And the lights all went out in Massachusetts (am I on the only one that remembers the Bee Gees song?). The lights are now on and Americans are at home.
At the same place the American Revolution began over 200 years ago, a political revolution began this month. In liberal Massachusetts, Americans who believe in capitalism and free enterprise have rebuffed the far-reaching arm of the federal government and the socialist agenda proposed by the current administration.
Just as they did over 200 years ago, Massachusetts’s citizens said “no” to tyrannical rule. They are rejecting the radicals, leftists and liberals who are trying to control our lives.
Like most Americans, voters in Massachusetts are tired of the bailouts, the high taxes, the company takeovers, the bribes, the backroom deals, the payoffs and the nationalization of everything from the student loan program to health care.
Also, Americans do not appreciate other Americans going around the globe denouncing or criticizing our country. We also don’t feel like we have to bow or apologize to any other country.
Let’s define a few ideologies before we continue because it seems many of the Left do not understand Socialism and Statism that have promoted their progressive agenda throughout history. Here they are according to Webster:
Socialism: any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.
Examples of socialism are: government ownership. Government administration. Promoting the collective over individual liberties. Spreading the wealth. Sound familiar?
Statism: concentration of economic controls and planning in the hands of a highly centralized government often extending to government ownership of industry.
Examples are: Stimulus. Pork projects. Burdensome regulations. Surrendering local authority to the federal government. These are commonplace in our federal government today.
Capitalism: an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market.
Free markets. Competition. Private or corporate ownership. Investments. These are the ideas upon which America was founded.
If we build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to our door. We don’t want the mousetrap taxed to death, our mousetrap company bailed out or the government taking it over to run it in the ground.
We want to be left along to use our talents God gave us and take advantage of the opportunities given to us by Capitalism and the free markets.
The dictionary also states that in Marxist theory, Socialism is: a transitional social state between the overthrow of Capitalism and the realization of Communism. Scary stuff.
But one of the harmful ideologies that we are dealing with in America today is Progressivism. Whose your daddy? To Progressives, it means the federal government. To John Edwards, it has another meaning.
Progressives are made up of both Democrats and Republicans. Woodrow Wilson, Teddy Roosevelt and FDR were all Progressives and all believed in an immense federal government. The federal government creates no wealth, it only takes from producers to give to others and whatever the federal government gives, it can take away.
Americans are angry and they should be. We see our freedoms eroding daily. We see terrorists like the panty-bomber given Miranda rights, which are reserved for the protection of U.S. citizens. We see terrorists brought to our shores as we spend millions on them to provide lawyers and a platform to spew their hatred and vitriol.
In the Massachusetts election, President Obama insulted all of us who have owned or driven a pick-up truck. Days later, he had to use a teleprompter to speak to a group of 7-yr. olds in their classroom at school. The kids should have been insulted too.
America has awakened and rejected the “change.” We now know that change was nothing more than a euphemism for big government. In one year, this administration and Congress has tripled the federal deficit – that’s change you can believe in.
Hopefully, the political revolution will take us back to our roots and back to Capitalism. Time is running out and we must contact our representatives in Washington and let them know what we think.
Progressives have never had the window of opportunity to enact their Socialist agenda like they’ve had during the past year. I think I just heard that window shut. It sounded like the shot heard ‘round the world.
(Dennis Powers is a conservative columnist and his columns can be found in The LaFollette Press, at TheLaFollettePress.com, BackyardPolitics.org, OnTheRightTrackOnline.blogspot.com and BackporchPundits.com. Send your comments to DennisHPowers@Comcast.net or mail them to POB 179, Jacksboro, TN 37757.)