people are the silent majority, those who have been taken for granted for too many years. These are the people who have been living their lives and trusting those who cannot be trusted. We’re the people who believed that politicians were like us and would govern like we would. We are those people who haven’t been paying attention for many years, sleepily going about our lives and suddenly woke up to that nightmare I spoke of. We are the people who have refused to hide under the bed but instead have stood up and said NO MORE!! We are the people who are determined to leave America to our children and grandchildren as it was left to us. We are the people who are pushing back at tyranny, the ones fighting for freedom.
Some still don’t see the danger. Some are still waltzing around in a coma, not being able to see, or not wanting to see the cliff on the horizon. Some will go right along on public assistance, happy to be supported by others. Some believe “it can’t happen here”, and some go along just to get along. Some are discouraged, like I used to be, thinking it is already hopeless, sitting and waiting for the plunge as if they can’t get to the brake, relegating themselves to a long plunge without a peep.
I believe we can get to the brake. I believe We the People, with a firm reliance on Divine Providence, a firm grasp of the rights, and responsibilities, of citizenship, and a determination to make a difference can get to the brake and stop this runaway train. It won’t be easy but we can do it. Sacrifices are going to have to be made but there is enough waste and fluff in the federal budget that they can hold off on Medicare and Social Security for a while. Waste and graft are for another article at another time.
Both parties play us with this and that, and while doing so they gradually pass laws or write executive orders that take away our freedoms a few at a time, and lately at much faster rate. We have tried the liberal path to prosperity, it hasn’t worked. We have tried the “moderate” path to prosperity and it hasn’t worked. I wrote in an earlier article about the fiscal path we have taken since Reagan left office. It hasn’t been a good path. “Shared Sacrifice” isn’t working any better than “Compassionate Conservatism” did. Both terms are code for grow government, squelch freedom, keep control of the masses. We have not been made a freer or more prosperous nation by the Patriot Act and the TSA. We will not be made a freer nation with “internet equality” or the “fairness doctrine”.
Conservative values, both financial and social, are what made the United States the great nation it has been and conservative values are what will take us back there. Diversity and tolerance have their place in society but only after societal responsibilities have been accepted and put into practice. Only after we revert to God and His Word, the Constitution, personal responsibility, and a willingness to accept that we owe those who have gone before us, and those who come after us, our very best efforts to restore America to that “shining city on a hill” described by John Winthrop so many years ago. I left the republikrat party after their treachery during the 2012 Oklahoma state convention in which the establishment traitors ignored both parliamentary procedure and their own party rules to disenfranchise and shut out the Ron Paul faction because they had already decided Mitt Romney was going to be the nominee and didn’t want to hear about anyone else!!!!!
Obama, members of Congress, conservatism is ready and awaiting your attention. I am ready and awaiting your attention to conservative values. Thousands of America citizens are ready and awaiting your attention to conservative values. To you career politicians, your way hasn’t worked, try mine for a change and see what happens. History shows us that conservatism works much better than socialism, communism, or fascism.
I submit this in the name of the Most Holy Trinity, in faith, with the responsibility given to me by Almighty God to honor His work and not let it die from neglect.
October 12, 2015