Jun 24 2005
I am struck with what should be a random series of events playing out as a tipping point that could create a massive shift away from the remnants of liberalism and toward conservatism. The two events are Durbin’s disasterous hyperventilating on GITMO and the US SC decision in Kelo.
I won’t belabor Durbin’s now infamous foot-in-mouth-moment and his subsequent series of non-apologies, but I would draw your attention to the Gallup Poll results (here, in the update section) which showed 20% of Americans felt something was truly wrong at GITMO and 70% though things were just right or better than expected. On a separate question 14% thought the comparison to Nazi’s was accurate.
This is one of the few times I ever recall seeing a complete split between liberals and non-liberals. This has always been the dangerous game Deaniacs, all worked up and out of control, have posed to the democrats. Since liberals make up 20% of the population, and democrats make up around 33% (see here), the liberals drive over Durbin’s anti-war, anti-military cliff was the first time you could say the liberals repulsed even the moderate left.
The Kelo decision is exactly the same kind of issue, but one which hits home to a much broader (and regularly voting) segment of the population. Even some of the liberal MSM represented by the Washington Post and CNN are getting uncomfortable with this decision. From the CNN article:
As a result, cities have wide power to bulldoze residences for projects such as shopping malls and hotel complexes to generate tax revenue.
Local officials, not federal judges, know best in deciding whether a development project will benefit the community, justices said.
Now compare that unflattering representation with the glee evident in the socialist NY Times editorial:
The Supreme Court’s ruling yesterday that the economically troubled city of New London, Conn., can use its power of eminent domain to spur development was a welcome vindication of cities’ ability to act in the public interest. It also is a setback to the “property rights” movement, which is trying to block government from imposing reasonable zoning and environmental regulations.
Americans are rightfully afraid of the nexus of political leaders and big business, especially when these two combine to chant socialisms mantras as they reap windfalls from the average citizen who just doesn’t understand or appreciate the need of the common good (for politicians and big business).
The conspiracy theorists will not have to stretch too far to understand that liberalism, in its final throws of support, is ready to make a dramatic last ditch attempt to change America into their dream of an elitist run, perfect society.
Liberals are fed up with hiding and losing ground, and like trapped animals they are ready to do what it takes to take control from the ignorant hordes. This drive to control is now evident with the Kelo decision, since all the liberal oriented justices come out claiming that leaders (not Americans) know best. Fortunately, Americans are proud of America because of honor, respect, efforts, successes and drive of Americans themselves. We are not proud of government control.