Saturday, January 23, 2010

Oh, What A Week!

What a difference a little bit of time can make. And I do mean little.

Not long ago, the entire MSM and Democrat Party establishment (plus many members of the Republican establishment, lest we forget) were declaring that conservatism was dead; that Reagan’s influence was extinguished; that Republicans would not regain power for at least another 40 years; that supply side economic theory had been rejected; and that the Democrat Party had been so embraced by America that its policies would be unassailable for the foreseeable future.

But this past week, within the space of three days, all that conventional wisdom was laid to waste and liberalism yet again was shown to have no clothes.

Scott Brown’s defeat of Martha Coakley on Tuesday was a political event of seismic proportions, whose importance can not be overstated. Not only did a Republican defeat a Democrat in the bluest of blue states -- he did it running on a conservative platform that was loudly and unambiguously opposed to Obama's agenda.

Brown was positively Reaganesque in his touting of across-the-board tax cuts and forceful national defense. And much like Reagan in 1980, he pointed out to his fellow Bay Staters that John Kennedy, unlike Ted Kennedy and the rest of the modern Democrats, was a pro-business tax-cutter whose economic policies would have no place in today’s Democrat Party.

On Wednesday, before the jubilation from Brown’s victory even had a chance to begin subsiding, another resounding win for conservatism (in other words, for freedom) occurred when the Supreme Court struck down much of the essence of McCain-Feingold, that free-speech-killing charade liberals like to refer to as “campaign finance reform.”

And then -- in case you actually needed proof that liberals can not compete with conservatives when it comes to using facts and logic to state their case -- Air America Radio met its official demise on Thursday. It stopped broadcasting new shows; announced that within a week it would also stop broadcasting re-runs; and confirmed that it would be liquidated in Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

The past week has been the best and most important for conservatism in years, and it has been hilarious watching the contortions employed by left wing spin doctors as they try to rationalize it.

One of the most amusing things that has been said by spin doctors is that Massachusetts is more of an independent state than a Democrat state, and therefore Tuesday’s results are not that amazing after all. But in reality, up until Tuesday every one of Massachusetts’s senators and congressmen was a Democrat; Massachusetts had not elected a Republican to the Senate since I was one year old; and only 12 percent of the state’s voters were registered as Republicans.

On top of all that, the seat Brown won had been held by a Democrat for 57 years. It had been held by Ted Kennedy for 47 of those years, all the way until his recent death, and throughout Kennedy’s time in the Senate he made it clear that national health care was his lifelong dream. Yet Brown made defeating national health care the centerpiece of his campaign, and he wound up winning the so-called “Kennedy seat” after famously asserting “it’s the people’s seat.” In the process, he was victorious even in Barney Frank’s district.

I am not dense enough to believe that Massachusetts has become a red state. In fact, there is much work ahead of us since Democrats and liberals (who are virtually indistinguishable) hold many more legislative seats than Republicans and conservatives (who are not always the same thing). However, I know the nation’s tide has turned strongly against Obama’s liberalism, and I know that the demographic once known as Reagan Democrats has reawakened with a vengeance. In honor of freedom and America, and the great revolutionary from Massachusetts for whom the beer is named, I am drinking a Samuel Adams tonight and looking forward to the coming philosophical battle.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good read. You summed it up nicely.