By Doug Book, staff writer
Prior to the 2010 elections, pollster Pat Caddell warned members of the political ruling class that the nation “…may be at a pre-revolutionary moment,” calling the November vote “…more of a national referendum than any [midterm] since Watergate.”
A longtime Democrat, Caddell’s warning was not directed exclusively to his party, for though it would bear the brunt of voter scorn, Republicans were also widely mistrusted and arguably enjoyed a record victory principally because they were NOT Democrats.
As a measure of voter distemper, consider that John McCain, a presidential candidate just 2 years earlier, might have suffered a primary defeat had he been challenged by a more formidable opponent.
Indeed, finally called to account for his frequent betrayal of conservatives, the McCain campaign was forced to craft a right-wing political caricature which left him barely recognizable as the aisle crossing capitulator he had been…a role which cost other Republicans their careers.
Nor has the mood of an angry and suspicious public changed in the interim unless it be for the worse as the arrogance of political elites and their contempt for voters, the nation and the law have intensified with each passing year.
After all, politicians readily boast an ability to do as they wish while blissfully ignoring Constitutional limits placed upon the powers of the state.
For this reason, elected officials are increasingly considered political and financial opportunists who pursue power and wealth to the detriment of both nation and public, their hypocrisy and dishonesty no longer accepted as the virtual entitlements of public office holders.
And political “legitimacy”, a nebulous treasure coveted by politicians and previously bestowed by media or party is increasingly awarded by voters alone to politicians who defy rather than submit to party demands and who are despised rather than adored by the media.
Caddell claims that a “…sea of anger is churning…” And he is right.
According to a recent Rasmussen poll, just 17% of likely voters believe congress legislates with the consent of the governed. Eight percent believe members of congress are more likely to listen to the concerns of voters than the demands of a particular political party. And just 6% rate the performance of congress as good or excellent.
When will the American people make it clear they have had enough?
For decades, Big Brother has confiscated wealth and trampled liberty. Taxpayers have grumbled yet done nothing as trillions have been gifted to Democrat voter blocs. Perhaps criminal assaults by politicians have not been “personal” enough to elicit more than occasional protests via the ballot box.
But recently, the political ruling elite have hinted at the practical confiscation of retirement savings and 401K accounts. Such an act WILL be personal. And coupled with the implementation of other schemes to finance the practices of placating, rewarding and vote buying, the political class will loose a public upheaval not seen in this nation since 1776.
The victors of this second American Revolution will determine the social and economic course of the United States for centuries to come. Most of us will be around to watch it begin.
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This day in history August 14
2003: The largest blackout in North American history hit the northeastern United States.
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