The hope that fired up the election of Barack Obama has flickered out, leaving a national mood of despair and disappointment. Americans are dispirited over how wrong things are and uncertain they can be made right again.
When Barack Obama won the election, the only reason he did not walk on water was he did not want to get his shoes wet. Now he is flapping, flopping, floundering, and splashing trying to keep his head above water. He is also taking the Democratic Party down with him; or their taking him down with them. He is taking the country down too. Way down. We are worse off now than when he took office.
A President, of any country or entity, is supposed to be a cheer leader. He is supposed to be the number one salesman. In this President we have an apologist. We have a man who decries Americanism every chance he gets. He is selling the end of America and the American Free Enterprise System. He has told the world our time has come and our time is up. People at home do not agree. They still cling to the American Dream. A dream this government is doing everything it can to turn into a nightmare.
Added to the equation is his, and his tyrannical party’s rock hard resistance to the will and voice of the people. A will and voice they promised to listen to. The Presidents disapproval ratings are very high. The disapproval ratings of the US Congress are in the atmosphere and continue to skyrocket into the void. They absolutely refuse to listen to the people. The people who sent them there. Voters and taxpayers. They are politically deaf. To some, this is the beginning of tyranny and despotism. The erosion of freedom and prosperity. The road to despair.
This administration and its party have created a perfect storm of fear and loathing in the American public. Even liberals are leaving the base. In just over two years, this president and this Congress have done more damage to America and the American psyche than at any other time in our history. Times and American’s hope were better even under the failure, Jimmy Carter, and that says a lot.
All the polls indicate there is a throw the bums out attitude prevalent in the nation. It has finally hit home there is no such thing as redistribution of wealth through government intervention. There is no free lunch. Even the poor, in their angst and anger, no longer believe the government is their savior.
All politics is local. Chicago and Illinois are suffering under Democratic rule in Washington and Springfield. Democrats in Springfield are just as tyrannical and deaf as their brethren in Washington. Instead of creating a healthy sustainable economic infrastructure and environment for business, they have devastated the commercial environment with a toxic witches brew of bureaucratic red tape, draconian regulation and enforcement, and a devastating tax structure. It is said the main cause of business failure in Illinois is the State of Illinois.
The only jobs they care about are government jobs. The only business they care about is the business of government. They place strictures on commercial enterprise, but refuse to rein in their own corrupt and unethical excess. We, the people, are the losers. We have lost jobs, our homes, and our faith.
The time is now. We are here. Republicans have a golden opportunity to make things right in Illinois and to start making things right in Washington. But we have to work. We, as a party, must start controlling the message and the conversation. It takes money. It takes people. It takes candidates willing to work twice or three times as hard as the opposition. We cannot let the gift and advantage of this foul national mood lead us into complacency. Complacency and sloth leads to losses.
Even though we lead in the polls, we must act and run like the underdogs. Taking nothing for chance and nothing for granted. The votes are out there. We have to get them. We also have to get them to the polls.