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If the Left is Winning, Then Why is there Fear in Their Eyes?

posted at 10:06 pm on May 1, 2009 by

David Harsanyi has an excellent column today on the Tea Parties and the capriciousness of politics. Were I a Republican staffer, I’d make sure my boss got a copy of it, pronto.

It was a mere four years ago that the Republican Party governed — and I assure you I employ the word “govern” reluctantly — every level of federal government. Few experts construed this to mean that the Democratic Party was forever irrelevant or a rotting cadaver.

What were the future apparatchiks up to as Republicans were busy breaking every promise, crime and piggy bank they could get their paws on?

Well, they did what any enlightened individual should do: They found themselves. They started blogging. Getting angry. Raising money. Marching. Caring. They began purging imposters and crafting catchy platitudes that the non-ideological voter could digest.

Today, a comparable, spontaneous grassroots effort has materialized. This one celebrates free-market principles rather than statism. Not surprisingly, there is also a sudden shift in perception. The once-glorified citizen activist is now nothing more than a radical, slack- jawed, proletariat yokel.

The Tea Parties are ridiculed, their participants demeaned and falsely portrayed as venomous radicals. As we all know by now, deniers of hope and change, by definition, are extremists.

The confidence level of the left is almost tangible. They feel so comfortable that they can let their misogynist flags fly without so much as an aggrieved belch from NOW or anyone else in the She Womyn Man-Haters Club. They can crane their necks upwards at the President’s onrushing tsunami of debt and shrug it off as nothing but a ripple. The left swaggers down the street with our language in one hip pocket and the entire Federal government in the other believing with all their hearts that they have all the power.

But they are very, very wrong.

See, there’s something progressives have forgotten and it’s a very important thing. They have forgotten that America’s voice is not the voice of the self-appointed Keepers of the Almighty Narrative nor does America’s power emanate from the puffed-up panjandrums in Washington.

It is the everyday, average American – the soccer Mom who challenged the powerful pols in her state and won, the beauty pageant contestant who politely and plainly spoke her mind, the plumber who asked a simple question, and the hundreds of thousands of your neighbors and friends – who really control the destiny of our nation. The truth is, until the tanks roll down Main Street and jackbooted thugs start rounding them up into reeducation camps, the real power of our nation still belongs to the very people the left insults, dismisses, and ridicules every single day.

And those people are getting pissed off.

The thing is, the left hears the distant rumble of America’s real muscle and they are worried. You can see it, if you brave the shrill bloviations and glib japes and get close enough to look in their eyes. They feel the real change coming and they know. That’s why they’ve gotten louder and more shrill and are taking shots at anything that moves. The gnawing feeling in their guts is telling them, more and more, that they don’t have the stranglehold on us they think they do.

So take heart, folks. The battle is far from over. In fact, to quote the great Paul Williams, “We’ve only just begun”.

(Cross-posted at The Sundries Shack)

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There is fear in their eyes because deep down, they know they’ll screw it all up.

Security Mom on May 1, 2009 at 11:16 PM

Because fear is what they do.

crosspatch on May 2, 2009 at 3:16 AM

Because they know that their power, built HOPE and CHANGE is nothing more than sand, and when the tide comes in, they’ll be swept away.

thebrokenrattle on May 2, 2009 at 4:10 AM

we better take back our country before bambi puts everyone on the federal dole, because it is the “takers” who will fight us in the streets, not the cowards in washington.

kelley in virginia on May 2, 2009 at 6:53 AM

It is not fear….it is horrified incredulous loathing.

strangelet on May 2, 2009 at 9:02 AM

“We’ve only just begun”. Hopefully, but I worry that congress still hasn’t gotten the message nor has this administration. On President Obama’s 100th day town hall meeting there were protesters outside as if it was a tea party; inside he ridiculed those waving tea bags. Good for those outside; we need that every time he speaks. And those in congress who are spending our country into financial ruination, we can find out who easily via web sites, well, they need to have their local offices picketed in the manner that MLK showed was so effective with sit-ins if necessary.

Our elected officials act as if they are our betters. Note that TARP had some 70% of those polled against what has now reportedly become a criminal enterprise for many recipients, yet it passed and other such bailouts have been approved. It is not only that we have just begun, it is time we took direct action.

We see the reports that the increased spending is continuing, therefore we can not wait 18 month until the next election to take direct action. Who will join me in pressuring the 912ers, the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition, the Campaign for Liberty and other grass roots organizations to begin this direct action campaign to pick up where the tea parties left off. I have proposed this at such meetings, but I seemly remain a lone voice in the wilderness as I have been for the past 40 years when writing to public officials and more recently commenting and blogging on these horrible public spending policies. So be it, but this old guy will do this on his own if no one else is willing.

The Greatest Generation saved our nation from fascism, therefore we owe future generations a serious effort to return to the economic and personal freedom they fought so bravely to retain.

amr on May 2, 2009 at 12:16 PM

For the first time in a Pew Research survey, nearly as many people believe it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns (45%) than to control gun ownership (49%). As recently as a year ago, 58% said it was more important to control gun ownership while 37% said it was more important to protect the right to own guns.

The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted March 31-April 21 among 1,521 adults reached on landlines and cell phones, also finds public opinion about abortion more closely divided than it has been in several years. Currently, 46% say abortion should be legal in most cases (28%) or all cases (18%); 44% believe that abortion should be illegal in most (28%) or all cases (16%). Since the mid-1990s, majorities have consistently favored legal abortion, with the exception of an August 2001 survey by ABC News/Washington Post.
The proportion saying that abortion should be legal in all or most cases has declined to 46% from 54% last August.

Jamson64 on May 2, 2009 at 10:59 PM

The only way to defeat these people will be through the family. Every day, ask your children what it was that they learned in school that day, and you will be shocked to learn how much the schools have become indoctrination camps. The solution is easy though. Children are inherently curious, and once you point out one aspect of any “political” issue where the teaching establishment is wrong, your youngsters will start looking for more. Help them along. Soon they will be arguing with their teachers and exposing their friends to ideas unheard of to many. No house of cards can last forever. Expect Obama to move against home schooling very quickly, but even he cannot remove the children from the kitchen table.

ru4real on May 2, 2009 at 11:07 PM

Good piece.

Alana on May 3, 2009 at 3:39 AM