11/03/2010 (10:23 pm)
This election is not an endorsement of the Republican party. It was, rather, a resurgence of government of the people.
This election was a whole-hearted rejection of the ruling elite. Obama lied and ran as a moderate, which is what the public elected. He’s governing as a progressive elitist, telling the public what he insists they need, which is NOT what the public voted for. The vast majority of Americans see this as a rejection of American citizen government (which, in fact, it is.)
An elite government saddled the public with huge deficits, massive social welfare spending, nationalized industries (health care, automobiles, investment banking), and executive sidestepping of Constitutional process. The public rejected it. The public also rejected earmarks, Congressional nest-feathering, and what they consider the “Old Boy Network” of Congress. Anything that smacks of political elitism is endangered.
This is not a victory for Republicans, though. The public clearly rejected the old-line Republican party in 2006 and 2008, and continued to do so in 2010, tossing at least half a dozen party Republicans to the winds in favor of new candidates who promised to cut government spending, cut taxes, and reduce the size and reach of government. Republicans who continue to play power politics will be thrown to the wolves in 2012. Republican elitists are as endangered as Democratic ones.
The election signals a new citizen activism aimed at restoring the government’s responsiveness to the people. The arrogant hand of progressive leadership spoon-feeding the public by government mandate was slapped aside. The public said “The government will obey us, not the other way ’round.”
For the next several years, any strategy that does not increase the government’s sensitivity to the demands of its citizens will fail. Democrats or Republicans who continue to ignore the voice of the public, ignore it at their peril. Ours is a government of the people, not a government of the progressive elite, and it will remain so.