The Tea Party victories of last week have clearly revealed the movement for what it actually is: not a tantrum, not a voter mutiny, not a short-term insurrection, but something never actually seen before in this country — it is a counter-revolution.
A lot of attention is being paid to the candidates and their chances. Carl Paladino will have an uphill battle in New York, divided as it is between an ultraliberal NYC and environs, and Mohawk Valley and adjacent mountain regions, in which the population has been reduced to a peasantry doing what they’re told and voting the way they’re supposed to. (This explains the election of Hillary, if you were wondering.) So says this old Utica boy, and I have my doubts that Paladino can overcome such a level of stasis. As for Christine O’Donnell, I can’t do better than Peter Wehner’s comments here. O’Donnell has aroused a lot of enthusiasm in the past few days, but whether that will translate into votes in one of the most liberal states in the Union remains to be seen. Clearly, she is the most vulnerable conservative candidate in this election cycle. That said, there’s one thing that can’t be denied: she ain’t Mike Castle.
But such speculation, I think, misses the point, which is this: the Tea Party tsunami is knocking down every obstacle in its way, no matter if it’s Republican or Democrat. If there were Whigs or Ghibellines running, they’d be dropping too. The Tea Parties are a political phenomenon the likes of which we have not seen in our lifetimes, one that occurs once every century or so. It is exhilarating to witness.
But the important thing is that the American counter-revolution has begun. After the truncated Reagan and Gingrich revolutions, here is the real thing propelled and directed by the anger and will of the American people. O’Donnell and Paladino may well fail –many of the candidates may fail in one way or another either before or after the elections. But it will make no difference in the long term. It’s no longer a matter of counting seats, making compromises, and hustling deals; it is a matter of smashing a rotten, corrupt, and enervated system based on an errant and repellent view of human nature and replacing it with something perhaps not perfect, but at least in tune with our constitutional traditions, the political nature of this country’s people, and the century we live in. The people are leading, and the politicians will follow — or they will go to the wall.
At last, we have the opportunity to tear away the dead hand of collectivist ideology imposed during the ’30s. We’ve heard a lot lately about the “decline” of America, of our “diminished status,” our “lowered expectations.” This country isn’t in decline — it’s being held back. Throw off the restraints, and we will astonish the world. (Source: American Thinker)
It comes down to the fact that the American people have awakened to what is happening to their country. And “we the people” aren’t going to take it anymore. There’s an saying that conservatism wins out in the end. Look no further than that saying for an explanation of why conservative candidates are winning in primaries and why incumbents who were thought to be safe bets for re-election aren’t.
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